Through years of intensive Bible studies, I came to the conclusion that Seventh-day Adventist doctrines were incorrect. I had to follow God and my conscience, so I had my name removed from the SDA church in 2010. Here are some of the things I've learned along the way. I pray you will have the courage to check things out for yourself. Don't take my word on it. Study for yourself!
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Monday, February 13, 2012
Jesus fulfilled the Law & the Prophets - Part 6 - Luke 9-16
Luke 9:28-36 - The transfiguration. Again, Moses & Elijah (representing the law & the prophets) disappear leaving only Jesus. Verse 35 - "A voice came from the cloud, saying, 'This is my son, whom I have chosen; listen to him.'"
Luke 10:23-24 - "Then he turned to his disciples and said privately, 'Blessed are the eyes that see what you see. For I tell you that many prophets and kings wanted to see what you see but did not see it, and to hear what you hear but did no hear it."
Luke 10:25-37 - In the story of the Good Samaritan, a teacher of the Law asked Jesus what He must do to gain eternal life. Verse 26 & 27 - "'What is written in the Law?' he replied. 'How do you read it?' He answered: '"Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind," and, "Love your neighbor as yourself."'" These are quoting from Deut. 6:5 and Lev. 19:18.
Luke 11:28 - "He replied, 'Blessed rather are those who hear the word of God and obey it." - Clearly, we as Christians are supposed to obey God. The main points of disagreement are what commands of God's apply to us (Christians) and how our obedience to God affects our salvation. God gave many, many commands in the Bible. Some were directed at specific individuals and we don't have a problem saying those commands don't apply to us so we don't have to follow them. The key is discerning what we as new covenant Christians are told - and the way we learn that is to see what Jesus (as the mediator of the new covenant) and His disciples taught. As far as obedience goes, when we accept Jesus' sacrifice for us we are saved! God sends His Holy Spirit to live inside of us and change our hearts. We obey out of love because we are saved, but even then we are still sinners and aren't judged by our ability to keep God's commands perfectly or "good enough." For some reason there is the idea that if our actions don't affect our salvation then people will freely sin, but if we are truly saved and if we truly have the Holy Spirit living inside of us then that won't be the case at all!
Luke 11:30 & 32 - "'For as Jonah was a sign to the Ninevites, so also will be the Son of Man to this generation...The men of Ninevah will stand up at the judgement with this generation and condemn it; for they repented at the preaching of Jonah, and now one greater than Jonah is here." If we read the Old Testament without understanding how it is fulfilled in the New Testament we will miss the bigger picture and can completely misunderstand it!
Luke 11:42 - This is often used to prove tithing, but this is one of the few places in the New Testament where tithing is mentioned. It's talking about tithing mint, rue, and garden herbs. That goes along with tithing in the Old Testament which was done on crops & flocks, not on money.
On a side note, in Luke 11:37-54, Jesus calls the Pharisees out on their actions. They even said, in verse 45, "...'Teacher, when you say these things, you insult us also.'" Sound familiar? But Jesus didn't stop - He kept speaking the truth, regardless of whether people felt insulted.
Luke 12:56 - Jesus calls the crowd hypocrites because they could predict the weather but couldn't interpret the signs that pointed to Him.
Luke 13:10-17 - Jesus heals on the Sabbath. The synagogue ruler was indignant and told Him there were 6 days that were made for work, but Jesus rebuked him.
Luke 13:35 - quotes from Psalm 118:26
Luke 14:1-6 - Jesus heals again on the Sabbath
Luke 15:11-32 - In the story of the prodigal son we see how God saves us in spite of the fact that we don't deserve it at all! All that we need is to come to Him!
Luke 16:16-17 - "The Law and the Prophets were proclaimed until John. Since that time, the good news of the kingdom of God is being preached, and everyone is forcing his way into it. It is easier for heaven and earth to disappear that for the least stroke of a pen to drop out of the Law." The law as a whole was proclaimed until John the Baptist. It'd be easier for heaven & earth to disappear than for any part of the law as a whole to disappear from the law.
Luke 16:19-31 is talking about the Rich Man and Lazarus. At the end, the rich man is begging Abraham to send someone to warn his brothers. Verses 29-31 - "'Abraham replied, 'They have Moses and the Prophets; let them listen to them.' 'No, father Abraham,' he said, ' but if someone from the dead goes to them, they will repent.' 'He said to them, 'If they do not listen to Moses and the Prophets, they will not be convinced even if someone rises from the dead.'"