Problem: There is nothing outside a person that by going into him can defile him, but the things that come out of a person are what defile him.” Many understand this verse to mean Yeshua made all things clean
Solution: There are 2 things with this.
1. The audience Yeshua was speaking to was made up of Jews, including some Jews who already understood the dietary law restrictions and they were not in question here.
2. The context of the verse is regarding the disciples not washing their hands before eating, a rabbinic tradition not something from the Torah; he was not being accused of breaking the Torah.
The rabbinic teaching was that if a person did not wash their hands a certain way before eating, then what was being eaten was not ceremonially clean, thus it would defile them. Yeshua is telling them this is not what defiles a person.
Problem: 16 “The Law and the Prophets were proclaimed until John; since that time the gospel of the kingdom of God has been preached, and everyone is forcing his way into it. 17 But it is easier for heaven and earth to pass away than for one stroke of a letter of the Law to fail.” Many understand these verses to mean once John the Baptist came the law and the prophets no longer applied. The problem lies in the translation of the word “until” and meaning that it ceased once John the Baptist arrived.
The Greek may be rendered this way as well: The law and the prophet[s] up to John, since then the kingdom which God evangelizing and all into it forcefully urged. The message of this passage appears to be saying you had the Law and the Prophets telling you how to live, act, and warn you about the coming of the Kingdom of Heaven. Then there were no prophets for a time period until John the Baptist, then he arrived and began strongly proclaiming the coming of the Kingdom of Heaven again, the need for repentance and turning back to God and His ways, not man’s ways.
Problem: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.” Many misunderstand what the word “believe” means.
John 3:20-21 – For everyone practicing evil hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his deeds should be exposed. But he who DOES THE TRUTH comes to the LIGHT, that his deeds may be clearly seen, that they have been done in God.” Walking as Yeshua walked means walking the same instructions that Yeshua walked (1 John 2:6). This is why ALL Scripture is instructions in righteousness (not just some of it) (1 Timothy 3:16). From a Biblical standpoint, believers are to do what they believe and believe what they do.
Problem: “A new command I give you. Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” Many use this verse to show that Yeshua added to the Torah and what He commanded was different from what was in the Torah.
Leviticus 19:18 – “Do not seek revenge or bear a grudge against one of your people, but love your neighbor as yourself. I am the LORD” Yeshua is simply expounding, further explaining the commandment already given in the Torah. If Yeshua added to the Torah, then He sinned (Deuteronomy 4:2).
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