Is the Torah Still Valid?

The Torah says some things that clash with modern culture, especially on the issue of moral laws in regards to sex practices, however, Jesus believed in the Torah and even said belief in the Torah was necessary to receive his teachings. When people push it off as man-made writing, it’s because they don’t want to be accountable for it, but Jesus believed it was God’s word. According to Moses and Jesus, the Torah is God’s instructions written down. God told Moses what to write and the Israelites were expected to live by it. 2 Timothy 3:16-17 says that all scripture is “God-breathed”, which means God inspires people to write about him. It was the spiritual inspiration that moved Moses, the prophets, and the apostles to write about what God was doing for Israel and with Jesus.

Jesus said this about the Torah in Matthew 5:17-19 (NLT): 17 “Don’t misunderstand why I have come. I did not come to abolish the law of Moses or the writings of the prophets. No, I came to accomplish their purpose. 18 I tell you the truth, until heaven and earth disappear, not even the smallest detail of God’s law will disappear until its purpose is achieved. 19 So if you ignore the least commandment and teach others to do the same, you will be called the least in the Kingdom of Heaven. But anyone who obeys God’s laws and teaches them will be called great in the Kingdom of Heaven.

As for Christians anyone who tries to argue that something the bible calls a moral impurity or sin has gone away because it is “old testament” is wrong. The Ritual Purity laws which involved dietary restrictions, quarantining for illnesses, bathing after contact with a corpse or certain bodily fluids, etc, are fulfilled since it was only sinful to go into God’s presence at the Tabernacle/Temple in an unclean state. However the Moral purity laws involved behaviors like murder, stealing, adultery, etc, and these were sins before the time of Moses, going all the way back to Adam’s time in Genesis. These are not fulfilled in the same way, as we are still waiting on the return of the Messiah which will initiate the resurrection and eternal life with new sin-free bodies. In the meantime, God’s presence (the holy spirit) is inside of believers making them the new Temple of this new covenant. The holy spirit is not only proof that believers are in a ritually clean state thanks to Jesus’ sacrifice, but the holy spirit is here to help them overcome sinful nature and keep the moral laws. Therefore, Moral laws against sin (notably sexual sin) are NOT done away with or fulfilled. Furthermore, if believers slip up and follow their flesh instead of the holy spirit (Gal 5:16, Gal 6:7-8), then they will be moved by the holy spirit to repent and will receive forgiveness because of their repentance (Ezekiel 18:23-32, & 1 John 1:9).

Like Moses, Jesus speaks for God (John 12:44-50). Therefore Jesus is in agreement with God and Moses when he said what he said in John 5:45-47. John 5:45 (NLT) “Yet it isn’t I who will accuse you before the Father. Moses will accuse you! Yes, Moses, in whom you put your hopes. 46 If you really believed Moses, you would believe me, because he wrote about me. 47 But since you don’t believe what he wrote, how will you believe what I say?” Earlier in the chapter, Jesus said that God gives him ultimate judicial authority.

Furthermore, Jesus said this:
John 5:19, I tell you the truth, the Son can do nothing by himself. He does only what he sees the Father doing. Whatever the Father does, the Son also does. 20 For the Father loves the Son and shows him everything he is doing. In fact, the Father will show him how to do even greater works than healing this man. Then you will truly be astonished. 21 For just as the Father gives life to those he raises from the dead, so the Son gives life to anyone he wants. 22 In addition, the Father judges no one. Instead, he has given the Son absolute authority to judge, 23 so that everyone will honor the Son, just as they honor the Father. Anyone who does not honor the Son is certainly not honoring the Father who sent him.

Moses wrote what God told him to in Leviticus, they were direct instructions from God. Remember God physically manifested on Mt Sinai with Moses. God’s presence was proof that the law Moses wrote was God’s word and not Moses’ words. For example concerning the Moral Laws in Leviticus 18 and 20. Chapter 18 of Leviticus starts off with ” 1 Then the Lord said to Moses, 2 “Give the following instructions to the people of Israel. I am the Lord your God. 3 So do not act like the people in Egypt, where you used to live, or like the people of Canaan, where I am taking you. You must not imitate their way of life. 4 You must obey all my regulations and be careful to obey my decrees, for I am the Lord your God. 5 If you obey my decrees and my regulations, you will find life through them. I am the Lord.”

In Chapter 20 verse 23 it says, “Do not live according to the customs of the people I am driving out before you. It is because they do these shameful things that I detest them.” This is God speaking about his detesting of sin.

If anything written in the Torah was not ordained by God, wouldn’t God have said something and scolded Moses? Wouldn’t Jesus have denounced a portion of the Torah that went against God’s word? Also as Jesus said, one must believe what is written by Moses and the Prophets (Luke 16:29-31) to inherit the eternal promises of God. How can one say they are a follower of God of Israel if they don’t believe the Torah is God’s word? The recorded evidence of God’s superiority over other gods is the bible. So if the bible is man-made, then God might as well be man-made. If any individual doesn’t believe the bible then the “god” they serve isn’t the God of Israel, nor the God that Moses and Jesus believed in. At that point, the individual is either agnostic or follows some other nonbiblical god’s religion. Therefore Christians can’t make this argument without being in error. Christians are followers of Christ and Christ followed the Torah and believed the whole bible was God’s word, including the parts that are not “politically or culturally” correct.

Resource:
An article explaining how Jesus observed the Torah