Why does the Bible have so many rules?

God created man and woman, placing them in the Garden of Eden, and outlining their role. They were to dress and keep the garden, name the animals, populate the earth and keep one very simple rule:  Do not eat of the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil!  God gave them just one rule.

We hear so many people complain today that the Bible is full of too many rules.  They complain that it’s just full of ‘don’ts’.  All the commandments are too much to take.

Why does the Bible contain rules?  Why?  Because we are sinners.  We are humans and we break rules.  We are sinners that have necessitated the making and giving of rules. God gave Adam and Eve one rule – which they promptly broke.

Most parents, schools, governments, etc. do not make rules until there is a need for one. Rules were made because people do what they want – and often it is wrong.

The government did not make speed limits until there were cars going way too fast.   They did not have rules against drunk driving until there were drunks that were driving.  They did not have rules against texting until too many people spent their time behind the wheel texting.  God did not give the Law to Adam and Eve, He gave them just one rule.  Man and his sin necessitated the Law.  The Bible contains many rules because we are sinners.

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The Word of God reveals the specifics of God to mankind.

While Creation shows God’s handiwork, God’s design, God’s intelligence, God’s creativity, and God’s power – it is still just general revelation.  God has given us His Word, the Holy Bible to reveal to mankind the specifics of God.

1) The Word of God reveals that God has a plan for mankind.  Because of Genesis chapters 1,2 and 3 we know that God made man different from the animals and that God made man to have fellowship with.  God made man “in His Image”.   God has a special plan for man.  Mankind will live forever.  Mankind has a soul and mankind has dominion over the animals.  We would not know this simply by looking at creation.  The Word of God reveals these truths to us.

2) The Word of God reveals that God Loves us!  In spite of our sin and in spite of our rebellion towards God – God loves mankind enough to provide a way out!  We would not know this but for John 3:16 and hundred of other verses like it!

3) The Word of God reveals God’s Way.  John 14:6 reminds us that Jesus is the “way, the truth, the life”.  We know how to find our way out – how to live forever with Him – how to overcome our sin and hopelessness.  We cannot find these answers in creation.  We find them in the Word of God!

4) The Word of God teaches us the attributes of God.  We know distinct characteristics of God because of the Word of God.  God is omnipresent, omniscient, omnipotent, immutable and God is Love.  Creation does not reveal these things to us.  God wrote them down for us – in His precious Word!