Christians and the Law: Answering the Objections, part 13

Tiger made a valiant attempt to defend God and the Torah against irrational and ignorant attacks from all sides, but it just isn’t possible to fight those determined to remain in ignorance by attempting to educate them. This is why I am posting my arguments here instead of at Vox’s blog. Those who are interested in the truth, who are ready to hear it, will seek it out. Those who are not interested in the truth will pat each other on the back and continue shouting the same old disproven arguments until they are forced to confront it either by death or by the Messiah’s return.

Statement 19: Tiger, you are making a huge mistake in assuming that those who are not under the law are incapable of appreciating the law for what it is, not a jot or tittle added or removed. The law is undeniably clear about who is under it and why, and that it will, in fact pass away. Therefore, as important and elegant and effective as it may be, it is, by God’s own testament, something temporary…. You know very well when it passes away. Once its purpose is achieved. -Daniel

I have already addressed the question of who is under the law and why in several parts of this series, so I will pass over that here. The important point I’d like to discuss is the question of the Law passing away. I’ve addressed that elsewhere also, but I think it deserves more attention.

Where is God’s testimony that the Law is temporary? We can probably agree that God does not contradict himself, so I would like Daniel (and anyone else who agrees with him) to consider just a very small sampling of passages that contradict him. There are dozens more where these came from.

Exodus 12:14-17 “This day [Passover] shall be for you a memorial day, and you shall keep it as a feast to the LORD; throughout your generations, as a statute forever, you shall keep it as a feast…. (17) And you shall observe the Feast of Unleavened Bread, for on this very day I brought your hosts out of the land of Egypt. Therefore you shall observe this day, throughout your generations, as a statute forever.

Leviticus 16:29-31 “And it shall be a statute to you forever that in the seventh month, on the tenth day of the month, you shall afflict yourselves and shall do no work, either the native or the stranger who sojourns among you. (30) For on this day shall atonement be made for you to cleanse you. You shall be clean before the LORD from all your sins. (31) It is a Sabbath of solemn rest to you, and you shall afflict yourselves; it is a statute forever.

Numbers 15:15 For the assembly, there shall be one statute for you and for the stranger who sojourns with you, a statute forever throughout your generations. You and the sojourner shall be alike before the LORD.

1 Chronicles 23:13 The sons of Amram: Aaron and Moses. Aaron was set apart to dedicate the most holy things, that he and his sons forever should make offerings before the LORD and minister to him and pronounce blessings in his name forever.

Psalm 119:151-152 But you are near, O LORD, and all your commandments are true. (152) Long have I known from your testimonies that you have founded them forever.

Psalm 119:160 The sum of your word is truth, and every one of your righteous rules endures forever.

Ecclesiastes 3:14 I perceived that whatever God does endures forever; nothing can be added to it, nor anything taken from it. God has done it, so that people fear before him.

Matthew 5:18  For truly, I say to you, until heaven and earth pass away, not an iota, not a dot, will pass from the Law until all is accomplished.

Do I really need to continue? The abundantly clear trend is that the Law will endure forever, which means that it will remain in force at least until heaven and earth pass away. If the Law did not remain in full effect, there would be no sinners, no one would need a savior, and there would be no point in evangelism. Without the Law, there can be no Gospel.

part 11, part 12, part 13, part 14, part 15

Vox’s original article: Christians and the Law.

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