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What is the difference between Torah,Gospel and Epistles,who are the people using the books and who are the people that brought the book.

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The Torah was a divine revelation to Abraham. The Jews have the Torah (Law) and it is included in the Christian Old Testament as the first five books (Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, Deuteronomy). The Gospel was a divine revelation to Jesus, written down after his ascension by his disciples. It is included in the Christian New Testament as the first four books (Matthew, Mark, Luke, John). The Epistles were written by apostles after the ascension of Jesus to the newly formed Church. They make up the remainder of the New Testament. Some Christians believe the Epistles are divinely inspired, some don't. There is dispute amongst Christian scholars as to who the authors of some Epistles are ( and I can't imagine how one can claim something to be divine without knowing where it originated. Allah knows best.

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The Torah is the Law of God given to the Jews which gives us knowledge of what's wrong and what's right according to God, this Law is the Holy Law that condemns us because no one has ever followed the Law perfectly except for Jesus. The Gospel (which means Good News) is the Good news of Christ, who is Jesus. The Gospel tells us that we are sinners deserving of Death BUT the good news is that God loves us and doesn't want for us to perish and due to His love He sent His only-begotten Son to die for our sins so that we may live in Him (Christ) and have peace with God and everlasting life. His sacrifice for us was not just about washing away our sin but also about breaking the bondage we were in due to our sins. When we were in the Kingdom of Darkness we were slaves to sin but now that we're in the Kingdom of Heaven (which is only found in Christ) we've been freed from the shame and oppression of our sin and receive God's grace and mercy. Thus, we've been freed from the condemnation of the Law, the Law is still God's Law and is still Holy and perfect but it was not meant to save us but to show us that we needed saving because of our bondage to sin. God's grace and mercy is what saves us and we receive His grace and mercy by believing in His Son. To say that we can save ourselves by following the Law perfectly is false, salvation belongs to God and only He can save you. The Jews were told to sacrifice animals in order to wash their sins away but this was imperfect as it did not break bondage to sin, it just washed away the sins that the person had already committed. This is why Jesus is called "The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world" because He is perfect and His sacrifice cancels out the others because under Him ALL people can be saved and because of Him there is no longer a need for animal sacrifice because Jesus gave the perfect sacrifice, Himself, He broke the bondage of sin so that there is no more sin left to cleanse. All of it's gone, even future sins have already been washed away but this does not mean that we can sin as we wish because the Bible says that if you love God you will obey His commands and everyone will be rewarded for his/her works in the future but works will not save, only the Blood of Christ can wash our sins away. The Bible says that our good deeds are as filthy rags, this is because we use our deeds like a towel to cover the filth of our sins but the towel just soaks up our sins and we're left with filthy rags. Truth is, there is nothing we can do to save ourselves accept to believe in the Lord Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. We are saved by God's grace through our faith in His Son Jesus Christ.

Now, the epistles were written by the apostles to the churches that had grown after Christ's ascension into Heaven. These epistles were letters encouraging the churches to continue in the faith and to obey God. The last Book of the Bible is The Revelation, which tells us what is to come in the end times and tells us about the return of Jesus, when He will come with the angels of God on the clouds in glory and every knee will bow and every tongue confess that Jesus is Lord and He will set things straight. God bless.

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