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The standard practice of the church since the earliest days has been to re-understand the Old Testament ("the written code") in the light of the Spirit. That covers everything from the meaning of individual prophecies to the application of the law, and even the identity of God's people. Paul's last word in Galatians is that those who live by belief in the "new creation" are "the Israel of God".
Where the modern American fundamentalism is going wrong is that their enthusiasm for scripture leads them into a devotion to literalism which is then applied even to the Old Testament. Thus they ignore Paul's teaching and two thousand years of church practice to begin taking everything in the Old Testament literally. Including, crucially, "I will give a stretch of land to the descendants of Abraham". THAT is where Christian Zionism comes from
originally posted by: DISRAELI
originally posted by: Krazysh0t
What exactly is he claiming to be? Can you define this objectively so we can determine once and for all that you are correct?
originally posted by: Akragon
a reply to: DISRAELI
Well said, but i must ask, how can we be discharged from "the law" when Jesus promoted that law, or at least thats how Christians view that ideal...
I submit again, as i've said before... Jesus was not talking about "the law" of moses... in which no one can fully keep, but he was talking about what is called "the royal law" which remains untouched...
Not a Jot or tittle