Sunday, August 2, 2015

If God does not change, why do His rules?

   “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.” – [Hebrews 13:8]  Jesus Christ is our Lord and our God, so thus God cannot change.  But things changed from the Old Testament to the New Testament.  This seems inconsistent.
   Ah, but what has changed from the Old Testament to the New Testament?  In short, humanity has changed.  Humanity had to mature.  Imagine giving the message of God’s love to the people of Moses’ time.  God was expected to be an authoritative supreme being.  Indeed, God is still that, but He is so much more.  Humanity just was not ready for the message.
   So, like a parent rules for their children changes as they mature, so too have God’s rules change for us, His children.  Some rules never change.  Some rules go away, while others become more situational.
   With God, most of the rule changes from the Old Testament to now are actually explained in the New Testament.  Not eating pork?  [Acts 10:9-15]  Not stoning adulterers?  [John 8:1-11]  Some were just so completely understood by all, that they were not actually clearly written in the Bible like moving the Sabbath from Saturday to Sunday.  We were recreated with Jesus’ Resurrection, for as Jesus said, “The Sabbath was made for man, not man for the Sabbath.” – [Mark 2:27]
   As humanity has matured, some of God’s rules for us have changed.  With that, we must realize that our responsibility is greater too.  It is just like children growing up.  As rules change or go away, responsibilities take their place.  God is allowing us the freedom that comes with maturity.  Are we using it wisely?

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