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Law Vs Grace

Updated: Oct 24, 2022

Many Christians are confused about still keeping the law in terms of the Sabbath, circumcision and eating of certain foods. What does the bible say? Are we obligated to keep these laws.

First, we must understand that when the New Testament comments an Old Testament Text, or affirm that text, the New Testament view is final. For example, the bible speaks against homosexuality in Leviticus 18:22 - Do not practice homosexuality, having sex with another man as with a woman. It is a detestable sin (NLT).

Now Romans 1, also speaks against homosexuality. Here the New Testament reaffirms the Old Testaments' view, hence homosexuality is still wrong. Another example is, the Old Testament speaks against certain foods and prohibits the Children of Israel to eat certain foods like pigs, Leviticus 11:27. However the New Testament in Acts 10, Col 2:16 and Romans 14 allow Christians to eat anything. Hence the New Testaments’ view is final.

The reason why I laid this foundation is to make you understand that the Church started after the resurrection of Christ and the letters in the New Testament through the apostles has the final say of how we as Christians should conduct ourselves.

Galatians 3:10-11 - For all who rely on the works of the law are under a curse, as it is written: “Cursed is everyone who does not continue to do everything written in the Book of the Law.”11 Clearly no one who relies on the law is justified before God, because “the righteous will live by faith (NIV). We clearly see just as an introduction that if you wait to keep to the law, you are under a curse as you have to follow every single instruction of the law, which no one is able to do. Peter says in Acts 15: 10 - Now then, why do you try to test God by putting on the necks of Gentiles a yoke that neither we nor our ancestors have been able to bear? (NIV), that neither them nor their ancestors could keep the law and why would we want to their yoke on the gentiles.

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