Greetings to all,
I am hoping you can clarify something for me that has me a bit confused. I’d like to hear the Catholic perspective on it because I often find it helpful to me in discerning the truth.
Question: How do we know what Old Testament laws and principles are still pertinent in modern Chistianity?
For example, I still believe it is right to obey the Ten Commandments because they came from God to His people through Moses and nothing in the New Testament contradicts them.
However, we obviously don’t do animal sacrifices and certain other things anymore like they did in the Old Testament. I assume this is because Christ is our supreme atonmement who came to fulfill the law.
Reason for my question: The issue of whether or not to Tithe.
A little background:
It is not a requirement to tithe at my AOG local church but it is highly encouraged. Verses cited in favor of it are mostly from the Old Testament, like Malachi 3:8-10 and Proverbs 3:9-10.
I am currently a tither and have been for several years, although some of my tithe is given to other ministries besides my local congregation at my discretion. I would consider myself to be a “cheerful giver” and I do it because I believe it right for me to do it. Although I do not consider myself to be wealthy, the Lord has taken care of my needs financially over the years.
However, some of my friends (both Catholic and Protestant) tell me that tithing was an Old Testament law/rule that did not carry over to the New Testament so we are not under any obligation to do it in modern times.
Therein lies my confusion as to the bigger picture as to how do we know which Old Testament laws/principles carried over to modern Christans and which didn’t? Any insights would be appreciated, especially from the Catholic perspective. Your help is much appreciated.