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  • ericj58

    My question is; what is the Law? This word is thrown around so much to fit ones own interpretation. Use Galatians 3:10-14 in context. In verse 11, the "curse" here deals with the "burnt/sin" offerings and sacrifices as done in the O.T. (see verse 13). This is what Paul was referring to and what Christ did away with (see: Hebrews 7:11-12, 9:12 - changed, not done away). The cross-reference also shows this in Romans 8:3 and Deuteronomy 21:23. Look at it this way; Paul was under the law (the burnt/sin offerings, rituals, traditions) but he and the other apostles did not want to put that burden on Gentiles wanting to convert into this new fold or off-shoot of the Pharisees and Sadducees. So these gentiles did not have to be under the obligation of the "law". It has nothing to do with the Ten Commandments, Sabbath or Holy Days. These Pharisees/Scribes were causing heavy burden by instituting 'laws' to be followed including the Sabbath (for example: Mark 7:2-8). Christ said that He came to not abolish but fulfill the law (our ultimate sacrifice). Even Paul iterated the same thing saying the law and commandments are holy (Romans 7:12).

  • ericj58

    Yeah, @Chronister; it can be a bit confusing. The culture back then was a lot different including the way they spoke as we do now. Something to keep in mind is that their culture back then was to honor and respect their mother and father (Ephesians 6:2) just as it is mentioned in the commandments. If Jesus told him to ignore the burial of his father, he would be violating this commandment. So, it's more of a spiritual reference that the 'dead' in spirit - or those not going to or wanting to follow Christ bury their own 'dead'. In this case, his father may not have been a follower himself. He had to make a choice of being spiritually alive - follow the Son of God or spiritually "dead" - neglecting Jesus's teachings and calling. Look at the examples of the apostles when Christ called them. What did they do? Immediately followed Him...

  • ericj58

    Confused on your verses. Doesn't support the topic. This topic, known as the 'rapture theory' is that; a theory. It is an outgrowth from Pentecostal movement of the 1920's. The gospel in Matthew 24:36-44 is one of the more popular one used. It is actually an example Christ was showing by using Enoch & hah who preached God's word before the flood. It was a forewarning (Ezek. 33). This is what Christ was saying here - v. 29-31; the sign of His return. One single return - not multiple returns to "collect" His saints to heaven. His forewarning message here is to be prepared because no one know when a "thief comes". That's it....