Beautifully written, a lesson in why authenticity is so important.

2 thoughts on “Masks

  1. grace

    Hi, i found your blog and i love it. i am actually sitting here with coconut oil in my hair and started researching ways to live a healthier life style and i found you .. BUT i feel like I must share some things with you.. I am not religious, I have a relationship with Jesus,My God and Savior. I believe in the Gospel and should warn you what you are sharing is incorrect..So with all my love please dont get offended. i must share: please read . I can promise you there is a great point and I am not wrong. nothing in my post brings up Gay marriage but something more. You mentioned you were a christian once and as you got older,your opinions changed about the bible. please read this. and if you have anything you want to talk about im here.

    And God spake all these words, saying…

    Thou shalt have no other gods before me.

    Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image.

    Thou shalt not take the name of the LORD thy God in vain.


    Honour thy father and thy mother.

    Thou shalt not kill.

    Thou shalt not commit adultery.

    Thou shalt not steal.

    Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbour.

    Thou shalt not covet. . . any thing that is thy neighbour’s.

    Look in Exodus 20:1-17 for the complete text.

    Commandment four is a “ceremonial law” which was ONLY for Old Testament Israel. Ceremonial laws were a specific set of laws, for a specific group of people (Israel), for a specific time period (Old Testament). When Jesus died on the cross, He became our Sabbath. The six day work week in the Old Testament pictured man foolishly trying to earn salvation through self-righteous good works (which is impossible). The Sabbath day of rest represented our precious Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, Who died in our place to pay for our sins. 2nd Corinthians 5:17, “For He [God the Father] hath made Him [God the Son] to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in Him.”

    We are saved by ceasing from our own self-righteous efforts and resting upon the finished redemptive work of Jesus Christ. Jesus paid a debt that He did not owe, because we owed a debt that we could not pay. Only through the blood sacrifice of Jesus Christ can anyone be saved. Romans 3:25, “Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through FAITH IN HIS BLOOD, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God.” Salvation is undeserved and wholly by the grace of God toward us sinners.

    Colossians 2:14, “Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross.” When Jesus died on the cross, the 6″ thick veil in the Jewish temple was torn into two pieces, signifying a new covenant between God and His people. The ceremonial laws were done away with. Ceremonial laws were “reminders” to Israel of divine truths. Please understand that the way of salvation did NOT change, all people of all times have been saved the same way—by grace through faith in Jesus Christ (Acts 10:43; Ephesians 2:8,9).

    The Sabbath Day is not enforced today, which is why the Bible further states in Colossians 2:16,17, “Let no man therefore judge you in meat, or in drink, or in respect of an holyday, or of the new moon, or of the sabbath days: Which are a shadow of things to come; but the body is of Christ.” It is certainly appropriate for Jews to observe the Sabbath Day in honor of the Lord, but it is not required anymore. The Israelites were forbidden to even light a fire on the Sabbath (Exodus 35:3). Obviously, the Sabbath is not enforced today. Circumcision, the Sabbath, eating of swine, and other Jewish restrictions in the Old Testament were ceremonial laws, which were all done away with at the cross (as far as being mandatory). As we just read in Colossians 2:17, the Bible called the ceremonial laws, “a shadow of things to come.” When the sun is directly overhead, the shadow is gone. Jesus was the fulfillment of the Sabbath, in Whom we rest for salvation.

    There is nothing in the New Testament about keeping the “ten” commandments. I called this article the “nine commandments”; but in actuality there are HUNDREDS of commandments of God throughout the Scriptures. Jesus summarized them in “two” commandments in Matthew 22:36-40… Love God and your neighbor. There’s certainly nothing wrong with displaying the Ten Commandments; but I think it’s important that we realize the Sabbath Day is no longer in effect. Instead, we honor the Lord on the first day of the week, which is Sunday. This is not the Sabbath; but I think very important. America was a much better nation when stores used to close on Sundays. In fact, many stores lowered their window shades on Sunday, so people couldn’t window shop. This was out of respect for the Lord. Nowadays, greedy companies require employees to work midnight shift, Sundays, Christmas, and have no regard for God nor man.

    If the Sabbath were still in effect today, then everyone who worked on the Sabbath (Saturday) would be put to death. Exodus 31:15, “Six days may work be done; but in the seventh is the sabbath of rest, holy to the LORD: whosoever doeth any work in the sabbath day, he shall surely be put to death.”

    Also, moral laws are applicable 365 days a year (all the time). We are never to violate a moral law! We are never to commit murder. We are never to commit adultery. We are never to bare false witness, etc. However, the Sabbath Day was ceremonial and to be kept only ONCE a week. This it was not a moral law.

    Also, moral laws apply to ALL humanity, the Sabbath was only for Israel, it was a ceremonial law. As a matter of fact, Jesus broke the Sabbath! Jesus would never break a moral law! Jesus was strict on moral law, but lenient on the Sabbath because He was the fulfillment of the Sabbath. This should make very clear that the Sabbath is not valid today. So when you here people talking about the “Ten Commandments;” in fact, there are only nine remaining, which are moral laws (which do not change).

    The law cannot help in salvation. Galatians 3:1-3, “0 foolish Galatians, who hath bewitched you, that ye should not obey the truth, before whose eyes Jesus Christ hath been evidently set forth, crucified among you? This only would I learn of you, Received ye the Spirit by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith? Are ye so foolish? having begun in the Spirit, are ye now made perfect by the flesh?”

    A person examines himself by the law and compares himself to it. He attempts to keep it, but finds it impossible! He then realizes that Jesus is the only Saviour and flees to Him for salvation. As far as salvation is concerned, that is the end of the law. Romans 10:4, “For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to every one that believeth.” However, that does not mean that the Christian is finished with the law. It simply means that he is finished with the law concerning his salvation. Christ has become the end of that. Once we are saved, however, we turn to the law, and out of love for Christ, we attempt to obey it, not in order that we might be saved, but in gratitude for our salvation!

    1. Even after a person is saved, sin is decided by the Word of God. Romans 6:13, “Neither yield ye your members as instruments of unrighteousness unto sin: but yield yourselves unto God, as those that are alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness unto God.” Coming to Christ does not give us a license to sin; it gives us even more of a hatred for sin and causes us to desire to live a life of righteousness so that we can be pleasing to our God and show our gratitude and our love to our Saviour.

    2. Jesus set me free FROM sin, not TO sin.

    3. Sin is still the transgression of the law. I John 3:4, “Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law.”

    4. When a person is saved, God does not change sin from the transgression of the law to one’s own conscience. God does not “throw the book out the window” at salvation. The obedience to Christ’s commands, though not necessary to salvation, is necessary to happiness and success in the Christian life. Salvation does not set us free from doing right. The God Who hated murder in the Old Testament hates murder in the New Testament. The God Who hated adultery in the Old Testament hates adultery in the New Testament. The law has not be nullified; its purpose has been changed. Whereas it was a mirror to show us our need of Christ, it now is a utensil to enable us to show our love to Him. Just because we are free from the law in salvation does not mean that each person becomes his own law and each person decides what is right. Right is still right; wrong is still wrong, and God’s idea of right and wrong did not change between Malachi and Matthew!

    5. The truth is, Jesus strengthened the law. Just a simple look at Matthew 5 will show us that the law of love should go beyond the law of the letter. The Lord Jesus reminds us that the law said we should not commit adultery, but He says we should not even look at a woman with impure thoughts. He tells us that our righteousness should exceed the righteousness of the Scribes and Pharisees, who were the strictest adherents to the law. He talks about going the second mile. Love should serve more fervently than the law. Love should give more than the law. Love should sacrifice more than the law.

    1. justsarahg Post author

      Thanks for your reply, Grace. I’m curious if this was in response to the Gay Marriage post in some way, or something else? Most of what you’ve stated here I have already been taught from my upbringing with Christianity, and as you’ve already stated, I no longer follow that path. However, in the interest of your argument I would state that I do not believe homosexuality to be a moral sin. I would say the bible more calls it a “breach of ritual,” as seen in my post.

      As is also written in my post, the Old Testament had laws that are no longer followed nor necessary for salvation. Perhaps you meant to correct me in saying that they were never meant for salvation in the first place, however, my point remains true that these are not adhered to any longer, and therefore cannot be looked to as a guide for the lives any of us lead today. That is to say, unless the person is intending on following every single old law, it would be silly to call them out on just one of the laws whilst breaking the rest. This is what I see Christians do today.


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