You should learn what the Bible teaches, it is a wonderful book of hope and enlightenment. Have you personally been led, however, to believe the Bible teaches you are subject to Law? Do you perceive there is danger in such a belief? Be forewarned: there are individuals [and groups] who desire to enslave you under their law; And then to convince you it is the Bible's teaching. The Laws of men are wearisome to the flesh. (Ecclesiastes 12:12 ; Matthew 23:1-12) Many strive to bury the simple and beautiful truth of the Bible under their burdensome laws, and rules, and traditions. (Mark 7:3-8 ; Colossians 2:8) [We do not here speak of secular laws, which are designed to protect mankind.*] The laws which we speak of, the laws which cause such harm, are those concocted by religious individuals: Dreamt up by persons who wish to use law to assert themselves as lords among men, and then to pronounce judgment over the faith of others. Such self exalted individuals wish to imagine their laws are the same as God's laws: They certainly want to convince YOU their laws come from God. Many will demand that you not question anything they say! [Some religions will actually kill those who disagree with them.] As divided and divisive as such groups are, they all share this in common: They all want you to fear their judgment over you. Each sect will threaten some judgment against you in effort to make you obedient to their wishes. If you do not cower before them, they will assert you have no fear of God so as to obey him. Who do they really imagine they are? In some cases, such religious persons are obviously wicked. [They abuse little children in secret, or proudly kill indiscriminately in the name of their God and cause.] Others may seem, or may even be, sincere and well meaning. What all such lawgivers teach however, is from their own understanding and/or their own writings. (1 Corinthians 4:6 ; Matthew 7:21-23) Whether such persons are obviously wicked, or are sincerely deceived; the message they convey [and which they assert comes from the Bible] is always the same: It always amounts to rules and laws. "You will get life if you do this," they say [or "if you don't do that"]. By allowing themselves to focus on trying to adhere to law, they are missing the Bible's purpose. (John 1:17-18) Don't let them mislead you! Please consider:

About 3500 years ago, (1513 BCE) God gave the Jewish nation the Law Code. That was about 500 years after He selected the descendants of Abraham to become his covenanted nation of people: He thus established a binding contract with them to obey his law. (Exodus 19:3-8) By that arrangement of Law, they could maintain a good relationship with him. The law kept the Jews isolated from the influence of the demon worshipping nations surrounding them, so they could remain clean in God's eyes to become the forebears of the promised Messiah. The Law God gave them was perfect, but they were not. While the Law kept them separate, it also served as an inducement to sin, (Romans 7:8) because that is the nature of imperfect people. (Romans 7:7-8:8) The Law Code was perfect, but that law did not establish righteousness in the covenanted individuals. The Law served to force a set of behavioral standards, while also acting as a tutor leading to Christ. (Galatians 3:23-25) The Law Code illuminated the imperfection in mankind, manifest in their inability to keep the Law. The Law forced sensible ones among them to realize their need for the Messiah being presented by God. (Hebrews 4:14-16 ; Galatians 3:19) Any persons who truly believed in the law, accepted Christ because their Law giver Moses wrote about the coming Messiah. (John 5:45-47 ; John 1:45) Righteous persons had to recognize they could not perfectly obey law [except through love]. When they developed a love for God and neighbor, following the example of Christ Jesus, that love abolished Law. At that point, they were no longer under Law but guided by love. Love caused the principles taught by the Law Code to become their own hearts desire. (Romans 13:8-10 ; Ephesians 2:15)

Before we continue, we do admit: We understand how some are misled to feel the need for law. Sad as it is, we all have a tendency to act in that way. When we see someone we love doing something we believe will cause them harm, we want to warn them. That can be a good thing, of course. It matter very much, however, how we warn them; And that leads to the point herein being considered: Are Christians are under law? Should we try to help others by giving them laws [and rules] for their conduct? The Bible teaches we should learn not to do so. What we rather need to do, is encourage them to come to know our Creator personally (Hebrews 8:10-12) through their own study of Christ's teachings. (Read the accounts of Jesus teachings by Matthew, Mark, Luke, and the Apostle John.) We get in the way of their Christian advancement when we strive to impress under law those whom we care about; No matter how certain we are in imagining we know what laws they should follow. We should simply show them what the Bible says. If they disagree about it's meaning, that is their choice. In that way, they accept responsibility for themselves, and we have done all we can do. In simply presenting what the Bible says, they are more likely to understand the ramifications of their choice, and not be distracted by avoiding rules we make up for them. Building faith in the teachings of the Bible is a long term project. Anyone with humility recognizes there are things about the Bible they do not know. They realize, any of us may actually misunderstand what we are convinced we do know. That humility will keep us from being judgmental of others by promoting our own rules. (1 Corinthians 10:12-13) We must each build up our own conscience based on faith in what we personally do know of what the Bible teaches. (Romans 2:15 ; Revelation 22:10-12) The Bible is a mirror so as to see ourselves for what we really are. It is not a magnifying glass to measure others. (James 1:22-25)

Those who want to be creators of Law usually want to warn you about the punishment which will come from God if you don't obey their pronouncements [of what they consider to be God's law]. They are missing the point, and they are keeping others from understanding as well. (Luke 11:52 ; Matthew 23:15) The truth is: God doesn't need to punish us, we are all dying! We were all born dying! (1 Corinthians 15:22) God doesn't have to take any action but to wait. (Ecclesiastes 9:5-6 ; Romans 6:23 ; Romans 6:7) We would be dead in a blink of his eye. (2 Peter 3:8 ; 2 Peter 3:9-13) Thankfully, God is not waiting for us to die in our sins, (John 8:24-30) but is actively trying to help us. He doesn't want to punish, but to help. (2 Peter 3:9) The Bible teaches God's eyes are roving about throughout the earth to show his power in behalf of those whose heart is complete toward him. (2 Chronicles 16:9) He is present all the time, watching and looking to try and help us; Trying to help YOU! What can we do, then, to allow him to bless us? How can we have or develop a heart complete toward our Heavenly Father? [One thing we must all recognize is this: God can not help those who are determined to be to remain wicked! YOU can not be helped if YOU are determined to remain ignorant! It is your choice: Either YOU remain in sin, or YOU choose life. (Deuteronomy 30:19-20) Even God can not protect you against your own willful choices.] How then, can we become people God is free to help? What can help us?

Jesus helped us have insight into what is required of us as he set the Law Code aside (Romans 8:1-2 ; 2 Corinthians 3:12-14 ; Ephesians 2:15 ; Colossians 2:13-14) and replaced it with the law of love. (James 2:8 ; Galatians 3:11-13 ; Matthew 22:37-40) He gave warning that some would come to him in the last day and say: "Lord, did we not prophecy and cast out demons in your name." Such individuals were apparently sincere; for them to approach the son of God expecting his help. Jesus went on to warn us of his reply to such individuals: "Get away from me you workers of lawlessness, for I never knew you." (Matthew 7:21-23) "Workers of lawlessness," that's what he called those persons who had refused his help. They appeared not even to realize they had remained "workers of lawlessness." How could they have deceived themselves so? We all are, or we have been, "workers of lawlessness." (1 Corinthians 6:9-11) We all remain so to some degree. (Ecclesiastes 7:20 ; 1 John 1:8) Those who come to know Christ, strive to do better [by caring about others as well as themselves]. (Matthew 19:19) Because of our imperfection, being upright remains difficult even for those who are trying to do good. Those who refuse to appreciate what Christ gave for us, and rather choose to remain unrepentant workers of lawlessness, could obviously not be considered persons having a complete heart toward our Creator. They keep God from being able to help them, by their choice to have no appreciation for the great love shown them. (1 John 4:19 ; Romans 5:6-8 ; Philippians 2:8) If we choose to remain unrepentant, and thus willful "workers of lawlessness," it amounts to turning our back on the gift of life being offered through faith in Christ Jesus. Our Father can not show his power in our behalf if we refuse to take advantage of his gift of life. We must gain knowledge of who our Creator is so we will and we will desire to please him. Law can never accomplish that change in us. (Acts_13:38-39 ; Luke_16:16 ; Luke 11:52) The love of the Christ can! (1 John 4:19 ; Romans 8:35-39) It's not, then, a matter of law; nor of power; but a matter of love. We must come to love our Heavenly Father and his son. (John 17:3) Those who truly come to know Christ will understand: It is love, and not law, that can help us change from being workers of lawlessness. Refusing to understand that simple truth is to judge ourselves unworthy of life. It is obedience to our Creator out of love for his goodness, revealed to us in the teachings of Christ, that defines us as righteous and protects us from being workers of lawlessness.

As we strive to know Christ Jesus, we come to love others because of the love God showed to us in Christ. (1 John 4:19) That love will then develop desires [laws] which will govern our lives; But, they will be rules that come from within our own heart [inner being]. (Romans 2:28-29 ; Isaiah 11:9) That is the difference between law and love, and it is very important to understand: The desires of our heart [internal rules of conduct] must be based on love for our Creator [and for others]. (Luke 10:25-28) What governs our life must be a code of conduct we create for ourselves, (Isaiah 51:7) even as we come to love and respect our Heavenly Father and to know what he loves. We will also learn what He hates, and understand He hates it because it is bad [and will cause harm]. We will then be impelled to do what is right, simply because it is right; and because we have come to desire doing good. Love will help us realize it will only cause harm to someone when we do what God says is wrong. We will also love what is right because we wish to bring joy to our Father. Knowledge that our Creator is good will become the reality of our mind [and the motivation of our heart]. (Hebrews 11:6) Love based on such knowledge will overcome desire to do what is wrong. (1 Corinthians 13:8) Christians will still make mistakes, but they will strive to become workers of righteousness and they will be leaving behind what is bad. (Psalms 37:31) It is a simple choice: Do we want to support all the pain and suffering in the world? Do we want to continue to be willful "workers of lawlessness"? Of course not! Knowledge of the teachings of Christ help us first to love, and then to obey our Heavenly Father. (1 John 5:2-3 ; John 3:13-21) As we come to understand, and then to appreciate what our Father has done [and is doing] for us, we are impelled to love him. Acting on knowledge of the truth of the Bible makes us noble minded in the thinking of our Creator. (Acts 17:11) Knowledge of truth is directly connected to our love. Here is our point then: Be cautious you don't waste your time trying to learn to obey the laws of men. Learn rather to know our Father, and you will come to love him! Obedience to what Christ taught us will then come from that love! Those who strive to return to law have abandoned Christ! (Galatians 5:4-6) Those trying to entice you to worship by means of law, whether the Law Of Moses, or the rules and traditions of their own making, can not see the truth. It is veiled to them unless they turn to the unadulterated teachings of Christ Jesus. (2_Cor_3:14 & 15-16) They will veil the truth for you as well, if you allow them. (1_Pet_1:18-19 ; Luke 11:52)
      All wicked law givers share one thing in common: They all demand obedience. In doing so, they shift the attention of their followers away from Christ, and toward some special thing being accomplished by their group: Building schools and hospitals maybe; or they help [feed, clothe, etc.] those in distant lands; or they are more zealous in evangelizing; or more clearly understand [or teach] the basic truths of the Bible. Maybe they really do better than any other group at the thing which they assert makes them special. All such activity is good of course; Until their work becomes their pride [thus replacing Christ]. At that point, their works become their God. The next thing they do is demand, based on your seeing the witness they give by means of their special work, that you accept without question what ever they teach you. They forbid you to exercise any form of worship beyond their prescribed methods. They demand you look to them and their organization to gain their approval; or you will be lost. They imagine, and they want you to believe, their approval is the same as God's approval. If you are a member of any such group, you must break free. Your hope must rest only in God through your faith in his son Christ Jesus. It must be based on what YOU personally know the Bible teaches. If any persons have convinced you of your need for them or their group to approve your salvation, you may be lost if you follow after them. Jesus is our only mediator. (1 Timothy 2:2-6) YOU must know who YOU are; as you fully define yourself as a person based on your personal faith in the teachings of the Christ. You can then help others gain the same knowledge of Bible truth, and the same freedom. (John 8:31-32) Look for every opportunity to talk about the Bible! (Ephesians 4:25)

As love for our Heavenly Father grows, so will our desire to be careful not to hurt him. One of the things truth helps us realize is that in his love for us, God has given us the power to cause him pain, or to make his heart rejoice. We can actually support our Father in making reply to his enemy. (Proverbs 27:11) It is nearly too wonderful to comprehend! Could there be anything better? Men who strive to establish laws for you are going backward. God set us free from his perfect law through our faith in Christ Jesus. (Romans 8:1-4 ; John 8:32) Men with their imperfect laws only interfere with our understanding that simple Bible truth; and they certainly interfere with our making application in our lives. We need to turn away from being workers of lawlessness. We can do so only by learning what Jesus taught [covered thoroughly in Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John]. Jesus's teachings are a protection against our being misled (Mark 12:24) by men who desire to trap us in servitude to their laws.

To briefly summarize, the first thing we all want to remember is this: We are all dying and without hope [if we won't accept God's intervention in our behalf]. We were all born dying, it's just a matter of a very few years. God is loving and kind, and He is trying to help us. He is not judgmental and hateful, nor are we under any law except the law of love. (James 2:8 ; Luke 10:25-28 ; Matthew 22:37-40) Put very simply: We must become people determined not to cause harm to others if we are to expect God's help. (Matthew 7:12) Anyone claiming you need them to establish law for you, is trying to supplant the Christ as mediator between you and our Heavenly Father. (1 Timothy 2:5 ; Matthew 23:1-15) It is faith in Christ Jesus which can grant us life. (Luke 8:48) While God is loving and is trying to help, He will not forever tolerate the wicked abuse of those who have become his friends. (Isaiah 41:8 ; James 2:23) God will finally destroy satan and his wicked followers, (1 Corinthians 15:24-28) but only after he has extended life to all persons who will allow themselves to be marked in their forehead for survival. (Ezekiel 9:4 ; Matthew 25:31-33 ; John 11:26) It is love controlling your mind which is your identifying mark. You can't buy it or steal it, and no rules of men can grant it! It is a gift from our Creator. If you allow any man [or group] to mark you in your forehead [by giving them your faith and allegiance] you will surely be lost. (Revelation 13:16-18) No matter how well meaning they may be; their laws and rules will harm you. (Galatians 5:4-6) Your very own personal relationship with God through your faith in his son is your hope; your only hope! (John 17:3) Love for Jehovah and our fellow man, through faith in Christ, is the mark we must have in our forehead.

If we learn who God is, and in so doing build a desire to please our Heavenly Father based in love, that love will become a law of righteous desires within us. That is the only law which can help us. (Isaiah 11:9) Most Bible scholars agree we are in what the Bible calls "the last days." If so, and if you express faith in Christ Jesus as God's son, you may become one who doesn't need a resurrection: Jesus said you might never die at all! (John 11:26 ; Job_33:24-30)

God is good! Learning the truth means coming to understand: God is good! (Hebrews 11:6) Just think: Love based on that knowledge will motivate us from within to obey our Heavenly Father. While God has helped us to know and understand love, He does have standards [very strict ones]. He also has perfect reasons for those standards. Our first parents failed to keep a very simple and clear requirement [costing them their lives by their choice to sperate themselves from their Creator and life giver]. God gave them everything they could possibly need, but withheld one tree in the garden. He wanted them to respect his right to keep that tree for himself [or possibly, to tell them when and how to use it. Why God withheld the tree is his business, and certainly within his right if he chooses never to explain why he kept it. Knowing his love for us, it seems likely he will tell us.] One thing is certain: If Adam and Eve had believed their Father was "good," they would have obeyed. God does not hold us accountable for our error when we don't know it is error. That was one reason for Law: To help us understand right and wrong. We still need, and will always need, to recognize our Father's right to tell us what is good. He is our Creator and He is perfect! (Deuteronomy 32:4) If we allow ourselves to know him, we will learn to love what he loves, and will want only what he wants us to have. He cares for us and wants us to be happy. May we never choose to steal what does not belong to us, as did Adam and Eve. There can be no questions or reservations about our need for God to be the one choosing what is good. Some teach that neither Adam nor Eve will receive a resurrection, because they were prefect when they sinned [and therefore fully responsible for their action]. That is all speculation by men, and we will have to wait and see what God chooses to do. It seems worthy of note: The Bible does say Eve was deceived, while Adam was not. (1 Timothy 2:13-14) That might imply she will receive a resurrection and be given the chance to do better. God knows how to deal with all such scenarios, and He will do what is good. Those who love him will be pleased to wait and see how he handles the matter. Every single person who will accept the gift of life will have it. God simply can not, however, allow those determined to harm others to continue to live! With regard to Eve being deceived, and any similar danger to us: We don't have to worry about being deceived if we are seeking truth from God's word. God has made truth available. [Do you know anyone alive in the earth today who can't get to a Bible? If you do, give them one.] Modern day world conditions, the terrible and escalating problems of our day, provide solid and everlasting proof we need our Father's guidance. (Luke 21:7-11 & 25-28) In the light of that evidence, remaining deceived and/or ignorant will no longer be an excuse. When we lay down tonight, 1 in 4 of the worlds women and children will be going to bed to sleep hungry. That is just the first problem we mention. There is also disease, war and threat of war, sexual exploitation and abuse, social injustice, natural catastrophe, economic failure, and on and on the list goes. Our world of today stands as solid and everlasting evidence: The terrible conditions of our world come from the choice of our first parents [and our unrepentant brothers and sisters in Adam since them] to refuse God's direction for their lives. Do you want to perpetuate the pain and suffering Adam and Eve [sin] brought into the world? Please know: That is the decision you [and we all] are making, even as you make the choice whether you will abide by God's direction.

For the time being, we serve our Creator having faith the things He recorded for us in the Bible are truth. The final judgment will not occur until the end of the thousand year reign of Christ Jesus. At that time, the earth will have been turned into the paradise our Father intended when he created it. Hope through faith in those promises will no longer be required. (Romans 8:24-25) Everyone alive will then have personal knowledge of how bad it has been in this old system, with mankind living apart from God's direction. [Mankind has spent nearly one fourth of one trillion dollars to put up an international space station, while one fourth of the earth's children starve. We don't disparage the people involved in such efforts. They are often kind and well meaning. This is just one of many examples of mankind being misdirected in his efforts due to satan's influence in the world, (1 John 5:19 ; John 12:31 ; Ephesians 2:2) and our disobedience to God's standards. Clearly, this old system needs to be replaced. We need the kingdom of Christ to give us direction.] All those protected into the paradise (John 11:26) will become witness to what it is like living in the perfect conditions God started in the Garden of Eden. Every sane person will then [and should now] understand why we must absolutely and eternally obey the Almighty God of Creation. Some may choose to be disobedient even after paradise is restored, but it will never again be because they are deceived or ignorant. With the witness everyone has of what it is like to live apart from God's direction, and the witness they will then have of living under God's direction, the error and responsibility will be their own and their's alone. We have opportunity now to choose to express love based on our personal faith, so as to demonstrate what we choose to be in our heart. Choosing loyalty to our Father in faith demonstrates we are serving because it is the right thing to do, and not just for the reward [even as some followed Jesus for the food he provided them]. (John 6:26) There is sound reason to place faith in the Bible today. Learn what it says!

Religious zealots want to pollute the simple truth of the Bible: As they try to make it about membership in some group or club they have formed. Following that, they want to generate laws to govern and protect their "flock." If you don't join such religious Doegs in their form of worship, they are convinced you are wicked and unworthy of life. Many among such groups will be predjuiced against or even strive to persecute you if you don't join them. The truth is, if you believe them, you are responsible for following in their error. God gave you the Bible so you can know better. (Mark 7:6-8) The only membership of any importance is membership into Christianity by means of your personal faith. (Acts 11:26) Either you are a Christian, or you are not, based simply on whether you try to be obedient to the teachings of Christ. It seems a dangerous thing to give power to imperfect men to judge whether you are righteous. It would seem those who choose to live subject to the judgment of other men may not know Christ at all. (Matthew 7:21-23 ; 1 Corinthians 4:3-4) You are alone among men, in that it is you and only you, who can know and declare that you have faith. It is your personal knowledge of the teachings of Christ which can keep you from remaining a "worker of lawlessness" (Matthew 7:21-23) and bring you out into light. (John 3:19)

Peace to all through faith in Christ Jesus. (Luke 10:5-6 ; Romans 5:1-2)

*[Certain Laws and rules must exist of course: Rules have to be set for little children. "Don't play in the street," for example. Even then, as is possible, the rule should be explained to the child so they can understand the rules are to protect them {or someone else}. Laws also have to exist in a society of imperfect men and women. Individuals who are ignorant or wicked will freely kill others except for their fear of those secular laws. We are pleased to have the governments which protect us from such obvious "practicers of lawlessness." We herein draw attention to the wicked laws generated by veiled villains: By those who assert themselves as teachers of Bible truth, but who are actually only religious. Such individuals want to bring you under their control as a Doeg to their organization. Don't ever be deceived to imagine that is Christianity. If you take pride in membership in some group, or even worse; if you take pride in a position you hold above others in some group, you should be terrified. Examine your faith carefully to verify it is based only on the Bible. If you follow after the teachings of men: Can you be sure you know Jesus at all? (Matthew 7:21-23)] You must be able to support and defend your faith from the Bible. (1 Peter 3:15)] It would seem hard to have a clear conscience before God if you support the wicked judgments [pronounced over others] by some group for the sake of pleasing them. (Ezekiel 9:3-4)


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