Jesus and the Jewish Law - as bloody as it was he did not care but he affirmed it as sacred

Those who are more interested in what they want to feel is right or wrong rather than have rules lie about how Jesus freed us from God's Jewish Law or Law of Moses or Torah.  But the fact is that Christian tradition as shown among the apostles is clear that the law is good and holy.  That would tell us what Jesus would think.

The law spends too much time commanding stoning and murder in the name of God.  God is said to have verbally given the instructions.  Infamously, a man lying with a man is described as intolerable and they both must be put to death.  There is no command for penalising child abuse.  It can be argued that the rule for man having sex with man just means male on male sex and it does not matter if one of them is only a boy.  Stone both.

The death penalty whether right or wrong at least declares the seriousness of an offence. Say your law is that somebody casting spells or abusing a child sexually must be stoned to death you might temper this with mercy so it’s not a common practice. But it is still saying these crimes deserve the full penalty for they are so terrible. And you need to kill enough people otherwise the law cannot mean what it says. If the sins start to rise in popularity then the mercy thing will have to happen less often. The Law of Moses gives no rules for applying mercy. There is not a single example of somebody committing a capital crime and getting mercy as an example of how to apply mercy without making the law mean nothing. Rather we have an account of a man being murdered by stoning for gathering sticks on the Sabbath.  Jesus gave no examples for applying mercy either.  The story of the adulteress about to be stoned in John 8 must be read in light of how John says the accusers could not put anyone to death.  Even Jesus had to be taken to the Roman authorities to get rid of him.

Matthew wrote his gospel framing Jesus as the new Moses in Greek.  It was written for Jewish Christians meaning a Hebrew translation was expected and virtually demanded.

In chapter 5, his Jesus strongly affirms the law as a sacred text and says there are penalties from God for saying any of it is wrong or inferior.

When Jesus said he came to fulfil the law of Moses in Hebrew that comes out as lekayem. This means establish, sanction, fulfil and accomplish. It’s a very strong word. It rules out any attempt to ignore the rules of the Law. Jesus says that he is the confirmer of the law, that he agrees with it and embodies it and calls others to do likewise. The word abolish that people wish was there but is not is levatel – nullify or la’akor to uproot or undermine. He said not even the least stroke would pass away from the law until it is all fulfilled after Heaven and earth pass away – Matthew 5:18. This is to enforce the view that the text is sacred and must not be lost or altered or misrepresented. And to say that even if all creation vanishes it is still true and valid.

These expressions mean, "Take the Law of Moses literally for it is the Law of God."  This took the hardline.  The execution laws must be kept instead of being watered down by talk of mercy.

It is wrong to think Jesus ever meant to contradict the law. He could have done accidentally for the law contradicts itself so why would he be guaranteed to be consistent? But there is no proof that he never did.  When he said Moses was wrong to allow divorce he did not say the Law was wrong.  He said that Moses was forced to lay down rules to regulate it which does not imply approval.

There is nothing in the New Testament that says the law is ever wrong. Even when Jesus made all foods clean it could be meant to mean that he magically took away whatever it was that made them dirty or unclean. It would not amount to saying, "Food is clean no matter what the law says." Jesus told the adulteress that she deserved stoning - he just got those who were to stone her to see that they should leave her alone for they were no better themselves. The story only says she was saved then. The would be stoners were not going to kill her according to the law but were going to stone her without authority. But what about after that? If she had been in danger of being stoned and the law was applied correctly Jesus would have told them to stone her.

He was not a good role model - it is Christian lies that try to make out he was.  There is an egotism in saying that your god is the best or the perfect one and that you are in a position to assess for you are so smart and good.

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