I only keep the laws I have to keep
my neighbor told me the other day.
Now, I wonder, how does he discern between them? Which laws are really necessary to keep? How does he know which ones aren’t needful to keep — which ones are literally useless? And, if they aren’t of any use, why are they even there?
As a Christian you probably heard before: “Oh, that was the Old Testament. We are living in New Testament times. We are living under grace not under the law anymore.”
If we go through the Ten Commandments — found in the Old Testament, by the way — people take some laws more seriously than others. Take, for example, “You shall not kill.” Every Christian should agree with that. What do you think? We all know that stealing is wrong. But, say, how much of taking/keeping “what’s your own” or “what you deserve” is not stealing? Then, of course, the Sabbath: does it still need to be kept?
These are just the Ten Commandments; what about the detailed laws about food and cleansing?
What triggered this train of thought in me again was a book I’m reading right now. It’s a Christian book about marriage. Now you wouldn’t find an okay for adultery in there — I’m half way through the book and hope this to stay true! But there were a few issues I found that adviced against of what God’s Word is saying, well, in the Old Testament.
Again, do we need to keep laws? Or maybe only keep the laws we have to keep? And who decides which ones are really important and which ones are okay to break or ignore?
Just to make this clear: We do not keep God’s laws to get into heaven! Jesus Christ is the only way!
However, God’s Word says that laws were made for our own good (Deuteronomy 6:24 & 10:13) — I will share some good examples with you in my future posts. So, please, stay tuned!