I haven't read through every single comment on here, and I'm sure most have already moved on. Would just like to add my two cents to this.
First of all, the old law covenant given to Moses that was a literal LAW for a literal nation of people (the Israelites) was done away with when Jesus
The Bible does tell us that there are certain things that were stipulated in the law that still need to be followed, and also there are things that
were requirements of mankind BEFORE the law was given.
One example, fornication was always wrong, before or after the law. Taking blood was ALWAYS wrong. In fact when Noah and his family disembarked from
the ark one of the few commands Jehovah God gave Noah, after giving humans permission to eat animal flesh was this:
(Genesis 9:4) . . .Only flesh with its soul—its blood—you must not eat.
So we see things such as God's sanctity of blood was not just part of a law to a nation, rather it was a requirement for all mankind.
In any event, if anyone wants to argue over whether or not the law is valid and what laws have to be followed you don't have to go further than the
Bible itself. The governing body of Christians under divine inspiration wrote the following:
(Acts 15:28, 29) . . .For the holy spirit and we ourselves have favored adding no further burden to YOU, except these necessary things, 29 to keep
abstaining from things sacrificed to idols and from blood and from things strangled and from fornication.. . .
Out of the entire law given to Israel, these things were the only things necessary to continue to follow: to abstain from things sacrificed to idols,
to abstain from blood, from things strangled and from fornication.
Fornication comes from the Greek word porneia and has to do with any form of illicit sex outside the marriage bond as instituted by man's Creator,
Jehovah God. Fornication would include any form of sex relations between a man and woman who are not married, oral sex, anal sex, even mutual
masturbation (not self-masturbation), it would also include sex between people of the same sex and also bestiality. In the Bible all forms of sexual
activity outside the sacred arrangement of God-instituted marriage is fornication and condemned by God. All of these things would disqualify a person
a person from being a true Christian.
Most religions who claim to be Christian do not follow even these simple guidelines, and it is very understandable why non-Christians would be angry
at the hypocrisy inside Christendom. For they condemn others while they themselves do not do the things required by the God whom they profess they
God hates violence as much as he hates fornication in all of its debasing forms. Yet many people who are very vocal about opposing homosexuals, for
example, are very violent people and love violence. You can see the hypocrisy.
Yet, when Jesus was on the earth, he associated with people, who even under the law, were condemned. Because he knew the purpose of it. In fact,
when asked what were the greatest of all of the laws God* had given to the nation of Israel to follow this is what he stated:
(Matthew 22:35-40) And one of them, versed in the Law, asked, testing him: “Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?” He said to
him: “‘You must love Jehovah your God with your whole heart and with your whole soul and with your whole mind.’ This is the greatest and first
commandment. The second, like it, is this, ‘You must love your neighbor as yourself.’ On these two commandments the whole Law hangs, and the
Jesus realized that the spirit of the law was to teach love. Love of God and love of fellowman. If one did not have love, then he missed the whole
purpose of the law. Love even of ones who do not do what is right, even one ones enemies.
Many condemn the Bible because it permitted slavery. Yet the slavery under the law covenant WAS NOT anything like modern-day slavery. It was permitted
for a person who could not afford to pay a debt off, as a form of payment. And the person who became a slave, had rights and had to be treated
fairly. And they could only be in slavery for a maximum of six years. On the seventh they had to be set free. And no land could be sold in
perpetuity. It always had to be returned to the family it was assigned on the seventh year. The law protected foreigners, and gave rights even to
animals. It stipulated for example that a man could not muzzle a bull while it was threshing. It even stated things as a goat could not be cooked in
its mothers milk, as that would not be something natural.
The law was perfect and made for a very civil, honorable society. Christians are no longer under the law, except for the few stipulated above. Yet
its spirit is worthy of imitation.
Hatred for God and the Bible by many on this board and in the world is misplaced because of ignorance, and because of those who misrepresent Jehovah.
Yet he does have witnesses to defend the truth.
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