There is a heavy misconception coming from words of the apostle Paul in these sections, where he says "all things are lawful to me".
(Actually, his exact wording may be different depending on the translation.)
Some people have been known to do whatever they feel like, such as improper sexual relations, and then quote this verse from Paul repeatedly to others to help justify their wicked deeds.
They're basically implying they are free to do whatever their carnal mind and flesh desires and lusts for.
Again, how quickly people follow the lie of the serpent!
Do you really think Paul meant and was instructing us that a man can do anything now?
In the case of the example I mentioned above, do you really think a man can rape a female who is by the Law of YHWH even forbidden to that man to even be with, and all of that is perfectly fine?
And do you really believe that to have any objection to the actions of that man is offensive to the new covenant?
(In the new covenant, we're supposed to have YHWH's Law written on our hearts! Not ignoring his instructions!)
Here are the verses from popular English translations;
1 Corinthians 6:12 "All things are lawful to me, but all things are not profitable, all things are lawful for me, but I will not be brought under the power of any"
1 Corinthians 10:23 "All things are lawful, but not all things are profitable, all things are lawful, but not all edify"
The Messiah said lawless people will perish and he will tell them he never knew them, also Paul himself said lawless people will perish.. so we should not get the idea that it is okay to be lawless, and shouldn't jump to the conclusion that Paul meant to ignore the Law of YAH here.
Now I will say this, all things were Not lawful for Paul to commit.
Am I saying Paul was lying in the above verse and is a liar?
No I am not, I am saying those who take this verse to mean something like we can do anything, are looking at it out of context.
When I first seen this verse as I was reading through the Bible for the first time, I was kinda like, "huh?".. And thought to myself those words really felt out of place, and out of character for Paul to say and wondered why he did not choose better words.
Initially I got the meaning that sure you can do whatever you want, but that is not profitable so why would you, and you better not.
The rest of the words and the context show it is not saying to be lawless and that is not the point of the verse.
Here is the next verse;
1 Corinthians 6:13 Food is meant for the stomach and the stomach for food, and Elohim will destroy both one and the other, the body is not meant for sexual immorality, but for the Lord, and the Lord for the body"
So the next verse clearly says the body is not meant for sexual immorality, so the people I mentioned for an example above apparently never read the very next verse, but was just interested in finding ways to justify their actions and get away with lawlessness.
If our bodies are meant for "the Lord", then that surely means we must obey "the Lord" if he speaks.
I will add more here later.
I looked up the Greek and there is a chance the verse "all things are lawful to me" is mistranslated, I have to study more into this before I say more and conclude how the words should look in English.
The misconception is so obviously problematic when used to imply the Law is done away with.
I will give an example, I am not saying Paul did any of these things, or that he wanted to do any of these things, it's just an example.
Ask yourself this, was it "lawful" for Paul to murder innocent people in wickedly torturous ways?
Was he now able to do that and still be counted as a righteous man of Elohim worthy of honor? You would let him into your house even after he did that because all things are lawful to him and perfectly acceptable?
How about was it lawful for Paul to worship idols and sacrifice to them?
Was it lawful for Paul to sacrifice sweet, pitiful, innocent children to idols like the heathen have done?
Was it lawful for Paul to go around telling great and damaging lies for his own amusement and gain?
Was it lawful for Paul to rape other men's wives?
Was it lawful for Paul to steal all that a person had, causing them to become poor and needy?
Was it lawful for Paul to.. Anyway, I suppose you get the point now.
We all should know, at least deep down, that Paul was not allowed to do those things unless he wanted to be cast into the lake of fire and die eternally, that while he could have done those things it didn't mean he was free to and that he wouldn't have repercussions.
We only have to pull up one single scripture from the Bible saying that you must not do something, to prove wrong the wild assumption that this verse means to be a lawless devil.
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