Sunday, January 17, 2016

The Self-Harmony of the Bible - 4 (Part Nine)

Is God’s Law Perfect?
Using Psalm 19:7 (NWT), which states: “The law of Jehovah is perfect, restoring strength. The reminder of Jehovah is trustworthy, making the inexperienced one wise,” and James 1:25 (NWT), which says: “[T]he one who peers into the perfect law that belongs to freedom and continues in it has become, not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work; and he will be happy in what he does,” the skeptic argues that the Bible says that Mosaic is perfect. That is nice, but he, as usual, is confused as to which law is being discussed. Psalm 19:7 clearly refers to the Mosaic Law, but James is referring to the law of faith; so, let us drop James from our discussion.
The question still remain, though; why does Paul say that the Mosaic Law was imperfect when Psalms says otherwise? Actually, he does not. What he says at Hebrews 7:19 (NWT) is: “the Law made nothing perfect.” It made nothing perfect, but that did not mean it was not perfect. It functioned perfectly to draw attention to Christ. It is weak and ineffective, as verse 18 says, in regards to saving us, for it is unable to. But, it is strong and effective in condemning us, which is why it was necessary to furnish a ransom. There is no contradiction.

Will the Mosaic Law Endure Forever?
            Deuteronomy 29:29 seems to imply that the Mosaic Law will remain forever, but is that so? No; nor did it make such a clam! While it does say that it would last “forever,” we see that it really means that it would otherwise go on forever, or just plainly “for time indefinite.”[1]
            Not relenting, however, the skeptic seems to think that Jesus confirmed the everlasting nature of the Law. Jesus says at Matthew 5:18 (KJV): “For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled.” 1 Peter 1:25 (KJV) is likewise marshalled, saying: “But the word of the Lord endureth for ever. And this is the word which by the gospel is preached unto you.” Of course, Colossians 2:13, among others, mention that the Law was abolished.[2] Is the skeptic right? No, the skeptic in his haste has passed over Jesus words “till all be fulfilled,” and that Peter was not referring to the Mosaic Law, but to the good news about Christ! There is no contradiction.

[1] See The Self-Harmony of the Bible, p. 3
[2] Abolished, that is, in the sense that it ceased to be of value, it was made void. For some time after Jesus’ fulfillment thereof, of course, the rituals at the temple were still being practiced.

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