Sunday, 22 January 2017
Quora Answer: Did Jesus (a.s.) End the Torah
بِسۡمِ ٱللهِ ٱلرَّحۡمَـٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ
The following was my answer on Quora: Did Jesus end the Torah?
Question: Did Jesus end the Torah?
Answer: I am not sure what you mean by that. But Jesus (a.s.) did say this:
17 “Do not think that I have come to set aside the Law and the prophets; I have not come to set them aside, but to bring them to perfection. 18 Believe me, heaven and earth must disappear sooner than one jot, one flourish should disappear from the Law; it must all be accomplished. 19 Whoever, then, sets aside one of these commandments, though it were the least, and teaches men to do the like, will be of least account in the Kingdom of Heaven; but the man who keeps them and teaches others to keep them will be accounted in the Kingdom of Heaven as the greatest.”
This alone tells us otherwise. Jesus (a.s.) was a Jew, accounted as among the Pharisee sect by the people of his time. He kept the Mosaic Law and the mitvah. He ate according to Jewish dietary requirements and observed their festivals. And that was true with all his disciples.
Christianity. as we know it, deviated from that, according to the teachings of Paul of Tarsus, who never physically met Jesus (a.s.). We note the last part of his Epistle to the Hebrews, chapter 8:
13 In speaking of a new covenant, he has superannuated the old. And before long the superannuated, the antiquated, must needs disappear.
And with that, the “Law” changed, and that is why most Christians do not follow the Laws of the Torah, have dispensed with Jewish dietary requirements and no longer commemorate most of the festivals the Jews did. Christianity evolved from a Jewish sect into a separate faith in its own right.