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For the Love of the World
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The 10 Commandments and the Golden Rule

I think many people will be surprised at how simple they really are. The scope of their application makes the difference between heaven and hell.

 

Universal Church of the Kingdom of God Carole King - Only Love Is Real

I've been talking for years about the Golden Rule, and the fact that everybody actually is born with the knowledge or sense of right and wrong, especially in regard to the way they treat other people. It's just part of us.

Love thy neighbor as you would love yourself
and more commonly thought of as

Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.

It's a very simple phrase we all think we understand, most of us think we do it. But do we? Can you actually, honestly state that you apply that one single rule to everything you do in your life?

And I want you to know, it doesn't count to say, "yes, except in this situation because then, you have to do things a little differently to protect yourself". If you have to qualify, justify or rationale in any of those ways, then the next best question you should be willing to ask yourself is "What kind of person have I been in the world that such a world would exist, and what have I done that has provided an example to others that makes them believe they must break the Golden Rule or 10 Commandments sometimes, and that it's alright with God, because of the circumstances of life.

I'm not saying that to condemn anyone, because we all do it, the world is sort of like that now, and that IS why God wants us to move forward as beings into the realm of the Kingdom of God and of Heaven... because in that realm, in His domain, with His few, simple rules, you don't have to be that way anymore.

The more you think about it, the more you realize His few, simple rules actually comprise the entirety of what we do and how we do it. Nothing is left out. Whether you're walking a dog or leading the world, a criminal or the victim of a crime, what is the one desire we all, eventually have? Think about it? When you're a kid, and you do something wrong and Dad finds out, and you know you're gonna "get it", what do you hope?

Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.

It's equality, it's justice, it's love. It doesn't mean letting anyone off the hook for their crimes or the harm they do to other people. It means always treating everyone fairly, equally, compassionately and appropriately.

It's the kind of world where you could walk up to a judge and tell them they were worms of the earth for their injustice, knowing they would not treat you any differently than someone who had complimented their wardrobe, because in His world, you would not show such disrespect in the first place because you would be treated justly and you knew it.

The 10 Commandments are certainly specific laws of God, but they are also just as simply useful examples of how to apply His Law to your life. Just as Jesus' Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5) is more specific in a variety of areas of personal and social life with greater and greater scope and rippling effects into the fabric of a culture.

It's also Him exercising His authority as Christ to state specific laws and guidelines for living based on His knowledge and understanding of God's ways, interfacing to the circumstances and mores of His day, as well as stating preferences of His own for whatever reasons He may have had, based on knowledge of causing trends of the future as well as more immediate physical and health concerns.

That will be a much different discussion at another time.

For now, what I want to impress upon you is that the 10 Commandments are truly an expression of the Golden Rule, and I ask you to constantly be asking yourself, as we discuss the 10 Commandments, specifically and as a whole of a body of God's law, how it IS just another way of exemplifying the Golden Rule.

One day, we'll all have instant judgment in the Kingdom of God, the Kingdom of Heaven, because we'll always know it's safe to apply that Golden Rule to everything we do. Everything.

When you do that, and then, when you realize that everything you do because of that is always an expression of love, there is no need for any other rules. Everything we do, say, think and feel will be an expression of love, because there will be no more need for fear.

That is also when you'll truly come to realize, or realize once again, how true it is that God is love.

There are one or two other notes I want to point out before I go on with this: if you had asked me a week ago what the 10 Commandments are, I would have gotten 4 or 5 anyway... probably like most people who say they're good Christians, but maybe not church goers or the "religious" type.

Still, I would say, as most of them would say, that I've lived my life as a "pretty good" Christian, someone who actually has lived by the Commandments for the most part, as well as the Golden Rule, and willing to change my ways if I believed they were wrong.

The most important thing I actually discovered by actually reading the 10 Commandments is that they really are much simpler than I thought, I'm not anywhere near as guilty as I thought I would find out I was, and then...

I realized how, through the dilution and misrepresentation of heritage and mores and values over time, the anti-Christ, or those committed to a world of laws and loopholes that benefit only the rich and powerful and enslave or entrap people economically and through deception, had caused us, through the hope of lies, to abandon some of the most basic rules of the Commandments without even knowing it.

I would say that if more people actually understood the significance and the extent to which Christianity and all other religions have been hi-jacked, perverted and controlled over time, then they would understand why we must set aside those things and ideas we have become accustomed to, that we accept as truth without much thought.

We need to take a fresh look at the 10 Commandments and the Golden Rule and our lives, and then see if we can honestly say that America is a nation under God, or that anyone in the world is actually obedient to God, Source, Allah, whatever name we use to describe the Almighty Father.

Some may say, because of some of my comments, that I don't take the Word of God or His Commandments or the words of Jesus as seriously as I should. I want to assure you that I do, but that I live in respect of God, not in fear of God. God says His love is perfected in us, and that if we live in fear that love can not be perfected or truly exist.

In a way, you could say that I'm writing this to "fix the world". I'd say it's more truthful to consider that what I stand for is the resurrection of God as present and existing in the world, as evidenced by the love in the world. Not the love we think exists in it's current, suppressed and controlled forms and expressions.

But love like the kind shown to Adam and Eve, with God making one request, saying, observe this one rule, and your life will be everlasting, and you can live like a child at play, never in need, in fear or in desire of anything.  But observe that rule, and that will be the proof that I can trust you to observe a simple rule, and to know that you appreciate what I offer you.

Just like every parent thinks at one time or another about a defiant child, knowing one day, they will understand. And when they do, they can be more than a child, they will be a lifelong friend.

 

 


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