God’s Laws revisited
A couple of weeks ago, Ronald H. Cossey responded to a column I had written about the “Illusion of Freedom.” His was titled “God's Laws.”
First let me thank Mr. Cossey for affirming that we are indeed not free, which, I believe was my point, but as is customary with Mr. Cossey's writings, he went to the Bible to make some points.
In particular, he reminded me of the flood and God destroying all of mankind, and Nimrod and the Tower of Babel, I'm assuming because they exercised a little bit too much freedom.
I'm not sure what he means when he talks about my kind of freedom being dangerous and “You seem to be repeating Satan's work in the garden...” He also subtly accuses me of coveting, bearing false witness because I mentioned working to make someone else rich.
Then we probably get to the real crux of the matter, which is those nasty “Democrats and liberals” who favor taxing the rich, which he claims “most of the tax is paid by the rich, the lower 50 percent pays a very small portion.”
As I said he quotes a number of passages from the Bible to back up his arguments, such as Exodus about the coveting, “be glad I have a job,” Philippians and Colossians, and of course Leviticus in dealing with ( I can only assume) gay marriage and something about tattoo's.
He tells me to “enjoy the fruits of this life without any thought of rules or laws. Sin is fun, otherwise you wouldn't do it, but it only lasts for awhile.”
Mr. Cossey said I chose the fifth definition of freedom in the dictionary out of nine different definitions. Actually I chose the first one I came to.
Since we are counting, let's make note that in Exodus, there are about 37 or so laws in Exodus and you, Mr. Cossey, chose number 4. In Leviticus, there are about 76 things proclaimed as sinful or forbidden. It's anyone's guess as to how many of these we've all committed without knowing they were sins. However, you chose to use number 39 and number 62 for your illustration.
Not sure what Mr. Cossey's faith is, but it might be worthy to note that the first five books of the Old Testament are known as the Laws of Moses, laws directed at the Israelites by God to teach the Israelites how to be priestly and what they needed to do to reach the promised land. In all, there are about 613 laws, or Commandments in the Old Testament, but, again, those first five books apply to the Israelites.
There are no laws in the Bible that apply strictly to liberals or conservatives, and, by the way neither of them is blessed more than the other. There's a good chance a few liberals attend Mr. Cossey's church. Not all liberals believe in abortion or same sex marriage.
The New Testament Covenant is the Law of Christ. Acts 13:38-39 – 38. “Therefore, my friends, I want you to know that through Jesus the forgiveness of sins is proclaimed to you, 39. “Through Him everyone who believes is set free from every sin, a justification you were not able to obtain under the Laws of Moses.”
As for the rich giving more in taxes, – Jesus looked up and saw the rich putting their gifts into the offering box, and he saw a poor widow put in two small copper coins. And He said, “Truly, I tell you, this poor widow has put in more than all of them. For they all contributed out of their abundance, but she out of her poverty put in all she had to live on.” – Luke 21:1-4
As far as me seeming to repeat Satan's work, all I can say Mr. Cossey is that God knows my heart, and you are correct, He will judge, not anyone else.
I would exit this column with this, Jesus most sacred law from Galatians 5:13-14, – “You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free, But do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh; rather serve one another humbly in love, for the entire law is fulfilled in keeping this one command: Love your neighbor as yourself.”
Maybe we should try that sometime, especially with what's going on in the world today.