Randomly found this thread...I really dont think that "discussions" over the internet are particularly helpful for anyone when it comes to learning
about God, it seemed right to offer some correction though.
I have heard this argument before, and to me it seems completely opposed to everything Jesus came to teach. It's trying to turn faith back into some
religious observance. Are we to honour God on one day of the week and forget the rest? The Bible teaches that we are to pray constantly - to live a
life devoted to God. Therefore, for those of us living under the new covenant, the idea of setting aside time for Him is surely redundant!
You are right that Jesus did come to fulfil the Law and the Prophets, they exist to bring us to him! And in their fulfilment he brought that new
covenant. This had been prophesied by Jeremiah -
"The time is coming," declares the LORD, "when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah. It will not be like
the covenant I made with their forefathers when I took them by the hand to lead them out of Egypt, because they broke my covenant, though I was a
husband to them, "declares the LORD. - Jeremiah 31:31-32
And it was brought by Jesus -
"Little children, I shall be with you a little while longer. You will seek Me; and as I said to the Jews, ‘Where I am going, you cannot come,’ so
now I say to you. A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another. By this all will
know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.” - John 13:33-35
"All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father
and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of
the age." Matthew 28:18-20
By the old covenant sin could never be completely forgiven, only covered over by continual sacrifices. Is it not true that the Law can only condemn?
Although it speaks of doing good, and so keeping it is not a bad thing, we are not tied down by that condemnation any longer because Jesus fulfilled
the conditions of it. Surely this all is central to Christian beliefs?!
The commandments are indeed unchanged, but you cannot hope to earn the approval of God through them or by doing anything else, for -
"We are all like an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are like filthy rags; we all fade as a leaf, and our iniquities, like the wind, have
taken us away." - Isaiah 64:6
So righteousness is not something you can achieve by your own actions,- the greatest thing you can do, if outside of Christ, appears worthless before
a completely righteous God. It comes only through faith in the Son of God -
"I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me." - John 14:6
Consider this: if living according to the written code could restore God's favour to you, does that not make the death of Jesus completely
meaningless? I like the way Paul put it...looks like this will have to go on another post though, sorry if I'm writing too much! Just trying to get
the whole message across