The other day, a fellow author and I were talking about the good things that God has done for us, and how the conception is out there that God is a god of punishment and strict rules and behaviours that we have to live by. And this isn’t the truth. Funnily enough I got to thinking about that and realised that there is a lot of misconception out there about God – who is the God of my understanding.
I don’t preach on my blog, but I felt compelled to put this down on my blog, and it is out there now, for you to decide.
I don’t claim to be a Christian any longer, because there are so many negative connotations behind that word. Instead, I prefer to use believer. I believe in what he has done for me, the wondrous kind things he has done, the disasters that have been in my life, God has allowed that to happen for a purpose.
God gave us 10 Commandments to live by – not “Proposals”, not “Items for negotiation” these are not up for discussion, and even their wording doesn’t allow for any misinterpretation of them:
1. I am the Lord your God, you shall have no god above me
2. You shall not make a carved image of any likeness to worship – GOD IS AROUND US, ALWAYS
3. You shall not take the Lords name in vain – NO SWEARING
4. Remember the Sabbath – HAVE A DAY OF REST
5. Honour your Mother and Father – MUM AND DAD KNOW BEST
6. You shall not commit murder – Durr
7. You shall not commit adultery – DON’T HAVE SEX OR THINK ABOUT SEX WITH SOMEONE ELSE
8. You shall not steal – Durr
9. You shall not bear false witness (or lie) to your neighbour – DON’T LIE
10 – You shall not covet your neighbours property – DON’T ENVY OTHER PEOPLE’S PROPERTY
Simple – and there for a reason. Can you imagine what the world would be like today, if everyone lived by these simple rules? There is nothing harsh or strict about them. Look at society today, it has degraded because of these rules being broken.
And when God sent his Son to die for everyone (yes, EVERYONE, not just the Jews, or the Christians) who did Jesus hang out with? It wasn’t the rich people who went to Synagogue every week, it wasn’t the nice people who attended on a regular basis. Jesus hung out with the social pariahs, the lepers, the tax collectors, the shepherds, the fishermen, the prostitutes. If Jesus was alive today, who would he hang out with? The gang houses, with prostitutes, homosexuals, the homeless, those on benefits, all those that society consider are beneath them. Before Jesus was killed by the Jews, he issued a new commandment –
11 – Love thy neighbour.
What did he mean by that? Try to be true to those that are around you, not just physically your neighbour, but also those in your community, whether they be black or white, lesbian or gay, upper class or lower class, struggling to make ends meet or have money coming out there ears. Be there for them, love them, show them that you care about them, befriend them.
God isn’t just about punishment, he gave us promises to live by and straight forward easy to understand rules – nothing fancy, complicated or hard to understand, just some good old fashioned sensible rules.
God gave me these rules to make my life uncomplicated and easy to cope with. He is there with me every step of the way to help me understand why he has put these rules in place. I love these simple rules which my life is governed by. I am not perfect, I claim to be someone I am not, I have lied, I have envied, and I have committed adultery, but God loves me enough to give me a second, third, fourth, ninety ninth… up to the’ nth chance. He loves me so much he sent his son to die for me, and give me one more rule. Love thy Neighbour. I try to practice this every day.
What rules do you live by?