We can learn that Moses and the Hebrews had extreme faith in his God Yahweh. Moses was confronted by several challenges that God helped him overcome. God appeared to Moses in the burning bush meaning God also had faith in Moses to fulfill his tasks. Another thing we can learn from God and Moses relationship is obedience. Moses obeyed God in everything that God told him to fulfill.
The theological voluntarist might answer this by saying norms can be known through religious texts such as the Bible, Quran, Torah, etc. This is problematic because these texts, although seeming to contain the same points upon first glance, contain fundamental contradictions. Examples of this can be seen in the Abrahamic religions where Islam forbids alcohol, while Judaism and Christianity don 't. Judaism and Islam forbid the consumption of pork, while Christianity does not. These contradictions only get worse as you move farther from the Semitic tradition.
He believes that not only does eternal law that provide guidance regarding what men should do or avoid if they wish to be happy or good, but it also issues commands and prohibitions of actions that are not legitimate (Strass & Cropsey 1987, p. 186). Revealed Law, according to Augustine, finds its origin in God's revelation through the Bible. He believes that, to resist such law "is to defy God's own ordinance, inasmuch as civil society is intended by God Himself as a remedy for evil and is used by Him as an instrument of mercy in the midst of a sinful world" (Strauss & Cropsey 1987, p. 200). Chapter 13 of Apostle Paul's letter to the Romans starts out with these words: "Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established"(Romans 13:1, NIV). Augustine often refers to this particular passage in the Bible when talking about Revealed Law.
Jesus replies to the question that there are two great commandments of equal importance, the first being to love the Lord with all of your being and the second being to love your neighbor as you love yourself. He concludes that the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments for confirmation and teaching. The lack of explanation and detail regarding specific prophets or what the law is again points to the audience being recent Jewish-Christian converts, those who would already be familiar with the Jewish Prophets and the Mosaic law. This teaching of Jesus is one of the most quotable and applicable lessons of Jesus, as it preaches love for God and for all of the people around you, even if they have done nothing for you.. This passage from Matthew is in direct contradiction with everything that Positive Christianity is teaching.
This would create an controllable atmosphere for David and the Davidian leaders. Obedience Cult members join because they seek truth, social approval, love or something to believe in. Part of these factors is also the feeling of truly believing what you're told. Cult members act in ways to appease their leaders and achieve, what are seen as, superordinate goals. Koresh's ultimate goal was to teach the "preachings and prophecies" of God as he believed he was a prophet himself.
While literal hypotheses such as the Supplement Hypothesis and the Documentary Hypothesis (which are discussed and delineated by Whybray) try to account for the inerrancy of humankind as the ammunation toward dismantling the Pentateuch as a complete narrative authored by Moses, I simply look to scripture to why these theories should not influence the weightof the Bible as inspired literature from God to Moses. 2 Peter 1:21 (which Archer also points out), which states “For prophecy never had its origin in the human will, but prophets, though human, spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit,” is one reason alone why I hold to the traditional view. One can also point to scripture within Pentateuch, throughout the rest of the Old Testament and allusions iterated in the New Testament to validate Moses as the author: Exodus 34:27 and Joshua 1:8, 8:32 to name a few. Nevertheless, there are numerous albeit yet-to-be substantiated reasons why the traditional view does not hold up. For one, how can Moses be the author when he dies in the book, so how would have he written the whole thing?
In his argument, Balmer fails to respond to Matthew 5:31 where Jesus forbids divorce except in cases of abuse. Instead, he focuses on the fact that Christians now “accept” divorce. Does studying divorce rates among Christians truly refute the Biblical position on divorce? If it did, it would mean if a Christian lied or stole, the Bible would support lying and stealing. People cannot evaluate the character of Jesus by a person who claims to follow Jesus as many Christians fall susceptible to sin and deviate from the Bible.
The main interpretive implication for the reader of the law codes in Torah and the surrounding narratives is to show us not only how holy God is but that he also desires Israel, his people, to be holy. The law codes show us a way – even though temporarily – a way to dwell with God, and that is the desire of this Holy God – to dwell with his creation. The laws were a temporary way to keep Israel holy, to keep them set apart by providing order for Israel and wisdom for the reader. Unfortunately, while the law codes are good and serve that two-fold purpose, they cannot change the heart of Israel. An example of the wisdom read within the law codes is the story of Aaron and the setting up of the priesthood.
A second application is, Jesus made it a point that his mission was not to conform to the social or cultural patterns of the day, but to “Seek and to save the lost” (Luke 19:10). The three parables teach us the relentlessness with which we, as Christians should seek the lost as well. Unlike the Pharisees scribes, we must show compassion and accept those who are repentant of their
For Muslims, this is shown with the quote “And be not like those who forgot Allah, so He made them forget themselves. Those are the defiantly disobedient.” (Sahih International Qur’an sūrat l-ḥashr 59:19) For Christians, this is shown in with the verse “Beware that thou forget not the LORD thy God, in not keeping his commandments, and his judgments, and his statutes, which I command thee this day: lest ye fall into desolation.” (The King James Bible Deut. 8:11). Both those quotes perfectly demonstrate the belief that if religion is forgotten then he or she who forgets it will be punished by god. Therefore these quotes demonstrate the belief that religion cannot be forgotten or society will fail, just as the boys forgot the conch shell and turned into savages.