Keeping It Simple

In our modern world things have gotten complicated.  Some advances in technology have tried to make life simpler, but in many ways they simply add to the overall complexity of living.

For example, our laws (federal, state, county, city) have continued to expand and consume thousands of pages, most of them beyond a normal person’s ability to comprehend or understand.

However, most, if not all, of our laws have as their foundation the original ten commandments handed to Moses on Mt Sinai.  Out of ten simple laws we have created a rats nest of thousands upon thousands of laws.  Why?

Well, because as human beings we understand that ten simple laws cannot cover all the complexities that life has to offer, so we must create additional ones.  This is only natural.

Jesus thought differently.  He could have easily added a few thousand laws to the many already created by the Jews since Moses’ time.  But, He didn’t.  In fact, He felt the right thing to do was go the other way and reduce the ten commandments down to just two:

  • Love God
  • Love your neighbor

Do these and everything will be fine.  But, is it really that simple?  And, how do the 10 commandments line up with these 2 commandments?  Actually, very well.  A careful study will reveal that 5 commandments deal with ‘Love your neighbor’, and the remaining 5 deal with ‘Love God’.  Paul describes the laws that deal with your neighbor in Romans 13:9-10

 For this, Thou shalt not commit adultery, Thou shalt not kill, Thou shalt not steal, Thou shalt not bear false witness, Thou shalt not covet; and if there be any other commandment, it is briefly comprehended in this saying, namely, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.

Love worketh no ill to his neighbour: therefore love is the fulfilling of the law.

Ok, understood, that covers the 5 commandments that deal with loving our neighbor, but where does ‘honor thy mother and father’ fit into the mix.  That seems to be a law that is neither God centered, or neighbor centered.  But, you miss the point.  It does belong with the other 4 laws that deal with Loving God.

Look at it this way – the first authority figures we associated with is our mother and father.  In some way, as a child they are ‘God’ to us.  As we grow and mature that respect gets transferred to God, as our Heavenly Father.

So, it really is that simple….  not thousands of rules or laws, not even ten, just two.  Can you live with that?

One Response to “Keeping It Simple”

  1. Barbara L. McGuire Says:

    This sums it all up! Just so wish society lived by these two simple rules. Just think what this world would be like….perhaps heaven on earth! Blessings….

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