hi, yes, hello. I’ve gone for a while, but I’ve been hard at work preparing this … post. it talks about something that I feel very strongly about and I’m still not sure my post addresses it well enough, but I’m having a go at it anyways. I’m especially interested in hearing your thoughts on this.
so I’ve seen this tumblr post quite a few times on Pinterest lately and I have something to say about it. something very important too, I think, because a lot of people who don’t take the time to actually investigate for themselves might take this as fact. before I say too much, here’s the post:
okay. first of all, I am not doing this to debate the topic of homosexuality. that is a more specific topic that I wouldn’t mind talking about some other time if anyone is interested, but for now, I’m going to focus on the more general thought that the person stated above, that ‘your god and his son[‘s]…plan for your salvation wasn’t good enough for you.’
this person was correct about some things. yes, we are now free from the Law set forth in the Pentateuch, we are beholden to it anymore,
it does not dictate whether we are saved.
only Jesus can do that now.
so far, so good.
Jesus HIMSELF says in the Gospel of Matthew, chapter 5, verse 17:
“Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets;
I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them.”
so Jesus is the only person who ever lived who can be that perfect sacrifice for us.
that means that we don’t have to sacrifice a perfect lamb at the temple (or anywhere),
because Jesus was the Lamb.
in that way, He fulfilled the Law.
okay, here’s the big shocker:
the Law (and the Prophets) are still relevant and important in our lives!
I’ve heard a lot of people talking about how the Bible is an old, archaic document that shouldn’t be taken seriously anymore because it’s so antiquated and doesn’t apply to our modern lives.
that is not true.
the Law does not now exist to condemn us, but rather to make us aware of our shortcomings and sins.
we don’t follow it because it gets us into heaven, but because we see it as God’s will for us living on earth until the perfect world comes,
because we love God and want to do what He tells us.
and He tells us these things (‘do not murder’ ‘do not commit adultery’ ‘do not steal’ etc.)
because He loves us and wants what’s best for us.
another important note:
Jesus may not have addressed the topic of homosexuality specifically anywhere in the gospels,
but being one with God, He makes ‘what He says’ very clear in the Law (a post for another time) and through Paul in Romans 1:26-27 and 1 Corinthians 6:9-11,
to name a few passages.
some verses from the Bible on this topic:
Romans 3:28,31 – “For we hold that one is justified by faith apart from works of the law…. Do we then overthrow the law by this faith? By no means! On the contrary, we uphold the law.” (italics added)
Luke 16:17 – “But it is easier for heaven and earth to pass away than for one dot of the Law to become void.” (Jesus’ words)
John 14:15 – “If you love Me, then you will keep My commandments.” (again, Jesus’ words. Jesus and God being the same person, and God having instated the Law, here Jesus is referring to that, as well as what He spoke through the prophets.)
2 Timothy 3:16-17 – “All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.” (italics added; by ‘All Scripture’, the apostle Paul means the Old Testament)
this is just a sampling of many verses in the Bible that point back to the Law and how it is still relevant in both our faith and our lives.
I would like to reiterate the fact that the person in the thread at the beginning of this post was right about some things (specifically that we are not dependent on the Law for salvation anymore),
but not all.
I also want to encourage you to do your own research and really investigate claims that others make, especially when it comes to the Bible.
we should take claims like this seriously and make every effort to eradicate lies and false claims about the Word, since we as Christians believe that it is the infallible, unerring,
eternal Word of God and should be treated as such.
and just as Jesus did when He was being tempted, we have the ability
– I would say the obligation –
to know the Scriptures well enough to defend the truth.
Ephesians refers to the Bible as a sword (part of our spiritual armor)
and that being the case, we need to be well trained in the Scriptures in order to fight lies with the truth that is God’s Word.
let this verse be our motto and let us ‘understand… what [we] are saying [and] the things about which [we] make confident assertions’:
1 Timothy 1:5-7 – “The aim of our charge is love that issues from a pure heart and a good conscience and a sincere faith. Certain persons, by swerving from these, have wandered away into vain discussion, desiring to be teachers of the law, without understanding either what they are saying or the things about which they made confident assertions.”
all Scripture quotations taken from the English Standard Version Bible, unless otherwise stated
I hope this all made sense and that I was able to correctly address the issue and make the Bible’s stance on this clear. tell me what you think in the comments, along with any additional Bible verses to support (or even refute – I’m open to healthy debates [emphasis on healthy]!) my statements. I can’t wait to engage in meaningful conversations with you all! 🙂