Sex: Old and New Witness to Purity

In my previous blogs, I have laboriously argued that in the Biblical witness both the Old and New Testaments each reveal that God considers it impure to have sex outside of marriage. I also want to point out that the two testaments are together one and the same witness. 

The New Testament (NT) in no way “upgrades” or carries more weight than the Old Testament (OT). Jesus says in Luke 16:17 that “It is easier for heaven and earth to disappear than for the least stroke of a pen to drop out of the law.” Or again in Matthew 5:17 “Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them.” They are both one witness, and God’s desire is the same in both. 

It is true that some laws of the OT are not upheld for all people in the NT (what we call the Jewish cultic laws like the kosher laws, the laws of sacrifice, and Temple worship). These laws Jesus specifically fulfilled and made obsolete. The difference has to do with Christ’s purpose of salvation. Paul discusses this in Galatians. The Old Covenant/Testament (meaning the system of sacrifices) was given as a way to identify sin, curb it, and serve as a temporary system of atonement for it (look closely at Galatians 3). It was a stop-gap measure until the coming of Christ. Christ comes to be the atoning sacrifice “once and for all,” so the temple and sacrifices are no longer needed. So Christ fulfills all the cultic laws. Jesus says at the Last Supper, “…this is the cup of the new covenant…” (Luke 22:20). In the Lord’s Supper, Jesus is making the claim that His sacrifice on the cross is the new covenant of salvation, replacing the old covenant of cultic laws and animal sacrifice. 


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Wisdom in a World Gone Mad

“The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom;
All who follow his precepts have good understanding.”
  • Psalm 111:10

 

Wisdom is precious and becoming more so as years march on.  It is a rarity to come across one who is wise.  We are much more liable to find those who are angry or offended, those fueled by emotion or obsessed with a crippled form of justice.  Most people are agenda driven, close-minded and less than willing to point the finger at themselves.

 

Many define wisdom has being in possession of facts.  But simply knowing information does not guide one on how to live.  Take Batman for example.  He is actually not even a superhero.  He is a brave billionaire with amazing gadgets and weapons at his disposal.  But the only way Batman can fight crime is by knowing how to use each and every device in the most effective way.  One misstep or mistake could do him in.  In the same way, we might be armed with facts, but do we have the wisdom to know how and when to employ them?

 

Many define wisdom as being in tune with oneself.  The idea would be that if I know myself well enough, then I can bring the wisdom of my experience into the world.  I should be an expert on myself and willing to share my perspective. But then what do I do with the things that are beyond myself?   


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