Mishpatim

Mishpatim

In our latest audio teaching, we discover that the Law vs. Grace model does not work. God, through the Oral Law, commands the elders to interpret the Law and render righteous judgment. This means that Law must always contain a mixture of grace in rendering righteous judgment. We discover, upon careful study, that this is an aspect of the Messianic King. How does King David parallel King Messiah? What is the ethic of Torah which governs the administration of “strict justice?”

The God of the Philosophers: Ethics & Free Will

The God of the Philosophers: Ethics & Free Will

A brilliant and thought-provoking essay by a fellow blogger who also questions the dogmatic assumptions of the Church. Take 10 minutes and enjoy.

word and silence

One could spend a thousand lifetimes on religious questions which have no answers. Such questions are worth bringing up but not even attempting to exhaust, and so I want to briefly write about two of them: morality, and intertwined problem of free will and predestination.

Morality

In all of these pages I never saw a reason to justify how morality could exist in the absence of God. But as I was finishing this book, I happened to listen to many hours of debates between atheists and believers on the existence of God, and was amazed to find the faithful all saying that if God didn’t exist, there could be no morality.

When I first began thinking about this problem years ago, my conclusion came fairly quickly: I immediately realized that what held me back from attacking or hurting someone was not fear of doing what God had told me not…

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(Audio) Mediator of the Covenant

(Audio) Mediator of the Covenant

What is the role of Torah in the life of a Gentile? Is there a precedent to Gentiles receiving Torah obligation? Why does God use the agent of a mediator in the establishment of the covenant at Sinai, and how does this relate to the ministry of the Messiah? Finally, what is the difference between irrational fear vs. the fear of the LORD?