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Jesus & The Law – Join islam

As stated in the previous article, Paul preached that when Jesus died the requirement for his followers to uphold the Law of the Torah was abolished, and that it was faith in Paul’s understanding of Jesus’ function that would determine whether one would be admitted into Paradise. The focus of this article is to show that Jesus, according to the Gospels, preached to his followers to uphold the Law of the written Torah.

Fulfillment of the Law

One of the strongest verses in the Gospels confirming that Jesus did not want his followers to abandon the law can be found in the following passage in Matthew 5. In this passage, Jesus uses incredibly strict language, saying that he did not come to abolish the law, but for people to follow the law without the least bit of relaxation.

17 “Think not that I have come to abolish the law and the prophets; I have come not to abolish them but to fulfil them. 18 For truly, I say to you, till heaven and earth pass away, not an iota, not a dot, will pass from the law until all is accomplished. 19 Whoever then relaxes one of the least of these commandments and teaches men so, shall be called least in the kingdom of heaven; but he who does them and teaches them shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven. 20 For I tell you, unless your righteousness exceeds that of the scribes and Pharisees, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.

Matthew 5

Acting in accordance with the Law

Jesus then gives examples of his extreme adherence to the letter and spirit of the Law. He provides several hyperbolic examples, to illustrate that his expectation is that his followers should go the extra mile in upholding the law, which goes above and beyond merely the mere motions and actions.

21 “You have heard that it was said to the men of old, ‘You shall not kill; and whoever kills shall be liable to judgment.’ 22 But I say to you that every one who is angry with his brother[a] shall be liable to judgment; whoever insults[b] his brother shall be liable to the council, and whoever says, ‘You fool!’ shall be liable to the hell[c] of fire. 

27 You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall not commit adultery.’ 28 But I say to you that every one who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart. 29 If your right eye causes you to sin, pluck it out and throw it away; it is better that you lose one of your members than that your whole body be thrown into hell.[d] 30 And if your right hand causes you to sin, cut it off and throw it away; it is better that you lose one of your members than that your whole body go into hell.[e]

31 “It was also said, ‘Whoever divorces his wife, let him give her a certificate of divorce.’ 32 But I say to you that every one who divorces his wife, except on the ground of unchastity, makes her an adulteress; and whoever marries a divorced woman commits adultery.

33 “Again you have heard that it was said to the men of old, ‘You shall not swear falsely, but shall perform to the Lord what you have sworn.’ 34 But I say to you, Do not swear at all, either by heaven, for it is the throne of God, 35 or by the earth, for it is his footstool, or by Jerusalem, for it is the city of the great King. 36 And do not swear by your head, for you cannot make one hair white or black. 37 Let what you say be simply ‘Yes’ or ‘No’; anything more than this comes from evil.[f]

38 “You have heard that it was said, ‘An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.’ 39 But I say to you, Do not resist one who is evil. But if any one strikes you on the right cheek, turn to him the other also; 40 and if any one would sue you and take your coat, let him have your cloak as well; 41 and if any one forces you to go one mile, go with him two miles. 42 Give to him who begs from you, and do not refuse him who would borrow from you.

43 “You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ 44 But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, 45 so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven; for he makes his sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust. 46 For if you love those who love you, what reward have you? Do not even the tax collectors do the same? 47 And if you salute only your brethren, what more are you doing than others? Do not even the Gentiles do the same? 48 You, therefore, must be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect.

Matthew 5

Practice the Law

In Matthew 23, Jesus commands the crowds that listened to him and his disciples to obey the Law of the scribes and Pharisees, but not to do as they do because they do not apply the law correctly. This is because, according to Jesus, while they may be outwardly carrying out the law, inwardly, they are full of hypocrisy and greed. This indicates again that Jesus wanted his followers to uphold the law, but to do it correctly with a pure heart.

23 Then said Jesus to the crowds and to his disciples, “The scribes and the Pharisees sit on Moses’ seat; so practice and observe whatever they tell you, but not what they do; for they preach, but do not practice.

Matthew 23

How to Be Good

When Jesus was questioned about what good thing one needed to do to obtain eternal life, Jesus point blankly told him to uphold the commandments. Then, he specified exactly the commandments he was referring to in case there was any doubt about what he meant by his statement.

16 And behold, one came up to him, saying, “Teacher, what good deed must I do, to have eternal life?” 17 And he said to him, “Why do you ask me about what is good? One there is who is good. If you would enter life, keep the commandments.” 18 He said to him, “Which?” And Jesus said, “You shall not kill, You shall not commit adultery, You shall not steal, You shall not bear false witness, 19 Honor your father and mother, and, You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” 20 

Matthew 19



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