When I was in college, I found that the big, thick textbooks often confused me. Why? Their writers immediately focused on the trees So, I could not see the forest. That is, many of the writers of those big, thick textbooks understood their subject, but they did not know how to teach to someone as thickheaded as me. Fortunately, the bookstore sold books written by better teachers who knew how to get the basics across before they dove into the weeds. Once I read one of those books I was able to make sense bigger, thicker, textbooks.
Salvageable is one of those better writers. If you want a good, basic introduction to Early Christianity, read his two posts. Here is the first one => https://salvageable04.wordpress.com/2021/07/23/early-christianity-part-one/.
One of the first challenges of the early Church came from the combination of Jewish and Gentile believers in Christ Jesus. The question arose: how many Jewish rituals and customs did Gentiles have to adopt to become Christians? Since the Jews were obeying commandments from God, were Gentiles required to obey the same commandments?” Or did the work of Jesus cancel some or all of the commandments God had made through Moses and the prophets? A meeting of Church leaders (described in Acts 15) resulted in a compromise that asked Gentile Christians to respect a few dietary restrictions, as well as sexual morality. Paul, using his authority as an apostle, later canceled all dietary restrictions, affirming what Jesus already had taught.
The question was not one of distinguishing different types of commandments from God, calling some ceremonial and others moral. Jesus Christ is the end of the Law, rescuing his…
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