You have heard it said

Now, the next question that naturally arises is this: If truth is progressive, then is it possible for something that was once considered to be true to become no longer true? In other words, can God reveal something that seemingly contradicts something that was formerly revealed?

The answer, I believe, is absolutely yes.

For Biblical proof of this, we need not look any further than Jesus Christ himself.

Jesus was always getting in trouble with the religious leaders of his day. Jesus was a religiously trained Rabbi, who knew the Jewish scriptures and customs inside and out. He knew what an orthodox Jew, especially a Jewish teacher, was supposed to preach and practice.

Yet time and time again we find Jesus directly contracting, violating, and transgressing the clearly revealed teachings of the Word of God.

Do you remember Jesus’ favorite catchphrase? “You have heard it said.”

Then he quotes the Hebrew Bible. Then he says, “But I say unto you,” and he gives a new commandment, usually significantly different, significantly more ethical and more evolved than the former commandment found in the Hebrew Bible.

For instance, Jesus says, “You have heard it said An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth”, a command given in the Book of Leviticus 24:19-21. But then Jesus declares, “But I say to you, if someone strikes you, turn the other cheek.”

No matter what way you look at that, “an eye for an eye” is not the same as “turn the other cheek.” Jesus significantly alters this commandment.

He doesn’t “abolish” the commandment. But he “completes” it as Jesus himself says in Matthew 5:17.

Jesus said he came to bring the Scripture to completion. Meaning, naturally, that they are incomplete. Only partially revealed.

Jesus does this with Sabbath laws and murder and adultery and divorce. He cancels out the old versions of Scriptural commandments and gives more progressive commands, where he raises the moral and ethical standard. 

The way that Jesus uses the Scriptures would cause him to fail a majority of biblical interpretation classes at any modern evangelical seminary, because he refuses to believe that what is written in the Scripture is God’s final word on many topics. Instead, Jesus believes that God is still speaking and that we should be listening closely to hear the ways in which God may be calling us to higher, more ethical ways of living. 

From “Gay and Christian, No Contradiction: A Brief Guide for Reconciling Christian Faith & LGBT+ Identity” by Brandan Robertson

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