Let us be extremely clear about what Lev 18 is discussing which is explicitly stated in V3 -
You must not follow the practices of the land of Egypt, where you used
to live, and you must not follow the practices of the land of Canaan,
into which I am bringing you. You must not walk in their customs.
Thus, the series of prohibitions concerning sexual ...
What isn't addressed in other answers is where the claim comes from. Without understanding the claim, they fail to counter it. In particular, they all rely on the common English versions of the verses, where the claim arises from analysis of the original Hebrew.
And one of the complications is that nearly every English translation adds a key word that may be ...
No, because it is impossible to commit adultery with one’s own wife. Adultery by definition is committed with another man’s wife.1 2 The context of Matt. 5:28 is adultery;3 therefore, the “woman” in Matt. 5:28 is another man’s wife, not one’s own.
1 Lev. 20:10; Deu. 5:21
2 Also, see Jewish Encyclopedia, Vol. 1, p. 216, “Adultery,”: ...
I will base this answer on the premise that an activity cannot be a reason to be excluded from the kingdom of God unless there is something sinful about it. This is a premise that it is reasonable to hold in light of verses such as:
Behold, the Lord's hand is not shortened, that it cannot save, or his ear dull, that it cannot hear; 2 but your iniquities ...
This is an excellent question that has plagued the Christian church for millennia with copious arguments on both sides. What are the Biblical facts:
There is no explicit Biblical command against alcohol, except for Nazarenes like john the Baptist. Grape juice (in various forms) was an important part of the eastern diet both socially and physiologically. ...
"Now these are the judgments which thou shalt set before them." (Ex. 21:1, KJV)
The opening statement of the chapter sets the context within court proceedings, ie. judgment. So, the judgments that were listed for certain offenses were limits.
The laws regarding "retaliation" were not to condone violence, but to set a limit on ...
At the outset, I would like to flag up two biblical principles that form my starting point for answering this important question.
(1) Romans 3:20 - “By the deeds of the law shall no flesh be justified in his sight: for by the law is the knowledge of sin.” Whatever answers folks come up with, there surely can be no disputing that striving to keep either all, ...
The entire Torah consists of several parts such as -
Largely historical sections like most of Genesis and parts of exodus
The giving of the Moral law (Ex 19-23) and its expanded meaning (much of Deuteronomy)
The series of copious regulations about the ceremonial law which included the religious calendar, regulations for the priests, regulations for ...
The OP has only given half the context. Verses 3 and 4 spell it out completely:
3You shall not do as they do in the land of Egypt, where you lived, and you shall not do as they do in the land of Canaan, to which I am bringing you. You shall not walk in their statutes. 4You shall follow my rules and keep my statutes and walk in them. I am the LORD your God.
It is true that Thayer lists "perfect, consummate" a number, is the meaning for Rev 3:2 and Rev 6:11. "Perfect" is only correct if it has the old English meaning of "complete" as listed by BDAG.
However, that is not the meaning in Matt 5:17. BDAG lists six meanings for πληρόω
to bring to completion that which was already ...
Most of these questions ask for subjective answers, but in the spirit of this site I will try to answer from a hermeneutical perspective. :)
Is there anything inherently wrong with alcohol or getting drunk?
There is no prohibition in scripture to the drinking of alcohol, but drunkenness. This does suggest that the drinking of alcohol itself is not inherently ...
Lev 22:28 is one of the many examples of humane animal treatment enshrined in the Ceremonial law. Note the comments of these commentators:
(28) Not kill it and her young both in one day.—According to the
ancient canons, this prohibition to slaughter the dam and its
youngling the same day was not only designed to remind the Israelites
of the ...
I suggest that the short answer is yes.
In a post shared here I made the case that:
The gifts of the Magi were very likely used to finance the trip to Egypt
Joseph & Mary didn't yet have those funds when the avian sacrifice was made in the temple
I understand some do not like that perspective; please see the linked post for a more extended discussion ...
Leprosy was a serious disease which caused the one who had it to be sent out from among the people to live isolated, away from anyone else. This was not the case for having an issue of blood.
Furthermore, priests were not called upon in the Levitical system to examine women who had an issue of blood. Had such been the case, every woman in Israel might have ...
The slave either serves no more than seven years . . . .
. . . . or else, goes free in the year of Jubilee.
Whichever is the sooner.
I don't see any need to 'reconcile' anything.
The conditions are not contradictory.
Can a Criminal repent and live? - Yes. The Murderer of Uriah the Hittite repented and was forgiven in 2 Samuel 12:13.
2 Samuel 12:13 | NIV :
"Then David said to Nathan, “I have sinned against the Lord.” Nathan replied, “The Lord has taken away your sin. You are not going to die."
The short answer is: NO.
While a husband should not lust after his own wife in an unloving way (by objectifying her), we have to be careful not to expand the interpretation of this verse beyond Jesus's intention in light of the larger pericope (Matt 5:17-48): Six examples of fulfilling the law beyond the righteousness of the Pharisees.
V.27 includes verbatim ...
In the phrase “who is looking on a woman to desire her,” the word “to” is key. In other words, the problem lies in the intent with which one person looks at another, when a person looks at a woman “to desire her.” Intention is rooted in the mind and the heart:
He went on: ‘What comes out of a person is what defiles them. For it is from within, out of a ...
"An eye for an eye" would seem in context to be a legal limitation for retaliations, rather than activerly calling for revenge, making Jesus' statement actually mean, 'The law says to only get even, don't go over and above in retaliation - but I say don't retaliate at all.' The teaching is not that we shouldn't retaliate at all, but that we shouldn'...
Yes. Correct. One is legalistic, and Paul is warning against ‘doing’ something for legalistic reasons.
But the reason is simple. In the Old Testament, they were under Law. In the New Testament, they were not. They were removed from that bondage by Jesus.
In the New Testament the motivation for ‘keeping’ the Law (living righteously.) comes from a new heart, ...
Paul makes it clear in Romans 7:12 that the law is 'holy and just and good'. But the problem lies in flesh : in me, that is in my flesh there dwelleth no good thing, Romans 7:18.
Flesh and blood does not inherit the kingdom of God, as saith Paul, 1 Corinthians 15:50. But nor does flesh and blood possess goodness, in and of itself. It is just flesh.
There are three passages in the Old Testament which make specific reference to the Ten Commandments:
And he was there with the LORD forty days and forty nights; he did neither eat bread, nor drink water. And he wrote upon the tables the words of the covenant, the ten commandments. (Exodus 34:28) [KJV]
And he declared unto you his covenant, which he ...
Whoever is deserving of death shall be put to death on the testimony of two or three witnesses; he shall not be put to death on the testimony of one witness.
The hands of the witnesses shall be the first against him to put him to death, and afterward the hands of all the people. So you shall put away the evil from among you.
— Deuteronomy 17:6–7
Notice the &...
A bit before in Hebrews 8:10 (NASB) we read
For this is the covenant which I will make with the house of Israel
After those days, declares the Lord:
I will put My laws into their minds,
And write them on their hearts.
And I will be their God,
And they shall be My people.
In both of the passages (Heb. 8:10 and Heb. 10:15-16), Jeremiah 31:33-34 (NASB) is ...
This answer may not fit comfortably with those with a doctrinal philosophical foundation. Neither will it specify the precise ‘Laws’ that are ‘written’ on your heart, you wanted specifically listed - because you can’t. And that’s because that is not what Hebrews 10:16 means. You are seeking an interpretation that can only be supported using eisegesis.
The question has three levels, on the first level the answer is NO, on the other two levels the answer is YES.
Sexual relationship which is necessarily connected with a bodily desire is not sinful in the context of marriage, thus neither does it fall under the censure of Jesus, unless childbearing is also sin, which it cannot be. Thus, therefore ...
Paul seems to warn people against legalistic behavior.
It might seem that way, but in this case Paul is not warning the Colossians against legalistic behaviour.
The "seems to" can be resolved by either:
eisegesis: you know that Paul is opposed to legalism, so these verses can be readily seen as yet another example that supports what you already ...