Friday, May 25, 2012

Rules for new Christians

A friend was talking about how he did not want to go to church Sunday morning because he was drinking Saturday night.  His thoughts did not sit well with me... seamed he was concerned that he was doing something that Christians should not do.  Yet his faith is very strong.

Today I was reading Acts 15.  In verse 10 peter asks "why do we test God by putting on the necks of the disciples a yoke that we nor our fathers have been able to bear?"  Vs 21 "For Moses has been preached in every city from the earliest times and is read in the synagogues on every Sabbath."  Vs 11 "We believe it is through the grace of our Lord Jesus that we are saved, just as they are."

In the end it was decided that the rules for those that were not part of the Jewish faith that turned to the Christian faith are few.  Vs. 28-29 "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."   These are the things that I as a Christian can strongly ask other Christians not to do.

But what of all the other laws of Moses and the profits?  Are they all for naught?  No I don't think so, they are good standards and practices to live by.  They are areas where over time the Holy Spirit will address on each persons heart.  And because America's laws are built on the laws of the Bible, following the Bible will keep a person out of trouble.  This is in line with what Jesus said in Matthew 22:37-40 about the greatest commandments.  'Love the Lord your God with all your heard and with all your soul and with all your mind.' This is the first and greatest commandment.  And the second is like it: 'Love your neighbor as yourself.'  All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.

I can't say for certain that my friend needs to change and do all the good practices I and other Church going people of the ages have done or not.  But to start my answer is no.  A new Christian has very few different rules to live by.  And admittedly even these bare minimums are difficult to follow for me years after becoming a Christian.