Students will be assigned differing perspectives on this question by defending the proposition, “No, they don’t”. In their threads, students should interact with both the traditional (Reformation) perspective and the New Perspective on Paul, and should interact directly with Paul’s own writings, especially Galatians and Romans. Be sure to interact with assigned materials, including textbooks and assigned video and narrated PowerPoint presentations. Document your sources, including textbooks and other assigned materials, with parenthetical citations and bibliography. No Internet sources, other than those accessed through the Jerry Falwell Library, may be used without the instructor’s prior approval.
** Must be 400 words or more, include at least 2 footnotes and a bibliography of the sources.
** Use books: Lea, Thomas D., and David Alan Black. The New Testament: Its Background and Message. 2nd ed. Nashville, TN: Broadman and Holman, 2003. ISBN: 9781943965533.
** Longenecker, Bruce W. and Todd D. Still. Thinking Through Paul: A Survey of His Life, Letters, and Theology. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 2014. ISBN: 9780310330868.
Christians all over the world believe in the laws that are contained in the Old Testament. These laws as has been stated before in many interpretations of the Bible were to be followed strictly. However, Jesus did not come to abolish those laws but came to give them life and to encourage Christians to not only adhere to them in terms of words but also through their actions. These papers try to argue that indeed, Christians do not have to necessarily follow the laws that are enshrined in the Bible.
From the statement to be discussed. The wordings are concerned with keeping. However, keeping is not an option especially where people are bound to break the laws. What the teachings of Paul stated was that, in a way, the laws were supposed to have some effect on the lives of the people(Lea 2003). In this sense, laws would be the place to go whenever a person committed a sin. The law in this regard would be the one that would judge. The ideas of keeping the law related to people only knowing what the law allowed for and what the law did not provide for. However, at the end of the day, the real issue why the law was in existence would not be met.
The other argument why Christians should not fundamentally obey the law is with regards to time. Time in this sense is what the Bible was envisaging at the time when these laws were written. This assertion takes any reader of the Bible to where indeed these laws that people talk about found in the Bible(Lea 2003). Mainly, these laws are found in the Old Testament. At the time the laws were being written they were written for the context of the people that were alive during those days, for instance, the Israelites. Indeed, times have changed and not everything is the same as it was as at those days. Therefore trying to obey such laws to the latter will be in a way trying to constrict the lives of Christians as at now, when so many things have changed in the lies of Christians themselves.
The idea of time relates very closely with the audience. The audience that such laws were written for is not the same as the audience today. However, the laws that the New Testament provides are fundamentally different in a way with those by the Old Testament. Thus, it is very easy to find that some of the principles of the Old Testament apply very well till date.
The other reason why following such laws would not apply would be the ideology that was held by people during those days (McCaulley 2015). The Pharisees for instance only adhered to those laws in such a way that was not broad. For instance the whole story of a donkey falling in the well during the Sabbath. According to them taking it out is wrong but construing that law in a broader sense, it is not something that is wrong
The discussion as per the thesis statement has tried to show the arguments for the side of Christians not having to adhere strictly to the laws that are in the Bible, mainly the laws found in the Old Testament. There is still much more information that would support the same idea and thus the discussion does not stop here.
Lea, Thomas D. ; Black. 2003. The New Testament : Its Background and Message. Novum Testamentum.
McCauley, Esau. 2015. “Thinking through Paul: A Survey of His Life, Letters, and Theology. By Bruce W. Longenecker and Todd D. Still. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 2014. Pp. 416. Cloth, $32.79.” Religious Studies Review. https://doi.org/10.1111/rsr.12258_23.