This post a direct result of reading Two other blogger’s posts. Both of them had something to say that I wanted to respond to, and did in comments, but I would like to expand on those comments here. Rob Slavens Post was an agnostic’s view of the Ten commandments , and the other one, was from a link in the post below that, about On Tebow, written by Grant Dawson in Remotely Nowhere.
Rob Slaven was complaining that the Ten Commandments seemed sort of Vain and common sense if not trivial, with the exception of one or two pretty decent ones. He’s right, if you think of the Ten Commandments as the end all and be all of what God wants and expects of us; however, remember that the Ten Commandments were the Second set of plates that came down the mountain.
The children of Israel were partying pretty hard by the time Moses came down the first time. That first set, the one that got all smashed up, were the higher law, that Moses and God decided the then current crop of children of Israel weren’t ready for yet, and so they were given the kindergarten version. The lower law.
The first half of the Lower law lays out things you Should do. The be good stuff. The Second half of the Ten Commandments lays out all the Shouldn’ts. Basically, if you can’t handle doing the good things, then for Heaven’s sake, and your soul’s sake, don’t do these other, bad things.
The Higher law is available, but people still have a hard time with the lower law, so…. Well, if you’re the sort who can handle the lower law, then maybe you’re ready for the higher one.
Remember in Matthew, chapter 22, verses 36 – 40, the pharisees asking Christ what was the Greatest law? And Christ responded, “To Love God with all your heart might, mind, and strength, and the second was like unto it; To love thy neighbor as thyself. On these hang all the law and the prophets.”
Somewhere in there is the key to the higher law. If we can do these things successfully…… everything else is covered.
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