The Good News About Jess Christ

But First There Is Some Bad News

The bad news is that we have all disobeyed God... you and I have broken God's law, such as the Ten Commandments. The comic to the left presents the Good Person Test, the demonstrates that everyone has broken God's laws.

These are not arbitrary laws. They describe God's character, and they describe what our moral character should be.

The Bible says don't eat shellfish.
Does that mean I can't have prawns ever again?

Non-Christians often accuse Christians of violating the Old Testament law because we eat shellfish (clams, prawns, lobster, etc.) Leviticus plainly prohibits this. What they do not understand is that there are three types of law in the Bible: civil law; ceremonial law; and the moral law.

Civil law is given by our government. Civil law includes health laws, business regulations, contract law, and other laws that keep people safe and ensure commerce operates fairly. These laws change, depending on the circumstances. At the time of Leviticus God was the head of Israel's government, so He made the civil laws. Those laws do not apply today. Our various levels of government have the responsibility for making our civil laws today.

The ceremonial law applied to the nation of Israel and was about their relationship with God. It was centered on the sacrificial system and the Temple. With Christ's death on the cross those were done away with, and the ceremonial law no longer applies.

This leaves the moral law, which includes but is not limited to the Ten Commandments. The moral law describes God's character. All of the moral law, except the sabbath, was reiterated in the New Testament. As God's image bearers we are to exhibit God's character. That means the moral law still applies today.

!!! It's Okay To Eat Shellfish !!!

The Ten Commandments Are A Good Summary of the Moral Law

We have all broken God's law. God knows you better than you know yourself. Romans 3:23 says: "For all have sinned [disobeyed God], and come short of the glory of God."

And there are consequences. God is just. Romans 6:23 summarizes those consequences: For the wages of sin is death..." What scripture means by "death" is spiritual death. What we call hell.