web analytics

Tag Archive: law

Feb 21 2013

How were people saved before Christ?

cross8x6.jpg

Prior to the fall (Genesis 3:7), salvation was by perfect obedience to the law. However, this was not really salvation as there was no sin until the fall. In other words, Adam and Eve did not need to be saved from the penalty of sin. After the fall, salvation by God became necessary. The same …

Continue reading »

Share

Oct 26 2009

Wall of Partition

In Ephesians 2:14-16 it is often taught that the wall of partition referenced is the separation between the Jews and the Gentiles.  While it is true that there was a wall of partition in the temple in which the court of the Gentiles was separated from the Jews, Jesus did not come to reconcile Jews …

Continue reading »

Share

Sep 21 2009

Sh'ma Yisrael שמע ישראל

The Shema is the pledge of faith to the One God, the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.  The Shema consists of three portions which are based on Deuteronomy 6:4-9, 11:13-21 and Numbers 15:37-41.  As was customary, this was probably the first scripture Jesus had memorized.  Listening to the Sh’ma can transport one back to …

Continue reading »

Share

Aug 21 2009

Death Penalty

Having just read a debate about the death penalty, I walked away contemplating why I fully support this punishment. Christians generally cite the Old Testament pointing out that God instructed the Israelites to use the death penalty. This is a faulty argument. Israel was a theocracy and if we are to adopt the laws and …

Continue reading »

Share

Jun 19 2009

Do Not Bow Down to Idols

In days of old, pagan people would make idols and bow before them. The idols were a representation of their god. They realized that the idol itself was not their god but a representation. Their belief in bowing before the idol was that they were paying homage and the bowing and presenting their petitions before this …

Continue reading »

Share

Older posts «