The Law And What Portions Modern Christians Are

2096 WordsJun 11, 20159 Pages
The subject of the Decalogue, or Ten Commandments, and their place in modern Christianity and America is an interesting topic. It has certainly shifted in recent years, as many segments of Christianity have been watered down and diluted to make them more palatable to the modern social climate. A part of this decline in Christian morality stems from confusion over what portions of the Law Christians are required to uphold. Moving through this paper, I will discuss the Law and what portions modern Christians are required to keep. Although the bible is fairly clear on the Law and how it applies to the redeemed in Christ, it still is a subject that some among us disagree on. I will also discuss pluralism, if it exists in the United States, and…show more content…
'” (Matthew 15:10-11, English Standard Version). When pressed by His disciples about the meaning of this, Jesus continued, “And he said, 'Are you also still without understanding? Do you not see that whatever goes into the mouth passes into the stomach and is expelled? But what comes out of the mouth proceeds from the heart, and this defiles a person. For out of the heart come evil thoughts, murder, adultery, sexual immorality, theft, false witness, slander. These are what defile a person. But to eat with unwashed hands does not defile anyone. '" (Matthew 15:16-20, English Standard Version). In His New Covenant, Jesus was removing the ceremonial aspect of the Law and cutting to the point, which is the heart. There were many in Israel who did a great job of keeping the Law, but they did it with wicked hearts and intentions. Jesus raises the bar and says that actions are meaningless if your heart is corrupt. The next instance we see of a reference to the Ceremonial Law in the New Testament is in the recollection of Peter and the conversion of Cornelius the Centurion. Jesus appeared to Peter and told him to kill and eat things that under the Ceremonial Law would have been considered unclean (Acts 10:9-16, English Standard Version), and tells Peter, "What God has made, do not call
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