posted on Feb, 21 2010 @ 01:59 PM
What courage to post such an awesome question, and to boldly approach such a daunting topic. *bow*
I ask myself a series of expository questions.
What is the purpose? Who will it benefit? Would it be right or wrong for anyone else? Why? Is it practical? Legal? Necessary? Able to produce
many good results?
How did the law begin? What was the purpose and time? Is there a way to know the full extent of this rule or law? Does it honor the welfare of
mankind? Is it really a rule or law, or a custom/tradition?
This is where personal honor comes in, for me. Underpinning this is a respect for the flexibility and yet firmness of the laws of the Bible.
Unlike most of our self-conceived (control of others and their money) laws, the Biblical laws of Yahweh cover all people, all times, confer dignity,
make penalties self-regulated to a great extent, and cover everyday life without going into mind-numbing detail. Rather, the laws in the current text
show God's insight and understanding of common human lives across the vast span of history, and His reminders of how easily wrongdoing can creep in.
He blames the enemy and shows us how to avoid those traps, which are often based on a series of compromises, a little at a time.
The greatest difference, however, that eventually struck me as I studied histories of cultures and the Bible, as well, is the similarities between
"higher" cultures and the laws of the Bible. I do not refer to the books of cultural traditions and practices like the Talmud, as significant as it
may or may not be. I refer to the depth and breadth of the law as it protects and guides man forward.
Biblical law allows for naturalization; the many different scenarios for rape; guidelines on healthy food consumption (spiritual aspects are included
in all of God's laws) and what to do if no "clean" foods are available; tithing and how and when to tithe; including the right to keep the tithe
and spend it on one OWN household, for pleasure and thanksgiving and joy.
It's not what is often publicly proclaimed, and that's why I am very suspicious of mainstream preachers and churches. They don't teach the law or
respect for it, which would naturally develop as people applied it to their lives, and saw how applicable and thorough and fair it really is.
The leadership just never gets around to the awesome legal library that is contained within the Old Testament.
Hammurabi's code is nearly identical to the legal and social laws of the Hebrew Torah. That's how good it really is. Our code is based on
Hammurabi's and is a standard in the world today. Look it up, I encourage you! Fascinating stuff, really, and gives one a new perspective.
However, the ability to discern right from wrong is a process like any other, just much more important than most.
Training people not to read the oldest and best legal code, the one that is specifically designed to HELP humans?
That's blasphemy. And molesting their kids while stealing their money? Teaching their teens to yell and scream and rebel during "youth
Also not the most effective training in doing good, or learning to identify and accomplish effective actions for good.