Following the Old Paths
In the world in which we live today there is a philosophy permeating the thinking of most people that suggest that everything old needs to be replaced or updated. This concept is also true with the purveyors of religious theology today, most religious professors, and professionals think that religious ideals of past ages are now outdated and require change or alteration to meet the crises that prevails in modern times. One of the problems with this reasoning is simple, the nature, need, and quality of mankind is still the same as it was after God created him and has been that way ever since.
Since man has not changed, he still has the same problem with the devil and with sin that his forefathers had. Indeed, mankind still needs to find a way to reach his Creator, God so that he might find out what is needed for acquiring a good relationship with Him.
GOD’S INSTRUCTION TO MAN
The Bible (i.e., the 66 books in one) is God’s only form of communication with mankind today, cf., 1 Cor. 13:10. Since the Written Word is God’s only method of communicating His will to man, it behooves man to follow the instructions contained therein correctly cf., Jude 3. Man can only accomplish this whenever he has in his possession a copy of the Bible correctly translated from the Hebrew, Latin, and Greek. There are too many translations and paraphrases of the Bible today that are not accurate, therefore the individuals that are persuaded to use one of them will find it extremely difficult to find that which God would have them do in order to be acceptable to Him (See note 1).
You can only follow the “Old Paths” if you know what they are, the teaching that is referred to as the “Old Paths” are those teachings that emanate from the Written Word of God Jeremiah 6:16, “Thus saith Jehovah, Stand ye in the ways and see, and ask for the old paths, where is the good way; and walk therein, and Ye shall find rest for your souls: but they said we will not walk (therein)” (ASV). The teachings that are under consideration in this passage were the teachings known to the Jews as the Law of Moses, the law under Which they were living at the time Jeremiah the prophet wrote this passage.
The “Old Paths” that apply to mankind today are the laws contained in the New Covenant (i.e., the covenant that Jesus Christ established, cf., Ephesians 2:11-21). Consequently, to follow the law of Jesus Christ today means the same as following the “Old Paths”.
Why not make the decision today to seriously examine the teachings of the Written Word of God from a reliable translation of the Bible, believe it and obey it so that you too may walk in the old paths with other faithful Disciples of Christ that wear the name Christians, cf., and Acts 11:26.
Note 1: The problem of many Bible translations today such as Taylor’s translation, Good News for Modern Man, The New World Translation, etc. — they are simply unsupported by the original language.