Today is December 07th , 2023
The Bible includes the Old Testament and the New Testament, which contains a history of God's people, the birth, life and teachings of Jesus, and many, prophesies.
The first part of the Bible was written to teach God's commandments and laws to all people on earth.
Today the Bible is being removed from the classrooms, thus the basic Christian principles of law will no longer be taught and therefore children will not have the benefit to learn about God's law.
What foundational principles did Jesus and His apostles teach?
"And behold, a certain lawyer stood up and tested Him [Jesus], saying, 'Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?'(Luke 10:25-28)
He said to him, 'What is written in the law? What is your reading of it?' So he answered and said, 'You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your strength, and with all your mind,' and 'your neighbor as yourself.' And He said to him, 'You have answered rightly; do this and you will live'" (Luke 10:25-28).
"For this is the love of God, that we keep His commandments. And His commandments are not burdensome" (1 John 5:3).
"Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one's life for his friends" (John 15:13; compare verses 15-17).
Jesus and His apostles taught a way of life based on observing God's commandments from a heart of love that willingly makes personal sacrifices for the sake of others focusing on giving rather than getting. It is the way of concern about the well being of others.
A true Christian cannot base his way of life, his new way of living, on his own ideas about right and wrong. The basics of the way we should live are defined by God in the Scriptures. God's laws, and Christ's example of perfect obedience to those laws, set the standards for the genuinely Christian way of life.
Let's be sure we understand the role of God's law in our lives. Paul forcefully explains in his letters that no law can ever justify us, that is, it cannot remove the guilt we incurred through our past transgressions (Romans 3:23-25).
Justification, the removal of guilt from sins previously committed, is a gift God freely gives when we repent and place our faith in Christ's sacrificial death as payment for our sins. "Therefore," says Paul, "we conclude that a man is justified by faith apart from the deeds of the law" (verse 28) that is, through faith in Christ's death in our stead.
But Paul then explains the role the law still plays in our lives. "Do we then make void the law through faith? Certainly not! On the contrary, we establish the law" (verse 31). The law's purpose is not to provide forgiveness of sin but to define sin, "for by the law is the knowledge of sin" (verse 20).
God's law reveals the principles and standards of the godly way of life.
Paul explained the foundation of the life he personally lived: "... I confess to you, that according to the Way which they [unbelievers] call a sect, so I worship the God of my fathers, believing all things which are written in the Law and in the Prophets" (Acts 24:14-17). Paul's way of life was based on what he had learned from the Holy Scriptures.
This is what our lives should reflect, the highest standards of loving behaviour according to those same Scriptures. Our behaviour should reflect the attitude of wanting to be cooperative and respectful servants of both God and our fellow human beings. As true Christians we are supposed to be a caring and serving people who are uncompromisingly loyal to the principles taught in the Scriptures.
No matter ones religious belief, the bible is a book to read by all, for it is the basic in law. A book that gives an understanding of life itself.
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