Laws Don’t Fundamentally Solve Anything

by | Re-examining the Rules

Do you Like to be told what to do?

Does the law really solve things?

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All the rules are really irritating

Fasten your seat belt. Put on a mask. Stand six feet apart. You hate the rules but you get into immediate conflict if you don’t do what somebody thinks you should do.

We make the rules to control society but the lawmakers themselves then become the problem. What do we do?

There are problems

With or without rules, there are people who will cause trouble. What should we do? How do you deal with it? There are bullies, thieves, all sorts of bad guys. Karl Marx, the founder of communism thought people would eventually just start being good. He was wrong. People are selfish, they want what they want and they will try to take it from you. Everyone needs to have a righteous attitude but how’s that going to happen?

How does God, or will God deal with all of this?

There is a God. Somebody had to create all this. What’s God doing, or going to do about fixing our world?

Even The Ten Commandments Didn’t Work

God gave us a set of rules. That didn’t work very well. He knew it wouldn’t, but we had to see that for ourselves. People say God’s law would work if we obeyed the law, but that’s the problem. We don’t obey the rules. Nobody does. Even the nicest, sweetest old lady around wants things done her way. We all do, and in one way or another we try to enforce our will on others. That’s the way we are and that’s why the rules based approach doesn’t work.The apostle Paul spoke about this “ministry of death, written and engraved on stones”  2 Cor 3:7Rules don’t really help. They just punish or ‘take out’ the offender.

We have a new contract with God

God now offers us a better contract than the old rules based system. He offers to fix us internally, fix us from the inside, at the gut level (new spirit) if we decide to  trust him. He fixes our foundation first, he’ll fix our house (mind and body) in a less immediate way.For now though, under the New Covenant God has disassociated us from his law. We are no longer held accountable to it. People hold us accountable for obedience to their laws but God doesn’t. Sound far fetched, let’s look at it.

Old and New Covenants Compared

Circumcision

From the account of Abraham in the early chapters of the Bible, your place with God was confirmed by circumcision. This was very important. If you weren’t circumcised you had no connection with God. Even during the life of Jesus, all of his disciples were circumcised Israelites.
When Jesus rose from the grave, we got a new covenant. Circumcision was no longer required. The whole basis for covenant with God, throughout most of the Bible, was removed. No longer needed. As the angels said, no it was… peace on earth, good will towards men.

They couldn’t eat pork

From Moses on, there were certain meats that they were not to eat. They were Israelites. They didn’t eat pork or shell fish. From the time of Moses and throughout the life of Jesus, Godly people did not eat pork or shell fish.
Once Jesus reconciled us by his blood, people were allowed to eat any kind of meat.

Sabbath

 It was the same with the Sabbath and annual Holy Days. Breaking the Sabbath was punishable by death. But now it’s no longer required.

Tithing

Giving ten percent of your income to the priests of God was required. Now God says, give what you want to give.

Jews and Gentiles

Consider this. Luke, who wrote the book of Luke and the book of Acts was not a Jew. He would have been called an uncircumcised dog by the people of the Old Covenant. But then we see him writing a major part of the New Testament. Paul the apostle, formerly an enemy of Christ, called by God, and takes the gospel to the gentiles. These people that Paul went too, the Ephesians, the Galatians, the Corinthians, the Romans, would never have been accepted before but now are the main ones of the New Covenant.

Why?

God now works with our hearts. He gives believers good clean pure hearts instead of laws to obey. We still have old habits, earthly carnal ways of thinking, but deep down inside, where God looks and where it counts, he makes us pure and accepts us that way.

Back to our daily lives

In society we still have troubling laws to obey and habits that get us into trouble. In this world we have rules and we suffer if we break them but those things are not an issue with God. Not any more.

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