I don’t know how many of you have experienced this, but sometimes when people learn I am a Christian I can receive a belligerent response. I say that yes, I believe in every word of the Bible and try to do my best to keep his commandments, but that sometimes I screw up and ask forgiveness.
“Do you believe in every word?”
“Yes, it’s God-breathed.” (2 Tim. 3:16)
“So you think people shouldn’t get divorced?” “There’s actually provisions for that—“ “You think gay people shouldn’t get married?”
“I believe in separation of church and state. The government shouldn’t have control over who marries who or what women can do with their own bodies (abortions).”
“But in the bible it says not to mix different kinds of fabric? You shouldn’t eat bacon either blah blah blah”
And you can’t ever ever respond with “but that’s the Old Testament” because that will get your head bit off. But here’s the thing: It is the Old Testament. Everything in the Bible is there for a reason. Not a single word is wasted. Each verse is important. The Old Testament is important too. There aren’t explanations as to why He’s telling us all these things. Is that surprising? that an almighty god doesn’t explain to us, His creation? Is it? I don’t think so.
As to what we can and cannot touch or eat: Acts 10:15—“‘Do not call something unclean if God has made it clean.’”
And as to the linen and wool dilemma I’ve found 3 reasons.
1. Most Christians don’t make their own fabric (Expositor’s Bible Dictionary)
2. Clothing manufacturers don’t mix wool with linen (Expositor’s Bible Dictionary)
3. “Observations and researches of modern science have proved that ‘wool, when combined with linen, increases its power of passing off the electricity from the body. In hot climates, it brings on malignant fevers and exhausts the strength; and when passing off from the body, it meets with the heated air, inflames and excoriates like a blister.” (Jamieson, Fauset and Brown Commentary on Lev. 19:19
So…there’s three reasons not to wear it. I’m not an expert or a theologian, but while a lot of the Old Testament may not be as applicable today as it was then, it’s still important. It’s just as important as the New Testament. I know one thing. The Old Testament provides all the clues and signs that Jesus is the Messiah.