04 September 2006

Portion 17; in which true Christians stay kosher

[In response to my list of Biblical Law passages that most modern Christians like to ignore, most will say that the 1st coming of  Christ nullified all of the Old Law.  If that were true, it would mean the 10 Commandments no longer applied either.
In fact, more than 10 commandments were handed down at the same time.  Its just that the people present fled in terror after hearing the first 10.  A good number of what I posted last time, as well as lots more that have been forgotten, are all from the same incident where the more famous Ten were delivered: Exodus 20  Exodus 21 Exodus 22.  All in all, about 100 Commandments.  And no word about the first 10 being the only important ones, or being in a special category apart from the rest.  Either you discard them all, or you keep them all.  And according to the New Testemant, and Jesus Himself, you keep them all.]

  • Sep 4, 2006 

Portion 17; in which true Christians stay kosher

They will find ambiguous passages to try to justify ignoring the parts they don't feel like doing, but the New Testament is actually fairly clear that Jesus' teachings were meant to augment the Old Testament, NOT replace it. 
This implies that to be a true Christian, you must still be koser, observe the sabbath, not collect interest on loans, and all the other great (and not so great) stuff that the Old Testament tells them to do. (see earlier blog post)
The 10 Commandments were all in the Old Testament too.  If Jesus' arrival meant the end of staying kosher, shouldn't this also mean that thou may kill and covet as well, so long as you maintain faith in Him?

The New Testament, on the Old Law:

"Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them. I tell you the truth, until heaven and earth disappear, not the smallest letter, not the least stroke of pen, will by any means disappear from the Law until everything is accomplished. Anyone who breaks one of the least of these commandments and teaches others to do the same will be called least in the kingdom of heaven, but whoever practices and teaches these commands will be called great in the kingdom of heaven. For I tell you that unless your righteousness surpasses that of the Pharisees and the teachers of the law, you will certainly not enter the kingdom of heaven."
Matthew 5:17

"Now you, if you call yourself a Jew; if you rely on the law and brag about your relationship to God; if you know his will and approve of what is superior because you are instructed by the law; if you are convicned that you are a guide for the blind, a light for those who are in the dark, an instructor of the foolish, a teacher of infants, because you have in the law embodiment of knowledge and truth – you, then, who teach others, do you not teach yourself? You who preach against stealing, do you steal? You who say that people should not commit adultery, do you commit adultery? You who abhor idols, do you rob temples? You who brag about the law, do you dishonor God by breaking the law?"
Romans 2:17

"Do we, then nullify the law by this faith? Not at all! Rather, we uphold the law."
Romans 3:31

"I am astonished that you are so quickly deserting the one who called you by the grace of Christ and are turning to a different gospel – which is really no gospel at all. Evidently some people are throwing you into confusion and are trying to pervert the gospel of Christ. But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach a gospel other than the one we preached to you, let him be eternally condemned!"
Galatians 1:6

"Cursed is everyone who does not continue to do everything written in the Book of the Law."
Galatians 3:10

"Brothers let me take an example from everyday life. Just as no one can set aside or add to a human convenant that has been duly established, so it is in this case."
Galatians 3:15

"The law introduced 430 years later does not set aside the convenant previously established by God."
Galatians 3:17

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