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Question 351

Which is the correct the old testament or the new?     



Answer to Question 351


 In the past I have been asked similar questions but the people asking meant something else so I must ask you: when you say old testament or new, do you mean the Bible or do you mean the churches? If you mean the churches they are not old testament or new, they are Old Calendarist or New Calendarist. Would you like me to answer on the Old and New Testaments or on the churches?


Same member

 Can you answer on both please



 The Bible is separated into the Old Testament and the New Testament and both are correct. The Old Testament is basically the Books that prophesy of a Messiah who will save mankind from death which entered the world through the sin of Adam and Eve. The New Testament is the fulfillment of the Old Testament prophecies, Jesus Christ is the Messiah who came into the world to save mankind.



There are two types of Old Calendarists and with one we are in full communion with and with the other we consider as schismatics and have no communion with. In the 1920s the Holy Synod of the church of Greece decided to adopt the New Calendar which all the world followed so that Greeks could celebrate Christmas with the rest of the world. After a few years the Church of Cyprus also adapted the New Calendar. The Churches of Russian and the eastern block did not take part in the decision because at that time they were under a communist regime. Mount Athos and the Church of Jerusalem decided to remain with the Old calendar. Thus with all these churches, even though we celebrate events on different calendars we are still in full communion. When Greece and Cyprus adopted the new calendar certain people were scandalized with the decision and broke away from the church and formed their own church known as the Old Calendarist. With these churches we share the same faith and theology, but we have no communion with them because they broke away from the church. They likewise have no communion with us and consider we are the schismatic and even void of the Holy Spirit because we accepted a new calendar.