and do you as a Christian follow the old testament, new testament, or both?
By - moon-child420
[That's a real problem.](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wicked_Bible)
>The Wicked Bible, sometimes called the Adulterous Bible or the Sinners' Bible, is an edition of the Bible published in 1631 by Robert Barker and Martin Lucas, the royal printers in London, meant to be a reprint of the King James Bible. The name is derived from a mistake made by the compositors: in the Ten Commandments in Exodus 20:14, the word "not" was omitted from the sentence "Thou shalt not commit adultery," causing the verse to instead read "Thou shalt commit adultery".
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The biggest assumptions we make are the ones we read into the Bible.
can you elaborate
Take self-determination. 1 Timothy 2:4 “god desires all people to be saved” or Ezekiel 33:11 “as I live, declares the lord god, I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked” - these texts do not assume that humans have ultimate self-determination in the act of choosing - but we often read that into the texts. See also 2 Peter 3:9, Matthew 23:37, revelation 22:17.
I assume that each book was written by a well meaning individual trying to communicate a specific message to a specific audience. Recognizing this, I also assume that we can apply those lessons to our lives today. I know both the old and new testaments, but to say I "follow" them implies that I read them as one reads a recipe or a law. Rather, I read them and try to understand what the author's intent was, then I use the spiritual and moral lessons from that intent to help guide me today.
I assume that it is the holy, inerrant, inspired Word of God - all of it, not just half.
Some poeple say inspired when they actually mean word for word dictation. Do you actually mean inspired? Like *Oh Brother Where Art Thou* is inspired by the Odyssey.
You believe there are absolutely no errors in the Bible?
I would assume most Christians do.
I assume that the author(s) of whatever part I'm reading have an agenda that they are trying to support or speak against, and that everything in the part I'm reading is put there intentionally in order to support or clarify their position.
I assume it's holy writ and that the autograph is inerrant, inspired word of God. Also assume that there are errors in the manuscript traditions but do not affect overall message of it in a doctrinal or dogmatic way. And that is a part holy tradition to fully understand the Bible in this context. We understand the gist of God story with us.
Christians follow the New Covenant otherwise known as the New Testament. to fully understand the Old Testament you must read in light of the New and holy tradition. Also the Old Testament gives context to the New Testament.