Many Christians view law, spiritual law, religious law, as a bad thing. The wrongheaded views...

  1. Law was abolished by Jesus
  2. 10 commandments not binding on Christians
  3. Old Testament law was only for the purpose of demonstrating to the world that law is useless
  4. No one is capable of following law
  5. Law is for the unrighteous, not the righteous
  6. The Law of Moses was impossible to follow
  7. The Pharisee's view of Old Testament law matched the law given to Moses
  8. Faith and law are incompatible
  9. Without law there is no sin
  10. The law is only for the Jews
  11. Law causes God's judgment, his wrath
  12. Law forces us to sin (by tempting us)
  13. It is harder to follow God's law than to live a life of faith
  14. God established law as a consequence of man's sin
  15. The only purpose of Old Testament law was to set the stage for Jesus

Is the Old Testament Law really merely for the purpose of displaying the need for salvation by faith only?It is absurd to think that God created the Law and placed his chosen people, the Israelites, under this Law — but this was all really done for Christians centuries later, for their benefit; and that the Law had no salvation benefit whatsoever for the Israelites.

The three kinds of law in the New Testament...

  1. the law of faith— repent from sin; love and worship the unseen God
  2. good works pleasing to God (the law) — the 10 commandments and other moral laws
  3. mere ritual, faithless works (the law) — mere actions performed without faith or love of God

Only option #3 is bad.

For us Christians today the whole emphasis of the New Testament writers on the proper role of Jewish law means nothing. Ironically, the interest of the Protestant Reformers on the topic was triggered from abuses and improper emphasis by the Catholic Church and had nothing to do with Jewish law, yet they turned to the New Testament writers to clear up the matter. Clearly, they misread these as I discuss elsewhere.