....whys guy.... ʎʇıɹoɥʇnɐ uoıʇsǝnb
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My "liberal" (bet you didn't see that coming, did you Wil?) interpretation, is that the Levitical Laws were intended to liberate the 12 tribes from the confusion of the teachings surrounding them, even to distance their religious practice from those of Egypt. (Although there are other interpretations extant that emphasize the Egyptian connection.) Over time instead of liberating, the Laws became interpreted as restricting. It was as much about "frame of mind," of binding instead of loosening. Jesus clarified that for common folk, and removed the chains. The Levitical Priesthood had become, with exceptions, monolithic and demanding. Certain aspects particularly regarding Political necessity almost demand some authority, but as so often in history that necessity became overly-inflated and even abused (I would say particularly after the Babylonian captivity).Nothing to do with it? So a person could murder, commit adultery, curse God, lie, covet, etc. because they aren't supposed to follow the "lesser covenant"? Christians aren't supposed to have anything to do with the OT, so I guess let's eat some shellfish and start sacrificing babies!
Jesus peeled away that human derived authority and placed it back with G!d where it always should have been. No longer did a miserable wretch like me have to go through a human authority to reach out to G!d, because of Jesus people now had the opportunity to plug in directly to the Source. This is as it always was and should have been, the seeming contradiction being that human authority usurped G!d's authority and Jesus exposed it. No doubt that played into why the Sanhedrin wanted Jesus out of the way, he threatened their authority.
I have the same reservations regarding Catholic confession (as Solomon reminds, some things never change) - I answer to no human. I answer to G!d, and G!d alone. I submit to human authority those humanly necessary matters, but in matters of my soul and my conscience I answer to no human, and any human that demands my submission in matters of spirit will meet stiff resistance on my part.
Matthew 10:28 said:28 And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.