INAYP56–Rejection of the Law–The Fatal Error of Christianity

Traditional Christianity has over the course of some two millennia spoken out against Christians having anything to do with the Law. The Law, often referred to as the Law of Moses, the Torah and the commandments, has for all intents and purposes become an anathema in the minds and hearts of most Christians today. The basis for this negative mindset towards God’s Law seems to be centered around denominational Christianity’s understanding of many of the teachings of the Apostle Paul pertaining to this subject. Yet millions of Christians, while abhorring any concept of obedience and observance of the Law, reject the teaching of one whose title the Church has claimed as her own, specifically on this subject. How can the Master–Jesus Christ–teach one thing and then years later one of His hand-picked apostles teach a contrary doctrine? Something smells awfully rotten here doesn’t it? Could it be that the vast majority of Christians are sadly mistaken about their rejection of the Law? What if I were to show you Prima fascia that traditional Christianity’s perspective on this subject is entirely wrong and even grossly non-nonsensical, would you be inclined to re-examine any anti-law biases you may currently have? Let’s discuss this critical issue of the Christian Faith with open honesty and truth. This is It’s Not As You Perceive, Episode 56–Rejection of the Law, The Fatal Error of Christianity.

Arguments against Christians following/obeying/observing the Law

  1. Christians must obey the law of the land first according to Rom. 13:1-7
  2. The Law was given solely to the nation of Israel (http://www.gotquestions.org/Christian-law.html)
  3. The Laws of God are instructive but not imperative or valid for today’s Christian to follow (https://www.gci.org/bible/torah/exodus2a)
  4. It’s impossible for men to keep the Law because of man’s innate depravity and innate sinful nature (https://www.biblegateway.com/resources/commentaries/IVP-NT/Matt/Christians-Must-Obey-Gods-Law)
  5. The Law was nailed to the cross of Jesus and thus we are not compelled to keep the Law (Col. 2:14)
The Law--Does it apply to Christians?

The Law–Does it apply to Christians?

Why those arguments against the Law are invalid

  1. According to Maimonides and other rabbinic scholars, there are 613 commandments/laws
  2. There are some 2.4 million secular laws worldwide
  3. An actual read through of the Law will reveal that any argument against Christians keeping the Law is ludicrous at best. Here are examples
    1. Acknowledge that God exists; that we should fear Him; that we should obey and love Him; and not worship any other God(s); to sanctify His name (Yehovah)
    2. To love fellow believers and not sanction the wrongdoings of fellow believers
    3. Not to oppress those among us who are weak
    4. Not to intentionally and opening embarrass another
    5. Not to gossip
    6. Not to seek revenge
    7. Not to hold and bear grudges
    8. Not to seek after idolatrous religions; not worship  idols; not to make unto ourselves idols
    9. Not to blaspheme God
    10. Not to perform as a medium or magician/seer; avoid astrology; not engage in witchcraft; not consult medium; not engage the dead
    11. Not sacrificing our children to satan
    12. Avoid being superstitious
    13. Not to have sex with any woman who is not your wife
    14. Not to have sex with your mother, your step mother, your siblings, your step-siblings, your siblings, your daughter, your grandchildren, your aunt/uncle
    15. Not to marry a woman and her children
    16. Not to engage in bestiality
    17. Not to engage in homosexuality
    18. Not take (steal) and hold things that do not belong to you
    19. Not to lie in court or commit perjury
    20. Give to charity
    21. Be honest in one’s business dealings
    22. Don’t engage in kidnapping
    23. Don’t change the boundaries of your land in order to steal land from your neighbors
    24. Don’t rob anyone
    25. Pay your bills
    26. Not engage in activities to take another’s possessions
    27. If you see someone drop something or you find a lost object, return it to the rightful owner
    28. Don’t commit murder
    29. Don’t care not neglect the safety of your guests in your home or on your property
    30. Don’t cause a blind person to trip and fall
    31. Don’t overcharge for an article you put on sale nor grossly under pay for an article
    32. Don’t insult people
    33. Don’t disrespect your parents; don’t assault your parents
    34. Don’t be a rebellious child

What did Jesus say regarding the Law

17 ¶ “Do not think that I came to abolish the aLaw or the Prophets; I did not come to abolish, but to fulfill.  18 “For truly I say to you, auntil heaven and earth pass away, not 1the smallest letter or stroke shall pass away from the Law, until all is accomplished.  19 “Whoever then annuls one of the least of these commandments, and so teaches 1others, shall be called least ain the kingdom of heaven; but whoever 2keeps and teaches them, he shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.

  20 “For I say to you, that unless your a righteousness surpasses that of the scribes and Pharisees, you shall not enter the kingdom of heaven. (Mat 5:17-20 NAS)
 
  • Abolish–kataluo–dissolve or disunite
  • fulfill–pleroo–According to the Louw-Nida Lexicon, pleroo means to give the true or complete meaning to something; to give the true meaning to, to provide the real significance of
  • accomplished–ginomai–according to Thayer’s Greek Lexicon, ginomai means to come to pass, happen, or events
    • what events; what must come to pass? Matt 24:35–Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away (KJV); Luk 16:17–And it is easier for heaven and earth to pass than one tittle of the law to fail (KJV)
  • the warning–those who break the law and teach others to do so shall be called least in the Kingdom
  • Our righteousness must exceed the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, otherwise we will not enter the Kingdom
    • righteousness refers to attributes of God and the behavior that God requires of us (Friberg Lexicon); integrity, virtue, purity of life, uprightness, correctness of thinking, feeling and acting
    • imputed righteousness? obedience and compliance? both? 

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