Lie — The Ten Commandments were nailed to the cross

The Story

When Jesus died, the laws of the Old Testament died with him. His death freed us from bondage to these ancient rules and restrictions.

Besides, the laws of the Old Testament were written by Moses and intended only for Jews.

Historical Facts


The Bible is mostly the story of the descendants of Jacob, whose name was later changed to Israel. Judah was one of his twelve sons, and it is Judah's descendants that were called Jews. The other eleven sons each also formed a tribe, and collectively they were known as the nation of Israel. Before, during, and long after the time of Moses, there was nothing special about the tribe of Judah; Moses himself wasn't a Jew, but a Levite.


From the distant past and up to modern times, the laws of most nations have a concept of pardon. Someone in authority, whether a priest, a king, a state governor, or a president has the authority to grant pardons to individuals that have been convicted of crimes. Once that pardon is granted, the debt owed by the convicted criminal is cancelled, the official record of the conviction is erased, and the individual is returned to society as if the original crime had never happened.

The Bible

The Law

While some of the laws given in the Bible were given strictly to the nation of Israel for the governance of that nation, most of the laws and commandments in the Old Testament were meant for all mankind. God's commandments existed long before Moses delivered them to the people of Israel.

Many hundreds of years earlier, Abraham was known as a man of faith who obeyed God's laws. Genesis 26:5 says that ... Abraham obeyed my voice, and kept my charge, my commandments, my statutes, and my laws.

And long before that, Noah was recognized as a man that obeyed God's will and ... found grace in the eyes of the LORD. At that time ... GOD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. God's laws must have already existed at that time, otherwise there would have been nothing against which to measure the evil and wickedness.

More specifically, while Noah was told to take a pair of each kind of animal, he was also told to take seven pairs of each kind of clean animal. The laws of clean and unclean meat were obviously in effect at this time. This was during the time of Noah, the father of all mankind, not only Israel or Judah.

Colossians 2:14

KJV - 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;
NLT - He canceled the record of the charges against us and took it away by nailing it to the cross.

The meaning of this verse should be obvious, especially in newer translations, but so many people choose to misinterpret it as meaning what they would like it to mean rather than what it actually says.

If everyone were perfectly obedient, there would be no need for laws to have penalties. But all laws, whether man's or God's, eventually get disobeyed by someone. In the secular world, penalties are explicitly specified with each individual law, whether fines, imprisonment, corporal punishment, or execution. In the Bible, the rules for breaking the law are much simpler: 1John 3:4 tells us that ... sin is the transgression of the law, and Ezekiel 18:4 and 18:20 tell us that the soul that sinneth, it shall die.

That is, if we break God's law we have earned the death penalty. There is nothing we can do about it; we can't instead pay a fine, or serve time in prison, or spend our lives punishing ourselves. If we have sinned (and we have), we will die.

But Jesus's mission on Earth was to provide a way out of this situation. The oft quoted verse John 3:16 says that ... God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. In dying without having sinned, Jesus voluntarily paid your penalty for you.

If we accept his sacrifice (and all that is associated with this acceptance), we are granted a pardon for our sins and we will not perish. The record of charges against us has been cancelled.

This is exactly what it says, and exactly what it means. What was nailed to the cross was our criminal record. It was that record alone, certainly not God's law, that was blotted out.


The why should be obvious. People don't like laws. They want to be free to do as they see fit, not what some invisible and possibly non-existent god says. But they like to hedge their bets by claiming the Law is done away with while still being religious.