Christians teach that Jesus abolished the Jewish (Torah) Law and replaced it with faith in Jesus’ death and resurrection as the means of salvation with God. But what does the Bible that Jesus preached from say about this claim?
God said to Abraham, “As for you, you shall keep my covenant, you and your offspring after you throughout their generations. 10 This is my covenant, which you shall keep, between me and you and your offspring after you: Every male among you shall be circumcised. 11 You shall circumcise the flesh of your foreskins, and it shall be a sign of the covenant between me and you.
Therefore the Israelites shall keep the sabbath, observing the sabbath throughout their generations, as a perpetual covenant. 17 It is a sign forever between me and the people of Israel that in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, and on the seventh day he rested, and was refreshed.”
You shall love the Lord your God, therefore, and keep his charge, his decrees, his ordinances, and his commandments (the Torah Law) always.
If you will only obey the Lord your God, by diligently observing all his commandments that I am commanding you today, the Lord your God will set you high above all the nations of the earth; 2 all these blessings shall come upon you and overtake you, if you obey the Lord your God…
(but if you do not obey all God’s commandments–the Torah Law—), All these curses shall come upon you, pursuing and overtaking you until you are destroyed, because you did not obey the Lord your God, by observing the commandments and the decrees that he commanded you. 46 They shall be among you and your descendants as a sign and a portent forever.
The secret things belong to the Lord our God, but the revealed things belong to us and to our children forever, to observe all the words of this (Torah) law.
And the statutes, the ordinances, the (Torah) law, and the commandment which He wrote for you, you shall be careful to observe forever; you shall not fear other gods.
II Kings 17:37
And what did Jesus day about the Law? Does the statement below by Jesus himself sound anything like the teachings of Pauline Christianity?
“Do not think that I have come to abolish <sup class="crossreference" data-cr="#cen-ESV-23252B" data-link="(B)”>the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but <sup class="crossreference" data-cr="#cen-ESV-23252C" data-link="(C)”>to fulfill them. 18 For truly, I say to you, <sup class="crossreference" data-cr="#cen-ESV-23253D" data-link="(D)”>until heaven and earth pass away, not an iota, not a dot, will pass from the Law until all is accomplished. 19 <sup class="crossreference" data-cr="#cen-ESV-23254E" data-link="(E)”>Therefore whoever relaxes <sup class="crossreference" data-cr="#cen-ESV-23254F" data-link="(F)”>one of the least of these commandments and teaches others to do the same will be called least <sup class="crossreference" data-cr="#cen-ESV-23254G" data-link="(G)”>in the kingdom of heaven, but whoever does them and teaches them will be called great <sup class="crossreference" data-cr="#cen-ESV-23254H" data-link="(H)”>in the kingdom of heaven.”
Jesus may have believed he was the messiah, but like any other Yahweh-fearing Jew of his day, he did not believe that the Law should be abolished, but obeyed…to the letter.