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  •  It wasn't Jesus... (2+ / 0-)
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    I suspect that most serious students of Scripture would tell you that it wasn't Christ who performed that surgery.

    Take a look at Acts 15 (NIV) (see?  I saved you from TLDRitis!).  It was a matter of contention in the early church, and it was ultimately decided by the 'apostles and elders' that Gentile converts were not to be expected to follow the Mosaic Law in its entirety.

    It's REALLY interesting to note, however, that they DID preserve some elements of kosher requirements in their instructions to Gentile believers.  They also, however, made specific mention of Gentiles obeying the Law where 'sexual immorality' was concerned.  That's the source of the notion that those particular prohibitions were 'carried forward.'

    Some folks suggest that Christ's admonition in Matthew 5--"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."--is the source of the "Torah waiver", but I disagree; you might find this commentary on that point to be of interest.

    The word "parent" is supposed to be a VERB, people...

    by wesmorgan1 on Tue Apr 30, 2013 at 12:23:31 PM PDT

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    •  Okay, way more Bible readin' than I've done in (0+ / 0-)

      that last few decades, but I slogged through the links.  I can't say i saw a clear repudiation of Leviticus.
      Thanks for the links anyway though; the interwebs is hard!

      -7.38, -5.38 (that's a surprise)

      Why must we struggle to protect the accomplishments of Democrats of the past from Democrats of the present? -- cal2010

      by 84thProblem on Tue Apr 30, 2013 at 05:05:08 PM PDT

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      •  References to "the Law" or "Law of Moses"... (0+ / 0-)

        ...refer to the Torah, which includes Leviticus.

        So, when they said:

        It seemed good to the Holy Spirit and to us not to burden you with anything beyond the following requirements: You are to abstain from food sacrificed to idols, from blood, from the meat of strangled animals and from sexual immorality. You will do well to avoid these things.
        that's where they waived the rest of the Mosaic Law (including Leviticus) for Gentiles.

        The word "parent" is supposed to be a VERB, people...

        by wesmorgan1 on Tue Apr 30, 2013 at 08:57:46 PM PDT

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        •  Still, not sure I'd be comfortable with this. (0+ / 0-)

          He seems to be kind of a stickler...

          -7.38, -5.38 (that's a surprise)

          Why must we struggle to protect the accomplishments of Democrats of the past from Democrats of the present? -- cal2010

          by 84thProblem on Wed May 01, 2013 at 04:06:58 PM PDT

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