How fast would humans descend to cruel anarchy without words of truth to guide them?
Many years ago when I was a young Christian doing my best to be a good witness I encountered a couple who seemed like people I could talk to so I spoke to them about Jesus Christ and Christianity. I explained how my life had been changed for the good and shared examples of the benefits from learning and applying God’s Word to my life and my family’s life. This conversation could only continue sporadically over time because we were co-workers and opportunity to spend a lot time in this conversation would not be the right thing to do. Of course I tried to make up for that by giving them tracts. One day they told me outright that they did not need religion (nor a relationship with Jesus) to live a good life, die and go to heaven. OK, so they let me know they had heard enough about the subject and that I should back off. I asked one last question before we went our separate ways.
“How can you be so sure you know all there is to know about right and wrong?” I said.
She replied, ” We just know.”
I mused over that for a moment then asked a friendly question, “Where did you meet each other by the way?”
They told me they were childhood sweethearts and they had attended and graduated from parochial school (Roman Catholic). My last words to them as we parted?
“So you did learn all about God’s Ten Commandments after all, and, that is how I believe you really know right from wrong.”
Religion is the attempt by humans to get back in touch with God after “The Fall” in the Garden of Eden. Through the eons many common sense teachings have helped people live better and the origins of this wisdom has seemed to have arrived on Earth via many different people. Many people who presented this wisdom are associated with numerous religions, yet under closer scrutiny I see that the greatest truths for humans has actually come directly from God. How I know this will be explained in a book that I am writing. For now I just want to focus on the “Ten Commandments” that were given to Moses as explained in the Old Testament of The Bible in the book of Exodus 20:1–17. When people obeyed the precepts in this revelation all people benefited and this is recorded throughout the history of civilization.
Unbelievers, pagans, agnostics and atheists have benefited from the guidance obtained from the Ten Commandments, not just Hebrews and Christians. Governments have relied on them when passing the laws that provide order for their nations. Satan and his cohorts know them better than many humans. While adhering to these Ten Commandments will not assure your acceptance into Heaven (only accepting Jesus can do that) life on Earth is so much better when they are followed. These precepts guide us and teach us about our own nature thus they help us to avoid the consequences of wrong doing. Today there appears to be a movement to remove all references to the Ten Commandments, displays of them and monuments to them everywhere because they offend some people. Who are they?
The Ten Commandments not only teach us right from wrong but shed light on evil doers in my opinion and, if some people are made uncomfortable by their presence so be it, that is exactly what God has intended: they expose and work against evil and perpetrators of evil.
Deuteronomy 4:13 (ESV)
And he declared to you his covenant, which he commanded you to perform, that is, the Ten Commandments, and he wrote them on two tablets of stone.
1 Corinthians 7:19 (ESV)
For neither circumcision counts for anything nor uncircumcision, but keeping the commandments of God.
Ten Commandments for the 21st Century
(explained by James Halifko)
Recognize just one Supreme Being: God
Do not create your own gods from any thing or any concept.
Do not utter God or speak of God in a disrespectful manner.
Humans need a true day of rest during a week.
The family unit is vital for good so especially respect your parents.
Murder is evil and forbidden; kill only in order to survive.
Honor your commitment to your spouse; adultery is destructive.
Do not take or keep anything that you have not earned.
Do not lie or omit truth.
Coveting anything or anyone is an empty and wasteful practice and invites evil.