Why God’s law?
Within our own interaction and experience with the world, it doesn’t take too much time to recognise and appreciate the value of a good law. In the most basic sense, we appreciate laws that promote the safety of one another, whether those laws involve traffic lights, hold someone accountable for being a truthful witness in a courtroom, or require the use of accurate scales and weights at the grocery store.
Just as these laws and many others like them are designed to protect the average citizen, they can also help in creating a certain sense of freedom when all members of society are keeping and promoting these laws. If the lawmaker is just, truthful, gracious and loving, and laws are created out of the best interest for the citizens, then these laws become reference points in determining right and wrong behaviour.
If these laws are provided for our own good, and citizens choose to follow and promote these laws out of their love for others (to include the lawgiver), then an incredible sense of freedom exists within and between citizens. What happens when society chooses to remove law?
What happens when people no longer choose to follow laws out of a care for others? Society breaks down, and more laws are required to protect citizens.
Taking these things into consideration, one might ask a valid question: Why is there such a strong opposition to the Law of God, especially within so many Christian churches?
Other pertinent questions can include: Was God’s law arbitrary? Was the law given for our own good? Did Jesus abolish the law? Why would we or Jesus want to get rid of God’s law?
It is our goal to provide resources that answer these questions while honouring God and promoting His law because, “For this is the love of God, that we keep His commandments; and His commandments are not burdensome.” 1 John 5:3
Values behind the choices in resources we choose to share:
The resources we choose to make available is done so with consideration of the following values and beliefs:
- The Law of God was never intended as a tool to earn one’s own righteousness, “for by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast”. Ephesians 2:8-9
- The Law of God was provided that we may live: “You shall therefore keep my statutes, and my judgments: which if a man do, he shall live by them: I am YHWH.” Leviticus 18:5
- “The law (Torah) of the LORD is perfect, refreshing the soul. The statutes of the LORD are trustworthy, making wise the simple.” Psalm 19:7
- “By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God and observe His commandments. For this is the love of God, that we keep His commandments; and His commandments are not burdensome.” 1 John 5:2-3
- All the law and the prophets hang on two commandments: Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind, & love your neighbour as yourself. Matthew 22:36-40
- Attempting to keep and/or teach the obedience to God’s law out of any other desire than love for God and love for neighbour entirely misses the objective of the law: Love.
- Law and grace are not opposing, rather without law there is no need for grace, as there is no reference point to know when grace is or is not being administered.
We hope you will find this site and the resources made available helpful. It is only by the Grace of God and through the sacrifice of His son Jesus Christ that we truly have any hope. May God bless you and may we look forward to the day when His Law (Torah) is written on our hearts and mind.
With much love,
Richard D. Shaules
Author & Editor, ProTorah.com
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