Being a grandpa keeps me somewhat current with the latest children's videos, including a recent Winnie, the Pooh movie. Hey, I only view them because I have to, okay? ;)
Anyhow, the one my grandson forced me to watch featured Pooh, Tigger, and Piglet hopelessly lost in a endless cavern. During the whole adventure their imagination runs wild with fear because they are sure that a terrible monster stalks them. At the end of their journey a horrendously distorted shadow appears on the wall in front of them growing larger and more frightening with each passing moment. Of course, the scary projection clears up at the last second when, not the creature, but Christopher Robin enters, and their fears immediately vanish. As they step out of the shadows the perceived cavern returns to its real form: a small protrusion of rocks.
You know what? Our fears are not the monsters we think they are. Do you know why? Because the substance behind those fears has been done away in Christ, he has removed every cause for them. The question is, why do we still reserve little nooks and crannies for this unsubstantiated, irrational fear to hide and grow way out of proportion? Why do we return to something that was never ours in the first place when it only causes us to revert to the worthless motivations of our own past? If they didn't work before what makes us think we can revitalize those motivations with a Law that couldn't bring life to those legitimately under it?
Do you not realize that most of the truth we've encountered is nothing more than Judeo-Christian blends of morality and ideas? Don't kid yourself by hanging onto some Biblical principle here because those early Jewish disciples don't agree with you. Remember what Peter told the counsel?
Now therefore why do you put God to the test by placing upon the neck of the disciples a yoke which neither our fathers nor we have been able to bear? But we believe that we are saved through the grace of the Lord Jesus, in the same way as they also are. Acts 15:10-11
You see, the Jews had a legitimate claim to God's truth, but it brought them no closer to God's deliverance than those they had considered dogs and outsiders. In other words, their own inability to keep their own law had left them in the same desperate position as those who had been given no law by God. Hence the question, why do those who are not part of our heritage need our things in order to receive what we could not receive through those things when the outsiders received it the same way we also had to receive it? It made too much sense, and the issue was dropped.
Maybe we hold onto shadows because they contain a measure of legitimacy. But once again, do we - with our hybrid version of that shadowy legitimacy - dare pass on to others that which hasn't really worked for us? Christ stepped in to our cavern and the monsters went away. Why do we want to re-create the old sensations by attempting to conquer somebody else's cave when Christ already did it?
I don't need anybody else's monsters - not yours, not mine ... and definitely not the formerly-legitimate ones with Scriptural support.