Christians and the Law: Answering the Objections, part 12

Statement 17: Paul tells us in Romans that the Gentiles who have no law do by nature what law empells them to do so they are a law unto themselves. -Freddy

Here is the passage to which Freddy is alluding:

Romans 2:14-16 For when Gentiles, who do not have the law, by nature do what the law requires, they are a law to themselves, even though they do not have the law. (15) They show that the work of the law is written on their hearts, while their conscience also bears witness, and their conflicting thoughts accuse or even excuse them (16) on that day when, according to my gospel, God judges the secrets of men by Christ Jesus.

Paul said that gentiles are a law to themselves, that they have the Law written in their hearts, so far as they do what the Law requires. In other words, if gentiles do not do what the Law requires, they are not a law to themselves and do not have the Law written on their hearts. The only difference here between Jews and gentiles is that the Jews have the advantage of having the Law written on paper, so that even when their hearts lie to them–as all human hearts always do–they can read the word to see exactly what God said. If someone without the written Law ignores their conscience, eventually they abuse it to the point where it is no longer even capable of speaking the truth to them (Romans 1:18-32). All they hear from their hearts from that time on is lies. Those who have the Torah, on the other hand, have a means of correcting their behavior despite their seared consciences through prayer, study, and discipline. In time, the Holy Spirit can heal them and restore those aspects of the Law that are written on our hearts from within the womb.

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Freddy has been getting all the attention. It just isn’t fair! Time to move on to someone else…

Statement 18: It is also impossible to remove all blood from your food. Microscopic traces will remain.

Tiger, do you eat your steaks well done, to remove all the blood? Sorry, still some left in there.

-stg58

Spot on, stg58. It is impossible to remove all of the blood from an animal. And, aside from the small amount of blood that drips out, cooking doesn’t remove any blood at all. Cooked blood is still blood. Does that mean it’s impossible to obey God’s commandment not to eat blood? Of course not. He told Israel that obedience was not too hard for them. Unless God was lying, it is not impossible to obey the command not to eat blood. All you have to do is ask God how.

Asked and answered. God gave more details on how to remove blood from an animal:

Leviticus 17:13 “Any one also of the people of Israel, or of the strangers who sojourn among them, who takes in hunting any beast or bird that may be eaten shall pour out its blood and cover it with earth.”

Draining the blood from a shot animal doesn’t remove every drop of blood from the muscle tissues, so that must not have been God’s intended meaning. Bleeding the animal either at the time of death or immediately after is sufficient to remove the blood for the purposes of the commandment. If there is still some blood in the animal after bleeding it–as there always will be–then that is God’s problem to deal with. Your job is to obey his instructions. It’s his job to deal with the consequences of that obedience.

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Vox’s original article: Christians and the Law.

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