The Goal of the Law

When Jesus declares that he does not abolish the Law but fulfills it, he articulates a logical consequence of his teaching. The goal of the Law is peace among humankind. Jesus never scorns the Law, even when it takes the form of prohibitions… The disadvantage of prohibitions however, is that they don’t finally play their role in a satisfying manner. Their primarily negative character, as St. Paul well understood, inevitably provokes in us the mimetic urge to transgress them. The best way of preventing violence does not consist in forbidding objects, or even rivalistic desire… but in offering to people the model that will protect them from mimetic rivalries rather than involving them in these rivalries.

I See Satan Fall Like Lightning – René Girard (14)

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