Not a word of the law will pass away - but certainly the burdens placed on people might.
From earliest man, the idea of eating something to take on it's energy is basic thought - a sense that you are what you eat - spiritually you become like what you eat (i.e. your behaviour).
- don't eat pigs - don't be like those who quickly eat down the food, then go roll in the mud and come back only to squeal for more
- don't eat birds of prey - earn your own living, don't just prey on those beneath you instead
- eat those animals that chew the cud - i.e. eat the food, chew on it a while and you'll be satisfied
- but not the rabbits - do I need explain that one ?
Check out animal behaviours - "doesn't nature teach you?"
That's why it was said of the pharisees, "their god is their belly" - they never got it about scripture - they thought it was rules about diet and social ritual that they had to obey - "burdens" - they also thought, like jws, that if they learned the rules and applied them (to the flesh), that they could earn and deserve their frequent flyer points to heaven - NOT.
The apostles saw fit not to place other "burdens" on people except for a few which had the effect of promoting social communication - nevertheless, they didn't hide the fact that they were "burdens" - not spiritual learning, but burdens - eg. don't eat blood (another's soul - you have your own life - 'eat' no other, except Christ - require no other, but be as Christ who forgives).
Like Paul said - "
do you think God was being concerned for the oxen?"
Edited by - a paduan on 3 February 2003 3:31:0