God Is Not a Lawyer

The Ten Commandments is a binding contract … and God does not allow loopholes.

There is no such thing as “kind of sinning”, “sort of sinning”, and “sinning a little”.  Sin is sin is sin is sin.  You’ve either sinned or you haven’t.  It’s just that simple.

You shall not see your countryman’s ox or his sheep straying away, and pay no attention to them; you shall certainly bring them back to your countryman. If your countryman is not near you, or if you do not know him, then you shall bring it home to your house, and it shall remain with you until your countryman looks for it; then you shall restore it to him. Thus you shall do with his donkey, and you shall do the same with his garment, and you shall do likewise with anything lost by your countryman, which he has lost and you have found. You are not allowed to neglect them.You shall not see your countryman’s donkey or his ox fallen down on the way, and pay no attention to them; you shall certainly help him to raise them up.”  (Deuteronomy 22:1-4)

 “Observe the sabbath day to keep it holy, as the LORD your God commanded you. Six days you shall labor and do all your work, but the seventh day is a sabbath of the LORD your God; in it you shall not do any work, you or your son or your daughter or your male servant or your female servant or your ox or your donkey or any of your cattle or your sojourner who stays with you, so that your male servant and your female servant may rest as well as you.  You shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, and you shall not desire your neighbor’s house, his field or his male servant or his female servant, his ox or his donkey or anything that belongs to your neighbor.”  (Deuteronomy 5:12-14,21)

The Ancient Israelites weren’t all that different from you and I.  The reason God has had to denote His Commandments in exasperating detail is because — just like modern man — the ancient Israelites went looking for loopholes and escape clauses (no doubt some Israelite asked the question,  “Ok, I can’t work on the sabbath … but the fields need plowing.  Can’t I have my kids or my farm hand work on the sabbath?  What about my wife?  Can’t any of THEM do it?”)

Truly living without ANY limits whatsoever is like trying to drive a car that has no steering wheel and no brakes at 200 miles per hour (good luck trying to stop the thing).

The consequences of sin can be catastrophic (just ask Adam and Eve — one wrongfully eaten apple brought death upon mankind).  How many marriages have been ruined because one spouse had an affair?  How many lives have been lost because of suicide and/or drug addiction?

God is a loving Father who wants to protect his kids:  you and I.  He knows us better than we know ourselves.  Would we be not wise to trust him?

 

A Sad Commentary On Our Society

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This company produces a line of jewelry that notifies you whenever you receive an “important” phone call, text message, Facebook post, Tweet, etc.

This a sad commentary on our society.  However did we manage back in the 1970’s and 1980’s to get by without being constantly available?

The Answer:  We got things done … EVENTUALLY.  It might have taken 2,3,4 … 5 hours to reach us … but reach us, people did.

 

  • If your house is on fire and you and your Beloved are eating  dinner at a restaurant that’s twenty miles away, there’s really not a whole you can do AT THAT MOMENT to save your house (other than hope that the neighbors called the fire department).

 

  • If you and your Beloved are at that same restaurant that’s twenty miles away and your kids are coloring on the walls … once again, there’s really not a whole lot you can do at the moment.

 

Back in the 70’s and 80’s (before everyone was SO interconnected), we got by by setting priorities (I realize this a foreign concept to some of you out there).  Some things were deemed more important than others (back then, spending time with the kids was deemed more important than going to a club).

No matter WHAT you do, there are always going to be things that you’ll “miss out” on.  That’s life.  You’re a human being — you can’t be in two places at once.

This product is a symptom of the self-indulgence and narcissism that is plaguing our society.  Are you truly SO important that you can’t be “disconnected” long enough to spend time with your family and/or loved ones?  Are they not worth your COMPLETE and TOTAL attention?

What are your priorities?  Where do they REALLY lie?