Kiln blog: Why Noah’s Law?

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Many Americans, Christians in particular, struggle with the where to draw the line between parable and literal meaning. I use the term “Two Realms” to point out a teaching that is greatly needed in postmodern Western Christian thinking, because mainstream Christian religion confuses parable and literal teaching. Thus, most mainstream Christians tend to take parables literally, and dismiss as parable what Scripture meant literally. They pull Christ down to an earthly regime, and push biblical law off into “a spiritual thing.”

This is a major struggle for people trying to recover a genuine biblical view of this world. If you show up at our parish, you may stumble over that issue. You may find yourself frequently missing the point on things because of that long history of improperly mixing the Two Realms. We owe that to the Judaizers. They succeeded in subverting the mystical approach in the organized church hierarchy by the end of the First Century.

Jesus spoke of mystical truths, but then taught people how to use that mystical approach to understand the Law of Moses. The Torah is a mystical document; all the specific concrete requirements represent a much higher mystical truth. The Jews had forgotten that. By mixing Hellenized logic into their ancient Hebrew Law, they became legalistic and pushed mysticism off to the side. Mysticism was there, but not taken seriously as the primary proper approach to understanding the Scripture. So Jesus had a running battle with Jewish leadership about how to read Moses. He taught Moses, as Moses was intended, against their “traditions of the elders” (eventually formalized in the Talmud). Jesus was restoring the ancient Hebrew faith.

You can read the rest of this message here at Kiln of the Soul blog, our parish pulpit.

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About Ed Hurst

Disabled Veteran, prophet of God's Laws, Bible History teacher, wannabe writer, volunteer computer technician, cyclist, Social Science researcher
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3 Responses to Kiln blog: Why Noah’s Law?

  1. interesting to find when a Christian is squeezed, what comes out…grace or legalism that nullifies grace; faith in God through the faith of Christ or faith in fear; Holy Spirit or some other spirit…

    Parables are for those who have not yet received the baptism of Holy Spirit and fire for they have eyes but can not see, ears but can not hear, and can not spiritually perceive with their heart…

    after the baptism of the Holy Spirit and fire we go from a Romans 7 Christian to a Romans 8 Christian and we do not quench the Spirit, for it is Life and Truth!

    the world is dual realms, of satan’s tree of the knowledge of good and evil, but in Christ there is only one Realm and we enter like children to his Kingdom on earth as it is in heaven,
    and move from faith to faith, grace to grace and glory to glory in life and in eternal life for we have come through the first death in life, entering the first resurrection of which the second death has no power over us. It is not of the world ruled by the spirit of the world; it is of the Kingdom ruled by the King of kings and Lord of lords and we come to life, root and ground and grow up into His Head and reign with Him now and forever. Amen.
    God bless you Ed!

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  2. Ed Hurst says:

    Up to this point, I considered it a lot of semantic tail-chasing. However, if you insinuate that I teach legalism, you shouldn’t hang around here. My God is not the same as yours.

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  3. Grace and peace to you Ed.
    Today’s Our Daily Bread says, “Jesus fulfilled the perfect requirements of the law so we may enjoy the perfect peace of His grace”
    Thank you Abba Father!
    Grace and peace to you.
    I KNOW we agree with His grace and His peace!

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