Okay, most of this has been said before, but as always, we should turn to the good book for clarification (though I know that doesn't always clear things up!). Just to clarify, I'm not trying to get on anybody's case, but I really love religious arguments!
- There is only one unforgivable sin.
31And so I tell you, every sin and blasphemy will be forgiven men, but the blasphemy against the Spirit will not be forgiven.
- Jesus never sinned.
23Now there have been many of those priests, since death prevented them from continuing in office; 24but because Jesus lives forever, he has a permanent priesthood. 25Therefore he is able to save completely those who come to God through him, because he always lives to intercede for them.
26Such a high priest meets our need--one who is holy, blameless, pure, set apart from sinners, exalted above the heavens.
- Many of the old laws of the old testament no longer apply. Sacrificing animals is a perfect example. Priests used to have to sacrifice animals for themselves first, and then while they were cleansed sacrifice animals for the people. The animals were used because they are incapable of sin (Snowball likes that part). But when Jesus came, he replaced that system by sacrificing his sinless self.
27Unlike the other high priests, he does not need to offer sacrifices day after day, first for his own sins, and then for the sins of the people. He sacrificed for their sins once for all when he offered himself.
13By calling this covenant "new," he has made the first one obsolete; and what is obsolete and aging will soon disappear.
So not all of the old rules still apply to the "firm" Christian.
- I find it impossible to believe that ANYONE hasn't broken the 10 commandments. Sure, I've never killed anyone, but Jesus said:
21"You have heard that it was said to the people long ago, 'Do not murder, and anyone who murders will be subject to judgment.' 22But I tell you that anyone who is angry with his brother will be subject to judgment. Again, anyone who says to his brother, 'Raca, ' is answerable to the Sanhedrin. But anyone who says, 'You fool!' will be in danger of the fire of hell.
I've certainly gotten angry and jealous. Already I've broken two of the commandments. Such emotions are human nature. I don't think this means I'm going to hell.
It's true that every Christian sort of intereprets the Bible in their own way, and this includes teachers. So, if in doubt, read it for yourself. Many of the "rules" of Christianity have no basis in the Bible; they came up from human tradition. I mentioned it before, but did you know Hell is never actually mentioned in the Bible? The concept of the Holy Trinity was never mentioned either; it was developed much later by the church (for the record, I have no problem with this concept). Racists around the world have used various biblical versus to justify genocide.