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|Posted: 08 February 2014 at 8:12am|
This is interesting, I was discussing this with my brother yesterday. I said that by John 13:34-35 Jesus effectively made the Bible redundant as an authority for enforcement, it was called the "New Covenant" and yet Paul came along and resurrected (so to speak) the authority and disciplines of the "Old Covenant" the Torah laws.
My brother said that Paul pointed out there are some benefits to the old laws, but I don't really buy this; Paul accentuates that certain things are detestable to God, this isn't a benign endorsement of benefit, it is a strait forward line he drew that no one is allowed to cross, it is contrary to Jesus.
Now most Christians will disagree with me on this one, but I believe knowledge, in all forms, is merely a tool to assist our natural sense of justice, not to replace it, and this is where many people miss the point of what Jesus taught. Jesus loved Sinners; he approached them in a way that they respected him for and as such they were open to his advice, also that Sinners were not so rigid in doctrine as the Men of Law were/are, and so Sinners were much easier to communicate the importance of Love to.
As Men of Law believe Love is proven by observance of Faith and Law, Jesus held the opposite view; Faith and Law are proven by Love, that not one article of Faith or one letter of the Law may be approached without Love being foremost in your heart and minds eye. He also said the Kingdom of God is within you and all around you, within is your heart and its natural sense of justice, all around you justice and injustice reveal itself and you know it when you observe it.
So things like the Torah and Injeel were only ever supposed to serve as introspective knowledge for insight into how you may or may not approach issues that provoke your natural sense, but even certain factors of that knowledge itself will provoke that sense, because they fall distinctly under the "Old Covenant" which is no longer valid.
I would say the same for the Quran, that knowledge is supposed to serve that sense not replace it, and as we all have fear but we should not allow that fear to make decisions for us. Jesus said that we should not allow fear to control us like that, wants and needs are how we are manipulated, and God will either furnish those things or test our resolve.
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