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?
Hey Kasey! I also laughed while reading your post, and related as I grew up in a variety of different denominations with some charismatic influence here and there 🙂 Most of the churches I was in taught dispensationalism, as did my parents — it was actually a pretty important belief to them. Since then I have been in other churches that have members of varying beliefs but that lean more supersessionist. It’s interesting to see the impact of both perspectives — you would think it doesn’t have that much impact on how we live out faith in the day to day, but it does. I resonated with your comments on Christianity and antisemitism; I don’t believe supersessionism has to lead to antisemitism at all, but it is a tragedy when people twist theology into something totally antithetical to God’s character.