CHRISTIANITY IS FOUNDED UPON MISINTERPRETATION OF THE “NEW COVENANT” PROMISED IN THE OLD TESTAMENT
The biblical Hebrew word most often translated as “covenant” is “bə·rîṯ” [Hebrew: בְּרִ֥ית]. The word appears about 280 times in the Old Testament.
There are many covenants in the Old Testament. Covenant means solemn agreement or bond usually between two parties. In the Old Testament, God promised to make a “New Covenant” (new agreement) with none other than the JEWS alone. So, all non Jews are excluded from the New Covenant promised in the Old Testament.
What this New Covenant is all about?
One should first note that all God’s righteous laws in the Old Testament are ETERNAL/ EVERLASTING (Psalms 119:160 etc). Psalm111:7–8 and Isaiah 40:8 state that God’s Word doesn’t change.
Now, the *New Covenant* only means that God shall renew the hearts and spirits of the JEWS and put the same everlasting Old Testament laws in the hearts of the JEWS to perfectly keep the laws:-
“Behold, the days are coming, says the Lord, when I will make a new covenant WITH THE HOUSE OF ISREAL and with HOUSE OF JUDAH— not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day that I took them by the hand to lead them out of the land of Egypt, My covenant which they broke” (Jeremiah 31:31–32)
The book of Ezekiel sheds more light on what the “New Covenant” is all about:-
“25 I will sprinkle clean water on you, and you will be clean; I will cleanse you from all your impurities and from all your idols. 26 I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh. 27 And I will put my Spirit in you AND MOVE YOU TO FOLLOW MY DECREES AND BE CAREFUL TO KEEP MY LAWS move you to follow my decrees and be careful to keep 28 Then you will live in the land I gave your ancestors; you will be my people, and I will be your God.” (Ezekiel 36:25-28, NIV)
So, It was the Old Covenant (old agreement) that would be replaced by a New Covenant (new agreement) NOT that the everlasting laws and decrees of the Old Testament replaced by anything.
Contrary to the above clear biblical definition of the *New Covenant*, Christianity teaches that the “new covenant” means that Jesus abolished these (eternal and unchanging) laws of God (Romans 10:4, Ephesians 2:15 etc)!!
It’s unfortunate for Christianity that it is founded upon this misinterpretation of the New Covenant promised in the Old Testament!