Rogo Box Questions, Part III


  • In what Bible passage does the first council of Apostles meet to decide whether Christians ought to become Jews?

 The Council of Jerusalem is described in Acts 15 with mentions of a delegation to Antioch in 15:30-35. Paul continues his discourse on the matter in Romans 2 and 4. Continued discussions around circumcision in particular can be found in Galatians  Ephesians and Philippians. 

  • "Love of self to the point of contempt of God." I disagree...isn't sin due to make our lives worse and not in our best interest? A truly selfish person will want to follow the ten commandments because they could be rewarded for their values and morals later. "Do unto others as you would have them do to you."

This is a great question as many "good" works can be done for God out of desires for reward BUT the desire for the reward is selfish in itself. Following any commandments or laws in anticipation of a greater reward is not for the benefit of God or His kingdom but is instead made for ones own selfish gain. That motive scoffs in the face of God and turns a potentially good act into sin as it is directed towards the self and not towards God. Ultimately, motivation is a great determination of the nature of sin and points us back to the first quote, "Love of self to the point of contempt of God." My choosing to act for my own good turns my actions away from the glory of God and instead promotes the glory of man. 
  • Why don't Catholics honor and follow ALL of God's rules as delivered through Moses? Why only the first ten commandments, but not the other ones-no swine, etc, Passover, Day of Penance, etc.?
When Jesus Christ was on Earth, he gave us the Two Great Commandments to live by: Love God and love your neighbor as yourself. These commandments were not meant to abolish the other 613 Jewish laws but were instead meant to encompass THE PURPOSE of the 613 laws in two distinct laws. As Catholics, when we obey the Ten Commandments we are in fact following the two great commands of Christ: 1-3 help us in Loving God while 4-10 help us in loving neighbor. Christ continues saying, "I did not come to abolish the law but to fulfill it." (Matthew 5:17) We are not slaves to the full Jewish law code because we are redeemed through Jesus Christ. The Jewish laws were originally established to help lead a faithful Jew towards a promise of Salvation. Through Christ's sinless life salvation was offered to the people of the world, thus negating the need to follow all 613 law codes. Instead, Christians are expected to live lives that will lead us to holiness which is achieved through the Two Great Commandments of Loving God and Loving Neighbor. Thus Paul writes, "In the same way, my brothers, you also were put to death to the law through the body of Christ, so that you might belong to another, to the one who was raised from the dead in order that we might bear fruit for God...But now we are released from the law, dead to what help us captive,so that we may serve in the newness of the spirit and not under the obsolete letter." -Romans 7:4,6