Ignored Teachings in the New Testament?

Mohd Elfie Nieshaem Juferi

While there are so many Old Testament laws which are ignored by Christians, here are a number of New Testament writings which are also ignored. Do Christians believe only what they want to believe, despite being commanded in their Scriptures?

(a) “…none of you can be my disciple unless he gives up everything he has” (Luke 14:33);

(b) “If you want to be perfect, go and sell all you have and give the money to the poor and you will have riches in heaven” (Matt. 19:21);

(c) “Sell your possessions and give alms” (Luke 12:33);

(d) “But give what is in your cups and plates to the poor, and everything will be clean for you” (Luke 11:41);

(e) “Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt,…. But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven…. for where your treasure is, there will your heart be also” (Matt. 6:19-21)

(f) “And all that believed were together, and had all things common; and sold their possessions and goods and parted them to all men, as every man had need” (Acts 2:44-45, cf. Acts 4:34-37)

(g) “And when you pray, you must not be like the hypocrites; for they love to stand and pray in the synagogues and at the street corners, that they may be seen by men. Truly, I say to you they have received their reward. But when you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret….” (Matt. 6:5-6 RSV)

(h) “…but any woman who prays or prophecies with her head unveiled dishonors her head…. For if a woman will not veil herself, then we should cut off her hair: but if it be disgraceful for a woman to be shorn or shaven, let her wear a veil…. Judge for yourself; is it proper for a woman to pray to God with head uncovered?” (1 Cor. 11:5-13 RSV)

(i) “Doth not even nature itself teach you, that, if a man have long hair, it is a shame unto him?” (1 Cor. 11:14)

(j) “Let your women keep silence in the churches: for it is not permitted unto them to speak” (1 Cor.14:34)

(k) “If any of you has a dispute with another, dare he take it before the ungodly for judgement instead of before the saints” (1 Cor. 6:1 NIV)

(l) “…that women should adorn themselves modestly and sensibly in seemly apparel, not with braided hair or gold or pearls or costly attire” (1 Tim. 2:9 RSV)

(m) “Let not yours be the outward adorning of braiding of hair, decoration of gold, and wearing of fine clothing” (1 Peter 3:3)

(n) “If any man come to me, and not hate his father, and mother, and wife, and children, and brethern, and sister, yet, and his own life also, he cannot be my disciple” (Luke 14:26)

(o) “And call no man your father upon the earth: for one is you Father, which is in heaven” (Matt. 23:9)

(p) “Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or that ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on…. Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow not, neither do they reap, not gather into barns; yet your heavenly father feedth them. Are ye not much better than they?” (Matt. 6:25-34)

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