It is important for us to note closely the question of this study. The question is not “Are God’s laws hard?” but rather it is “Are God’s Laws too hard?” Are God’s laws beyond our ability and do God’s laws demand more than man can give? God’s laws can be hard because life is hard and because of the constant temptations of the devil. Our task in this study is to consider the idea of whether God’s laws are too hard.
A. Life Is Hard. “In the sweat of your face you shall eat bread till you return to the ground…”(Gen.3:19). Life on this earth was, at one time, truly to live in a “garden” (Genesis 2). Then, sin entered the picture. Man was punished with work becoming toil and labor and the woman with “sorrow” and travail (Genesis 3:16-19). Life on earth became hard for saint and sinner! How often do we hear some brother in his prayer mention the “uneven pathways of life” or that this life is a “vale of tears”? Life is not easy. We may not all face the same problems or carry the same burdens, but no one escapes the toils, heartaches, and trouble of life. The writer said in Proverbs 13:15: “The way of transgressors is hard.” But, David also said in Ps.34:19 that, “Many are the afflictions of the righteous.” Is there a life on this earth that’s not hard and difficult? No. Continue reading » Are God’s Laws Too Hard?