God gave us "The Law" a long time ago, but mankind, in our arrogance and 'intellect', felt it needed improvement. How dumb that is and how devastating the result. As I age and have more time to focus on truth, I realise that all man made laws are attempts to assuage our sin nature. When you get right down to it, every problem we will have has already been taken care of in just a few commandments from our Creator. Jesus made it perfectly clear with his one commandment, "Love Each Other as God Loves You". You probably ask, "How has God loved me?", and the simple answer is "Jesus Christ"! Scripture says, "Greater love has no one when he/she is willing to lay down their own life for another." The problem is within us. We are born with selfish intent already built in. The very instant Adam and Eve ate of the forbidden fruit, every one of us is an automatic "Sinner"! We remain a sinner forever without God's Gift of Salvation that is the sacrifice of Jesus Christ by death on a Cross of Shame. The price for all sin was paid, fully, the day our sinless saviour was crucified. Jesus fulfilled the Law! I have no explanation as to how people were 'saved' prior to Christ's sacrifice, but I do think Scripture explains it as "Righteousness through personal Faith and Obedience". There is a list of people whom God found faithful and I believe they are in Heaven today. Abraham will be on that list, for sure since God promised that he would be the father of zillions. I am sure there will be many who will be with believers in Heaven, but there are more who will NOT! America is known as a "Lawful Nation", but once we place a law that is diametrically opposed to that of God, we become totally "Unlawful". It's frightening to think of the 'laws' we've passed that fall into that category. Most of the laws we have placed on the books are there to ease our conscious act of sinning. Boiled right down to it, that is the basic reason for our existence, outside the will of God. Everyone of us was specifically designed by our Creator for a special purpose. God gifted each of us in a special way to live a life that glorified Him. Only then, in doing so, are we "Lawful". God is rather narrow minded about that, donchaknow. The first and most important step for us is in Matthew 6:33, "But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well." Now, that's a promise worth keeping, and that's what I get from My Box of Chocolates right here in my little corner studio under the shadow of Kyle Field.
James G Austin, '69