"The law, any type of law, offers this. It offers us our own confidence and a sense of self that is of our own making because spiritual law (as the sin nature sees it) depends upon our own ability to obey it. However subtle a form it may come in, however disguised it may be, our sin nature wants to perform and will use any percieved system (moral or otherwise) to attempt to do so, but unfortunately it will always leaves us in bondage."I think hat it is helpful to understand that the roots of our desire to live by formulas and principles goes back Adam. For many years I lived my life by a complex set of biblical principles ... it gave me the appearance of godliness - but it had no power when I faced intense pain in my life ... there is no principle that covers death and grief. My journey from legalism is a picture of a man fully embracing the knowledge of good and evil ... a journey of arrogant judging. I only changed when I had no other options ... the end of legalism is a pit ... our dogma has no answers for pain ... when pain comes (hallelujah) we are forced to change ... forced to abandon our knowledge of good and evil.
"The knowledge of good and evil is in its most fundamental form a system of law that varies greatly or slightly from person to person. It is our own code of right and wrong, good and evil, shoulds and should'nts, musts and must'nts, righteousness and unrighteousness, do this and don't do that."
"After the fall man began deciding what was good for himself. The first and most obvious example of this is when Adam and Eve sewed fig leaves together to cover themselves because they knew (through the knowing of good and evil) that they were naked. Later on in Genesis we read that “every man was doing what was right in his own eyes.” A system of good and evil existed in every man and still does today."
In his most recent post Simon, of Adullams Cave, connects the dots between the "Knowledge of Good and Evil", the "Old Testament Law" and our desire to live by rules. He does a great job ... I encourage you to read the post. Here are a few gems that I gleaned from it: