For some reason, saying those words or giving that impression inevitably leads to this:
"So you believe it's ok to murder? Steal? Commit adultery?"
Why is that the logical conclusion? By using that reasoning, anyone who believes that the other 603 laws God gave through Moses don't apply (as a whole) to Christians today must believe the following is ok:
- Sacrificing your children, engaging in witchcraft, or consulting the dead (Deut. 18:10-11)
- Becoming a prostitute (Deut. 23:17)
- Breaking a vow to God (Deut. 23:21-23)
- Having sex with a close relative (Lev. 18:6)
- Deceiving others (Lev. 19:11 - it distinguishes this from lying)
- Cursing the deaf or putting a stumbling block in front of the blind (Lev. 19:14)
- Perverting justice (Lev. 19:15)
- Spreading slander (Lev. 19:16)
- Seeking revenge or bearing a grudge (Lev. 19:18)
What is confusing about following what Jesus & the disciples taught under the new covenant? Do we help the poor because of a command God gave the Israelites thousands of years ago about giving the tithe from every 3rd year to the needy? Or do we help others because that's what Jesus taught for Christianity, and when we follow Him we are changed and WANT to help others? Is the only thing keeping you from committing adultery the fact that it was part of the old covenant given thousands of years ago? Or does it possibly have something to do with the fact that you love your spouse and don't WANT to do that, and Jesus taught against it?
And what about the fact that God (Jesus) lived among us and taught us all kinds of things that aren't in the 10 Commandments. Are they any less moral or important because they weren't written on stone? Such a huge deal is made about the fact that God spoke the 10 Commandments, but Jesus was here and spoke a multitude of commands. I guess that somehow doesn't count...? And whether a command comes directly from God or through a mediator - it is still a command from God.