People come and people go. people have died before me and will die after me death is not new under the sun.
So constant change is not new. Is there anything else that is not new?
Your existence on this planet however valuable you consider it. I for one one know you are very valuable.
Well, I appreciate that, the feeling is mutual, but what is my existence on this planet? Ashes to ashes, dust to dust, quite literally. As far as I can tell, there is nothing essentially Thomas - there is food, water, and countless other things which comprise what we call Thomas, but nothing essential to me. All of these things have existed prior to Thomas, and will continue after Thomas.
One could say that yes.
An all powerful, all knowing, purely good God makes things he does not approve of? Wouldn't he approve of it if it was good? And if he doesn't approve, then musn't it be something other than good? And if it is something other than good, and God made it, how can we call God good?
In response to the OT yes I do believe in Torah and based on those principles we have to sacrifice therefor the Messiah Yashua fulfilled the passage of sin sacrifice by becoming the sacrifice and fulfilled temple ordiance by being the temple.
You think a collection of texts, written at different times, by different authors, which were originally oral traditions, told generation to generation, are literally true?
Further, the OT varies from Church to Church. Do you accept all potential OT material, or only some. And if you reject some, why?
I know this is alot of questions, sorry, but I really do not understand why people take the OT literally. From where I'm standing, some of it is clearly allegory, other parts are clearly culturally specific laws, other parts prophetic spiritual teaching, not all of which are consistent with one another.