Justified under the old covenant - 07/02/2004
I notice in the comparison list with the Baha'i Faith that only Christianity is true. Where does this leave Moses and Abraham?
Yours sincerely, I.M.Jones
CONTENDER MINISTRIES RESPONSE:
Abraham and Moses were justified under the old covenant that predated the first coming of the Messiah. Before the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus Christ, people were judged by their faith in God and obedience to Him. When Abraham prepared to sacrifice his first-born son at God's command, he showed faith in God's supremacy and wisdom. Of course, this was a test, and God stopped Him from slaying his son. This faith was counted as righteousness. When Moses obeyed God and freed the Israelites from bondage, leading them through the wilderness to the promised land, his faith and obedience was counted as righteousness. Also, under the Old Covenant, people attoned for their sins through animal sacrifice. Their sins were transferred to an unblemished animal that was then sacrificed on an altar. When Jesus came, he made it clear that He was the Messiah, and would be the final sacrifice. That's why He was referred to as "the Lamb of God." At the cross, He took the sins of mankind upon Himself, and died an ugly death. On the third day, He was resurrected, and appeared to over 500 people before ascending back into heaven. The old system of animal sacrifice was made obsolete. Does this help answer your question?
Ben and Jennifer Rast