Atheist Video Misses It… SURPRISE!

In my previous post, I gave a brief outline for why Christians no longer follow the Mosaic Law. The apostle Paul condemns the Law in the letter to the Galatians, and James agrees in the opening chapters of his epistle. The Law never made anyone righteous, and therefore we are no longer bound to obey it. Christ is the end of the law (Rom 10:4).

That doesn’t mean it disappears! The Bible says that the Law is written for our instruction (Rom 15:4). We are no longer bound to its letter, but its spirit (2 Cor 3:6).

There are basically three components to the Law. The first are absolute moral guidelines. The second is ceremonial law. The third are Jewish cultural norms. Commentators agree that the second component is not with us today, as that includes things like feast days, dress for priests, and other such requirements. For the third component, we use the spirit in which it is given for a guide on how to apply it to today’s culture. But the first component, absolute moral guidelines, are very much still with us today. For example, the Ten Commandments fall into this category. No one would argue otherwise.

This video asks the man on the street to enforce an absolute moral standard with the death penalty. This is wrong, because we no longer are able to enforce the penalties, that is God’s domain (see Rom 12:17-19). It also asks us if we should enforce some of the more ridiculous aspects of the Jewish ceremonial law, which is also wrong because that component is out completely.

Saying that certain components of the Law are not to be enforced isn’t selectively ignoring the Bible. This is taking the whole Bible for a progressive revelation. The average Joe on the street would have difficulty articulating this, as evidenced by the video. Christains are the ones taking the Bible at face value, not the atheists. But the atheists have us believe otherwise.

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Posted on August 4, 2009, in Apologetics, Heresy and tagged . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. Ah, so you’re saying you can’t deny homosexuals marriage then, since that’s the old law that Christians don’t have to worry about any more.

    • No, that’s not what I’m saying at all.

      Read carefully. There are three divisions to the old Law: Universal moral absolutes, ceremonial law, and cultural norms. Only ceremonial law is completely out the window. Cultural norms we obey the spirit of, and universal moral absolutes stand. Both the New Testament writers and the early church fathers classified the prohibition on homosexuality as a universal moral absolute, which means that is still in force today.

      Can you argue that homosexuality is in one of the other two categories? If so, which category and why? Finally, why should we completely ignore it if it was a cultural norm? What’s the true spirit of it?

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