thanks for your comment!
I believe that the law you referred to in Romans 6 is talking about the ceremonial law not the moral law, it was the ceremonial law that made necessary the sin offerings etc. because YHWH couldn't look upon sin, when Y'shua became the ultimate sacrifice we became no longer bound by the laws of sin and death (ceremonial laws)and we now have direct access to our Abba Father. I agree, He delights in His children and wants to hold us in His laps and speak truth over us as we worship Him in adoration!
In Romans 6 it says in the Message translation "So since we are out from under the old tyranny, does that mean we can live any old way we want? Since we're free in the freedom of God, can we do anything that comes to mind? Hardly. You know well enough from your own experience that there are some acts of so-called freedom that destroy freedom. Offer yourselves to sin, for instance, and it's your last free act. But offer yourselves to the ways of God and the freedom never quits. All your lives you've let sin tell you what to do. But thank God you've started listening to a new master, one whose COMMANDS set you free to live openly in HIS freedom!"
The Torah is most definitely summed up by loving God and loving others...Y'shua ALSO said that if we love Him, we will obey His teachings which is in the Tenach (OT). John 14
Right now I'm at a place where I'm falling in love with Y'shua all over again...and as a family we go into this journey, not to follow a bunch of rules, but in worship of the Father. Keeping the Sabbath has caused me to see the importance of planning and being prepared instead of living undisciplined. And this is just after scratching the surface! I truly believe that we will live in much greater freedom as we follow the instructions our Father left for us in the Torah. I have no interest in following the traditions of the Pharisees or even the traditions of Judaism! I simply want to obey the instruction of YHWH, because He loves me and I Him. His yoke is truly easy, not burdensome! If it is burdensome for someone then their motives are not right and it HAS in fact become just a loveless action. We definitely agree on this point! lol
As for circumcision, yup, Paul said it! it doesn't mean anything in and of itself. Yet Paul says in the very same verse that "keeping God's commands is what counts". So I believe that in obedience to God because I love Him and want to bless Him with my obedience, I will circumcise my sons. (not me personally of course!!! lol) In Ezekiel 44:9 in one of his prophesies ...it says very clearly that "no foreigners uncircumcised in heart and flesh is to enter my sanctuary, not even the foreigners who live among the Israelites" this is after the instructions for building the temple are given...I believe this to be the third temple which is yet to be built. So again, we don't need circumcision to be "saved" but it is clear YHWH is in favor of it...
and for food you are quite right we CAN eat anything, but not if it is a stumbling block to the company around us, we are to be sensitive to our friends and not be a stumbling block. When we go to my inlaws house, they always serve us bacon for breakfast. I don't say "no, don't eat that, it is unclean!" I allow my children to eat it and we bless it just the same...however at home we will eat Kosher simply because we believe it to be healthier. for example, I know of a lady who had cancer...she did the chemo thing the first time around and beat it, the second time around she went to her naturopath and he put her on what he called the "cancer diet" which is identical to eating Biblically Kosher! I thought that was fascinating! So we are well on our way to eating kosher...again, not because we HAVE to but we just see the wisdom in it. If Abba loves us enough to tell us what foods He prefers us to eat, there's got to be a reason! lol
1 Cor 6 is often taken out of context and made to fit any circumstance people want it to fit. However, in the verses previous to the verse you are referring to, Paul is chastising the believers for taking one another to court and not living in harmony and love, then the verses after it talks about sexual immorality! I like the way the message translation says it, "Just because something is technically legal doesn't mean that it's spiritually appropriate. If I went around doing whatever I thought I could get by with, I'd be a slave to my whims." I truly believe Paul is talking about anything that causes addictions...like my sick addiction to the computer.
I have to say that I do not agree with this statement that you said, "but i don't believe the Bible teaches that we have to do them to love God. He says we don't. for some they may be a hinderance to the gospel." Y'shua NEVER anywhere said that we do not have to obey His commands, which are in the Torah. Paul, never says we are not to obey the instructions in the Torah. Only the ceremonial laws are done away with...as people seek YHWH and HIS ways, they will see the Torah for what they are...instructions to make life easier for us...not harder. It is only when we see them as a bunch of rules to follow will they hinder our relationship with our Lord. It is like the analogy I heart from a friend...following the traffic rules while driving a car isn't legalistic, it keeps things in order...it's the same with keeping the Torah!
But as long as the enemy is keeping Christians in the pews at church drinking only milk from the pastor and (the enemy keeps)convincing them that they don't need to dig deep for themselves, then they will never discover the Truth that is in the Torah.
In Matthew 5:17-19, Y'shua clearly says this, "Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them. I tell you the truth, until heaven and earth disappear, not the smallest letter, not the least stroke of a pen, will by any means disappear from the Law until everything is accomplished. Anyone who breaks one of the least of these commandments and teaches others to do the same will be called least in the kingdom of heaven, but whoever practices and teaches these commands will be called great in the kingdom of heaven." Umm, heaven and earth are still here...the OT is NOT done away with, but oh how the Christian church would have you believe this horrible lie! It's sick how the enemy uses Christianity!
Oh and the only reason I use the Hebrew names when talking about the God I love is out of respect. Did you know that Jesus isn't even a Hebrew name? It means absolutely nothing! His mother called Him "Yahshua" and so that is what I call Him. The meanings of our names are very powerful...so I will use His real name, because it has real meaning.
I certainly don't have all the answers...LOL and I'm sooo loving studying His Word! Blessings to you! I wish I knew who you were! LOL