“And he said unto them, The sabbath was made for man, and not man for the sabbath:” Mark 2:27 (KJV)
“The least that can be said of this interpretation is that it attributes to God human shortsightedness, since from this viewpoint He would have given a Law that could not accomplish its intended purpose and consequently was forced later to abolish it. By this reasoning the validity of any God-given law is determined not by its intended purpose but rather by the way human beings use or abuse it. Such a conclusion would make man and not God the ultimate arbiter who determines the validity of any commandment.” Dr. Samuele Bacchiocchi, “From Sabbath to Sunday”, Chapter 2.
What is this man talking about?
It is an indictment against those who make the claim God had to do away with a Law, the Ten Commandments, because man could not keep them. It’s tantamount to man-made laws resulting from man’s inability to honor them. Let’s see, “let’s create a law forbidding people to drink liquor.” Prohibition. Remember it? Now, in every city there are liquor stores regulated by the State in order to provide consistency in the product as well as to raise taxes, called a “sin tax”. Interesting the analogy, huh? Now, the same consideration will be given to marijuana. Since we can’t control it, let’s regulate it. Another government determination and as a result, you’ll get “good stuff” but you’ll also pay a tax, the same “sin tax” in order to use it without facing penal consequences.
God didn’t give man the Ten Commandments because He knew they would not be able to keep it. That would be foolish of God, but yet when you state God did away with the Ten Commandments, at the cross, this is exactly what you’re saying: “God is stupid and should have known better!” While Jesus does make it clear that “wide is the way” but few will find it. He also stated, “The road is strait, meaning, strict, and few will be able to enter.” He also likened it to a “camel going through the eye of a needle.” Friends, a whole lot of people talking ‘bout heaven ain’t gonna be there! Why? Because they fail to keep God’s Law! Oh sure, there’s this “excuse” people wish to bring up about “love”, but the truth of the matter is, it’s the basis of HOW you are able to keep the Law, not do away with it. You cannot say, “I love You, God, but I don’t need to keep Your Commandments” or “I love my fellowman and treat everyone good, therefore, I’m qualified to become a citizen of heaven.” Nope, doesn’t work that way, either.
The Bible states quite clearly in several places, but I’ll mention one,
“Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city.” Rev 22:14 (KJV)
The very last book of the Bible. The “tree of life” is in heaven. The ONLY way to get there is by what? “That do His Commandments”. John only knew of ten of them called the “Ten Commandments”. So, how can you claim you don’t need to do them, or they’re not required, or we’re not obligated and under grace?
You are right about one thing, though: If you don’t do them, or not required, or want to believe “grace” is going to cover you, you won’t have to worry about it at all. You won’t be “blessed” either, and your issue regarding it is over!
Who would have been the stupid one after all?
April 4, 2015