Premise 1 The Old Testament Law prohibited eating certain foods and declared some ‘unclean’.
Premise 2. Jesus declared all foods ‘clean’
Conclusion: Therefore Jesus contradicted/abolished/dismissed OT Law.
The above syllogism is used by many to affirm certain behavior/activity prohibited by OT Law. What behavior/activity is currently being defended is immaterial to the REAL question at hand.
1. “Did Jesus abolish OT Law?” Using the term ‘abolish’ by definition includes contradicting and/or dismissing the Law.
At this point, a rather lengthy discussion can be had concerning what is meant by ‘abolish’, as well as an even longer dissertation concerning the ‘types’ of Law in the OT. To answer out question however, we need only look to the words of Jesus himself:
“Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them. I tell you the truth, until heaven and earth disappear, not the smallest letter, not the least stroke of a pen, will by any means disappear from the Law until everything is accomplished” (Matthew 5:17-18).
There you have it. Jesus did not come abolish the Law, but to fulfill not only the Law, but also the Prophets. Whatever that means, the above conclusion is false.
I’m not going to get into the meaning of it all, but there are some good answers from an excellent source to specific questions like “Did Jesus abolish OT law?” at www.gotQuestions.org. Just Google the question and read to your heart’s content.
The above post is dedicated to “Bones”, a fellow who stated that Jesus did contradict and/or dismiss OT Law, over at a ‘Progressive’ Christian are of the blogosphere. I could not address him there, as I have been blocked from doing so. That’s probably a good thing (being blocked) since there are even more really foolish arguments being made over there and I have a tendency to want to address them all and perhaps become a poor steward of God’s time.
I think the answer to this question lies in definition. One reason people have such difficulty with questions about “law” is that the term is used in so many different ways in the Scriptures. If we use the term to refer to God’s righteous standard, it is obvious Jesus did not abolish the Law. The same is true in reference to Law as Scripture. Jesus did not come to abolish the Old Testment Scriptures but to fulfill them. If we are using the term in reference to Law as covenant made with Israel, the New Testament writers make it quite clear that Jesus has “broken down in his flesh the dividing wall of hostility by abolishing the law of commandments expressed in ordinances, that he might create in himself one new man in place of the two, so making peace, . . .”
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I could not address him there, as I have been blocked from doing so.
You couldn’t address him there. You couldn’t address him here. Wonder where you can address him?
Actually, I did try and contact him via one of his Web sites (email). 🙂 He knows how to find me also, but apparently, in the wonderful spirit of love and tolerance he has, he declines to do so, leaving me to wonder why. He just blocks me because folks don’t like ‘preaching’, long excerpts from scripture, and being repeatedly being told that the Bible is clear enough to understand for the average readers. And since he allows the folks riding the ‘snivel’ train to say all manner of rude and impolite things, as well as let them build and attack straw men on a regular basis, maybe he’s afraid some of his ‘fans’ will see the true nature of the PCA (Progressive Christian Alliance-should be ‘Apostasy’) and that denying the fundamentals of the faith altogether (and poking fun of those who still hold them) is not exactly demonstrating Biblical wisdom. In fact, there’s a passage in Romans 1 that talks about men who suppress the truth in unrighteousness really ‘professing’ to be wise and becoming fools. Not my opinion, but God’s through the Apostle Paul.
I wouldn’t bother asking people to your site when you can’t handle basic questions about scripture.
Those who read my deleted comment know how dishonest that was.
Not when the ‘asker’ ‘already knows and has an agenda. Although I’m just a fallen man saved by grace, why should I answer an ‘agenda’ filled question?
Because I know you couldn’t and it totally disproved your article.
It’s not a very good look when you can’t handle basic scripture.