There is a common theme with laws: laws are made to keep people safe. Laws are instituted to protect lives. This is good news. And even though we often push the limits of those laws, they serve a good purpose. Could this be the same for God’s laws? Could it be that our God, who knows what will keep us safe and truly happy, established life principles, or laws, so that we could live safer and happier lives?
It is no mystery, that God gives gifts of time. The end of our tainted history here on Earth will culminate with unlimited time: everlasting life. But until that great climax of sinful human history, God gave us glimpses of eternal life via smaller gifts of time called Sabbaths. These holy days were set aside to remind us that God has a better plan for our lives.
Fruit trees evolve from a seed or bulb, to a growing tree, and then to a full grown tree that bears fruit. Though the tree has changed, it still has the same DNA. When a frog finaly transforms from a swimming tadpole, its appearance and abilities are vastly different, but it's genes have not changed. Let's dive in, to understand if this process is more similar to what the Biblical authors meant by the “old and new covenants”.
Most of Christianity is claiming that they have an eternally loving God that also will eternally burn and torture people that disobey Him. This is what theologian Francis Chan (who wrote a whole book about the validity of a torturing hell: Erasing Hell) called “divine justice”. But is this the God we serve? Is He a God that loves us yet has a lingering whipping stick above us whenever to keep us in line?