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The laws of the Pentateuch offer a dilemma to Christian thinking.
The Jews can accept their authority, and unbelievers can reject their authority, but the Christian is caught in the middle.
On the one hand, these laws have been received along with the rest of the Old Testament as part of the Christian scriptures.
On the other hand, according to Paul, the Christian is not to live under their authority as laws.
Yet they can’t be ignored altogether.
So what use can the Christian make of them? What function do they have in the Christian faith?
The object of the present series was to answer that question by examining the laws for evidence about the character of the God who endorsed them, complementing the information found in the rest of the Old Testament.
This gives them a purpose which is relevant to Christian teaching.
2Ti 2:15 Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.
originally posted by: cosmania
This is a great thread.
It highlights the incorrectness of the "so-called" Christians out there that espouse anything besides love. We are called to Love. We can love all because with God's love for us, we are saved eternally. So we are called to love immigrants, Muslims, and our enemies and those who would kill us just because we are Christians.
So the Westboro Baptists, who preach ideas that "God Hates" or that they hate, well, they're not Christians. To follow that idea, if we acted in love at all times, then yes, stealing is gone, murder is gone, lying is gone. Greed is gone.
It's hard to live in love, but the NT basically says, that the command is to Love God and Love one another like we love God. Man, what a great place to world would be if that happened.
De 16:22 Neither shalt thou set thee up [any] image; which the LORD thy God hateth.
Ps 11:5 The LORD trieth the righteous: but the wicked and him that loveth violence his soul hateth.
Isa 1:14 Your new moons and your appointed feasts my soul hateth: they are a trouble unto me; I am weary to bear [them].
Mal 2:16 For the LORD, the God of Israel, saith that he hateth putting away: for [one] covereth violence with his garment, saith the LORD of hosts: therefore take heed to your spirit, that ye deal not treacherously.