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12 November 2004 @ 10:04 am
The key fact I was missing  

I must have been fuzzy with tired last night when I made my previous post, How was I to know?, because it appears I palmed a card without even noticing I did so. That is to say, yes, Paul wasn't referring to the prevailing civil law of his time but to the Law = Torah and laws = mitzvot (the 613 commandments found in the Torah).

Still, I can't help but wonder if this teaching regarding one set of laws doesn't encourage a disrespect for all laws. Kind of, "Hey, I have faith—I don't need no stinkin' laws…." It would certainly explain the attitudes and behaviors of any number of people.

Current Mood: tiredtired
Current Music: Grateful Dead: Wake Of The Flood
Laurel Krahnlaurel on November 12th, 2004 08:18 am (UTC)
The reason my parents cited for switching from a LCA Lutheran church (the LCA was changing to ELCA at that time or soon after) to a Missouri Synod Lutheran Church (much more conservative) was because at the first church we had a pastor who gave super short sermons whose messages always basically seemed to be "do whatever you want, so long as you ask for forgiveness and/or have faith, you'll get into heaven."

Needless to say, that pastor was popular with the congregation. Told people what they wanted to hear and got them out of church in plenty of time to get home for lunch and/or to watch football.

[I know more things went into my parents decision, but the whole "faith as a sort of cosmic get out of jail free card" thing really bugged 'em. And I totally understand that.]