Are the Ten Commandments Obsolete?

How fast would humans descend to cruel anarchy without words of truth to guide them?

GodsWordbMany 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)

  1. Recognize just one Supreme Being: God

  2. Do not create your own gods from any thing or any concept.

  3. Do not utter God or speak of God in a disrespectful manner.

  4. Humans need a true day of rest during a week.

  5. The family unit is vital for good so especially respect your parents.

  6. Murder is evil and forbidden; kill only in order to survive.

  7. Honor your commitment to your spouse; adultery is destructive.

  8. Do not take or keep anything that you have not earned.

  9. Do not lie or omit truth.

  10. Coveting anything or anyone is an empty and wasteful practice and invites evil.

Is America Loosing Its Civility?

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As I became aware of the milieu I was born into during the 1950’s I was taught to respect elders, people of authority, teachers, clergy and everyone I encountered in public.  Manners were important and especially the choice of words used in public, school and certainly in mixed company.

Today it seems common here on the East Coast of the U.S.A.  within Megalopolis to slack off on manners and abandon constraint on the tongue: I often her expletives and swear words once confined to harsh work environments, back alleys, saloons and during armed conflicts. Sure boys hanging out were prone to express themselves in a loose manner but quickly modified their speech when an older person, female or person of authority entered within hearing range.  What about today?

Since the 1950’s things have turned away from a tradition of being polite.  This is reflected in the character and dialogue in cinema, television programs, magazines and more so in the new publicly shared social media of the Twenty-first Century have a much lower standard.  I find it especially offensive when the expletives and swearing is unrestrained in popular song lyrics, in mixed company and especially in groups that have children present.  Many people today apparently do not think this is a problem nor do they seem to believe it does any harm.  Aside from older people from another generation being offended as I, I see this trend as one more degradation in our society that once was civil if not always pleasant.

I am a Christian and I do not believe the wisdom offered to us within the Bible is old fashioned or out dated.  On the contrary,  Holy Scripture teaches us  how to make life better by fostering respect and positive behavior within families and in public.

Luke 6:45 (ESV)

The good person out of the good treasure of his heart produces good, and the evil person out of his evil treasure produces evil, for out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks.

Ephesians 4:29

Let there be no filthiness nor foolish talk nor crude joking, which are out of place, but instead let there be thanksgiving.

Proverbs 8:13

The fear of the Lord is hatred of evil. Pride and arrogance and the way of evil and perverted speech I hate.

Everyone has Value

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Everyone who has ever lived and will be conceived is important: we are all part of the whole and what we do, or do not do, affects everyone else.  Yes we see the importance of great inventors, leaders and thinkers yet, we can not dismiss the value of any person doing any kind of work, or, just being part of the biosphere.  In a universe vast beyond human comprehension are we important on the cosmic scale?  Philosophers say we ourselves are the universe cognisant of itself.  You may think this message is beyond your comprehension, or it just does not apply to your everyday life but you are.

God has a purpose for you; he wants you to chose what is good and right with the freewill he has granted – but he will not force you to comply.  You are free to make your own way by making your own choices from moment to moment.  God loves his creation and God especially loves people; this includes you.  The Bible reveals many truths but the value placed on people is the greatest truth so often forgotten.  Seek God.  Seek God especially if you are struggling with self worth and can not believe you have a purpose: you have worth and you have a purpose.

For God So Loved the World  John 3:16 (ESV)

16 “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.

You are Important Matthew 10: 26 – 33

26 “So have no fear of them, for nothing is covered that will not be revealed, or hidden that will not be known. 27 What I tell you in the dark, say in the light, and what you hear whispered, proclaim on the housetops. 28 And do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather fear him who can destroy both soul and body in hell.[g] 29 Are not two sparrows sold for a penny?[h] And not one of them will fall to the ground apart from your Father. 30 But even the hairs of your head are all numbered. 31 Fear not, therefore; you are of more value than many sparrows. 32 So everyone who acknowledges me before men, I also will acknowledge before my Father who is in heaven, 33 but whoever denies me before men, I also will deny before my Father who is in heaven.

Do You Wonder

100_4551Do You Wonder?

Have you ever paused by an open space and wondered? Wondered what life is all about? Wondered if there was more than what you perceive?

Probably you have and will again.  Life can have us all wrapped up in a frenzy taking care of daily business, family or a myriad of so many other things.  When we consider the past we often wish we could have done something different: chose a different path, striven harder to keep a relationship  . . . and so on.  When we look to the future we often grow anxious: we hope we have the right plan, we hope we will remain in good health or we stress over whether we will be, or continue to be, successful.  How many of us “live in the NOW”?

When we focus on a situation that commands our full attention we may be “living in the now”.  Yet if while we are engaged in something, eating a meal, in a conversation, at work or in a class we probably too often anticipate what we will be doing next or soon.  This behavior can rob us or even our partner(s) of all you can offer – and it can rob you of the best of what you are engaged in.

“Living in the now” requires an awareness of what we are all about or how we negotiate through life moment to moment.  We must use self control and acquire the discipline to curtail the self generated distractions and learn when it is appropriate to consider the past and anticipate the future (yes there is a time and a place for everything).

It may help you to read Chapter 3 of the Bibles Old Testament  book of Ecclesiastes and perhaps Proverbs also.  The wisdom conveyed there within the scripture is a good starting place . . . no . . . an excellent starting place for you to begin to understand many things including much about yourself and what is common to all humans.