Nice layout. And I have heard it all before – including myself as I taught it for many years!
The bolded above is one of the main points that I am trying to make. Our English translations interpretations (as informed by the Monarchical KJV translators in support of King James’ fight against the religious foment of the times.
In scripture, the word “Law” and “Commandment” mostly uses the word “word” (the Ten Commandments is in Greek “the Deca-logue” – Ten Words) which reflects the Hebrew sense.
Why am I talking about this? Because our Western" understanding has become legalistic and systematized
The word “law” in the Hebrew is the same as “word”. In Israel, the use of the word “word” was as if you are writing it as “THE WORD of GOD”. In the NT book of John, it starts out, “In the Beginning was “The Word”, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.”
The Ten Commandments, is actually “The Ten Words” in Hebrew (The Decalogue in Greek deca-ten logue-word)
In Greek, “the Word” is “Logos”. So as BioLogos’ name means the compatibility of Biology with the Creation by Jesus (who is “I Am the Word of Life”)
Unfortunately, the modern English translations of the Bible have followed the King James version, who’s translators were dedicated “Monarchists”. They consistently translated “Word” as Law.
In Ancient Israel, the word-roots used was often had the sense of “a guide-stone” that marked the paths that covered the land. Wide enough for a donkey or small pulled wagon, but mostly footpaths. The stones lined the path, but were NOT walls or solid devices. If you wandered off the path, then you could get into trouble, thorns, snakes, Lions, cliffs, rocks, or protective farmer.
For us the use of the word “Law” implies authoritarian meaning which leads to the kind of “guilt and shame” many of us (Especially Catholics and from more “conservative” or “fundamental” churches) learned from our church background.
So when you read “the law” is perfect, guiding the soul, it is both a “law of life” and a “guide on our pathway”. Not legal law.
In Israel, fences were not to keep people IN, they were to keep bad stuff OUT. We in our western world see Law as an INWARD fence keeping us in. OT LAW is to show us where the safe zones lay.
My friend @Jason replied this to a conversation we were having elsewhere.
Jesus is the word of life. He said " came not to condemn the world, but that the world might be saved." Does taht sound like LAW?
My “mission” is to hope that those of you “Sunday Keepers” recover the “joy” of the Sabbath, and inter the SDabbth rest. I am afraid I see little of it in the “normal” day of modern churches or almost every stripe. I am certainly NOT condemning anybody.
Just take the time to see an alternate view, that encompases both the “words” of the Father from the Old Testament are compatible with (and fulfilled by,—BUT NOT NEGATED-- in essence) by the New Testament.
Thanks @still_learning. I appreciate you attention to my post, and given your Alias. I have a feeling you might be more receptive than some!