Arminian Bible-hater Randal Rauser, whose material sometimes graces the Society of Evangelical Arminians, loves to attack OT ethics. Recently, he’s been using Jesus as a wedge issue. Would Jesus do some of the things commanded in the OT which Rauser finds morally odious?
Several problems with his argument:
i) Jesus didn’t come to renew the old covenant, but to inaugurate the new covenant.
ii) Do we expect one member of the Trinity (the Son) to disapprove of what another Trinitarian person (the Spirit) did when he inspired the OT?
iii) Finally, Rauser espouse as kenotic theory of Christ’s knowledge:
But why go through these tortured machinations? Why not just admit that Jesus was a product of his time and thus could have non-culpably held to some false beliefs including false beliefs about science, politics, history, and human origins?
Given Rauser’s kenotic Christology, even if we assume, for the sake of argument, that the Mosaic law contains evil commands, what’s to prevent Jesus, with his diminished moral and rational discernment, from obeying an evil OT command?