God has three kinds of laws in the Bible

2013-11-06T07:00:00Z God has three kinds of laws in the Bible pantagraph.com
November 06, 2013 7:00 am

I am responding to a letter that Mike Smith wrote. He notes several scriptures, and is not putting them in their proper context. One must understand that there are three kinds of laws God deals with in His Bible.

First, are civil laws. These were specifically given for the culture of the Israelites, which includes everything from murder to restitution and dietary restrictions.

Second, are ceremonial laws. This literally stands for the customs of a nation. These would have included sacrifices of perfectly good animals, and rejection of food sources such as pork and rabbits. These laws were specific only toward the Jews.

Third, are God’s moral laws. These relate to justice and judgment. They are based on God’s own holy nature. As such, these ordinates are holy, just and unchanging.

Moral laws encompass regulations on justice, respect and sexual conduct. All people will be held accountable to these laws.

1 Corinthians 6:9-11 (which is in the New Testament, dealing with God’s moral law) says that the unrighteous should not inherit the kingdom of God. This includes: fornicators, idolators, adulterers, effeminates, homosexuals, thieves, covetors, drunkards, revealers or extortioners. But, the good news is in verse 11. You can be sanctified and justified.

Just because someone believes in the Bible, that does not make them haters, homophobics or heretics. It just makes them a person who believes God’s word.

John Cotton


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(27) Comments

  1. moderndaycowboy
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    moderndaycowboy - November 11, 2013 9:09 am
    I realize you're likely too old to get the reference of my moniker, but is this really the best you got?
  2. ChubbyAlaskaGriz
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    ChubbyAlaskaGriz - November 09, 2013 1:43 am
    lol! :-) :-) :-)
  3. techinsit
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    techinsit - November 08, 2013 6:39 am
    Genesis states that The Word was before all else.

    That record was deciphered in 1830!your remark helped me to remember something I have pondered for a long time. I marvel at what level of responsibility guides and judges on earth will be held as well? It makes sense that an auto repairman is not set to be expected to remember the same level of responsibility as a countries' president, chosen official, or a robe wearing part of the legitimate calling
  4. earlyriser54
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    earlyriser54 - November 07, 2013 5:18 pm
    I DO realize that any adult who refers to themselves as a COWBOY would be an authority on anything that is FICTIONAL.
  5. 110100100
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    110100100 - November 07, 2013 3:21 pm
    Why would a perfect “god” make rules specifically for one ethnic group? For one thing, the ancient Hebrews would not have distinguished a “civil” law from a “ceremonial” law from a “moral” law; they were all one and the same. There was nothing “ceremonial” about being stoned to death for breaking “moral” laws. Sacrificing animals may seem absurd today, but in the ancient world it was it as normal as paying taxes. It wasn’t “ceremonial” it was a legal requirement. All civilizations did it, the Egyptians, Greeks, Romans, etc.

    The fact is that society decides what’s moral and what is not, not “god”. Thousands of years ago sacrificing an animal was not only moral, it was a sacred duty. Today we would see killing animals in public to be not only immoral, but barbaric and sadistic. You would go to jail for doing it. Treating homosexuals like “sinners” is like sacrificing animals in public. You can blather on about how “god” makes the rules, but society will shun you just the same.

    Quit trying to make excuses for your religion!
  6. C5IL
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    C5IL - November 07, 2013 1:10 pm
    How many of you are really with the Westboro Baptist Church? Raise your hands.
  7. C5IL
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    C5IL - November 07, 2013 1:09 pm
    He sort of mentioned one of them twice. Must be partial to that one.
  8. moderndaycowboy
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    moderndaycowboy - November 07, 2013 12:12 pm
    You all do realize that it is a complete work of fiction, right?
  9. MRS
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    MRS - November 07, 2013 9:27 am
    God will only "disown" those that refuse HIS plan of salvation. There is no doubt to it, "all have sinned and come short of the Glory of GOD" The good news is God does love us and wants us to accept HIS plan of salvation. It is clear,precise and will never change. We are all sinners and we must see ourselves as such. Jesus did say HE came to heal the sick (sinner)
  10. ChubbyAlaskaGriz
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    ChubbyAlaskaGriz - November 07, 2013 9:01 am
    Just about every poster here is pushing their version of Biblical concept- and ironically I recognize many of them as those w/ reputations at the PGraph of being the coldest, meanest, and most judgmental to others. That THOSE types would be the ones asserting their Biblical thoughts is a real head-scratcher to me. A real head-scratcher...
  11. CLG4
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    CLG4 - November 07, 2013 8:01 am
    Everyone is trying to tell us all what Gods word is. When telling others it almost always shows the agenda of the person doing the telling. Now heres my agenda statement. God wrote the 10 commandments, no where does he say gay marriage is not allowed. The bible was written by man (who has a agenda). The question is do you believe Gods word or do you believe mans (agenda) word?
  12. buckeye
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    buckeye - November 07, 2013 7:09 am
    If you do your best to follow the top 10 you will have a better chance at a decent life. Don't steal , bang the neighbors wife or be jealous of his cool stuff or his sweet house, try not to say cursewords that have god in them , take it EZ on Sunday, give your parents some respect , Don't be banging anybody you are not married to, worship no worldly things like money or motorcycles , don't fall for fake gods like cult leaders, don't lie on your neighbors, and for gods sake don't be killing anyone that don't need kilt.
  13. C5IL
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    C5IL - November 07, 2013 7:02 am
    My god, can't we keep religious debates out of the letters to the editor for even a week?
  14. earlyriser54
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    earlyriser54 - November 07, 2013 5:58 am
    Your comment reminded me of something I have thought about for years. I wonder at what level of accountability leaders and judges on earth will be held too? It stands to reason that an auto mechanic is not going to be held to the same level of accountability as a nations' president, elected official, or a robe wearing member of the legal profession. The people whose decisions have a lasting impact on the average citizens' lives I believe, will he held to a much higher standard of accountability. Afterall the Bible does say, "vengence is mine sayeth the Lord."
  15. earlyriser54
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    earlyriser54 - November 07, 2013 5:48 am
    Many people don't follow it because they choose not too. Keep in mind the book has not changed in all these years, the people reading it have.
  16. earlyriser54
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    earlyriser54 - November 07, 2013 5:47 am
    Truer words were never spoken.
  17. earlyriser54
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    earlyriser54 - November 07, 2013 5:46 am
    If Hillary Clinton and Valerie Jarret were to follow those same laws our country would not be in as big a mess that it is in. Palin and Bachman have not been in positions of power that cause major harm to the country such as Clinton and Jarrett.
  18. mestizo
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    mestizo - November 06, 2013 8:36 pm
    I used to be an Evangelical back in the day. I heard plenty of Evangelical theologians say we should take the Apostle Paul's letters to the church at Corinth with a historical take. There was a unique cultural context in their fledgling Christian community. Paul was talking to a specific city. He was not making laws for Illinois. Did he not also tell women to cover their hair and be silent in the Church? If not, it was one of the other Apostles. If Michelle Bachman and Sarah Palin obeyed the Bible……..what a wonderful World this would be!
  19. Cynical skeptic
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    Cynical skeptic - November 06, 2013 7:08 pm
    With the way this world has turned out, God will probably disown all of us. I doubt that there is a person alive who has never told a lie or committed some type of sin.
  20. SodaBob
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    SodaBob - November 06, 2013 6:59 pm
    'Yankee': the warning in revelation about not adding, etc only applies to revelation, not the bible or to 'God's Word'. revelation was a separate book that was later compiled with other books to create the new testament, long after the author was out of the picture.
  21. Lexington Dude
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    Lexington Dude - November 06, 2013 3:41 pm
    I ask how you know what "context" the scriptures were written in? Nobody does. The entire book is a guessing game and can be taken several ways. This is why so many people today don't follow it. It's not because of "sin" or "satan". It's because human beings have evolved over the last 2000 years to be able to call out the giant holes in the book to the point where believers' only response can be "it's a faith thing". To me, that means you don't really know that what is in that book is true, but you believe it anyway. I like to compare it to people that believe in bigfoot. There's no way to truly prove it exists, but many people believe it does. And the people that don't believe in bigfoot think the ones who do are completely crazy. I don't understand how so many very intelligient people, scientists, doctors, etc., can believe something is true based on no facts.
  22. Schleswig-Holstein
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    Schleswig-Holstein - November 06, 2013 3:28 pm
  23. Rev Jim Boswell
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    Rev Jim Boswell - November 06, 2013 2:12 pm
    When did Mike Smith's letter appear and what did it say? (I'm assuming it was a letter to the editor, but can't find it.
  24. MRS
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    MRS - November 06, 2013 1:21 pm
    Genesis does indeed say the Word was in the beginning. It also goes on to say 1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 The same was in the beginning with God. So you see. the WORD not only means the Bible the WORD is in fact GOD. Alpha/Omega, GOD has many names and one of them is the WORD.
    The fact is those that try to dance around what GOD says does it for one reason. They believe better and we are all children of God and going to Heaven no matter what. That is a lie satan is very good at getting people to believe.
  25. exrepub
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    exrepub - November 06, 2013 9:25 am
    It also says that Satan will always try to fill our minds with wrong thinking. And I can't locate it at the moment but it says Christians are not to be concerned with others who do not follow the laws and commandments. That is Gods job. Your job is to act like a Christian and see that other Christians do. Show respect for all men and treat them honorably. And the most important thing of all is how you treat others and that you do it with love. And I also wondered what the Bible says about how a Christian president should act. And it says "You shall not be partial in judgment. But you shall hear the small as well as the great. You shall not be afraid of the face of man, for the judgment is God's. And we are all to respect our leaders because God allowed them to be there. I heard a comment the other day that said if you are using the Bible as a way to get to heaven perhaps you should read it. Think of this you are not to use foul and polluting language, you are not to judge others, you are to treat others with kindness and gentleness, you are not to steal, commit adultery, lie or bear false witness. Gee imagine what it would be like if we all did just that. Christians included.
  26. perfume river
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    perfume river - November 06, 2013 9:23 am
    good book, very very light on facts, racist, sexist, full of mens opinions based on stories about someone telling stories about someone a long time ago once meeting a god that has no basis in fact. As the nuns used to say "you just have to believe" Too whaco for me even as a child.
  27. yankee
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    yankee - November 06, 2013 8:25 am
    Which Bible are we talking about?
    Corinthians can be found in both the Vulgate and King James.
    The Book of Mormon?
    Genesis states that THE WORD was in the beginning.
    That document was translated in 1830!
    Did God exist before HIS WORD or not?
    The BOOK OF REVELATIONS has dire warnings against additions and deletions.
    The Gospel of Matthew?
    The entire Book of Mormon?
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