Archive for February, 2007

The Law

February 21, 2007

As a Seventh Day Adventist, I get asked about “the law” from time to time…people want to know why I keep some parts of the law (such the Sabbath, obviously), but not other parts (most mosaic law).  Most of the time it’s the Sabbath specifically they want to know about (or the dietary laws).

I can easily show that the Sabbath is blessed and Holy, which has nothing to do with the law.  I did, however, write a brief summary on “the law” for another discussion forum, so I’ll share that here.

Before I even start, I’ll point out, intuitively, that it makes sense that the Ten Commandments would be ten timeless principles, not nine timeless principles and one temporary standard. Each of the Ten Commandments are principles that we should live by, and would certainly be principles to live by even if the Ten Commandments were never given. They all existed even before they were given.

While the book of the law does contain moral principles, the letter of the law was done away with. The book of the law was given after the Ten Commandments wer given, because of transgression. The book of the law contains instructions for atoning sacrifices and stuff like that. This wouldn’t have been necessary if not for the stubbornness of Israel (and Man).

A brief summary of the history of the law:
God speaks the Ten Commandments to all Israel, for all to hear (Ex 20:1-17). The People ask Moses to be their go-between guy with God (Ex 20:18-19). God speaks to Moses the words of the covenant with Israel (Ex 20:22-23:33). Moses recites the covenant and its judgments to the people (Ex 24:3). Moses writes the book of the covenant, builds an altar, and confirms the covenant with sacrificial blood (Ex 24:4-8). Moses goes up the mountain for forty days and nights (Ex 24:12-18). God writes the Ten Commandments in stone, with His own finger, and gives them to Moses(Ex 31:18). Moses breaks the two tablets (Ex 32:19). God writes the second set of tablets with His own finger and gives them to Moses (Ex 34:1). The second set was the same as the first (Deut 10:1-4). –The Ten Commandments: Twice removedwas used as a quick reference for this timeline.

As we can see, the Commandments were treated differently from the start.  Obviously the Ten Commandments were special, spoken to all Israel by God, written on stone by His own hand, placed in the most holy place of the most Holy room in Israel (where as the book was placed beside, Ex 40:20). 

– > For those interested, the book “Ten Commandments: Twice Removed” discusses this in depth, going over tons of scripture showing the differences, how the Commandments are spoken of as glorious, while it’s known from the start that the book of the law is a witness against Israel(Deut 29:20-21 and much other scripture I might include later). The way I see it, the book contains the Holy Justice system, which Jesus fulfilled.

Let’s take a closer look at the book of the Law, shall we?
The book of the law contains several different types of Law, which I’m sure should be obvious. Firstly, there are moral laws, or moral principles. Laws such as….not sleeping with men, and other stuff like that. These things should be obvious. There are also ceremonial laws, which were added because of transgression, to atone for laws which have been broken, for sins which had been committed. Finally, since Israel was a very real nation (a theocracy, I believe), they obviously had civil laws….laws for governing the people of the government, determining government structure, punishment….just like the laws of the governments that exist today.

So yeah….There’s my view on “the Law,” some of why I believe that the Ten Commandments are special and timeless, as well as why I believe other parts of mosaic law should be kept(dietary laws, for example, are for our health, and taking care of our bodies is definitely a Biblical principle).  A good book for more info is The Ten Commandments:  Twice Removed, as well as the Holy Bible (obviously).

I hope to write a little more on the Sabbath in the future, giving further scriptural support, as well as write about a few other things.  I’ll try to blog at least once a week, if not more.

God Bless you all, and happy Wednesday 🙂

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Procrastinating away

February 16, 2007

How many of you procrastinate?

Procrastination sucks, but it happens, and it’s something that a lot of Americans struggle with.  According to this article(click here), 26 percent of Americans think of themselves as Chronic procrastinators.  Not so great, eh?

Unfortunately, I’m no exception.  I know that procrastination isn’t something I should do, and I know the Bible has a lot to say about working hard and all that (you know you can break the fourth commandment any day of the week?).  I think that a huge part of it (the solution) has to do with getting back to the word, getting closer to God, and living the life He wants me to live.  I feel super productive when I feel close to God, when I’m praying and spending time in worship.  Somehow, if I do that, even if it doesn’t seem like there’s time…..I always find time to get everything I need done.

I’m going to try to stop procrastinating, so…..pray for me.  I’m going to start trying to spend my time more efficiently, and recognize how valuable it really is, starting tonight.  (I don’t count this blog as wasting time….I’m writing to sharpen the mind, because I haven’t written in so long)

The art of procrastination is deeply rooted in my past.  I actually remember doing homework during recess in second grade, when I should have done it the night before.  In highschool, it was the same thing with spanish and history.  I would often do spanish over lunch before it was do.  I hated spanish though…not because the class was that bad, but the teacher seemed unmotivated(I joke about how he only pretended to know spanish).

English clas was another class that I procrastinated heavily in.  Here’s the thing, though:  I loved English.  I loved reading, I loved writing, and I had an awesome teacher who always made it interesting.  All that being said, I often waited until the last minute to write my papers for English.  The reason for this procrastination was indecision.  For some reason, I could never think of what to write about.  Sometimes I could think of many things, but couldn’t decide. I always wanted to choose a really good subject, something I was actually passionate about(or could at get passionate about, even mildly).  I wanted to make my paper stand apart.  I don’t know why it was so important to me, but I took my time deciding, letting thoughts brew in the back of my mind.

Once I committed, though, I could usually write a pretty good paper.  Even if I ended up doing the last minute revisions minutes before class started…..the paper was usually an A paper, with top marks for organization and flow(maybe a few misspellings if it was really last minute, but usually not).  -disclaimer, this blog will forever remain informal, so I’m not worried about whether my blogs are A material.  I’m just writing to think.

Basically, there’s two types of procrastination, and I’m guilty of both.  The first type of procrastination is basically negligence, and is the result of laziness, or a multitude of distractions.  This can be overcome easily, with a little discipline.  The second type of procrastination comes from(and is) indecision.  This is more difficult, but it too can be overcome.  I hope to leave both of these things in the past, in the near future.  Life is short, and time is the most valuable thing we have.  We shouldn’t waste it.  Even stuff like blogging or vlogging or other enjoyable hobbies are more constructive than other things we(I) often do.

I plan on taking action and becoming a more productive person.  Wish me luck.  And if you’re one of the many people who can identify with this problem….let me know about it, or let someone know, and then take action, and change.

God Bless 🙂

Intro

February 15, 2007

Hola.  So, my name is BrYan(with a Y), and I’m a seventh Day Adventist Christian.  I’m also a college student, still trying to figure out what I want to do with my life.  I’m new to blogging, and I’m not sure how much I’ll get on here, but I’ll probably write something once in a while.  God Bless 🙂