Presented below is an email I recently received. I thought it might be a
good idea to post this email because I’ve heard similar thoughts expressed in
the past, and therefore, it’s very likely that a lot of people who stumble
across this website hold a similar viewpoint, yet don’t take the time to email
their thoughts. Also, the email addresses three very important subjects –
the Old Testament Law, the Old Testament Prophets, and the fulfillment of both
in the life of Jesus of Nazareth. As such, this exchange is an important
one to share.
My response is posted afterward.
Thought you might like this little compilation I did to help with your work:
The Bible is the infallible word of our Lord. If you are a TRUE Christian, you
follow these commands:
Who You Should Kill
-Unruly or rebellious child. Deut 21:20-21
-Those who curse or hit their parents. Lev 20:9, Ex 21:15
-Worshipers of other gods. Deut 13:6-11
-Psychics, witches. Lev 20:27, Deut 13:6-11, Ex 22:18
-Those who do not believe in Jesus (parable). Luke 19:27
-Those who work on the Sabbath. Ex 35:2 (Moses kills a gentile for this.
-Those who are accused by at least two people of wickedness. Deut 17:6
-The children and babies of enemies. Num 31:17, Deut 20:13, Psalm 137:9, Lev
-Adulterers. Lev 20:10
-Homosexuals. Lev 20:13
-A woman who is not a virgin when married. Deut 22:13-21
-Those who are careless with murderous livestock. Exodus 21:29
Who You Should Hate
-Those who eat crab or shrimp. Lev 11:10
-Those who sacrifice an animal to God that has a blemish. Deut 17:1
-Those who remarry the same person after divorce. Deut 24:4
-Homosexuals. Lev 18:22
-Those who are proud. Prov 16:5
-A woman who wears pants. Deut 22:5
-A man with long hair (Jesus?). 1 Cor 11:14
-Those who call others fools Mat 5:22
Should we still do this stuff?
-All Old Testament laws still apply in the New Testament. Matt 5:17-19
You don’t dare to try and FILTER and pick and choose from the word of God right?
You don’t pull that nambie-pampy “out of context” silliness with passages you
don’t like, but then wholeheartedly accept those you DO like? That is SIN!
So either you are a TRUE Christian, and you’ll follow those loving commands from
God. Or you are doomed to be tortured in hell forever! Oh Glory!
Free With Jesus!
[End of Received Email]
Dear Free With Jesus:
Thank you for taking the time to email me. I will do my best to answer
your questions, and I welcome your feedback if you feel I’ve inadequately
addressed your questions.
Your compilation of references to Old Testament laws is very thorough, and I’m
afraid I’m guilty of violating many of them. In fact, all of humanity is
sentenced to death as a result of our sin.
Because all of us are born into sin, we are all condemned – banished from the
presence of God who, in His infinite justice, can not tolerate the presence of
the unholy. But all is not lost - there is great news!
In order to make us holy, blameless in the eyes of God, Jesus Christ (God in the
flesh) came to earth and paid the price of humanity’s sin through His blood on
“For God presented Jesus as the sacrifice for sin. People are made right with
God when they believe that Jesus sacrificed his life, shedding his blood.”
Romans 3:25 (NLT)
The above statement by Paul is in complete agreement with the Law of Moses:
“In fact, according to the law of Moses, nearly everything was purified with
blood. For without the shedding of blood, there is no forgiveness.” Hebrews
“For the life of the body is in its blood. I have given you the blood on the
altar to purify you, making you right with the Lord. It is the blood, given in
exchange for a life, that makes purification possible.” Leviticus 17:11
Without the shedding of blood, there is no forgiveness. Therefore, Christ shed
His blood in order that we might be forgiven:
“Christ suffered for our sins once for all time. He never sinned, but he died
for sinners to bring you safely home to God. He suffered physical death, but he
was raised to life in the Spirit.” 1 Peter 3:18 (NLT)
Christ even paid the penalty for the sins of those who died prior to His First
Coming – prior to His ministry, His death, and His resurrection:
“That is why the Good News was preached to those who are now dead – so although
they were destined to die like all people, they now live forever with God in the
Spirit.” 1 Peter 4:6 (NLT)
“That is why the Scriptures say, ‘When he ascended to the heights, he led a
crowd of captives and gave gifts to his people.’ Notice that it says ‘he
ascended.’ This clearly means that Christ also descended to our lowly world. And
the same one who descended is the one who ascended higher than all the heavens,
so that he might fill the entire universe with himself.” Ephesians 4:8-10
Because of the wonderful sacrifice of Jesus Christ, the door is open for anyone
to establish a personal relationship with the Alpha and the Omega – the very
Lord of the Universe!
“But God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we
were still sinners. And since we have been made right in God’s sight by the
blood of Christ, he will certainly save us from God’s condemnation. For since
our friendship with God was restored by the death of his Son while we were still
his enemies, we will certainly be saved through the life of his Son. So now we
can rejoice in our wonderful new relationship with God because our Lord Jesus
Christ has made us friends of God.” Romans 5:8-11 (NLT)
You are correct when you state we are “free with Jesus!”
In answer to your questions:
1) Should we still do this stuff?
Jesus came not to abolish the Law, but to fulfill the Law and the Prophets.
It is certainly your right to carry out Old Testament punishments in fulfillment
of the Law. However, in doing so, you must be aware of your own violations
of the Law, which make you subject to the same condemnation. (This is why
the sacrifice of Christ is the greatest act of love in human history. He
died so that we are saved.)
Here’s what Jesus had to say:
“’Teacher,’ they said to Jesus, ‘this woman was caught in the act of adultery.
The law of Moses says to stone her. What do you say?’ They were trying to
trap him into saying something they could use against him, but Jesus stooped
down and wrote in the dust with his finger. They kept demanding an answer,
so he stood up again and said, ‘All right, but let the one who has never sinned
throw the first stone!’ Then he stooped down again and wrote in the dust.
When the accusers heard this, they slipped away one by one, beginning with the
oldest, until only Jesus was left in the middle of the crowd with the woman.
Then Jesus stood up again and said to the woman, ‘Where are your accusers?
Didn’t even one of them condemn you?’ ‘No, Lord,’ she said.
And Jesus said, ‘Neither do I. Go and sin no more.’” John 8:4-11
Since Jesus does not condemn, then how can I? I choose forgiveness of
sinners, and in doing so, I am justified in the eyes of God. Is this
because of my own righteousness? No. It’s because the penalty of sin
was paid in full on the cross nearly two thousand years ago when God offered His
only Son as a sacrifice for human sin. We have been washed clean and
justified in full by the blood of the Lamb in complete fulfillment of Old
2) You don’t dare to try and FILTER and pick and choose from the word of
God right? You don’t pull that nambie-pampy “out of context” silliness with
passages you don’t like, but then wholeheartedly accept those you DO like?
You are correct to say that I never “try and filter and pick and choose from the
word of God.” The Old Testament Law is still in full force. The Word
of God never changes. It is the same yesterday, today, and tomorrow.
The penalty of sin is death. However, that penalty has been paid by Jesus
Christ. So, as you say - we truly are “free with Jesus!”
May Glory and Honor be given to His name forever and ever.
And may God bless you.
Your friend in Christ,
[End of Response]
This email exchange is instructive.
Many people have a fundamental misunderstanding of the bible. They read
some of the teachings of the Old Testament and fail to see how they are
compatible with the New Testament teachings of Jesus. Believing the two
contradict one another, they simply conclude that the bible is a fraud.
Yet nothing could be further from the truth!
Jesus foresaw this misunderstanding, and in order to avoid confusion, He
reiterated His purpose:
“Don’t misunderstand why I have come. I did not come to abolish the law of
Moses or the writings of the prophets. No, I came to accomplish their
purpose. I tell you the truth, until heaven and earth disappear, not even
the smallest detail of God’s law will disappear until its purpose is achieved.”
Matthew 5:17-18 (NLT)
By failing to keep God’s law, all of humanity is condemned. But due to the
grace and mercy of God the Father and His Son Jesus Christ, the door is open for
each and every sinner to be reconciled with God. This is because, in
fulfillment of the Old Testament Laws and the Old Testament Prophets, the blood
sacrifice of Jesus Christ on the cross paid our debt in full.
Hundreds of years before the Gospels were written, the Prophet Isaiah foresaw
“He was despised and rejected – a man of sorrows, acquainted with deepest grief.
We turned our backs on him and looked the other way. He was despised, and we
did not care. Yet it was our weaknesses he carried; it was our sorrows
that weighed him down. And we thought his troubles were a punishment from
God, a punishment for his own sins! But he was pierced for our rebellion,
crushed for our sins. He was beaten so we could be whole. He was
whipped so we could be healed. All of us, like sheep, have strayed away.
We have left God’s paths to follow our own. Yet the Lord laid on him the
sins of us all. He was oppressed and treated harshly, yet he never said a
word. He was led like a lamb to the slaughter. And as a sheep is silent
before the shearers, he did not open his mouth. Unjustly condemned, he was
led away. No one cared that he died without descendants, that his life was
cut short in midstream. But he was struck down for the rebellion of my
people. He had done no wrong and had never deceived anyone. But he
was buried like a criminal; he was put in a rich man’s grave. But it was
the Lord’s good plan to crush him and cause him grief. Yet when his life
is made an offering for sin, he will have many descendants. He will enjoy
a long life, and the Lord’s good plan will prosper in his hands. When he
sees all that is accomplished by his anguish, he will be satisfied. And
because of his experience, my righteous servant will make it possible for many
to be counted righteous, for he will bear all their sins. I will give him
the honors of a victorious soldier, because he exposed himself to death. He was
counted among the rebels. He bore the sins of many and interceded for
rebels.” Isaiah 53:3-12 (NLT)
Jesus Christ didn’t come to abolish the Old Testament Law. On the
contrary, He’s the only one who ever adhered to it in full. And Jesus
didn’t come to condemn the Old Testament Prophets, but rather to fulfill to the
letter everything they wrote. For it was His coming they looked forward to
with hopeful anticipation – the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world.
We should never forget this as we also look forward to His coming with hopeful
anticipation. May Glory and Honor be given to His name forever and ever!
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