Red Life Ministries
The "Ten Commandments",
Let me get this straight, The "Ten Commandments" are offensive?
#1 "Thou shalt have no other gods before me".
OK, on the surface this might seem a little demanding seeing that its pretty much human nature to "Worship" ones self, but to know who it is thats giving this command brings understanding and freedom. In Romans chapter 6:16 it says, "Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness?" This indicates that whatever we yield to, becomes our Master, our god. When we yield ourselves to sin, we yield oursevles to Satan who is a tyrant! I have known people who were addicted to drugs, alcohol, emotions,habits, things that they just could not stop or break free from. Satan is a god that rules by enslaveing people in sin. But God brings the good news that we can be free of Satans tyranny, we don't have to be in bondage. God says, Ye shall have no other gods before me! We don't have to bow the knee to addictions anymore, we don't have to sercome to habits or bad behavior patterns anymore. St. John 8:36 "If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed." Yes this is the first Commandment but for us who know Him, it is a wonderful Promise. We do not have to serve a Tyrant but a loving, careing Father. How could anyone be offended by that? And one more thing, it tells us that God is a jealous God. What makes a man jealous of his wife? It's because he LOVES her and demands loyalty. No one would question that kind of jealousy when it comes to a husband and wife, should it be so strange for God the father to want our loyal devotion? What is so offensive about this?
#2 "Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image."
In ancient times "Graven Images were commom among "Pagon societys" The people of God were called out and to worship only Him, the one true God. Besides that, the new testament explains that this was demon worship that they were doing. Who wants to worship a demon?
#3 "Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain"
This, I believe is much more than mere profanity. I absolutly am against saying God in a profane fashion and adding a "last name" to it especially but I do not believe that this is all it is talking about. Taking the Lords name for instance such as when a woman who gets married, she "takes his name" when she becomes his wife. If she were to take his name by becoming his wife and promised to be faithful to him till death does she part, she then disregards her vows and begins to run around on him and be unfaithful, she essentially took the mans name in vain, it didn't really mean anything to her. If we commit our lives to God and promise our allegents to him then decide later to live in disobediance and sin, isn't our former commitment "in vain"? God is the one who should be offended here.
#4 "Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy"
This, I realy don't understand how this could offend anyone. God simply understood that everybody needs a break every so often. Jesus pointed out to the disciples in Mark 2:27 That "The sabbath was made for man and not man for the sabbath". God has always had our best interest at heart. But this is offensive? Come on!
#5 "Honor thy Father and thy Mother". I can't even imagine any mothers child being offended at this. They ought to be ashamed of themselves. Are they also "offended" of "Fathers Day" and "Mothers Day"? Give me a break!
#6 "Thou shalt not kill"
This is offensive? Anyone in thier right mind would agree with his one. Are you kidding me?!
#7"Thou shalt not commit adultery"
Again, the only one that I can think of who would be offended by this is someone who is up to no good and deserves more than just being offended.
#8 "Thou shalt not steal."
The only person that I can imagine being offended at this one would be a THIEF! I frankly do not care if this offends them. I am highly offended when someone steals from me. Call me crazy.
#9 "Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbor". Frankly, any neighbor who would be offended at this one would certainly not be someone I would want to live next door to.
#10 "Thou shalt not covet anything that is thy neighbor's"
I do not see anything offensive about this one either especialy if someone wanted what I had so much that he would be willing to steal it or kill me to get it.
Frankly, to me, any body who is opposed to rules that keeps a society sane and safe is suspect in my opinian. My question for them is what would they prefere? Total chaos and anarchy? It would be frightening to live in a world who did not believe in these principles, don't you think?
Thats what I think. Randy Davenport