It occurred to me after I wrote Part 3 that there was still more to be said regarding Katie’s question. What I had addressed in Parts 1, 2, and 3 were all good, but there were things that I did not cover. This is Part 4.
I ended Part 3 with a reason why we should not reject the Law or the Torah, the list of do’s and don’t’s, and I also stated a couple of reasons why people so emphatically preach and teach that you should follow the rules. For some people, it is a problem with self righteousness— feeling that they know everything and commanding that others give them a sense of respect. Others will teach a strict law obedience to create a sense of unity, although they are creating clones or a sense of sameness. All of this is evidence of a control issue, and can be extremely destructive. Still, others will preach to their congregations that they ought to be law abiding citizens in a genuine effort to avoid sin. They will do what they can to keep God’s law and live a holy lifestyle. This in itself is not wrong or evil, but if it is pushed too far it can become a burden, something the Law was not intended to be.
At the end of it all, I encouraged Katie, and all you readers to move towards or pursue a love relationship with God, not a rule based one. For a love relationship is what God originally intended and designed you to flow and function in. But just because I said it doesn’t mean that people will instantly move towards that kind of relationship.
Why? Because love is scary. Continue reading “Which Laws Should I Follow: Part 4 – The Final Note”