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New You are being too logical
The NT doesn't really make the OT obsolete. The NT is not a complete doctrine by itself. Paul and other early church leaders did the best they could to tie the two together, but the Paul was not a top notch Rabbi, if he was a Rabbi at all. He really didn't understand the logical system that was the beginnings of the modern rabbinical system the Jews have today.

Explaining the relationship between the OT and the NT is a big part of what Christian religious leader do and how they maintain they status as religious leaders. Showing the lack of a strong logical thread between the two books is just going to be considered proof that you don't get it.

New Not a complete doctrine?
What did I just say - Christianity is a sub-cult.

Adoption of the Old Testament is lamentable but it was probably the most coherent thing they could get hold of - having been periodically organized, revised and republished to support the political ambitions of particular rulers.
New There is an unexpected plus in there also
There was an unexpected plus in the Christians pairing of the New and Old Testament.

Because Christianity is a guilt and faith cult, it turns out there is an advantage in having impossible standards, contradictions in doctrine and inexplicable stories in the hold book.

People have to constantly work at their faith and regularly feel guilty for failing. But they are trained to respond to such feelings by working harder at double think, obeying the church and donating more.

New IMO it is not really a sub-cult
It borrows lots of elements from different religions, definitely the mystery religions, but it was able to mask those elements, over time, so well that it is hard to say that it really is a sub-cult of anything.

The intellectual endeavors of finding consistency between the OT and the NT is a big part of its success. So losing the link doesn't seem like a possibility.

New just think of those poor bassars in the pulpits
if they couldnt use the juicy bits in the OT. On the other hand the congragations on the east coast would be able to get home in time for the afternoon kickoffs.
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     A demoted Old Testament? - (warmachine) - (7)
         make any argument you like at your own risk :-) - (boxley)
         You are being too logical - (Seamus) - (4)
             Not a complete doctrine? - (Andrew Grygus) - (3)
                 There is an unexpected plus in there also - (JayMehaffey)
                 IMO it is not really a sub-cult - (Seamus) - (1)
                     just think of those poor bassars in the pulpits - (boxley)
         Not obsolete, just updated - (JayMehaffey)

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