Christians often claim that Jesus's death and rebirth deleted all the old laws of the Old Testament. Why then, do they insist ...?
... the 10 Commandments, which are laws of the Old Testament, are NOT deleted?
- PubliusLv 710 months ago
I don't. There is considerable overlap between the two Covenants. They certainly are not mutually exclusive. Truth is truth. Some things just change from "is so" to "was so."
- PaulLv 710 months ago
Because Jesus Christ clearly told them to obey the Ten Commandments, just as He told them they were not bound by ungodly rules and traditions of Judaism.
- MalcolmLv 710 months ago
Jesus taught much of the 10 commandments during His ministry, except "Remember The Sabbath Day." The Sermon on the Mount explains much of this, Compare Hebrews 8:13.
- HogieLv 710 months ago
Not all Christians believe so. They are, as a covenant law, terminated. The question remains though... is murder still wrong? It is, but not in and of itself. What the New Covenant addresses that the old did not, for the most part, is the motive of heart. Murder is a "fruit" of the flesh; something those who are not born again are capable of doing, as motivated by their "heart of stone."
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- dewcoonsLv 710 months ago
Because of read through the writings of the New Testament they have their own set of "laws". If you read through the New Testament you will find that the 10 commandments are repeated as new "laws" that apply to Christians. 99% of the other Old Testament laws are not repeated as new laws that apply to Christians. In fact many of them (such as the kosher laws, the feast days, and circumcision) are specifically stated as NOT applying to Christians.
We do not continue follow the 10 Commandments from the Old Testament. Rather we follow the 10 Commandments (and others that are different from the Old Testament laws) . We do not follow the Old Testament laws, we follow the New Testament. It is just that some of the "laws" of the New Testament are also part of the Old.
The biggest difference is that in the Old Testament they followed the laws in order to be saved. In the New Testament we follow them because we are saved. The are the results of our salvation and not the cause.
- Ernest SLv 710 months ago
You are wrong in what you say.
The Law gives knowledge of sin. None can live by law. Law can only find our breaches of the law. The law cannot apply to a dead man.
We are to be born again, anew by the Spirit to live by the Spirit. Those dead with Christ but made alive in Him are no longer under the law but live anew by Him.
- Annsan_In_HimLv 710 months ago
The Bible states that Christ FULFILLED all the law. Nowhere does the Bible say that Jesus "deleted" it.
Christians know the need to stick to the words the Bible uses because there is a crucial difference between fulfilling and deleting.
Any Christian claiming Christ deleted the law is just plain wrong and not sticking to the Bible's explanation of how the law was symbolically nailed to Christ's cross, where it remains to this day. It remains - fulfilled - and still testifying about all who try to keep it that they all fail to keep it and thus are condemned as sinners by it. But Christians are those who are no longer under that law because Christ liberated them from its curse by becoming the curse of the law, bearing its punishment so that they could be set free from legalism.
Until you grasp that, you can never grasp anything else about OT law.
P.S. Christ was not ‘reborn’. He was resurrected. Until you grasp the difference between those two words you won’t understand How He conquered the grave.
- Anonymous10 months ago
Would you like some salsa for that chip on your shoulder?
If you want to learn, you will have to put your bias aside.
In God's infinite, boundless, inconceivable mercy, he entered into covenant with a sinner like me.
In the days of the prophet Jeremiah, He promised:
"I will put my law in their minds and write it on their hearts.
I will be their God,
and they will be my people.
No longer will they teach their neighbor,
or say to one another, ‘Know the Lord,’
because they will all know me,
from the least of them to the greatest,”
declares the Lord.
Laws written on tablets of stone are easily forgotten.
The Sovereign Lord has written His law within us.
- 10 months ago
If you read the OT after the golden calf incident God gave the Israelites the dietary laws. In other words they were just to teach them disciplin. So if you tell your kid they are grounded—you are not saying they are grounded forever, you are saying they are restrictions for a certain timetable. The dietary restrictions and 600 Torah laws were on the Jews (and given only to the Jews). With the arrival of Jesus the Torah laws and dietary laws were abolished.
The Bible clearly shows the Ten Commandments are of a different nature. Jesus says “I have not come to abolish the law but fulfill it”. The 10 commandments are part of natural law for all times and all people
- tennLv 710 months ago
Because they cherry-pick and retroactively make up excuses (one is in HST's answer). Jesus replaced the OT ten with two, love God and love your neighbor, but they don't want those posted everywhere. I suspect it's because they don't want to remind everyone that they're failing miserably at keeping that second one.