Excellent post Vk
Originally Posted by Vaark
I am not too worried about bacon nor these Levitical Laws -> and I work on Sundays too -> so I have broken my fair share of laws
What folks who have not studied the Old and New Testaments faiil to mention re: Jesus and the Levitical Laws or Laws of Moses or Mocaic Laws
“Think not that I came to destroy the law or the prophets; I came not to destroy, but to fulfill. For verily I say unto you, till heaven and earth pass away, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass away from the law, till all things be accomplished” Mt. 5:17-18.
Jesus did not destroy the Levitical Laws but he did not say we had to honour everyone of them either - the word “destroy.” It translates the Greek term kataluo
, literally meaning to “loose down
.” The term can carry the extended meaning of “to overthrow,” i.e., to “render vain, deprive of success.” In classical Greek, it was used in connection with institutions, laws, etc., to convey the idea of “to deprive of force” or to “invalidate.”
The law and the prophets are synonymous terms for "all the Scriptures" (Luke 24:27
God told Saint Peter that foods that were once unclean are now clean -> the very foods that Peter thought were unsanctified, God said were sanctified.
About noon the following day as they were on their journey and approaching the city, Peter went up on the roof to pray. He became hungry and wanted something to eat, and while the meal was being prepared, he fell into a trance. He saw heaven opened and something like a large sheet being let down to earth by its four corners. It contained all kinds of four-footed animals, as well as reptiles and birds. Then a voice told him, “Get up, Peter. Kill and eat.”
“Surely not, Lord!” Peter replied. “I have never eaten anything impure or unclean.” The voice spoke to him a second time, “Do not call anything impure that God has made clean.”
I could go on for pages explaining the differnce between Civil, Ceremonial and Moral Laws. Suffice it to say that... we have to understand that God's people Israel missed the "spirit" of why God gave them the Laws of Moses -> they lived a life of check marks on checklists. this is not freedom and this is not liberty.
Yet Yet Yet the moral demands of Moses' law are no more or less stringent than, and in no way fundamentally different from, the New Testament ethic of love
. Jesus simply amplifies
the moral content of the OT law, but it does not abrogate or change any of it.
The sermon on the mount is a good example Matt 5 of what God wants us to focus our attention on.
Again I will stress that God cares more about our relationship with him, than eatiing bacon or working on Sunday. When it comes to morals, , morals still take a back seat to "knowing God" which in part is one's faith put in action.