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ISAIAH 66:17: “SOME OF YOU …… EAT THE MEAT OF PIGS …… BUT I, THE LORD, WILL DESTROY YOU FOR THIS.” — Contemporary English Version
Think the above verses no longer apply to Christians? THINK AGAIN, as in “Can I really prove it Biblically, and even beyond reasonable doubt, too?” Yes, some other Old Testament laws definitely have been abolished, such as the sacrifice, circumcision, and Levitical Priesthood laws which are clearly named and discussed in the New Testament. Those discussions show that those laws have been annulled. Yes, the Lord said basically to obey those laws forever, but He has the right to change His mind. He did change it and told us about the specific changes, one by one, in the NT. No such specific discussions, keiner, nessuno, none at all, though, about changes in the dietary laws (or tithing, festival, or Saturday rest laws, either) are found anywhere in the NT. Among dozens of law commanding NT verses there are some verses, though few, that do give additional, specific support for continuing to obey the food laws such as 2 Corinthians 6:17 and Revelation 18:2. The fact that those two verses do exist does significantly add support to the idea that the dietary laws are still in force. Another insurmountable problem you will have trouble explaining away is the context of the Isaiah verses above. The time frame of Isaiah 66:17 refers to the distant future after a “new earth” has been created, a time that has not yet arrived. The Lord will finally run out of patience and destroy those who still insist with deliberate rebelliousness on eating the forbidden foods in a future age occurring after the coming Christian millennium (Revelation 20:1-7) when tigers, leopards, and all the other big cats will be eating grass, not meat (Isaiah 65:25). There is a conspicuous absence of prophecies telling us that currently abolished, mandatory circumcision, for example, or the currently abolished, Levitical Priesthood will continue on in the distant future when a “new earth” will have been created, which helps add to the validity of Isaiah 66:17. Those Isaiah verses re-assert the need to, even in the future, continue avoiding eating the “unclean” meats.
Most Christians, thanks largely to biased Bible translators, are prejudiced against Old Testament law keeping. If you don’t believe most translators are unjustly biased against the Mosaic laws, click GLARING EXAMPLES OF TRANSLATORS’ BIAS AGAINST OT LAWS to read with your own eyes what they have been able to get away with. The majority of Christians steadfastly refuse to carefully analyze with an open mind, using context and/or Greek and Hebrew word definitions, the controversial verses that mainstreamers try to use to support their belief many OT laws have been abolished. They think that surely their well educated, credentialed ministers must be right, so they trust them, unwilling to question even a few such verses. Just skimming quickly over this page, though, will show that there is more than reasonable doubt that their law keeping beliefs are correct.
A well known television personality associated with the 700 Club recently answered an email asking why people don’t obey God’s law to avoid eating pork. He explained that the Old Testament food laws have been done away with using Acts 10:10-17 and Mark 7:18-19 as “proof” that they have been abolished. If you believe his answer, are you really sure you can use those and other verses to defend yourself when challenged by Biblical conservatives like me? Click 6 VERSES MAINSTREAMERS CLAIM ABOLISH THE FOOD LAWS to see well researched interpretations of those and other Scriptures based on reasonable logic and not intense peer pressure, which are not popular but are Biblically accurate. Did you know that Romans 2:10-13 below proves that God will use the SAME STANDARD, which is the LAW (certain OT laws plus magnified OT laws in the NT), to judge both the Jews AND THE GENTILES?
ROMANS 2:10-13: “But God will give glory, honor …… to the Jews FIRST and also to the Gentiles. 11 For God JUDGES EVERYONE BY THE SAME STANDARD. 12 The Gentiles …… sin and are lost apart from the Law. THE JEWS have the Law; they sin and ARE JUDGED BY THE LAW. 13 …… people are put right with God …… by DOING WHAT THE LAW COMMANDS.” — Good News Translation If Paul had been inspired to first say that the Law possessing Jews are judged by the Law, then telling us that God will also judge everyone else (which would include the Gentiles) by the same standard (the Law) that the Jews will be judged by, this revelation would probably be slightly clearer to some people.
ACTS 5:1-11: Condoned even by the Apostle Peter himself, the church going Christians Ananias and Sapphira were MERCILESSLY EXECUTED WITHIN SECONDS after only lying. Those harsh verses in Acts and Isaiah above can make it more believable that the Matthew verses below really will be carried out some day.
MATTHEW 13:41,42: “….. ANGELS ….. WILL GATHER ….. ALL WHO ….. COMMIT LAWLESSNESS. 42 THE ANGELS WILL CAST THEM INTO THE FURNACE OF FIRE, WHERE THERE WILL BE WEEPING AND GNASHING OF TEETH.” — New Simplified Bible
What kind of lawlessness, according to the Bible and not your minister, was Jesus talking about in the above Matthew 13:41,42? Since the original Greek for lawlessness is anomia, a relatively rare, special word used in only 13 verses in the Bible, defined primarily as an abandonment of Mosaic law keeping, Jesus was not only referring to major offenses such as murder, kidnapping, and theft, but also to the kind of lawlessness that can and does sicken and kill people in other ways, too (by failing to observe the protective dietary laws and by failing to pay the triennial food tithe to benefit those about to starve to death, for example). Jesus was also referring to the kind of lawlessness that greatly insults God (by ignoring His permanent memorialization of Saturday as the day of rest and by ignoring His worshipful, mostly prophetic festivals).
The furnace of fire in verse 42 above is the same massive, worldwide inferno, almost inevitably nuclear in nature, that will some day also reshape the outer surface of the earth and even evaporate the oceans, water left over from Noah’s Flood, according to Hebrews 10:27, 2 Peter 3:7,10,12, Isaiah 66:22, Malachi 4:1, and Revelation 21:1. Matthew 7:21-23 warns that many Christians, who thought they had led righteous lives, will be among the condemned lawbreakers.
Paul, a Benjamite, was not a Jew, but he diligently observed the Mosaic holy days and Saturday Sabbath according to Acts 18:21, 20:6, 27:9, 1 Corinthians 5:8 and other verses. Since he instructed Christians to copycat his religious behavior, he therefore told his followers to also keep the holy days and Sabbath according to
1 CORINTHIANS 11:1: “Imitate me, just as I also imitate Christ.” — NKJV
1 CORINTHIANS 4:16: “Therefore I urge you, imitate me.” — NKJV ACTS 25:8: “….. ‘I have committed no offense against the Jewish law …..” — New English Translation
ACTS 28:17: “….. I assure you that I did absolutely nothing against Jewish laws …..” — The Message
ACTS 24:14: “….. I worship the God of my Fathers, BELIEVING ALL THINGS WHICH ARE WRITTEN IN THE LAW and in the Prophets.” — NKJV Paul’s teachings were identically the same as those of Jesus, Whose doctrines in turn WERE THE SAME as those of God the Father.
JOHN 7:16: “…… ‘My doctrine IS NOT MINE, BUT HIS WHO SENT ME.” — NKJV
2 JOHN 1:9: “Whoever transgresses and does not abide in the doctrine of Christ does not have God. He who abides in the doctrine of Christ HAS BOTH the Father and the Son.” — NKJV
If you will read through mainstreamers’ shallow arguments, you should, with research provided by this and similar sites, realize that those Christians need to be observing more Old Testament laws.
EPHESIANS 2:19,20: “…… you are …… fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God, 20 having been built on the foundation of the apostles AND PROPHETS ……” — NKJV The first definition of the NT word “prophets” refers to the Old Testament prophets.
Since the previously unwritten Saturday Sabbath, forbidden food, and tithing laws, just to name a few, PREDATE the “law” formally established at Mount Sinai, there is no clear Scriptural evidence to prove that anomia does not include certain Old Testament laws such as the health preserving dietary, life saving tithing, memorialized Saturday Sabbath, and other laws that Jesus strongly supported. Genesis 14:18-20, 28:22, Exodus 16:23-30, and Genesis 7:2,8, 8:20 show that tithing, Saturday rest, and dietary restrictions were in full force before the “law” was later codified. The New Testament reminds us 13 times to observe the 10 Commandments, which automatically includes the Sabbath, the 4th Commandment.
ANOMIA includes, believe it or not, take it or leave it, failure to obey certain still binding laws in the Old Testament. Even someone you want to become “yoked with” should obey those particular laws according to 2 Corinthians 6:14 where anomia also appears. 1 John 3:4, the “gold standard” verse for defining sin, contains anomia, too. Matthew 7:23 solemnly warns against this same kind of lawlessness, anomia.
1) Yes, some verses put law keeping in its proper intellectual perspective, explaining that it is really grace that saves us, not law keeping. That mere observation, though, is not an official license to keep breaking divine laws.
2) Yes, some verses are very broad generalizations saying essentially say that love fulfills the law.
3) Yes, some people claim that the Mosaic laws are for the Jews only. They ignore a) Micah 4:2 which reveals that ultimately the law, which includes many but not all the Mosaic laws, will be preached worldwide from Jerusalem and b) Romans 2:10-13 saying that the Lord will judge everyone by the same standard, which is the remaining valid part of the Mosaic law plus its magnified New Testament laws.
4) Yes, there are CONCISE, ABBREVIATED verses which are also HIGHLY CONDITIONAL AND QUALIFIED saying that we are no longer “under the law” referring to the complete, entire, original, whole law (Galatians 5:3, James 2:10) previously requiring a) circumcision, b) sacrifices (the laws that were “added then abolished” [Galatians 3:19, Hebrews 9:10]) c) the Levitical priesthood (now abolished), and d) the automatic, mandatory death penalty for some sins (now abolished according to Romans 8:2). The apostles “went out of their way” to clearly and specifically itemize those 4 laws as now abolished. Law observing Christians have now truly been released from those particular, burdensome laws, but not from certain other Mosaic laws, which are and always will be beneficial and protective.
5) And yes, some claim that since Christians have been “born again,” they can no longer lose their salvation through sin. No human, except Jesus, has ever been “born again,” though, because this involves being born into a literally immortal, non-physical, non-flesh, spirit body that could not possibly consist of flesh and blood according to John 3:3-8,13. When was the last time you saw a “born again” Christian BECOME INVISIBLE AT WILL, LIKE THE WIND, as Jesus clearly described such Christians? “Born again” Christians also ignore 1 Corinthians 9:27 which reveals that Paul himself admits that he could lose his salvation if he does not continue to reasonably discipline himself to avoid sin.
But what are you going to do with Matthew 5:20, 7:23, 13:41,42, 24:12, Romans 2:13, 3:31, 6:1,2,15 and over 95 other pro-law keeping New Testament verses, “REGARD THEM AS OUTRIGHT, DELIBERATE LIES FROM GOD ALMIGHTY HIMSELF, WHO DOES NOT LIE”? NO, OF COURSE NOT! Christians are commanded 13 times in the New Testament to
1) obey the commandments, Matthew 19:17 and Revelation 12:17 for example (the Ten Commandments, which include the Mosaic Saturday Sabbath, are part of the law because they are contained within the Old Testament laws), plus obey
2) Jesus’ New Testament command (Matthew 23:23, Luke 11:42), even though indirect, to tithe (since Jesus is Who He is, indirect, clearly implied commands from Him are certainly just as important and just as binding as direct commands), clearly another part of the law, plus follow
3) Paul’s command, which was not merely a suggestion, to continue observing the Feast of Unleavened Bread, another Mosaic law, according to 1 Corinthians 5:8, plus observe
4) Paul’s strict command to NOT EVEN TOUCH, much less eat by obvious implication, what is “unclean,” which by definition of the Greek word akathartos, Strong’s 169, translated “unclean,” definitely would include the forbidden foods, according to 2 Corinthians 6:17. 5)
Additional corroboration that part of the law that Christians still need to obey are verses in Isaiah and Zechariah prophesying that, for example, the festival, food, and Saturday Sabbath laws will finally be enforced after the Christian millennium (Isaiah 56:6,7, 66:17,22,23, Zechariah 14:16-19).
Just the preceding 5 items alone are “triple iron clad, titanium reinforced concrete” proof that Christians are still quite obviously under or subject to part of the OT law which also proves that verses similar to “not under the law” are highly qualified and could not possibly apply to all the Mosaic laws. Merely not explicitly itemizing in the New Testament all still applicable OT laws is not sufficient, conclusive proof, beyond reasonable doubt, that those laws have been done away with. When the NT was being written, the Apostles knew that Christians were able to read and learn about those laws in the OT and to record all of them again in the NT epistles probably would have been considered unnecessarily redundant. By default some Christians commit the crime of causing some needy people to starve to death, by not obeying the Mosaic third year food tithe law. Those unnecessary deaths do not go unnoticed by the Lord. At least an estimated 400 million people could have been saved from starvation during the last 1,600 years if everyone around the world had paid that special, very life saving tithe. Probably another 15 to 40 million or more could have been saved from hideous, parasitic infections/diseases or even death merely by obeying the simple dietary laws. Anomia, the very deadly sin warned about in Matthew 7:23: “Depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness” (anomia), and Matthew 13:41,42, is precisely defined as follows:
ANOMIA, the feminine noun, Strong’s number 458, is defined by THAYER’S GREEK-ENGLISH LEXICON of the NEW TESTAMENT, March, 2005 seventh printing, acclaimed by many as the world’s best such lexicon, on page 48: “1. prop. the condition of one without law, — either because ignorant of it or because violating it. 2. contempt and violation of law, iniquity, wickedness ……..” ANOMIA IS DIRECTLY DERIVED FROM ANOMOS, Strong’s number 459, which is also the ADJECTIVE form of anomia, AND IT REFERS PRIMARILY to the Old Testament, Mosaic laws. YES, BELIEVE IT OR NOT, ANOMIA REALLY DOES REFER MOSTLY TO THE OLD TESTAMENT LAWS! ANOMOS on page 48 IS DEFINED AS “1. DESTITUTE OF (THE MOSAIC) LAW ……..” ANOMOS itself is derived directly from the Greek word NOMOS, Strong’s number 3551, translated into the English “law,” and NOMOS appears in the New Testament almost 200 times, defined ALMOST WITHOUT EXCEPTION AS THE MOSAIC LAW. NOMOS on page 427 is DEFINED AS “…….. a command, law; and 1. of any law whatsoever …….. 2. OF THE MOSAIC LAW …….” THE ADVERB form of anomia is ANOMOS, Strong’s number 460, spelled like the adjective but pronounced differently, and it again REFERS PRIMARILY to the Mosaic laws! ANOMOS on page 48 is ALSO DEFINED AS “without the law …….., without a knowledge of the law …….. TO SIN IN IGNORANCE OF THE MOSAIC LAW ……..” THE HEBREW-GREEK KEY WORD STUDY BIBLE King James Version, 1991 revised edition, on page 1740 in the “Lexical Aids to the New Testament,” as well as other study aids, defines NOMOS basically as THE LAW GIVEN MOST FREQUENTLY BY MOSES. The definition of anomia also contains the idea of contemptuously violating specific, established Old Testament laws.
ANOMIE is an actual English word derived directly from the Greek word anomia. Dictionaries basically define anomie, which gives us a better understanding of the meaning of anomia, as a COLLAPSE OF THE SOCIAL STRUCTURES REGULATING OR GOVERNING A SOCIETY OR SOCIAL INSTABILITY THAT RESULTED FROM A BREAKDOWN OF STANDARDS AND VALUES. Mainstream Christianity has obviously experienced a collapse of Mosaic law observance for the last 1,600 years.
ACTS 5:32: “…… The Holy Spirit, which God gave to those who OBEY Him ……” — New Simplified Bible
ACTS 2:38: “REPENT, and …… be baptized …… FOR THE REMISSION OF SINS; and you shall receive …… the Holy Spirit.” — NKJV Acts 3:19 also commands us to repent of our sins (primarily Old Testament sins according to 1 John 3:4), but I ask you with all sincerity, WHY IN THE WORLD ARE WE REQUIRED TO REPENT OF THOSE SINS, IF THOSE LAWS REALLY HAVE BEEN ABOLISHED AND ARE THEREFORE NONEXISTENT? VERY OBVIOUS CONCLUSION: THE OBEDIENCE PART OF THOSE PROTECTIVE, EVEN HEALTH PRESERVING LAWS (REFERRING TO THE DIETARY LAWS, FOR EXAMPLE) NEVER WAS ABOLISHED.
GALATIANS 5:18: “BUT IF YOU ARE LED BY THE SPIRIT, YOU ARE NOT UNDER THE LAW.” — NKJV YOU MUST OBEY THE LAW, THOUGH, JUST TO ACQUIRE THE GUIDING HOLY SPIRIT IN THE FIRST PLACE ACCORDING TO ACTS 2:38 AND ACTS 5:32 ABOVE. LAWS CONSIST OF OBEDIENCE AND PENALTIES FOR DISOBEDIENCE, AND SINCE OBEDIENCE IS REQUIRED, THE PART OF THE LAW LEFT TO NOT BE UNDER IS THE PENALTY WHICH IS THE PART CHRISTIANS ARE NO LONGER UNDER, MORE CLEARLY EXPLAINED BY ROMANS 8:2, PLUS THE APOSTLE ITEMIZED CIRCUMCISION, LEVITICAL PRIESTHOOD, AND SACRIFICE LAWS. ACTS 2:38 COMMANDS US TO REPENT, WHICH MEANS PRECISELY TO STOP SINNING. SINNING IS CLEARLY DEFINED BY 1 JOHN 3:4 AS BREAKING THE LAW (TORAH). THE ONLY WAY TO STOP BREAKING THE LAW IS TO OBEY THE LAW. Therefore Galatians 5:18′s “not under the law,” and similar verses like “freed from the law” CANNOT possibly be referring to the obedience part of the law, but rather ONLY to the penalty part of the law, excluding the circumcision, Levitical priesthood, and sacrifice laws which the apostles explained as now abolished. Christians led by the Holy Spirit are no longer under that part of the Mosaic law demanding the automatic death penalty for sins, especially prebaptismal sins.
Turned around, Galatians 5:18 above reveals that ALL non-Christians ARE under the law, showing that much of the law is still in force.
Romans 3:19: “…… whatever the law says, it says to those who ARE under the law,” again revealing the law never was really annulled. Verse 23: “…… for ALL have sinned ……” indicates that the law applies to everybody, not just to the Jews. Christians cannot get away with breaking the law if everyone else (all non-Christians) must obey it! Paul and other authors of “not under the law” verses do not go to the trouble of “spelling out,” in those particular verses, which part of the Mosaic law Christians are now not under. Romans 8:2: “…… Jesus has made me free from the law of sin and death.” (Free from death, the penalty part of the law.)
GALATIANS 3:19: “What purpose then does the law serve? It was added because of transgressions, till the Seed should come to whom the promise was made …..” — NKJV The word “transgressions” in this verse automatically proves that some set of divine laws was violated, laws that must have been pre-existing. The particular “law” that was added, then removed after the Seed (Jesus Christ) came, was therefore not the entire set of God’s laws since there were pre-existing laws, which were not the ones that were added, and therefore the pre-existing laws that included the Ten Commandments (click ALL 10 COMMANDMENTS IN FORCE BEFORE THE MOSES) could not possibly have been the laws abolished since only the added laws were annulled. The book of Hebrews gives the clue about which laws were added then removed. Hebrews 9:9,10,12,13 and 10:1 discuss the offerings and sacrifice laws with their rituals, which specifically pinpoints the offerings and sacrifice laws as the laws that were added then removed, because verse 10: “….. imposed until the time of reformation” reveals that those laws would be removed and when they would be removed which was also explained in the above Galatians 3:19: “….. till the Seed should come.” Since the Mosaic dietary, festival, tithing, Sabbath, and many other civil and moral laws such as the prohibition against removing property landmarks, bestiality, bribery, gossip, etc. are not laws involving offerings and sacrifices, they logically could not have been the laws that were added then nullified after the death of Jesus. So those laws, part of the pre-existing laws that were formally codified at the same time that the offerings and sacrifice laws were added, must still be in force. For additional study please read the bottom half of http://www.ucg.org/booklet/new-covenant-does-it-abolish-gods-law/circumcision-vs-new-creation-christ/. Continue reading