A Newsweek article by an author who spent a year trying to follow every rule in the Bible.
He didn't cut his beard. He observed the Sabbath. He looked for adulterers to stone.
NEWSWEEK: It’s been a little over a year since your experiment ended and you shaved your beard. How’s the life of sin?
A. J. Jacobs: It’s all right. I miss my sin-free life, but I guess I was never sin free. I was able to cut down on my coveting maybe 40 percent, but I was still a coveter. Flat-screen TVs, the front yard of my friend in the suburbs, a better cell phone, higher Amazon rankings. And that's not to mention coveting my neighbor's wife. I live in New York, I work in publishing, so there’s a lot of coveting, lying and gossiping.
Even someone trying harder-than-your-average-Christian can't measure up to God's law.
As it is written:
"There is no one righteous, not even one;
there is no one who understands,
no one who seeks God.
All have turned away,
they have together become worthless;
there is no one who does good,
not even one."
Thank God for grace, and God's spirit indwelling us. This was an interesting experiment. Your thoughts?