During my interview with the Christian Police Officer, Dave Tatsak, on Episode 14 of Dogma Debate, he repeatedly referenced the 'New Covenant' when I brought up one of the chilling reminders of Old Testament beatings, stonings, or animal and human sacrifices.
I've heard this argument several times, and it basically goes like this: "Since Jesus came and died for us, we no longer have to go through that, but we are now under the perfect law of liberty in the New Testament."
So, As Officer Dave said those things, and mentioned "that was the Old Covenant" I let it pass without challenge. My mistake.
A very sharp listener by the name of Andrea caught it, and wrote me this morning and said "Where in the Bible does it talk about the New Covenant?"
I am familiar with the mention of the "law of liberty" in James 2:12, but couldn't really send her there for an answer, because it is only a mention of the term, not a definition of terms for this mysterious "New Covenant" that Christians often quote.
It made me realize, I never asked that question, and I didn't know the answer. So this question is for Officer Dave Tatsak, and any other New Testament Christian Apologist:
Where in the New Testament does it say that we are to no longer follow the Old Testament, no longer stone misbehaving children, and no longer kill gays? Moreover, the Old Testament is very specific for laws concerning behavior, worship, sacrifice, and even foods that we can and can't eat on certain days.
So, if we are under a New Covenant, what are the terms and conditions of this new contract we are supposed to live by, how do we know which parts of the Old Testament are still valid, vs.which ones to ignore, and where can we find the scriptures that prove it?