Hi there. Yes, you. You who look at your faith as a journey, the story of your coming to Christ. That great and wonderful play...
You will never understand God's Law.
Why do I say that? Why am I so brazen and bold?
Because it's true.
You see, the Law... it's not about making you a better person. It's not a guide to how you can improve yourself. It's not the secret decoder ring that lets you show God how much you really, really love Him.
See, all those things -- those are focused upon yourself.
Now, hear the Word of the Lord.
"“You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. On these two commandments depend all the Law and the Prophets.” -- Matthew 22:37-40
"A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another." - John 13:34
The Law is this -- Love. Love God, love your neighbor. Oh, and by the by - the way that you love God is you love your neighbor - "Then he will answer them, saying, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to me.’" - Matthew 25:45
The Law always points you towards serving and caring for your neighbor. If you are not shown your neighbor when you consider the Law... you aren't looking at God's Law. If you have something you think is a precept... and it doesn't instruct you to or guide you in caring for your neighhbor... it's not God's Law... or if it is, you're missing the point.
We were created to be servants. Love your neighbor.
You tell me that X is right or Y is wrong... tell me how it loves my neighbor, tell me how it harms them. Otherwise, I don't care about your quest for self perfection - it doesn't interest me in the slightest.
Love your neighbor -- that's where it is all at, that's where everything rests. And if you aren't talking about the neighbor, your law talk is... well... it isn't God's Law as He would have it applied.