One of Luke’s responses to me was seriously concerning. Either he totally misunderstood me or I have not been articulating my point properly, so allow me to cut and paste one mf my comments from the last thread:
From Luke: In the interest of fair play, I request you provide an example of Jesus altering God’s previous instructions to allow room for sin. And don’t refer to His death and resurrection, seeing as they were to wash away the sins of those who showed repentance.
From me: I don’t think Jesus ever does this. When have I ever suggested that Jesus makes room for our sin so that it is ok? I am suggesting that Jesus lets us choose against his best for us and doesn’t force us to follow his rules. Jesus is quite clear that his way is best for everyone, but he never makes anyone choose it who doesn’t do it freely. He wants us to come to him freely, with our whole heart/mind/will. He doesn’t want us to come coerced and resentful. And coercion and resentfulness almost always go together.
This is my point. Not that Jesus’ way is not best for us, but that it is not up to Christians to force that choice on anyone.