I think it's extremely important for Christians to understand how the Old Testament laws impact us today. So here are a few suggestions:
If someone asks you about Old Testament laws:
1. Ask them if they are aware of the New Testament passages that talk about the end of dietary and sacrificial laws.
2. Ask if they realize that many of the Old Testament laws were civil laws specifically for the Old Testament nation of Israel, not for all time.
3. Explain that the Bible is not simply a law book, but a story.
If they suggest that God's prohibitions against premarital sex or homosexuality are outdated, explain that, if those things were simply mentioned in the Old Testament, that might be true. But they are directly addressed and prohibited in the New Testament.
If you want to study the theological role of the law in our faith, I think this article will be helpful: Are Christians Under the Law?
|God doesn't hate shrimp & neither do I : )|
Before Christ's sacrifice for sin, God used the law to show people they could never satisfy His holy demands. The law was a "teacher" or "guardian."
2. Does that mean we aren't responsible to live holy lives?
We sometimes get this confused but these are the Scriptural facts:
- We can't be saved by good works.
- After we're saved, we will want to do good works.
God Loves Me Just the Way I Am
The previous study Do We Underestimate Christ's Words (Insights) also provides insights in this area.
1 Corinthians 9:19-21
Paul was saying he was no longer "under the law"--no longer would he be judged by the law because Christ was his Savior. But, because Christ was his Savior, he was now a disciple, a student, and a servant of Christ and Christ's commands.
Obviously, none of us will perfectly serve Christ because sanctification is a process that continues until we see Christ face-to-face. But a person is fooling himself if he says he loves Christ yet refuses to obey Him.
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