Area One- Questions concerning the relevance of the O.T. teachings about Interest taking.
1. Are the scriptures in the OT on Interest irrelevant?
2. Was the law intended for just Israel?
Area Two- Questions concerning Biblical teachings on interest.
1. Is there a difference between usuary and interest?
2. What does the world say in favor of interest?
3. What have Christians done in the past (before the Media was controlled by the wrong people) concerning interest?
4. Don't people need incentive to pay off their loans, aren't they spoiled by no interest?
5. What about inflation?
6. May we pay interest?
7. What is required of the userer by God and His church?
8. What would be the difference if I accept interest and give it to some needy cause or tell the debtor to do so?
9. If I loaned money to a man would it be wrong to accept interest if he insisted on giving it?
10. Are there times interest taking is O.K.?
Area Three- Questions concerning Biblical teachings on rent.
1. Is rent the same as interest?
2. Was rent forbidden by the Law of Moses?
3. May a Christian rent and not sin?
4. Why would rent have been necessary when they had no taxes nor very little upkeep of fences or buildings?
5. If rent is not paid the property can sold, but if the loan is not repaid then what is the security for the lender?
6. Can't the poor be oppressed through rent?
Area Four- Questions concerning lending and giving.
1. Are the Biblical provisions for the poor still in force?
2. Suppose we lend money to a needy person and he wastes it, are we responsible for that?
3. What are some of the duties of the borrower?
4. What is the secret teaching of giving?
Area Five- Questions concerning my hermeneutics
1. How does the original Hebrew read concerning interest?
3. Are the items in Neh 5:10, 11 rent or interest?
ARE THE SCRIPTURES IN THE O.T. ON INTEREST IRRELEVANT?
It is clear that Interest is against the moral teachings of Christ. Is that all the Christian can base his actions on, or does the O.T. have relevance today?
"All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reprove, for correction, for instruction in the paths of righteousness", 2 Tim 3:16 When Paul wrote this the only scriptures were the Old Testament.
According to Mt 5:17-19 we realize that no one has the right to void one small commandment of the O.T., except that Christ teach us a greater way to fulfill the law. This writer believes that the moral law is unchanged which true faith establishes. Rm 3:31 The law was everlasting. Does "everlasting" mean to stop at Malachi?
The relationship of the law, morality and grace is examined in detail in the book Life In The Son. It shows without question that the Christian is called to live the moral laws. The subject is quite complex, because so many are not willing simply to accept the harder scriptures at face value. Let us remember that there is no Christian liberty outside of the truth, which is God's word. "If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed; and ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free." Jn 8:31,32
Interest is forbidden by the moral teachings of the Old Testament, and New Testament scripture encourages us to follow these same moral teachings.
WAS THE LAW (Torah) INTENDED FOR JUST ISRAEL?
The Apostle Paul's opposition to the law was not actually opposition to the law per se, but rather to show men that salvation did not result from the observance of the law. There are numerous New Testament scriptures that indicate the Law was practiced by our supreme example Jesus Christ (cf Sermon on the Mount), and also by Paul.
But when one speaks of "the Law", there are different meanings assigned to what it means. Moses received the Decalogue (what is called the Ten Commandments). He also received Priestly Laws and the Covenant Code, plus a supplementary Covenant made at Horeb (Deut. 29:1). It is clear that moral laws of God were in operation long before these various Codes, Covenants, and laws were given. The first five books contain civil law, priestly law, and public law. Nor is each law exclusively in one category. It was recognized by all the early Christians that the moral laws of God should be followed by all men. What is not of faith is sin. The Christian is called to obey rules due to his faith and trust in His Creator. The original meaning of Torah, which is "instruction", applies today to the Torah. The laws concerning interest were not figurative nor civil law, clearly the warnings were of a moral nature.
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