Why did we need the ten commandments? And why did Jesus need to give us the golden rule? Were we not being nice to our neighbors. Why do we need rules at all, and what does this say about the human being?
asked 23 Sep '12, 06:15
Barry Allen ♦♦
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answered 24 Sep '12, 08:31
Rules are like a fence: They make us feel safe. If we are on one side, we are good or "nice", whereas when we are on the other, we are bad or wrong- and usually we feel it when we are bad. We have an inner conscience which, deep down, tells us when we have screwed up. It is undeniable; the only people who do not feel this are mentally ill.
Genesis 26:5 tells us that God was pleased with Abraham "because Abraham obeyed my voice and kept my charge. My commandments, my statutes, and my laws." So there was morality before the Ten Commandments, at least as the Bible goes. We go all the way back to Adam and Eve here- who sinned and knew it. I believe that the point when they sinned represents the point when Man became senescent- suddenly, we began to know when murder was wrong, for example.
If we did not have rules and laws, all would be chaos. Rules make us feel safe and if you do not believe it, try driving on the wrong side of the road for a while, and see what happens...:)
answered 23 Sep '12, 07:20
Rules of "right and wrong" have always existed. There is a commonality among people about rules, and most of them can be found in the Ten Commandments, as well in the basic tenets of all religions.
So What or Who can determine "Right" and "Wrong"? "Moral" and "Immoral"? It must come from a Source that is above duality.
Continuing in this vein, there is a peculiarity among people, that we know intrinsically what is right and wrong, and we may be quicker to notice these "sins" in other people while we make excuses when we, ourselves violate the rules.
So we have a set of rules that we feel obligated to follow, but we don't. We feel there is a God who has set these rules, and He wants us to follow them. That there may be some form of punishment if we don't follow these rules.
Could this be a reason to have a Savior, an Intermediary?
answered 24 Sep '12, 08:41
yes, for we most likely have not have not fine tuned the spiritual awareness to continue to trod the path forward without learning the impulses to percieve what is light
(24 Sep '12, 14:43) fred
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