Jesus, the Law, and a “New” Covenant

‘Jesus of Nazareth was a Torah-observant Jewish teacher whose followers, after his death, came to adopt a variety of attitudes toward the Law of Moses. Some of them insisted on strict observance; others argued that only parts of the Law needed to be observed; and yet others claimed that Law had never been part of God’s plan. These early Christian groups did, however, agree on one point: Jesus’ own words were to form the basis for his followers’ ethical and communal lives. This lecture will examine how the Christian faith moved from embracing the “old” covenant focused on Torah to adopting a “new” covenant centered on the life, death, and teachings of Jesus.’

Categories: Bart Ehrman, Bible, Biblical scholarship, Christianity, History, Judaism

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  1. It is Paul’s innovated Gospel of Freedom from the law and the teaching of Faith Based Redemption, which has resulted in the licentiousness of the vast majority of Christian people and set them on the trajectory which caused them to stray so far from the true historical teachings of Jesus and the traditional culture and moral values of the Abrahamic faith. Almost every other religion has some sort of legalistic framework to guide the believer in the right direction. Without a legalistic framework, there are no boundaries, no clear line between what is acceptable (Halal) and what is forbidden (Haraam), and this opens the door to innovation, deviation, and straying from the righteous path. This is why we see so many who identify as Christians acting in deviant and sinful ways that the Prophets themselves would never have approved. Ever since Paul’s rejection of the Law, Christians have been confused and misguided, lulled into the belief that they are saved by faith alone.

    There is no legalistic spiritual guidance in Christianity to guide the believer as to the proper practice and to guard against religious innovation and deviations.


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