I’ve often wondered why many Christians, when looking at the biblical issue of ‘Law versus Grace’ assume that Law is ‘tough’ and Grace is ‘easy.’ That does not seem to be the case. Secularism says ‘loan with interest.’ The Law says, ‘loan to the poor without any interest,’ and Jesus says, ‘give to anyone who asks, expecting nothing in return.’
Secularism says, ‘take whomever you want, so long as it is consentual.’ The Law says, ‘You shall not commit adultery,’ Jesus says, ‘If you look at a woman with lust in your heart, you have already committed adultery with her.’
The purpose of the law is to keep is from being inhumane with one another. It is a corrective to our selfishness. Grace, or I prefer the term that NT Wright uses, the ‘Torah of the Messiah,’ surpasses the righteousness of the scribes and the Pharisees. It is Spirit-driven, God infused and truly what God intends for us, body and soul, heart and will.