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  • When Jesus died he made a new way for the atonement of sins and a way to enter Heaven. So the laws of the Old Testament were not needed once he died on the cross.
  • Thats just "Mathews'" Point of view or interpitation !
  • From http://www.scripturessay.com/q320b.html: Matthew 5:17-18 17 "Do not think that I came to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I did not come to abolish but to fulfill. 18 "For truly I say to you, until heaven and earth pass away, not the smallest letter or stroke shall pass from the Law until all is accomplished. Jesus said that he came to fulfill the law and the prophets. The only way Jesus could destroy the prophets would be to prevent the fulfillment of the prophecies concerning himself and the kingdom of God. But to do this would have been to act contrary to his purpose in coming to the earth. Therefore, he did not come to destroy the prophets but to fulfill them, and in fulfilling them, he carried out their predictions concerning himself and the kingdom of God. He fulfilled the law, he fulfilled the types in the law, which had reference to himself and to the church. This was the purpose for coming to the world. Some of the prophecies of the Old Testament concerned Jesus personally. Some of them concerned his work in the church and salvation of souls in the church and in heaven. It was his mission to fulfill personally those prophecies that referred to himself and through the administration of the affairs of the church, to fulfill those prophecies which had reference to the church and its mission in the world. In the book of Hebrews we are told that Jesus came to establish a new and better Covenant because he found fault with the Old Covenant (Hebrews 8:7,8). The Old Covenant, the law, was perfect for the purpose for which it was given, but it was only a temporal law and consequently was not adequate for a universal and a spiritual law. Jesus is drawing a contrast between the law of Moses and the law of the kingdom (the New Testament or New Covenant), showing the superiority of the law of the kingdom, the New Covenant, over the law of Moses, the Old Covenant. You will notice that six times (in Matt. 5) Jesus says "You have heard that it was said," meaning by the old law that certain things were true, "but I say to you." He then contrasts his teachings with the teachings of the Old Covenant. Each time he points out the inadequacy of the law and shows the superiority of the New Covenant. We are to allow the superiority of the New Covenant (the New Testament) to govern our lives today. The Old Covenant (Old Testament) is not binding on man today. Heb. 7:12 “For when the priesthood is changed, of necessity there takes place a change of law also.” Heb. 7:18-19 18* For, on the one hand, there is a setting aside of a former commandment because of its weakness and uselessness 19* (for the Law made nothing perfect), and on the other hand there is a bringing in of a better hope, through which we draw near to God. God promised long ago through the prophet Jeremiah 700 years before Christ that a New Covenant was coming. Read Jeremiah 31:31 and following, and then Read Hebrews 8:8-13 where the Hebrew writer quotes from Jeremiah and tells us that the new covenat is the New Testament
  • Interesting article on this: http://www.answering-islam.de/Main/Authors/Arlandson/fulfilled.htm
  • The problem is we cannot keep the law. We are trangressors of the law and by that we are condemned to die and go to hell. However, since Jesus paid the penalty for us and is risen from the dead, we can accept Him by faith as our Saviour and be born-again. As born-again Christians, we are to keep the law in the Spirit by following the Lord Jesus Christ because we cannot keep it in the flesh because our flesh is contrary to God's will and perfection. Some things in the Old Testament cermonial law have been done away with such as animal sacriface because Jesus became the final sacriface(the Lamb of God). I hope that this helps. -In the Master's service. Thank you and God bless you!
  • It is human nature to take the easiest option. We have all heard of religious groups (often referred to as cults) in our own time, who have made their leaders super rich, and in some cases even regarded them as God, because the leaders have promised their followers salvation which does not require changes in the lifestyles and values of their followers and allows the followers to do more of what they want. The same tendency leads us to want to sugar-coat our pills. Jesus came to administer a bitter pill (the Judaic Law). But what we are presented with (Christianity) has so much sugar coating piled on that it is hard to tell if the pill is there at all. We are told that it is Christ’s doing. That he brought a New Covenant, the New Testament, for us to follow and that in doing so he has released us from the Old Covenant, Old Testament, which is not binding on man anymore. You might even be directed to the reported words of Jesus in Matthew 5:21-24 to check up the claim. However, if you do check up the claim you will be amazed to find quite the opposite. Far from abandoning the Law Jesus has tightened it up considerably. The pill has actually been made much more bitter. He is not saying now you may kill another man, he is saying now you must not even get angry at him. He is not saying now there is no sin in adultery, he is saying now there is sin in even looking with lust. He says whereas previously you could divorce your wives and they could remarry now you can’t and whoever marries a divorcee is committing adultery He says whereas you were allowed to support your statements by swearing of oaths now that is not permitted for you will always mean what you say He is not saying now you can knock the daylights out of a person who steps on your foot, quite the opposite, he is saying under his law you give him the other foot too to step on (take note Bush and Blair). Whereas as previously you were required to love your neighbour and excused if you hated your enemy under the new Law you are required to love your enemy as well. We can clearly see from the above that Jesus does not promise an easier route to salvation. In fact the introductory verse (Matthew 5:20) makes his intention quite plain. "For I say unto you, That except your righteousness shall EXCEED the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, ye shall in no case enter into the kingdom of heaven." (highlighting added)
  • Even if so. Christians are not perfect, just forgiven.
  • also, verse 19 . HE is talking about the Commandments GOD WROTE and gave to Moses..those will stand forever. God is unchanging...actually I had been under the impression this was all Christ was talking about, because the ones who know any at all about the old and new testaments ,know the OLD Covenants with the Jews were done away when Christ came and opened up salvation to ALL, Jew and Gentile,God gave up on the chosen (Israel)..Learn from the Old ... live by the New....studying the Old tells a lot about God, how merciful, time and time again he was with Israel, Moses even came down from God with the Commandments and they were ALREADY worshipping idols...humans have a hard time obeying and God knows this....
  • I honestly don't know why all do not follow it to a "TEE". I think it is because we are all human and bound to make human mistakes. I as a Christian have realized that it makes life easier if we do not act like we come without flaws...I admit mines and constantly to try to better myself...Christian's are humans too...Learning like the rest is all...
  • HE was saying the laws and customs (sacrifices and rituals) were to continue until HE fufillled the "blood sacrifices of the TRUE LAMB", ONCE, to wash away sin...BUT GOD"S 10 COMMANDMENTS will NEVER CHANGE... HE came to fullfill MOSES LAWS and WARNINGS of the PROPHETS, not cancel.. When HE said "It Is Finished"..HE had done just that.... YOU would do yourself a great favor to study Jesus trying to explain to the Pharisees, Saduccees, Priests(NICODEMUS) about their laws and teachings and recognizing the MESSIAH...
  • He fulfilled every jot and tittle of the law!
  • people sin and are not perfect...
  • because they are hypocrites? They profess to be true believers when it is convenient, and make excuses when they must.
  • Jesus was neither giving a new law nor modifying the old, but rather explaining the true significance of the moral content of Moses' law and the rest of the OT. "The Law of the Prophets" speaks of the entirety of the Old Testament Scriptures, not the rabbinical interpretations of them. To fulfill speaks of fulfillment in the same sense that prophecy is fulfilled. Christ was indicating that He is the fulfillment of the law in all it's aspects. He fulfilled the moral law by keeping it perfectly. He fulfilled the ceremonial law by being the embodiment of everything the law's types and symbols pointed to. And He fulfilled the judicial law by personifying God's perfect justice. In verse 18 Christ was affirming the utter inerrancy and absolute authority of the Old Testament as the Word of Yahweh----down to the smallest stroke or letter. Again, this suggests that the New Testament should not be seen as supplanting and abrogating the Old Testament, but as fulfilling and explicating it. For example, all the cerimonial requirements of the Mosaic law were fulfilled in Christ and are no longer to be observed by Christians (Collosians 2:16, 17). Yet not the smallest letter or stroke is thereby errased; the underlying truths of those Scriptures remain----and in fact the mysteries behind them are now revealed in the brighter light of the Gospel. The phrase "smallest letter" refers to the smallest Hebrew letter, the "yohd", which is a meager stroke of the pen, like an accent mark or an apostrophe. The "stroke" is a tiny extension on a Hebrew letter, like the serif in modern typefaces. I hope this helped.
  • Because they would have to work too hard like us Muslims. Salaam
  • Actually, different Christian groups interpret the whole passage differently. "The Expounding of the Law (KJV:Matthew 5:17–48), sometimes called the Antithesis of the Law, is a highly structured ("Ye have heard ... But I say unto you") part of the Sermon on the Mount in the New Testament of the Bible. It follows both the famed Beatitudes and the metaphors of salt and light. Many view it as, rather than a literal antitheses, a reinterpretation of Mosaic Law, in particular the Ten Commandments. This appears to be supported in verse 17: "Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them." The teachings themselves are not viewed as literal antitheses to the law. The expounding is at the core of the argument about the relationship between the views attributed to Jesus (or the Gospel or Grace), and those attributed to Moses (or the Mosaic Law), and hence how the relationship between the New Testament and Old Testament should be interpreted, including whether either the extreme of antinomianism or that of legalism has any validity. This issue would have been a central one to the Jewish Christians, a group that the Gospel of Matthew is widely believed to have been directed at, or written by, as the Jewish Christians would have accused other Early Christian groups like the Pauline Christians, followers of Simon Magus, Gnostics, Marcionites, Montanists, and Manichaeists, of abandoning Mosaic customs, as for example in the Acts 15 record of the Council of Jerusalem or 6:13–14, 18:13, 21:21, 21:28." Source and further information: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Expounding_of_the_Law#Antithesis_of_the_Law
  • Cause Christians can't read
  • People have their own minds. Regardless of how religious you are. Doesn't the old testament show hate towards homosexuals? I'm pretty sure out of all the christians in this country there is at least one homosexual christian. I'm sure there are christians who have gone through divorce, killed, cheated, stolen...You simply can't live your life by an ancient book that was made by people with less intelligence than what we have now.
  • I just read over these scriptures and have been studying matthew. This is part of the sermon on the mount. It is all about your interputation of these verses.In verse 17 i understand it as Jesus is telling us that he is not going to get rid of the laws or the prophets.BNUt he is here to fufil what the prophets had told in the old testament. In verse 18 i understand it to mean that these laws will not disappear until every prophecy has been fufilled so in other words when the rapture takes place. But i'm said to say i don't know where but i know that in the bible it says to obey the laws of the land as long as they are not going against god and many of the laws in the old testament are against are laws today. But hey it's all about your own understanding thats justy how i take it.
  • That is not what Jesus is saying in this scripture. Consider again what Matthew 5:17-18 says, “Do not think I came to destroy the Law or the Prophets. I came, not to destroy, but to fulfill; 18 for truly I say to YOU that sooner would heaven and earth pass away than for one smallest letter or one particle of a letter to pass away from the Law by any means and not all things take place.” To Hebrew Christians the apostle Paul wrote: “The Law has a shadow of the good things to come, but not the very substance of the things.” (Hebrews 10:1) By exercising faith in Jesus’ sacrificial death, which brought an end to the Law and paved the way for the inauguration of the foretold “new covenant,” they had the prospect of gaining a righteous standing with Jehovah. (See also—Jeremiah 31:31-34;and Romans 10:4) So, does this mean that the Ten Commandments, a basic part of the Law, have lost all meaning for Christians? No, it does not. Although the Ten Words are not legally binding on Christians, these laws continue to offer sound guidelines, as do other commands of the Mosaic Law.
  • Because if they did what was required of them in the OT they would be in prison because civilized people know that those are terrible things.
  • Sabbath Keepers always misquote Matthew 5:17 as a proof text, that the Sabbath will endure as long as the earth stands. Simply stated, the passage says that Jesus came to fulfill the whole law (moral and ceremonial) and that none of the law would be abolished until it was fulfilled. Adventists take the incredible position that Jesus did not fulfill the law! Sabbatarians also press the expression, "not one jot or tittle shall pass from the law" as a proof text that the Sabbath is in force today! Problem is, this expression, as Jesus used it, included the whole Law of Moses including animal sacrifices. If "jot or tittle" is still in force today, the we must have both the Sabbath and animal sacrifices! Think about that for a minute. What does Jesus mean by 'the law'?" Jesus said, "Do not think that I came to destroy the Law or the Prophets. I did not come to destroy but fulfill" - The use of the terms "the law" and "the prophets" indicates that what the Lord is speaking of in these verses is the whole of the Old Testament. If you trace these terms through your Bible, you will find that wherever this expression is used it includes the entire Old Testament. When Jesus Christ died on the cross, the curtain in the temple was torn in half, meaning that we now have total access to God because Jesus was the final sacrifice. He had "fulfilled" the old law and brought with Him His new covenant. Jesus fulfilled them. He did not come as a destroyer; He came as a fulfiller. He was not a revolutionist; he was a reformer. Thus the law stood, as surely as heaven and earth stands, until the things predicted of him in it were accom­plished. After that, just so surely the law and the prophets and the psalms passed out of use—gave way to a greater law, the law of Christ. I hope this helped.
  • The Law of Moses existed to teach and prepare men for the coming of Christ. His coming fulfilled that law and brought to an end, with its many rituals and strict immediate penalties. He did NOT fulfil the underlying commandments, but rather strengthened and broadened the definitions, as shown in the verses you cite. - Thus with the woman taken in adultery Jesus said "Neither do I condemn thee. Go thy way and sin no more. The law of Moses would have required her condemnation and immediate execution. Jesus did not. But he DID still call it a sin, and command her to stop. This was an example, teaching us what part of the law is still in force, and how we are to keep it.
  • It is frequently argued that if Jesus did not “abolish” the law, then it must still be binding. Accordingly, such components as the Sabbath day requirement must be operative still, along with perhaps numerous other elements of the Mosaic Law. This assumption is grounded upon a misunderstanding of the words and intent of this passage. Christ did not here suggest that the binding nature of the law of Moses would remain forever in effect. Such a view would contradict everything we learn from the balance of the New Testament record (Romans 10:4; Galatians 3:23-25; Ephesians 2:15). It is especially important to note how the word is used in Matthew 5:17. In this context, “abolish” is set in opposition to “fulfill.” Christ came “...not to abolish, but to fulfill.” The meaning is this. Jesus did not come to this earth for the purpose of acting as an opponent of the law. His goal was not to prevent its fulfillment. Rather, he revered it, loved it, obeyed it, and brought it to fruition. He fulfilled the law’s prophetic utterances regarding Himself (Luke 24:44). Christ fulfilled the demands of the Mosaic law which called for perfect obedience, or else imposed a “curse” (see Galatians 3:10,13). In this sense, the law’s divine design will ever have an abiding effect. It will always accomplish the purpose for which it was given. If, however, the law of Moses bears the same relationship to men today, in terms of its binding status, as it did before Christ came, then it was not fulfilled, and Jesus failed at what He came “to do.” On the other hand, if the Lord did accomplish what He came to accomplish, then the law was fulfilled, and it is not a binding legal institution today. Further, if the law of Moses was not fulfilled by Christ, and thus remains as a binding legal system for today, then it is not just partially binding. Rather, it is a totally compelling system. Jesus plainly said that not one “jot or tittle” (representative of the smallest markings of the Hebrew script) would pass away until all was fulfilled. Consequently, nothing of the law was to fail until it had completely accomplished its purpose. Jesus fulfilled the law. Jesus fulfilled all of the law. We cannot say that Jesus fulfilled the sacrificial system, but did not fulfill the other aspects of the law. Jesus either fulfilled all of the law, or none of it. What Jesus' death means for the sacrificial system, it also means for the other aspects of the law. In Matthew 5:18 we see where Jesus said, "Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled" Here He said that the law would not pass away until what? Until two other things passed away. What were they? First, "Till heaven and earth pass;" and, secondly, "till all (the law) be fulfilled." We know the law was fulfilled in Christ, and all prophecies relating to Israel fulfilled by 70 A.D. We all realize that because of this all the law was now over. But how could this be, when "heaven and earth" had not passed away, for Jesus said "Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law"? Maybe we can understand this better if we realize He was not talking about the literal heaven and earth, but something else. Something else would have to pass away before it could be said that the law was not still in effect. In the New Testament especially, the destruction of heaven and earth refers not to the physical universe, but rather it relates to the final passing of the disobedient nation of Israel. All would be fulfilled, every jot and tittle, when heaven and earth passed away. (Matt. 5:18).
  • O you know the Xtians always have good excuses, not only does Matthew make it quite clear but the ENTIRE Tanach (ignorantly called the Old Testament by ignorant Xtians) also demands the Mashiach to come would UPHOLD the TORAH in every way and above all while Xtians say he abolished it on the cross LOL! Xtians quite frankly created a Mashiach (Messiah) that contradicts everything about the one to be prophesied from the SAME book they got the idea from to begin with! How do you take an idea from a separate book/religion and CLAIM it but completely change it up and say that it's true and of the same "GOD"????
  • Old Testament Laws, yes,they civilized a feral ppl's...were good, taught sanitation, healing, proper food preparation,etc...taught how to worship God... But the rigid laws of the PRIESTS and SACRIFICES to GOD did change...that was the whole PURPOSE of bringing in a SAVIOR...we no longer have to sacrifice animals for forgivenesses every yr..or confess to Priests and be punished by them or follow the rules God gave at that time for our SINS...JESUS changed all that...it is now each a personal thing ,not just a Chosen ppl. thing...no the civilizing laws did not change...only the priestly and sacrificial ones...which is exactly WHY those HIGH PRIESTS were responsible for having them killed..they knew HE changed their POWER and AUTHORITY of the People and they "couldn't have and refused to relinquish it"...plain and simple, THEY COULD NOT AND WOULD NOT ACCEPT ,"HE WAS A HIGHER POWER THAN THEM" they would be humble and NOBODIES,just common men, in their egos, which they are...but refuse to let go of it..even at the cost of MURDER...which it was, even had it not been the Messiah...POWER and MONEY has and always will make men do EVIL, the LOVE of these....Matt. 5:3" Humble men are very fortunate! for the Kingdom of Heaven is given to them",...do u see those priests and scribes as humble in their rigid ,power control of the people? could not ,would not ,TOUCH...thats all Jesus did was TOUCH!!physically and mentally...no ,Jesus was the High Priest and HE showed the worldly high priests how they should be...the Laws of Moses were moral laws , of hearts and souls and as our brothers keepers..and same as always... Jesus changed the Priesthood Laws and the Sacrificial Laws....we no longer had to shun the sick and diseased and sinners, as the priests did, God loved them too and they too could have SAlvation... this is what HE warned and told the disciples and crowd...Matt.20. "But I warn u-unless ur goodness is GREATER THAN that of the Pharisees and other JEWISH LEADERS,u can't get into the Kingdom of heaven." WHAT WAS HE TELLING THEM WAS SO BAD ABOUT THE 'GOODNESS' OF PHARISEE'S AND JEWISH LEADERS TEACHINGS? Matt.21 "UNDER THE LAW OF MOSES (he is speaking of the civilized laws, not priestly laws) the RULE was,"if u murder ,u must die," (an eye for an eye).BUT I have ADDED to that law/rule,(HE added, not changed or threw out) and tell u that if u are only ANGRY(as Cain was,angry and jealous), even in ur own homes,U ARE IN DANGER OF JUDGEMENT.. HE told us and priest how to pray...we need to be very open minded about everything said and taught in Matt. 5,6,7....if not we donot have a 'clear ' understanding...use all of it,not certain lines or verses.... well wishes..

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