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You Are Not Under Law: Bestiality

November 15, 2006

Sorry, gentle reader, but this question is important to the debate.   Suppose someone, in the name of love, wants to justify this beastly practice.  There’s nothing in the New Testament about this issue, so what could I, as one who believes we are no longer under the law of Moses, say to restrain this man’s perversion?

The answer is that I would, in a way practically indistinguishable from anyone else’s third use of the law, go to Leviticus 18:23 and tell him that the law of Moses reveals what God regards as sexual purity and impurity.   But I can do this without saying that he is “under the law”.  Rather, the moral principles revealed in the law of Moses are a portrait of the holiness that the Holy Spirit is working in us.  Therefore, Spirit-illumined meditation on the law of Moses provides us with direction for our lives.  

We come to the same conclusions, the difference is in how we get there.   We do not place ourselves immediately and directly under the authority of any commandment in the law of Moses.  But as we seek to obey the law of Christ in the new way of the Spirit, the Holy Spirit will help us see the character of God in the historical record of the now repealed laws of Moses.  The law has changed, but the Lord never changes, and we can still learn of the Lord through the Law of Moses. 

8 Comments leave one →
  1. Reepicheep permalink
    November 15, 2006 11:14 am

    This post could produce some “unique” search hits!

  2. November 15, 2006 6:24 pm

    I’m glad I wasn’t the only one thinking that, reepicheep :)

  3. November 15, 2006 11:42 pm

    Amusingly enough- this verse popped up in one of my feeds tonight:

    “Open my eyes that I may see wonderful things in your law.”

  4. November 16, 2006 10:36 am

    I’m glad you’ve been explaining our relationship to the Law. It’s one of those issues I haven’t really had the chance to really think through to come to a well-defined position on, and this is certainly helping.

  5. Oddball permalink
    November 16, 2006 2:09 pm

    I would also point to Jesus’ consistent affirmation of lifelong heterosexual monagamous marriage as God’s original intent for human sexuality in Gen. 1-2.

  6. November 16, 2006 4:26 pm

    Warning: Flawed logic ahead…

    But God brought Adam the animals first!! So clearly *that* must have been God’s original purpose and we’re just too dumb to get it!


  7. November 17, 2006 12:20 am

    The New Testement teaching that marriage, and therefore sex, is between a woman and a man, and that a believer should not marry an unbeliever, seems to cover the beastiality question pretty well.

    And since one can’t marry vegetables, minerals or imaginary people under the bed, that rules them out, too.

  8. November 21, 2006 12:59 am


    For an explanation of why your comment is not appearing here, see the “My Blogosophy” tab

    For more discussion of Matt 5:17, see the comments of the post of a few days earlier titled “You Are Not Under Law”

    For serious study of the topic, see Moo’s contribution in “Five Views on Law and Gospel” or listen to this seminar by D.A. Carson

    he addresses matt 5.17 at the end of the second session.

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