This is a follow up to a previous thread on Old Testament law and Jesus. In this video, Mike brilliantly explains the cultural context behind Mosaic law, and why it no longer applys:
Simply put, the mosaic law is the standard law of Ancient Near Eastern cultures. Since the messiah was meant to unite all cultures, the laws of one culture no longer hold primacy, and were only a temporary concession.
It is also worth pointing out that many of the Mosaic Laws are culture specific to Ancient Near Eastern culture, and make no sense if we try to apply them today. Adultery was punishable by death because women and children were highly dependent on men in a patriarchal culture, if a man left his wife for another woman, he was putting his family at risk, therefore meaning he should be punished in an ‘eye for an eye’ way (Jesus on the other hand said we should turn the other cheek), an unbetrothed virgin was forced to marry a man who had sex with her because virginity was highly valued in wives, so a deflowered virgin would be highly unlikely to find a husband of her own. Neither of these laws would apply to our culture.
In short, Christians need not worry about Old Testamwnt law, and certainly shouldn’t try to implement it, and atheists need not use it to grill Christians.