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1 Professor A. Behnegar Western Cultural Tradition 20 February 2008 A Reinforcement of Old Laws in the New Testament Ever since the creation of the world, God gave laws to humans to follow in order to reach salvation and spend eternity in His company. He looked favorably upon His creation and wanted all humans to reach salvation. However, His laws were also incredibly difficult to follow. In fact, after the Israelites were not able to follow simple laws that explained how to live their everyday lives, God sent His son, Jesus, to amend the laws with more complicated notions, requiring humans who wanted to reach salvation to surpass earthly intuitions. While this seemed like a contradiction from God, making the laws more difficult to follow when the Israelites couldn’t follow the original laws given to them, God also granted salvation through repentance and reconciliation with His new laws, allowing the same possibility to reach Heaven with the new laws as the Israelites had with the old ones. With the first law God gave man, the first sin against Him was also committed. It is said “The Lord God gave man this order: ‘You are free to eat from any of the trees of the garden except the tree of knowledge of good and bad. From that tree you shall not eat; the moment you eat from it you are surely doomed to die,’” (Gn 2:16-17). God not only gave His order, that Adam and Eve were not supposed to eat from the tree of knowledge, but also told them what punishment was to be administered if they disobeyed Him, that they would die. Even with this knowledge from the creator and Almighty Himself, Eve was still not able to follow the one law she had been told. Instead, she was convinced, not through her own will, but an outside force, to disregard God’s warning and eat the fruit anyway. “But the serpent said to the woman: ‘You
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2 certainly will not die! No, God knows well that the moment you eat of it your eyes will be opened and you will be like gods who know what is good and what is bad.’ The woman saw that the tree was good for food, pleasing to the eyes, and desirable for gaining wisdom. So she took some of its fruit and ate it; and she also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it,” (Gn 3: 4-6). It seemed incredulous that Adam and Eve, created in the likeness of the creator Himself, were not able to follow the single rule God placed down for them. Through this fall of man, the inability to follow God’s laws, and therefore the concept of sin, came into the world, and was foreshadowed for all of God’s people. Since the first people on Earth were not able to follow one law given to them by God, it seemed impossible that a group of hundreds of thousands of Israelites would be any more successful with a whole slew of laws, given to them by God through Moses. Even so, He proceeded to present the ten commandments to the Israelites as a means of living their lives so to be blessed while on Earth. God set down the following commandments as a means of every-day
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