Just wondering what happened to boysrus? She started the questions about God thread and hasn't been back.
Anyway, I have an issue from the Bible I have been meditating on. It goes from more general to specific. I hope some Christians/Catholics will want to comment.
First of all, the law was given to Moses in the OT. I would say all Christians are familiar with part of them, namely, the 10 commandments. But of course, if you read Exodus, Leviticus, you will find many other laws the Israelites were required to follow, acc to God. Dietary laws, laws of how to sacrifice, how to dress, etc.
Moving on to the NT. When asked by a young man in Matt 19, Jesus reiterated 6 of the 10 commandments, and added two (eg: love thy neighbor as thyself, sell all you have and give to the poor).
Earlier in Matt, namely 5:17, Jesus says this: "Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them. 18 I tell you the truth, until heaven and earth disappear, not the smallest letter, not the least stroke of a pen, will by any means disappear from the Law until everything is accomplished. 19 Anyone who breaks one of the least of these commandments and teaches others to do the same will be called least in the kingdom of heaven, but whoever practices and teaches these commands will be called great in the kingdom of heaven.
Now, he says not one letter or dot of *the Law* should disappear until heaven and earth pass away. Why do Christians discount these words of Christ? Obviously, no Christians try to keep the laws of Moses, except for the 10 commandments. (in fact, i believe BB has told us, much of the Law does not even appear in our OT.) I understand Paul said something about us no longer being under the Law, but Grace. But Jesus himself said to keep the Law, so why do Christians listen to Paul over JC?
Final part of question/meditation: note that when Jesus reiterates the commandments for the rich young man, he does not list all 10 of them. To "enter life" he advises:
" 'Do not murder, do not commit adultery, do not steal, do not give false testimony, honor your father and mother,' and 'love your neighbor as yourself.' "
"If you want to be perfect, go, sell your possessions and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me."
So, to get specific, JC does not bother with the graven images commandment, namely:
Ex 20: 4 "You shall not make for yourself an idol in the form of anything in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the waters below"
Catholic churches are famous for their beautiful carvings and statues of JC, Mary, saints and martyrs. Can they get away with this, because they feel it wasn't important to JC that there be no graven images? In the Lutheran churches I attended as a child, we had a plain cross over the altar (not a crucifix), but we did have stained glass windows depicting various people and critters from the earth and sea.
So, my questions are: What about the law? JC said it should still be obeyed. What about graven images specifically? How do Catholics and others feel justified in having them in their churches?