Romans 3:31

Do we then overthrow the law by this faith? By no means! On the contrary, we uphold the law.

A lot of people think faith is the opposite of law.  The basic notion here is that the God of the Old Testament Who gave the law is mean and that the God of the New Testament is nice.  The problem is: there aren't two Gods, just one.  The God Who gave the law in the Old Testament is the God Who, through Jesus Christ, makes it possible to keep the law in the New Testament.  For the revelation in which we have faith is that Love has become man, died, and risen from death so that we might be filled with the Holy Spirit of love, which is the fulfilment of the law.

Mark Shea


Mark P. Shea is a popular Catholic writer and speaker. The author of numerous books, his most recent work is The Work of Mercy (Servant) and The Heart of Catholic Prayer (Our Sunday Visitor). Mark contributes numerous articles to many magazines, including his popular column “Connecting the Dots” for the National Catholic Register. Mark is known nationally for his one minute “Words of Encouragement” on Catholic radio. He also maintains the Catholic and Enjoying It blog and regularly blogs for National Catholic Register. He lives in Washington state with his wife, Janet, and their four sons.

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