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Jesus Christ, not the law, is our salvation

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Posted: Saturday, June 16, 2012 12:00 am | Updated: 9:41 am, Tue Aug 27, 2013.

The law of God is His perfect standard; not burdensome nor grievous. It is a beautiful loving thing, but it clearly was never meant as the means for our salvation. The law is like a mirror that reflects who and what we are. When we look into it we see sin and rebellion, which in turn causes us to realize that the law is unable to redeem us. The law is referred to us a tutor or teacher that shows us how depraved and lost we really are, and how even our best efforts to obey the law ultimately ends in failure. Why? Reason being we aren't sinners because we break God's law, we break God's law because we are sinners — we're already fallen and sinful creatures, and righteousness comes from Christ not the law.

Christ's commandments are like a surveyor's landmark, a monument that shows us where we are and how far we've got to go. It marks our road map so we don't lose direction, which would be easy to do on the long trek to eternity. But we have the Guide of Guides, the only guide because maps and landmarks simply aren't enough on their own.

All religion, including Christianity, have always suffered from the same malady — legalism. Legalism is a misappropriation and misapplication of the law in that the law was never meant to be a cure for man's deadly disease — sin — which can only be cured by a dose of Christ Jesus, anything else isn't potent enough. Christ alone is our doctor and hospital. It is his grace and mercy through our faith that makes us well.

When we ignore the saving grace of Christ, the Gospel, and try to replace it with the shackles of the law, we find ourselves in bondage — addiction, if you will — to medicine that simply doesn't work.

William Van Amber Fields

Morada

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5 comments:

  • Sarah Elizabeth Tygert posted at 4:15 pm on Tue, Jun 19, 2012.

    Sarah Tygert Posts: 53

    *is NOT bound by a gravitational force... naturally.

     
  • Sarah Elizabeth Tygert posted at 4:15 pm on Tue, Jun 19, 2012.

    Sarah Tygert Posts: 53

    Kevin, completely agree! I have no problem with admitting that I do not know all and that my understanding is limited.

    However, I do have a problem with filling in gaps in my understanding. There is no need to. If I experience something that is contrary to what I think I know to be a governing law of reality, then the experience itself forces me to re-evaluate what I believe reality to be. Until that experience, I have no reason to deny or act contrary to my understanding. Until I see things float upward, I have no rationale for believing our planet is bound by a downward gravitational force, for example.

    So absolutely agree. One can not begin to take a step towards truth without being able to be open to experience. It is ignorant and arrogant to believe that what I now know is truth and the only truth there is. However, again, there is no need to believe in something I have not experienced to be true, if I have not experienced it.

     
  • Kevin Paglia posted at 1:05 pm on Tue, Jun 19, 2012.

    Kevin Paglia Posts: 2050

    Sarah: I have experienced enough that can not be explained to know what many call reality is, in fact, a veil obscuring Truth. Accepting that there is vastly more that we do not know, can not imagine and can't even see is the first step towards Truth.

    That said, you are right, Mr. Fields does have illogical reasoning. IF Mr. Fields was nearly the Biblical follower he claims to be then he would know the Bible says we MUST obey governing authority as long as it is not in violation of God's laws (for example we, as Christians are obligated to follow traffic laws, but if law were passed ordering us to worship the Spaghetti Monster on the moon we MUST disobey).

    Reality IS not bound by "laws". It is bound by experiences. Your "reality" is actually different than that of others living in your home because you have different experiences. Now "Truth" is bound by laws, the problem is we as pathetically limited creations don't know all the laws, I don't think we know a tiniest fraction of the laws. Only human arrogance says the laws man gives is all we need to know.

     
  • Sarah Elizabeth Tygert posted at 8:55 pm on Mon, Jun 18, 2012.

    Sarah Tygert Posts: 53

    What awkward and irrational reasoning, to say that one's faith determines their righteous standing. Law is what makes society function and hold together. Believing that a man died for your faults/shortcomings/sins and that belief in that fact clears you of those said evils is fine for the conscience, if it makes you sleep better at night, but simply illogical. Life doesn't work that way, reality doesn't work that way.

    Reality is bound by laws, not this comforting concept we humans created called "grace." But if one needs that comfort, I will not take it from them. As for me and my household, we will be walking through this world as realists.

     
  • Bob Silvano posted at 3:13 pm on Sun, Jun 17, 2012.

    Bob Silvano Posts: 145

    Yeah right. Try selling that reasoning to the cop the next time you're stopped for speeding. Let me know how it works for ya !

     

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