you can be sure i'll let my light shine.
Please quit thinking we are lost, cause we are not. God will give us a ton of credit for walking His ways, however, and having Faith that He will forgive us where we fall short.
Why is it that you cannot understand that the two greatest Commandments are a summary of all others ? Does this render all others null and void ?
I have studied the bible with God's leading, cause i got tired of seeing the church and what they taught, yet not producing any fruit. I went from church to church, to find my spiritual home, and i could not find it. So i went and asked God to show me truth, and He did!!! Hallelujah!!! Praise be to Him, cause no man can take credit for having taught me the truth.
Mat 21:42 Jesus saith unto them, Did ye never read in the scriptures, The stone which the builders rejected, the same is become the head of the corner: this is the Lord's doing, and it is marvellous in our eyes?
Mat 21:43 Therefore say I unto you, The kingdom of God shall be taken from you, and given to a nation bringing forth the fruits thereof.
Mat 21:44 And whosoever shall fall on this stone shall be broken: but on whomsoever it shall fall, it will grind him to powder.
This was directed towards the Pharisees back in Yeshuas time. I can tell you, that while Yeshua disagreed with their man made statues, He still agreed with them on the following of the Law, hence He said here:
Mat 23:1 Then spake Jesus to the multitude, and to his disciples,
Mat 23:2 Saying, The scribes and the Pharisees sit in Moses' seat:
Mat 23:3 All therefore whatsoever they bid you observe, that observe and do;
Do what ? Follow the Law!!!
but do not ye after their works: for they say, and do not.
Why would Yeshua say this?
This had to do with their pridefull appearance acting holier than thou. Wanting to be recognized for that holiness.
Mat 23:4 For they bind heavy burdens and grievous to be borne, and lay them on men's shoulders; but they themselves will not move them with one of their fingers.
What are the heavy burdens?
It's The Pharisees little "fence laws" they had erected to keep everyone 50 ft from even the posibillity of transgression of the Law, that they themselves did not observe, cause they considered themselves immune to transgression of the Law.
We are to fall on the stone and be broken, to have a broken and contrite spirit, this is how we do today's sacrifices, and these same God accepted even in OT times.
But woe to those on whom the stone falls, he will be ground into powder. Those are the people, who like the Pharisees teach false doctrine.
The sacrifices we make today are when we pick up our cross and deny our flesh and bring it into subjection to God's will. How do we know God's will ?
Look at the Law, and you know it.
This is why we follow the Law, cause we love Him Who loved us first.
This is what it means to love God with all your heart, mind, strenght and soul.
Joh 14:21 Whoever has my commandments and keeps them, he it is who loves me. And he who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I will love him and manifest myself to him."
1Jn 2:4 Whoever says "I know him" but does not keep his commandments is a liar, and the truth is not in him,
This is what it means to be emulaters of Christ.
We are not in bondage to sin, or under the Law, by following it, cause Yeshua has died for us, and His blood washes us clean. We have been set free to walk like Him.
This is what it means to have Faith in Him, that if we follow/emulate Him, we will not be condemned even though we fall short.
You're obviously asking me/us to check our faith, and see if i/we are wrong, but you have not yet really opened your mind and eyes to see if we could possibly be right.
Would it hurt you to take a second look ?
Those little "contradictions about the Law" will never begin to make sense to you, unless you deny those scriptures that do not fit. OR, you open your mind, and ask God for complete truth as i had done.
I went straight to the Word and asked for answers. Do you really think the Word could possibly lead me astray ? Will God when i ask for Truth give me a snake instead ?
I had NO agenda when i asked God for Truth, i wanted to know Truth, and nothing but the Truth. And that is what i've been given.
I did not go to church, but completely searched the scriptures, dilligently searched nothing but the Word. When i emerged with the truth, i then learned what "denomination" i belonged to.
Mat 7:7 "Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.
I have come from the belief you espouse, i've been told and taught the same by men for many, many years. The more i read my bible, and went to church, the more i started to know in my heart that there was only parts of truth being taught. That's when i decided to set everything aside, and look to God only, and He has richly rewarded me, i've been born again. I now know the truth, and I can start over knowing the right way.
Disclaimer: i am in no wise trying to infer you're not reading the bible... it's obvious you do.
All of this posted above is strictly my opinion based on what i believe is truth, and i do not expect anyone to agree with it.