Monday, 20 June 2011
There were many a myths propagated in my Sunday school.
Many of which I am finally figuring out, now that I don't attend that church anymore. It is a revelation everytime I realise that there are so many things that have been put into my mind that I hadn't really questioned before. They are finally being challenged, for example, I believed the rapture till about a few months ago--I had never been told of any options besides post-millenialism. I had never really questioned the notion because that's how I had been brought up in church--Left Behind and the idea of dispensationalism were very popular in my church, unfortunately.
Another one that I am finding out about is the division of the Bible up into two parts, the Old Testament and the New Testament. Of these two parts, the former was a salvation by works gospel, specifically following the Ten Commandments, while the latter was a salvation by faith through Jesus Christ. In reality, I am realising that the Gospel has and will always be the same. It is the same in both covenants: it has always been salvation through faith alone.
The Ten Commandments were given to Israel after they had been delivered from Egypt--at this point in time, they had already been justified and delivered from their land of bondage. These commands must be then, not to show them how to become elect (for they already were) but they were to show how they were to live. It would be logical for God to have given this Law onto them in Egypt, if He intended to let them earn their own way out of Egypt. But surely, they could not fold the waves behind them when they had attempted to escape.
Sanctification, therefore, is the purpose of the Mosaic Law. The function of the Law is to educate us about the perfection of Christ, restrain us from sinning against God, and restraining us from limiting the Spirit working in our lives. There is a misunderstanding, if we think that any man can truly fulfill the demands of this Law, but the whole intention of the Law is to show how far we fall short, and how much more we are in need of the Holy Spirit.
The last time I talked about someone I knew quite well, it didn't end well.
I think it was how vitriolic it was with which I talked about them that was not appropriate, so here is something positive and convicting of someone that I know. I read the above conversation on facebook a while ago, of which I have been planning to write about for a long time, but school has prevented me from saying everything that I have wanted to say. School often cuts and disrupts your blogging flow, and you find yourself with many different pieces of blogs which represent disparate ideas.
But, if we keep on sinning though we know the truth, does that make us worse? Knowing what a great plan we have, that God will surely fulfill, it does make us worse--but we are not beyond repair. Admitting that I am a sinner is not the end, because Jesus being my Lord and Savior is the end. Knowing continually how much I fail, knowing how great sin is, and what consequences there are to them without Christ. I wonder that even today, living today, I vowed to not think a hateful thought toward anyone--I know for sure I failed.
For these reasons, I am sure that this is the reason we were given the Law, to show how we should live. Knowing the truth that I am a sinner, but that I am continuing to fail--surely this gives me humility and the capacity to accept grace in my life daily.
Does being a Christian make you a worse sinner, does this not amplify what a faithful God we have then?