Why do we need commandments?

Introduction

Consider a 14 years old teenager. How should he make decisions related to sex?

He doesn’t yet know sex and love. He is inexperienced. He cannot make decisions based on his own knowledge or experience.

He need somebody or something to guide him.

A thing which can help him is biblical commandments.

If he would already know all about sex and all about its consequences (not even any adult knows all!) he would not need the commandments. He would not need the Bible.

Commandments are for these who don’t know something.

When we mature, we no more need some commandments. I, for example, don’t need that Bible would teach me not to marry an unbeliever. It is quite natural for me the knowledge that I can’t make a good family with an unbeliever. I know this in my inner man and don’t need that Bible would teach me this.

There are two extremes:

Extreme 1

Extreme 1 is to reject commandments altogether (as for example atheists do).

This way you could deny the wisdom of God and try to behave based only on your limited mind without help of God. This is not a good way.

Extreme 2

Extreme 2 is to scrutinize to follow every commandment you know whether you understand it or not.

This is also not a good way. We should live by knowledge and faith (and love!) not by particular commandments.

This way is to make Bible a law for you, rather than a guide. This is also not good.

This extreme is caused by not knowing limits of applying biblical covenants to our life and trying to follow them in every tiny bit aspect of our life.

Failure to reject the law

We may set our mind not to fall into the extreme 2. But trying to do this in my old religion, I failed.

My failure was this way:

I understood that I should follow the spirit of Gospel not the commandments.

But how do I know the spirit of Gospel if not by studying particular commandments? This way I found no other way to follow my understanding of Gospel as to follow every commandment as a law.

Certainly, this way I often violated more important commandments trying to follow every tiny bit of the law I made for myself from Gospel.

The teaching of End of Gospel

The solution is to reject following Gospel as a law altogether.

We cannot reject following commandments of Gospel as a law one-by-one, rather we need to reject living by a law altogether.

For this we need understand where are the limits of Gospel as a whole are and that we need to reject being in the so called New Covenant with God altogether. We should become free persons rather than law-followers slaves.

We become no more slaves of God in this new stage.

Read my book End of Gospel about this.

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Vicious circle of comparing sins

In the past I lived in enmity with all people and in extreme poverty because:

I needed to understand how not to “betray” God. But to betray God is a thing as little as to once say “I am not of Christ” (or “I do not believe” or something). But this “little” thing looks like below other sins. On the other hand, we know that betraying God is a very big sin. So my reasoning fell into a vicious circle: When I compared different sins A and B I concluded both that A is greater than B and B is greater than A. This is a contradiction and messed my reasoning completely. Betraying God seemed “innocent” in this false “logic”. But then I had no proper reasoning of Christian economical responsibilities, as any work for profit looked as something worse than to betray God (because to betray God is a little thing), due a contradiction. (I didn’t know the exact criterion of a sin, so being “for profit” was the criterion which I “used” to determine if something is a sin, because I had no better criterion.) So I wasn’t able to get money or to reconcile with my enemies.

The only exit from this circle is to cancel the concept that I must follow every particular commandment of the covenant with God, but consider the covenant self-canceled and live only by its spirit not by letter anymore.

Read my free ebook.

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This book raises some difficult issues on contradictions in our Christian religion. There are no contradictions in Bible, but there are contradictions in the minds of most Bible readers. You need to read this book to set your mind free of contradictions. While there are contradictions in your mind, you are like a madman. You cannot operate properly, you lose, and your prayer is hindered: (James 1:6-8) “But let him ask in faith, without any doubting, for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea, driven by the wind and tossed. For let that man not think that he will receive anything from the Lord. He is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways.” You need your mind to be set right to withdraw from any slavery, to be successful both in this life and in the afterlife. You need to correct your mind. Read this book to completely overturn your understanding of Gospel, from pride of having Gospel like a Pharisee into humility induced by true understanding of Gospel, from following Gospel commandments like a law into a faith-based life. This book is truly amazing and mind-overturning. Letter kills but spirit makes alive.

Bearing a cross

(Matthew 16:24) “Then Jesus said to his disciples, “If anyone desires to come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.”

The words of Christ should first be taken literally. He called anyone who desired to (literally) come after him (that is to follow physically his human body on the Earth) to take a literal cross.

I don’t know whether people literally following Jesus literally did it.

But to take a cross and move with it may seems the silliest and the least efficient way of doing things. If one bears a cross, he cannot for example cook a meat, cannot earn money for a ministry, cannot do anything useful.

Yet, we believe that the words of Christ are wise (that is efficient for a business, be it an earthy business or heavenly business). This looks the least efficient of all possible variants, but we should believe in efficiency of words of Christ.

The reason why Christ wanted us to do this, becomes more clear from the following Bible verses (Matthew 16:25) “For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, and whoever will lose his life for my sake will find it.”

This mean that our main purpose is to stop doing the old way of our life. Not to do good but just to stop doing bad. Not only we should stop doing bad in this life but in afterlife also.

But now I should tell you what was a secret in the past:

I don’t know whether literal followers of Jesus complied to his commandment to carry a big piece of wood to keep their hands busy and to be able to do nothing.

But now we should not do it anymore.

The “cross” here means “gospel”. We should stop live accordingly the word of gospel, but move to live accordingly the spirit.

Read my book End of Gospel about switching to the next stage. In the epoch of gospel we were slaves of Christ (borrowing his cross not to be able to do what we consider good), but now he makes us free people, not his slaves anymore.

Christ passing through the sin

The following is a rough idea and my explanation may be not detailed or not exact enough:

As I state in my New Testament commentary, Christ is the radio waves (well, not only radio but also other parts of the spectrum) of the universe. Christ is also the truth (the true information contained in the cosmic radio waves).

When information passes through the sin, it is damaged, that is loses its content.

Christ is the only kind of information which can pass through the sin without being damaged.

So in likeness of sinful flesh it appeared the essential content of cosmic radio waves. All other kinds of information except of Christ has faded away, but Christ has appeared in likeness of sinful flesh, without any damage but remaining true.

This way, despite of being bad, sin reveals Christ, filtering away anything other.

Get my rough idea on how Christ is related with sin.

God and divine council

Hello Dr. Michael S. Heiser,

What do you think about this idea? (It is my idea, but I am not quite sure if it is true.)

One of many ways to describe God (I mean Yahweh or Christ or maybe Father): “God is the democratic way of governance of the infinite universe.”

This way God and “divine council” are essentially the same. (But note that extrapolating of what we know about finite council to the infinite one may be wrong, moreover there may be several different ways to extrapolate finite systems into the infinite.)

This aligns with my social description of Christ in my free e-book:
http://books.portonvictor.org/nt-commentary/

Note that I duplicate this email in my blog. I ask your permission to possibly publish your answer too in my blog.

On Christian prosperity doctrine

Hearing about prosperity doctrine preached about by some Gospel preachers, I wondered:

(1Tim. 6:9) But those who are determined to be rich fall into a temptation and a snare and many foolish and harmful lusts, such as drown men in ruin and destruction.

Isn’t the whole point of donations under this doctrine to boost the donor’s own prosperity?

For example, I am a mathematician and keeping money for myself rather than donating it to more stupider people, I would use money more efficiently as it supports breakthrough science research.

Following “prosperity Gospel” I must donate money to others in order to increase my own blessings. It is not because money there would be better but just for my own prosperity.

Now, after I have determined that I should no more consider myself as a slave of Christ not following the slavish doctrine anymore, I can freely prefer to give money to these who need it the most (or keep to myself if I myself need money for some useful project).

Read my book about renowned Christianity where we don’t anymore consider ourselves as slaves of Christ but as free people.

By the way, if you want to use your money efficiently you can donate them to me because with me they would efficiently support: math research, innovative software, and Bible research and theological writing. Use money where they are the most efficient, or keep them to yourselves if you can use them effectively to help other people.