But, If, & Then.......
The other day, a friend shared a post on social media concerning the umpteen thousands of laws that exist among mankind. From the Ten Commandments to laws, too many to house in one brain, is where we are now. How do we go from so few to so many? Good question. It's fault of the culprits, "But", "If", and "Then." Yet these culprits didn't just pop up on their own to confuse the hell out of the world when it comes to what's right, what's wrong, what's just, and what's unjust. They were born in man's lack of faith and trust in the Word of Yahweh, lack of understanding, his pride, his ego, and refusal to submit to the Almighty.
If you take a look through your Bibles, those of you who claim to believe and be "Christ-like", then you will learn that all laws passed onto man from Yahweh, on high, down to man have to do with our relationship to Him and our relationship to one another. Jesus Christ, whom you "Christians" claim to follow faithfully, even summed it up to make it simple for the simple, "You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind (Commandments 1-3)." Then He said, "You shall love your neighbor as yourself (Commandments 4-10)." Finally, He said, "On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets." If you need help, it's found in Matthew, chapter 22.
If you can't grasp the simplicity of this, then please do not make any decisions for your life. Do not make any judgments concerning anyone or anything. Don't debate or argue with anyone or anything for that matter, until you CAN grasp it. If you've been in church all your life and can't grasp this pre-school level of understanding, then your church is useless to your soul and relationship with Christ, whom that church claims to know fully well. Check this. If your church or place of worship has ANY depictions of God or Christ, statues of Mary that are celebrated/worshiped annually, etc:
"You shall not make for yourself a carved image—any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth; you shall not bow down to them nor serve them. For I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children to the third and fourth generations of those who hate Me, but showing mercy to thousands, to those who love Me and keep My commandments."
So, why do we have statues, crosses, crucifixes and such? We have ill-depicted pictures of Jesus as white with blue eyes, even in black churches. Really? We have been so desensitized to the evil and misleading of this world and society, it's a shame! If I simply love you, be you black, white, Asian, Hispanic, Pacific Islander, or Native American, as I love myself, then NO harm shall come to you by my hand. My hands are only here to help you, hold you, lift you up, and support you. THIS is what Yahweh requires of us, and what Jesus exhibited and practiced for us.
I don't like what society, religion, and denominations (prime example of Church division), has done to the term Christian. I hate using it to describe myself as such, for I do not want to be lumped into a box of hypocrisy and deceitful men and women. BUT, I will use it today, for this post and my point. To be Christian is to be like Christ, and live by His summary, "You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself. On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets.'"
So, if you claim to be Christian but are a Racist, an Abusive spouse/parent, Thief, Liar, Gang-banger, Drug Dealer, Corrupt Politician, Murderous Cop, etc, then you're a hypocrite. You are, in no way, Christ-like!
The Ten Commandments are the most stipulated and amended laws ever. For all laws under the sun stem from them; only because our ancient patriarchs were not strong, trusting, or faithful enough to withstand the "But", "If", and "Then" of the simple, the cunning, and the corrupt. "But, it's about Jesus!" "If it's about Jesus, then therefore it should be allowed." "But God said, 'an eye for an eye!'" We have got to resist the idiots of the world and STOP allowing them in leadership roles over us! Satan was bold enough to twist up the Word against the Word Himself. Religion has been bamboozling us since religion came about. Christ taught the WAY, not religion. He exemplified Love, not religion. He is our doorway to Yahweh, not religion.
Now, this is just a little something I was turned on to by a good friend of mine, a few months ago. This is for those of you who are interested in man's history outside of Biblical studies. Keep in mind that Bible you read today houses nowhere near all the scriptures and written accounts of man, Israel, Jesus, Mary, the Twelve Patriarchs, and more. A group of MEN decided on that book you've been studying. Yes, I know "All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness.......(2nd Timothy 3:16)" But what scriptures? Again, a group of men decided which ones you'd be honored to study, in your modern Bibles. In relation to the Ten Commandments, check out the Laws of Ma'at. More comes out of Egypt than newly emancipated Hebrews, but you'll never know if you don't study and research for yourself.
Those blessed with the ears to hear, let them hear.......