- Mar 20, 2004
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Actually, there's a lot of questions around my OP. So there's room to wander a bit.
" If Jesus discarded Mosaic law, why is homosexuality still wrong but eating shrimp isn't? If Mosaic law is binding, why do you ignore most of it? The argument is about the arguments people make from the Bible, not the Bible itself."
This is one part of my question.
Another are the differences in translations, some which drastically change the meaning of sections.
And Bill, you're correct, it is a hammer. But the counter hammer is the one where people pick and choose what to cite, while being woefully ignorant of the work as a whole, it's meanings and reasonings, etc.
Also, I think someone who is telling me that being gay is a sin, better not have a mohawk, a skull tattoo and be gnawing on a bbq pig rib with a copy of Sleezy Ridher sticking out of his polyester blend overalls. I might have to stone him for heracy or something. (The hippies had it right...everyone must be stoned. They just found a non-violent way to do so. )
There's also the whole "lets dip our bullets in pig blood and shoot terrorists" crowd who is ignorant that the 'pig unclean' argument also can apply to Jews and Christians too.
Then there's the does the old test apply to Christians question. Some say yea some nay. If it's nay, why is it even included in the book? Etc.
So, idea foder.
For me personally, I will paraphrase Paul, "I work out my faith with fear and trembling". I look to Jesus' two commandments as a Christian. Love your God with your all, and love your neighbor as yourself.
"Should I" or "Shouldn't I" do something is examined through those two lenses. I will look to the Gospels to see what Jesus had to say about it, and then to Paul to see how he viewed things. I read the Old Testament only for the stories of faith and God's plan and hand throughout history. I believe that Jesus made a new covanent and I am not under the "old law".
As to the question about picking and choosing laws...yes and no. I follow what I believe to be "right" in that it passes three criteria. 1) Does it negatively impact my relationship with God? 2) Does it negatively impact my relationship with someone else? 3) Does it impact how another person may view God's love?
Using homosexuality as an example, if I go out and tell every person who differs from my opinion how wrong they are and how IMO they are going to hell. I violate my #3. They aren't going to learn God's love by my judgementalism, they have enough other people showing them hate. If they are seeking my opinion and ask it, I will give it and state why.
I could be wrong about my whole approach, but then that's between God and I. When I stand before Him, he will ask the same question that Jesus asked Peter. Do you love me? Did you feed my sheep?