ANSWERS: 42
  • If, as most Christian scholars believe, the Bible is the story of God providing reconciliation for sinful people, and that provision was completed with the sacrifice and resurrection of Jesus, then there is no "newer testament" to be written. As Jesus said at his execution, "it is finished." Only if God changes something would a new 'testament' (contract, covenant) be required.
  • Well, maybe. You've already got the Qur'an...
  • If God is the same yesterday, today, and tomorrow then there is no need for a "newer" testament because God and his plan have not changed. Once every single prophecy of the bible (old and new) has shown to happen, maybe then there will be a need for a book to tell us more.
    • Glenn Blaylock
      If God is the same yesterday, today, and tomorrow, then why would He suddenly stop calling prophets and communicating with them?
  • there are newer inspired writings that are not found in the bible... these serve as a modern day relation of the bible... similar to what i think you are asking about.
  • In order for there to be a newer testament, God would have to call new prophets to whom he could reveal this testament. The vast majority of Christians believe that the canon of scripture is closed and that there will be no new revelations, no new prophecies. I and those that belong to my religion disagree with this. People keep saying that God is the same yesterday, today, and tomorrow. If that is the case, then why would He suddenly stop sending prophets after the New Testament times when He has been calling prophets throughout all of the history that came before that. According to our beliefs, God stopped calling prophets because people stopped listening to them. It was not until much more recent times that people were once again ready to listen and God started calling prophets again. Now, I fully expect to get down rated for this answer because most of the other religions don't accept our claim to be led by true prophets of God. They will tell you that we are not true Christians and that we are being led by corrupt men and charlatans. That's OK. This is the way the followers of Christ were treated by the Jews. It never really changes.
  • You are it, we all write it with our daily lives, it's like book of "Acts" that continues every day...
  • Most people don't even fully look into the Bible in it's current form. If you are looking for God's thoughts to change, I can't see it happening. As 2 Timothy 3:16-17 states: All Scripture is inspired of God and beneficial for teaching, for reproving, for setting things straight, for disciplining in righteousness, that the man of God may be fully competent, completely equipped for every good work.
  • The Book of Hebrews, Chapter 1 it says: 1 In the past God spoke to our forefathers through the prophets at many times and in various ways, 2 but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed heir of all things, and through whom he made the universe. So, you see, Jesus is the last word. One day, He will return and call an end to history. Then there will be no more need for a written word, because Jesus, who is called God's Word in John chapter 1, will be there, in person, together with all His people from all ages.
  • Jesus is the end of the story!
  • no you would not change or add to any other book so why the bible a new book on christan beliefs for todays age could be wrothe but i dont think a bible no.2 would be accepted
  • No!!!. . .you do not change the Bible. There is even a warning in Revelation about adding and taking away from the prophecy. Now, newer TRANSLATIONS are always being made and that's understandable.
  • Not really. I mean, what would you put in it?
  • Yes, if you consider all the confusion the different interpretations have given rise to, leading to even different versions of the Bible itself. Something was desperately needed to sort out the differences and also fulfill the prophecy in Deuteronomy 18:18 “I will raise them up a Prophet from among their brethren, like unto thee” The prophet was Mohammed and the scripture the Holy Qur'an aka the Last Testament. Sounds reasonable, no?
  • The Bible is still relevent. People have the same problems and questions as they had all throught time. What needs to hapen is that the people who say they beleive in it have to stop listening to only the parts they agree with.
  • "Why does Christianity have a "New Testament" whereas Islam has an "uncreated Koran"? Because after the New Testament, a "newer" testament would hardly do. The Book of Mormon is such a "newer testament," but Mormons are Christians, and Mohammed certainly didn’t want to create a new Christian sect. The only thing that trumps historical supersession is eternal uncreatedness. Mind you, this doesn’t mean that Islam is somehow less valid than Judaism or Christianity; perhaps the notion of a historical covenant, by the very fact that it is subject to supersession, is not the definitive way to establish the relationship between God and humanity. Relative validity is measurable only by historical success; meanwhile, the resentment engendered by historical priority is the point of departure for each new revelation, successful or not." Source: http://www.anthropoetics.ucla.edu/views/vw301.htm Further information: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Supersessionism http://www.vatican.va/archive/hist_councils/ii_vatican_council/documents/vat-ii_decl_19651028_nostra-aetate_en.html
  • In order to continue to be particularly relevant, I think it is going to need one within the next hundred years. The number of youths in the US identifying as Christian is now 60% and falling. The Bible, at least Jesus's teachings, probably was on the cutting edge of human rights in its region 2000 years ago. However, compared to modern social advancements in human rights, it is antiquated and bigoted. In fact, the content of the Bible is at least 50% of why I'm no longer Christian (or any other Abrahamic faith).
  • Well you know , I find answers to many questions I have in the Old version , so I say no + 5
  • No. Jesus' New Testament in His blood is the final testament and there does not need to be any more. God's Word--the Old and New Testaments--are enough. God never changes and neither does His Word. -In the Master's service. Thank you and God bless you!
  • This is my response to comments by AntigoneRising. It is too long for the comment box and is therefore submitted as an answer. Sorry if you were expecting an answer to the main question. “I don't think that it improves upon the New Testament at all.” – Well I’ve listed some points here http://www.answerbag.com/a_view/1540534 which you might like to consider. “The Qur'an has references to a flat Earth,” - I cannot check this out as ther’s no reference. Here’s a reference you could check out http://www.harunyahya.com/miracles_of_the_quran_p1_03.php#5 Also some realise that HQ 79:30 can be faithfully translated as “And after that He made the earth the shape of an ostrich egg” “the sun sitting in a muddy spring at the edge of the Earth” – perhaps you mean setting. Sometimes we describe things as we see them not necessarily as they actually are. We still say the sun rises from the east even though we know it is the spinning of the earth that makes it appear to rise. “it has an Egyptian pharoah performing a crucifixion, which is a complete anachronism for the time period given.” – For a civilisation that built the pyramids would it be such a big leap in imagination just to nail someone onto the trunks of palm trees. “Homosexual acts are condemned and it is stated that no creature has done them before humans, but this is untrue. Homosexuality is widely documented in over 400 animal species (and growing).” – the verse you quoted says “no one” has preceded you in this act. It does not say creature. And in any case I don’t think we can really justify our behaviour by pointing to what animals do. “The Qur'an has the same problems with human rights, homophobia” - there is no homophobia but it does forbid homosexuality as not intended “misogynyism” – so according to you Muslim men hate, dislike, or mistrust women. Well, according to many they can’t have enough of them, they want to marry four. It looks like they can’t win. “tolerance of slavery” – the HQ laid down the seeds for the eradication of slavery by making the freeing of slaves a religious act of expiation “tolerance of rape (it never condemns spousal rape” – when marital sex is seen as spousal rape then it’s an indication of the breakdown of marriage, and since in Islam marriages are not ‘made in heaven’ but contracts between consenting man and woman Islam recognises divorces and remarriages. “rape of slaves, etc...in fact appears to encourage and condone it saying you can do whatever you want with your right hand possessions, and go into your wives however you want)” – I am not familiar with rules applying to concubines and am not in any great hurry to learn them as I don’t think they are applicable any more. If male slaves disappeared fast in Islam females would have disappeared faster as marriage was an additional route to freedom. “and tolerance of violence and assault” – I think this refers to the domestic situation. The Islamic perspective on the husband/wife relationship is described in HQ 30:21 “And of His signs is this: He created for you mates from yourselves that ye might find rest in them, and He ordained between you love and mercy. Lo, herein indeed are portents for folk who reflect.” “It is here that I would look for improvement, and here that the Qur'an fails miserably” – Islam lays down the mere foundations, there’s nothing to stop you building on them if your standards are higher. Islam doesn’t put any limit on how good you should be. Btw I hope you don’t expect a ping pong game on Islam from me. I think there are sites that specialise in that if you’re interested. I say that because the points you raise appear to come from the anti-Islam sites. I do contribute to the Christian side on AB but I do not take an anti-Christian stance rather I point out verses in the Bible that Christians tend to overlook and points that are common to other religions.
  • The "New Testament" really should be translated "the New Covenant" ... or if you prefer, "the New Contract" of "the New Deal". What was new about it was that the whole Levitical system was abolished/set aside, people no longer needed to approach God through 1) sacrificeal offerings to make blood-atonement for sin and 2) a hierarchy of intermediaries: Gentiles at the bottom, then Jewish women, Jewish (non-Levite) men, Levites, Priests, and the High Priest at the top, who alone could enter into the presence of God. The New AND EVERLASTING Covenant (as the prophet Jeremiah called it) is one of greater Grace and also intimacy with God, as by God's own blood our sin is atoned for forever, and through God-incarnate and the indwelling of His Spirit in us we have the knowledge of, and communion with, God. I don't know what modifications one can make to that deal that would be better suited to "this day and age", but the point is, it's not for man to change the terms. These are God's terms. The covenant of Sinai was God's promise to men. So is the Covenant of Golgotha. He's the one who has what is needed, and it is His to give or withhold as He sees fit. If we needed a New and Improved dispensation, I'm sure He'd let us know what it is and make the offer. As with the Old Covenant and the New, all that we get to decide is whether to take the deal or to walk away.
  • well it needs a complete overhaul, and a tolerance class also
  • No. The Bible is timeless. There is nothing that could be covered in a "newer" testament that has not already been covered in the Bible. The Bible is intimidating to a lot of people, especially the older versions with all the thees and thous. But really, if you just consider the meanings and get past the langauge and cultural details, it is completely timeless. Why would there be any need for a "newer" testament?
  • Not really newer, but some more modern language to turn young people to become christian would not be a bad idea. Some discriminating parts appropriate 2000+ years ago could be rewritten in the gist of our time and view on the world and the known universe.
  • Jeremiah 6:16 "ask for the OLD paths, where is the GOOD way, and WALK therein." 1Thess. 5:21 "PROVE all things and hold fast that which is GOOD." Acts 17:11 "never stop searching things out for yourself." NO.....
  • "ask for the OLD paths, where is the GOOD WAY, and WALK therein." Jeremiah 6:16
  • It already exists: it's called "science"! ;-)
  • At Genesis 1:26 the Bible states that God with his only begotten sun created man in their image. Being the creator of man, God knows what is best for us,physically, spiritually, emotionally and morally. He gave us his word the Holy Bible as an instruction book to live our lives in a way pleasing to Him but one that would bring true happiness to those that follow it. In Proverbs chapter 3 this is high lighted. Verses 1 & 2 read "My son, my law do not forget, and my commandments may your heart observe, 2 because length of days and years of life and peace will be added to you." If we follow the Bibles laws and principles we will have a very happy and satisfying life. We do not need a newer testament!
  • No, Because God's Word is the same yesterday , today and forever. If it works dont throw it out. Has changed my life incredibly.
  • God is always the same, he does not change, his rules don't change. I don't believe we need a newer testament today. I believe we should continue to search the Bible and follow the rules, they are timeless. Just because we change and become more tolerant of sin, doesn't mean we need a book that tells us now that it's not as bad..
  • The Bible and the U.S. Constitution are being highly debated as needing new interpretations. How did the Catholic church remain unscathed after their past religious performance? Why didn't they follow and serve justice what they preached?
  • No. The New Testaments' writings are every bit as valid today as the day they were written. Things change, but Gods teachings do not.
  • Timeless truths in timely manners. This means that although these truths are beyond time and space. It does need to be presented in ways timely to the culture. such as maybe someone getting up at a pulpit is not the best way to present what's in the bible. Maybe two friends getting together and talking about it would be more productive. there is a difference between traditions and what the bible says, tradition isn't necessarily bad, but does need to be willing to bend to the times. God's Word however doesn't
  • I say scrap the whole thing and start fresh, such archaic and antiquaited dogmatic beliefs for this age.
  • No offense taken. Not at all: I think more people should endeavor to learn what the original Scriptures implied to enable them to use Scripture today for everyday life. Now that I know the Bible a bit better, I have no problem applying it to my life. I still get frustrated and ask alot of questions, but I don't think there is anything wrong with that as long as I do so reverently.
  • NO the bible isn't in need of a newer version, because the old one is fine, it just requires reading it!!!!
  • By that question are you asking if we need a new interpretation of the existing Bible or are you asking if we need to add something to it? The purposes of God were evidenced prior to the creation of the world. The Messiah was predicted through out the "Old Testament" over 62 of those being fulfilled in the life of Jesus Christ. Nothing needs to be added. It is like salt, if you add anthing to the chemical formula it isnt salt anymore. To add or take away would make it something it is not and that is the divine word of God.
  • tes·ta·ment audio (tst-mnt) KEY NOUN: 1. Something that serves as tangible proof or evidence: The spacious plan of the city is a testament to the foresight of its founders. 2. A statement of belief; a credo: my political testament. 3. Law A written document providing for the disposition of a person's property after death; a will. 4. Testament Bible Either of the two main divisions of the Bible. 5. Archaic A covenant between humans and God. Ok, so exactly what is this "New Version" supposed to tell someone about??? How Mankind hasn't changed our ways even thought we have discovered supportive evidence of everything in the Bible??? How we have better ways of Killing ourselves, causing others pain & suffering??? What Exactly should we put in it that will change the Wicked & Evil Hearts of Man??? John
  • nope, although they already have one...i don't think the newer version is inspired by God as 2 timothy 3:16 says the Bible is. I don't think it should be changed simply because we can still put the stories and teachings and apply them to our life. Also, the nature of the human heart didn't change. Just as we were sinful thousands of years ago..we still are. just as the Bible was a guide to living right, it still is.
  • Not at all. God's Word is timeless as is God.
  • No offense taken... The the Bible is timeless. The Sermon on the mountain recorded in Matthew chapters 5-7 embodies practical advice that if everyone today lived by it, the world would be very much different. Sincerely E

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