Have We Forgotten Our Foundations? A Dive into the Ten Commandments in Today’s Age

Have We Forgotten Our Foundations? A Dive into the Ten Commandments in Today’s Age

“To forget the past is to forsake the future.”

As I pen this, I feel a surging tide of emotions. Deep inside, there’s a wellspring of sorrow mingled with a spark of hope. Have we, in our quest for modernity, forgotten the sacred principles that laid the foundations of our morals? But even more concerning, do we even realise the gravity of what we’ve misplaced?

Consider this, the Ten Commandments – an ancient set of principles found in the book of Exodus 20:3-17. These aren’t mere rules. They are the very transcript of God’s character:

  • He is holy, just, and good; akin to His law (Rom. 7:12).
  • He is a spirit, and so is the essence of His law (John 4:22, Rom. 7:14).
  • He embodies perfection, mirroring His impeccable law (2 Sam. 22:31).
  • He is love, which reflects in His law, the epitome of love (1 John 4:8).
  • And, as He is eternal, so is His law (Ps. 111:8).

Now, you might wonder, “So what? Why should these age-old commandments resonate with me today?” Here’s why:

The Relevance of The Commandments in Our Lives

  1. Guiding Our Moral Compass: They dictate our relationship with God (the first four) and our fellow beings (the latter six, Matt. 22:34-38). They’re not merely ancient edicts but timeless truths that should command our attention today.
  2. Beyond Religions and Beliefs: Some debates cloud our vision about their relevance in Christianity. Yet, our Lord delighted in these laws (Ps. 40:8) and warned against forsaking them (Matt. 5:17-19).
  3. Interlinked with Salvation: Consider them as twins with the gospel of Jesus Christ. One exposes sin (Rom. 3:20), while the other offers a way out of it (Rom. 1:16). They’re inseparable in helping us navigate our spiritual journey.
  4. Engraved in Our Hearts: An everlasting covenant ensures these commandments are deeply rooted within us (Heb. 10:15, 16).
  5. The Bedrock of Our Character: They align with love’s two great commandments (Matt. 22:37-42) and the golden rule stated by our Lord (Matt. 7:12). Can one truly love and yet be inclined to break any of them?

In the Heart of True Believers

Modern Christian believers who:

  • Delight in these commandments (Rom. 7:22),
  • Uphold them in their teachings and lives (Rev. 14:12),
  • Understand that to work against them is essentially to work against God (Rom. 8:7),

… are blessed with peace (Ps. 119:165), prosperity (Ps. 1:1-6), and a right to eternal life (Rev. 22:14).

Bridging the Gap

In the cacophony of our times, filled with alternative truths and shifting moralities, these commandments stand tall and unyielding, asking us a simple question: “Will you remember?”

It’s not about religion. It’s about the universal values that bind us all, the thread that weaves through every human soul, reminding us of who we are and what we can be.

Call to Action

I urge you, dear reader, not just to read and move on but to introspect. Dive deep into these commandments. Ponder over their significance in your life. And, if you find them resonating with your soul, make them your guiding principles.

For in remembering and adhering to them, we don’t just honour our past, but we ensure a brighter, morally anchored future. Don’t we owe that to ourselves and the generations to come?

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