Reply To: In the first lecture, Dr. McDermott teaches that the Bible is one story, and that God upholds his covenant with the Jewish people to this very day. Was this what you were taught growing up? If not, how will this insight change the way you read the bible going forward?
I grew up as a Roman Catholic. Around middle school I started to realize that God is a real being. I started to drift from Catholicism and grow into Protestantism. I also grew up around an Hasidic neighborhood. We didn’t really talk to them and they didn’t really talk to us. But my family still respected them as they kept to themselves and didn’t make much trouble. Throughout my reading of Scripture, and the way that I was brought up by my parents, they told me that the Jewish people are truly the chosen people of God. They are the ones that God used to show His glory with the splitting of the Res Sea. The Jewish people are the ones God chose to bless the whole world with Jesus Christ. Salvation comes first to the Jew then to the Gentile. However, nobody comes through the Father except through Jesus Christ. So, it is important that Jesus came to save the Jewish people, but if they don’t except Him, then we will. I, a Gentile, except Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior from the hell that I deserve.