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4 years ago  ::  Dec 19, 2014 - 3:26AM #1
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In an old thread here I read this:

God also gave us the Law because following it, even if imperfectly, enables us to live together in better harmony. God's Law is a gift given to us by God out of His love for us, and for our own good. It is the height of arrogance for us to presume that we can decide better than God what we should and should not do.

I say this is a misunderstanding of the Law.  Paul says that we have been released from the Law.  It has no hold on us, because we have died to it.  It remains there for our instruction, but what is the essence of that instruction?  Is it that we should try to follow it?

As Paul says, μὴ γένοιτο! -- Not happening!  We are dead to it, and it is dead to us.  It can do nothing for us except get in the way of our relationship with Christ, if we give it any power at all.  We either follow it all, or let it lie; we cannot pick and choose -- it's the whole Law, or none of it.

The doctrine that God gave the Law so we can live in harmony is a doctrine of men, of the flesh.  It is not found in the scriptures.  Setting the Law up as something we must honor today is why we have thousands of denominations and sects, because no one wants to follow all of it, so those who want to follow some of it argue over what we are to follow.

Paul settles all this with a simple statement:

Πάντα ἔξεστιν

"All things are lawful". And all things have to be treated the same:  if making a garment of two kinds of fiber is fine, then so is eating shellfish, and anything else in the Law.  We cannot single out some things of which we disapprove and trot out the Law to justify our disapproval.  If we want to say, "Homosexuality is an abomination" (or just same-gender sex), then we have to equally assert that eating shellfish is an abomination, along with a host of other things.

We have died to the Law.  We are in Christ, not in Moses.  The function of the Law for CHristians is to accuse, not to build up, not to foster unity or harmony.  Unity and harmony come from Christ, and from Christ alone.

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