but it is still an insignificant number compared to the number written every year on the Bible and the meaning of the Bible... Ever since people started printing it they started killing each other over it...
Beware the leaven of the hypocrites.
No doubt; intelligent people find an interpretation of the thing that fits with their moral sense and don't go far enough with it to do much damage; but it is a positive evil the more people buy into it...
I have never met a positive evil
other than in the form of an illusion. I understand the concept; however this may require further discussion if you consider it to be worthwhile for me to understand.
The Jews, if they were chosen must have been chosen as a bad example... If anybody I knew cared to read it, I would say: Don't be like those damned Jews, because it was not for no reason that they have been hounded from place to place...But the Christians need to explain Jesus, and for that they need the Old Testament, and I will grant that Jesus, if people actually followed him, would be the perfect tonic for the formality and hypocrisy of the establishment Hebrews...But with Protestantism we have seen Christians again become Jews, and act and think as Jews; so it is all for nonsense and pointless when people can figure out, and always have been able to figure out how to be good, even before they learned how to read...Like Hosea, and Joshua, the name of Jesus means salvation... You don't have to build a church around it... You don't need political influence or a tax dodge...
Both the followers of Jesus and the teachers of the law were Jews. Also, believers are considered the New Israel. Furthermore, Jesus rebuked his disciples many times however they are still considered the "good" guys. Maybe we need to look at this idea closer. I agree that there is a difference between follower and crucifier; however it probably isn't fair to simply say "Jews."
He was not given to form, or rules, or commandments; but not a single one of us could get through one day of our lives following the single commandment he taught...As Paul correctly suggested: We are all guilty under the law...Even the law of Jesus, as lax as that may be..
There is righteousness under the law; that is, it is possible to follow the law, however it is very difficult. Christ did it, because He is the Law. It is through looking at the Law, by looking at the life of Christ (or through examining the Old Testament version if one so desires that approach) that we become aware of our sin.
There is also righteousness under grace. However the challenge of grace-righteousness lies in its simplicity. Grace righteousness is simply a matter of believing.
While at first glance, following the law appeals to the intellect (because we can easily see how the law is good), it eventually falls short (falling short is not by the law itself
, but by attempting to follow the law
). It requires a perfection that we do not have. However, following the law to completion is exactly what Christ did with His life and death and resurrection. And from that point grace becomes available to sinners....
Where we fall short, we have Christ's sacrifice, given that we believe it. Granted, faith that is truly faith will manifest itself in works (just as a tree is known by its fruit). However, it is Christ that does the work and not us, and so these works are not considered our righteousness. Our faith in Christ as an atonement for our sins, however, is.