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It might help to have Jst list a few of the things that he thinks qualify as the will of jehovah. That would both provide examples and help limit the scope of the discussion to aspects of the subject that he thinks are important.
I will start with one to keep it simple because I have questions concerning it. First I want to point out that instructions given to Christians and instructions given to Jews are of a different nature. Instructions were given to the Jews mostly in the form of laws. Instructions given to Christians were given mostly in the for of principles. What is the difference?
As an example, the principle says "practice and you will become better". The law says "practice one hour a day". So you see that a law is different than a principle. For one, a principle allows for some subjectivity while a law does not. You can also see that laws can be based on principles. The law is an effort to enforce a principle. Christ did not come teaching laws but principles. It is a continuance of education. Many have made laws, some of them very oppressive, to enforce the principles taught by Christ. Some have gone to extremes trying to enforce these laws. However, this is not what Christ, nor his apostles did nor did they teach others to do so.
Here is one of the most fundamental instructions given to Christians. "You must love your neighbor as yourself." (Lev 19:18; Mt 22:20) That is the will of God, what we are instructed to do. You see that this principle was taught to the Jews, but it was attended to by law. The principles is "love your neighbor as yourself". The law is, "You shall not murder", "You shall not commit adultery", "You shall not bare false witness", etc. You see the law is enforcing the principle.
For the Christian there is no law. The law was given ONLY to the Jews, based on their ability to understand, and circumstance. Jehovah expects us to move beyond that now, beyond the law, that is. He wants us to move beyond where our worship is determined by a set of laws. The law was necessary for the Jews. But we are not them. What was neccessary for them is not necessary for us.
However that doesn't mean Christians are without direction. There is no longer a requirement to uphold the law. It is now a requirement to uphold the principle behind the law. That is, now Jehovah actually expects us to think rather than adhere to a stringent code.
Similar biblical principles include:
1. No one should seek their own good, but the good of others." (1 Cor 10:24)
2. Each of us should please our neighbors for their good, to build them up. (Romans 15:2)
The reasons for starting with this principle are twofold. First, it is to find out if you think it's a good way to live, not only for the individual but also for the community. Is there a better way to live? In 2000 years, has anyone come up with a better way? Is this applicable in modern day?
Secondly I started with this because empathy can only get you so far. I'd like to know your (whoever replies) opinion on how I might best follow this counsel in relation to you. How would you like to be treated by me? How can I do good toward you?