Should Christians Follow the Torah?

A current debate among many Christians is, should we follow the Torah?  If you do not know what the Torah is, it is generally referred to as the first five books of the old testament.  More specifically, it is in reference to the 613 mosaic laws.  Now, there is some debate about whether they are truly laws, decrees, statues or instructions.  However, we will not be addressing that aspect as it has no relationship to what shall be revealed in this teaching.

What do Torah Following Christians Believe?

The Torah following movement does not necessarily have a unified perspective.  Some are extreme in their interpretation of keeping the Torah while others are more lenient.  But generally, the thought is this:

We are saved by grace through faith.  But after becoming saved, Christ expects our obedience.  For if Christians fall into disobedience, what good are we?  We are like salt that has lost its saltiness and will be trampled underfoot (Matthew 5:13).  Our first act of obedience is baptism.  Other acts of obedience are when we are called to do a good work.  This is not for “works’ sake”, but for the calling of obedience.  So, if we are to live like Christ, we should also follow the Torah just as he did.  That includes eating clean meats, circumcision, and many other laws.  It sounds right and just, but is it?

Spiritual vs. Physical

All throughout the bible and especially in the New Testament we see Jesus as long suffering in trying to teach spiritual principles to the men of the earth.  He taught spiritual principles through parables about physical ideas and through symbolism.  Christians need to not look with fleshly eyes at scripture, but determine its true heavenly meaning.  The whole lot of how we are to approach scripture is this:

Isaiah 55:8-9
8For my thoughts are not your thoughts,
neither are your ways my ways, declares the Lord.
For as the heavens are higher than the earth,
so are my ways higher than your ways
and my thoughts than your thoughts.

If you are a Torah follower or are not a Torah follower, you will be both blessed and challenged in this teaching.  It is a revelation which has vast implications with how you read your bible.  Join me, test the teaching and be blessed!

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