Posted by: AJ the Irish Lass | July 4, 2008

Christians & the Law

I’m just using this mini-poll as a jumping-off place, but feel free to add your own thoughts:

What do you believe most accurately represents how Christians should feel about observing the Law?

a. Only the Noachide laws from Genesis apply to Christians

b. Only the Ten Commandments apply, because these were given directly to the people assembled, not just Moses

c. The moral laws, but not the civil or ceremonial ones apply

d. Christians are only to follow laws from the Old Testament that are restated in the New

e. Jesus’ direct commands are to be followed, but no others

f. All of the laws of the Torah, save for sacrifices, are still in effect

For more food for thought, do you think that the laws as they were followed by Jewish leaders’ of Jesus’ day were true to Scripture, or do they feel too much tradition was added to their observance?


  1. Alll the Torah is still in effect including sacrifice, except the sacrifice of animals does not satisfy the commandment. Jesus (Yeshua) is the Passover Lamb of Yahweh slain from the foundation of the world. HE is the Great High Priest and we are HIS temple. The sacrificial law of Torah is still in effect yet accomplished once and for all with HIS death on the cross. But all of the other commandments remain, like seventh day Sabbath, the food laws and the Feasts of Yahweh which are his appointments with man that tell us of Yeshua Messiah and HIS plan of redemption.

  2. Hi Banner,
    How do you reconcile your belief in most of the Laws of the Torah being valid for Christians with these Scriptures?
    Acts 15:23-29
    Galatians 2:16-21
    Galatians 5:2-5

  3. A balance between:
    c. The moral laws, but not the civil or ceremonial ones apply
    f. All of the laws of the Torah, save for sacrifices, are still in effect

    The Church, as a whole, should follow the spirit of the law, and not the letter only. It’s a matter of “binding and loosing”. For instance, one may abstain from “unclean” foods, but it’s not necessarily a law binding upon the whole Church.
    There are certain Old Covenant civil, and even some ceremonial, laws that consist in principle into the New. After all, the New Covenant is just the Old Covenant written on the heart rather than on stone. It’s become more personal and inclusive rather than external and nationalistic.

  4. Acts 15:23-29 – The context is proseltyzing and the commandments listed are simply a beginning in order for fellowship to begin. The emphasis is that they will learn Torah as they study in the synagogue each Sabbath – “is not Moses read in the synagogue…?”

    Galatians 2:16-21 – We are justified by faith, but the proof is our love of Torah, just as Paul had. Paul was dealing with a problem Peter had, as did most Jews, that Gentiles were unclean and should not be at the same table with Jews. It was Peter’s issue in Acts 10. There is more but time doesn’t allow me to go into it.

    Galatians 5:2-5 – The yoke of bondage is not Torah. The yoke of bondage is sin -lawlessness; an inability to choose to live in submission to Torah. Paul deals with this issue in Romans when he tells us that we have been set free from sin to be a bondservant of righteousness. He says that in the flesh we cannot submit to the Torah of Yahweh, but if we are in the Spirit we can. The specifice issue in Galatians 5 is circumcision and the Judaizers insistence that Gentiles have to go throught the rite of the proselyte and become a Jew in order to be saved. This would result in going into bondage because it is sin. Paul deals with this issue in virtually all his epistles.

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