Quote: “The Eternal Father desires the return of His Commandments to the homes and to the schools and to your government.” “The Ten Commandments given by the Eternal Father were given for reason and must be followed by all, or you will set upon yourselves a firm and sorrowful judgment from the Eternal Father.”
One of the premiere causes of the problems with home, schools and government can be found in the influences of Secular Humanism.
Secular Humanism – Excluding God from Schools & Society
Secular Humanism is an attempt to function as a civilized society with the exclusion of God and His moral principles. During the last several decades, Humanists have been very successful in propagating their beliefs. Their primary approach is to target the youth through the public school system. Humanist Charles F. Potter writes, “Education is thus a most powerful ally of humanism, and every American school is a school of humanism. What can a theistic Sunday school’s meeting for an hour once a week and teaching only a fraction of the children do to stem the tide of the five-day program of humanistic teaching?” (Charles F. Potter, “Humanism: A New Religion,” 1930)
John J. Dunphy, in his award winning essay, The Humanist (1983), illustrates this strategic focus, “The battle for humankind’s future must be waged and won in the public school classroom by teachers who correctly perceive their role as the proselytizers of a new faith: A religion of humanity — utilizing a classroom instead of a pulpit to carry humanist values into wherever they teach. The classroom must and will become an arena of conflict between the old and the new — the rotting corpse of Christianity, together with its adjacent evils and misery, and the new faith of humanism.”
Secular humanists may be surprised to learn that many Christians share with them an attitude of religious skepticism and are committed to the use of critical reason in education. Following the pattern of the noble Bereans, Christian humanists read and listen to instruction, but we examine all things in the light of the Scriptures (Acts 17:11).
So, why are the Ten Commandments so important?
God’s Answer: Through thy precepts I get understanding: therefore I hate every false way. Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path. Psalm 119:104-105
And God spoke all these words, saying, I am the LORD thy God, which have brought thee out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage. Thou shalt have no other gods before me. Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth: Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the LORD thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me; And showing mercy unto thousands of them that love me, and keep my commandments. Exodus 20: 1-6
The Ten Commandments
Thou shalt not take the name of the LORD thy God in vain; for the LORD will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain. Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days shalt thou labor, and do all thy work: But the seventh day is the Sabbath of the LORD thy God: in it thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates: For in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore the LORD blessed the Sabbath day, and hallowed it.
Honor thy father and thy mother: that thy days may be long upon the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee. Thou shalt not kill. Thou shalt not commit adultery. Thou shalt not steal. Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbor. Thou shalt not covet thy neighbor’s house, thou shalt not covet thy neighbor’s wife, nor his manservant, nor his maidservant, nor his ox, nor his ass, nor any thing that is thy neighbor’s. Exodus 20:1-17
Condensed they would read as follows:
- I am the LORD thy God, Thou Shalt Have No Other Gods Beside Me
- Thou Shalt Not Worship Any Graven Images
- Thou Shalt Not Take the Name of the Lord Thy God in Vain
- Remember the Sabbath Day to Rest and Keep it Holy
- Honor Thy Father and Thy Mother
- Thou Shalt Not Kill
- Thou Shalt Not Commit Adultery
- Thou Shalt Not Steal
- Thou Shalt Not Bear False Witness
- Thou Shalt Not Covet Anything That is Thy Neighbor’s
The Ten Commandments Offer Guidance
What importance is there for a Christian, or anyone else, to know the Ten Commandments? How much validity and relevance can they have in our lives today? Does God expect us to follow them? Will we go to Hell if we do not keep them? Are these Laws for everyone, or are they only for those who hold the Old Testament as sacred?
If you have ever asked these questions, I think that you will be blessed by this in-depth look at the Ten Commandments. How did they come about? The Ten Commandments are the 10 basic laws that God commanded Israel to obey in the Old Testament. The laws were given to Moses by God, Himself. Moses was called of God to go up into a mountain and there God gave him these commandments so he could return and give them to the Israelites. They were written in tablets of stone by the finger of God. The story is recorded in Exodus 24:12-13: “And the LORD said unto Moses, Come up to me into the mount, and be there: and I will give thee tables of stone, and a law, and commandments which I have written; that thou mayest teach them. And Moses rose up, and his minister Joshua: and Moses went up into the mount of God.”
If we want holy guidance we must study the word of God and find out what God has to say about life and human experience, so that we can be guided by His Word. Neither my opinion, nor anyone else’s opinions are sufficient to solve the problems of humanity (especially Secular Humanism). The answers can only be found in God’s Word. He is the creator of all things, and He has the answers for His creation. He is the Judge and final authority on every subject.
By keeping His Word and His commandments we will not stumble, but will have light on our pathway of life; therefore, we should make it a priority to understand His ways. If you do not know the Ten Commandments, you are among a big company. Recent statistics state that the average Christian scored very low when tested for knowledge of the Ten Commandments. Most of us do not know the Ten Commandments, and many cannot even name three of them. That’s really a sad commentary for Christians.
Secular Humanism – Some Historical Warnings
The primary focus of Secular Humanism is to exclude God from the potential answers in life. Is this doctrine a good idea for a free society? The Founding Fathers of the United States of America seem to think not, and warned us against this type of philosophy.
In his farewell address to the fledgling nation of the United States of America (September 19, 1796), George Washington declared, “Of all the dispositions and habits that lead to political prosperity, our religion and morality are the indispensable supports. . . And let us with caution indulge the supposition that morality can be maintained without religion. . . Reason and experience both forbid us to expect that national morality can prevail in exclusion of religious principle.”
Noah Webster, a Founding Father and educator, wrote, “All the miseries and evils which men suffer from vice, crime, ambition, injustice, oppression, slavery, and war proceed from their despising or neglecting the precepts contained in the Bible.”
John Adams wrote, “We have no government armed with power capable of contending with human passions unbridled by morality and religion. Avarice, ambition, revenge, or gallantry would break the strongest cords or our Constitution as a whale goes through a net. Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.”
Daniel Webster wrote, “If we abide by the principles taught in the Bible, our country will go on prospering, but if we neglect its instruction and authority, no man can tell how soon a catastrophe may overcome us, and bury all our glory in profound obscurity.”
Patrick Henry wrote, “It cannot be emphasized too strongly or too often that this great nation was founded not by religionists but by Christians — not on religions but on the Gospel of Jesus Christ.”
Secular Humanism – Heed the Warnings and Speak Up
Secular Humanism has risen to the forefront of American thinking. And yet, curiously, American theists remain strangely silent as they slowly lose their children to an atheistic doctrine. Winston Churchill commented on the results of such a lack of resistance, “If you will not fight for the right when you can win without bloodshed, if you will not fight when your victory will be sure and not so costly, you may come to the moment when you will have to fight with all the odds against you and only a precarious chance of survival. There may be a worse case. You may have to fight when there is no chance of victory, because it is better to perish than to live as slaves.”
Old Testament Law vs. The New Covenant
The 10 Commandments are the 10 basic laws that God commanded Israel to obey in the Old Testament. Since all believers in Christ make up “spiritual Israel,” these laws are still valid for us to live by. Some people think that these precepts do not apply to Christians today as they are the Old Testament law. I have heard people make this statement, “Well that’s the old law, we don’t have to keep the old law.” The Bible teaches that the Old Testament law is the foundation for the New Testament commandments.
Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil. For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled. Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven: but whosoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven. Matthew 5:17-19
We actually are called to keep a higher law under the new covenant. In the Old Testament, they were judged on their deeds and their actions. The New Testament we are judged by what goes on in our hearts. The Bible deals all the way through the New Testament about what goes on in the heart of man. Jesus dealt with the heart attitudes of men. He always put His finger right on the motives of men. In the Old Testament, men were commanded not to commit murder. In the New Testament, the Bible tells us if we have hatred in our hearts for a brother we are guilty of murder even if we do not commit the actual deed.
Whosoever hateth his brother is a murderer: and ye know that no murderer hath eternal life abiding in him. 1 John 3:15
God’s Commandments Are Life To Us
Let us see what the Bible says about the importance of knowing and keeping God’s laws.
Hear, ye children, the instruction of a father, and attend to know understanding. For I give you good doctrine, forsake ye not my law…. Hear, O my son, and receive my sayings; and the years of thy life shall be many. I have taught thee in the way of wisdom; I have led thee in right paths…. My son, attend to my words; incline thine ear unto my sayings. Let them not depart from thine eyes; keep them in the midst of thine heart. For they are life unto those that find them, and health to all their flesh. Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life. Proverbs 4:1-2, 10-11, 20-23
In above verse, the Lord instructs us to “attend to” or to “pay attention” to His words. The commandments of God are His Words to us. They are life! The Bible says if we put God’s Word into our hearts it will produce the blessings of life.
In computer language, we understand the expression, GIGO (Garbage In, Garbage Out). If we put garbage into our spirits, that is what will come out. Likewise, if we fill our heart with the good things of the Spirit, that is also what will come out. Spiritually, as well as physically, “we are what we eat!”
What Did Jesus Say About the Law?
In Matthew 12:34-37, Jesus lays out an important principle. Speaking to the Pharisees, He says: “O generation of vipers, how can ye, being evil, speak good things? for out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh. A good man out of the good treasure of the heart bringeth forth good things: and an evil man out of the evil treasure bringeth forth evil things. But I say unto you that every idle word that men shall speak they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment. For by their words they shall be justified and by their words they shall be condemned.”
Jesus said that we will either be justified or condemned by the words that we speak. Therefore, it is extremely important that we watch what comes out of our mouths. God wants His words of life and truth to come out of our spirit. For this to happen, however, we must read, study and receive the Word of God in our hearts. It can only come out of our hearts, if it has been planted there! If we do not take the time to study and know His commandments and His words, they will not come forth in our life.
The Ten Commandment’s Influence On Society & Culture
God is doing many wonderful things in this hour; however, Satan is countering with his deception and counterfeits. Our world is becoming more volatile and changes are occurring rapidly. There are huge waves of satanic corruption coming against our culture. All over the world, we are faced with demonic filth that is paraded before us with very little shame.
A recent statistic, at the time of this writing, showed that in the United States, a crime is committed every three seconds and a murder is committed every half hour. Millions of children are victimized by kiddie pornography. There are hundreds of magazine titles dealing with child pornography, let alone the filth that is available through the Internet. Every year, there are a quarter of a million child abuse victims. An estimated 10% of the U.S. population is addicted to cocaine. There are millions of alcoholics in the U.S., and thousands of people die on our highways each year because of liquor, not to mention the other alcohol related deaths. Teen suicide and pregnancy are major problems as well as sexual abuse and rape. Millions of women around the world will be sexually abused this year.Just this past week Chicago, Ill. had 60 shootings.
I share the above statistics because there are some people who believe that the Ten Commandments are out of date, and are not relevant for today. If the Ten Commandments had been kept, we wouldn’t have committed these sins in our nation and there would be no statistics to report such as this. Therefore, the Ten Commandments are not out of date today. They are very much in date and are needed today so that healing and wholeness can come to our world
In the time of Christ, there was much discussion in Israel about the law and how to fulfill it. Jesus made the answer very simple by focusing on two verses from the Old Testament that sum up the entire law.
Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets. Matthew 22:37-40
The first command deals with our relationship with God and second command deals with our relationship with others. Therefore we might say that the first four commandments are summed in the phrase that we are to “love the Lord with all our heart, soul and strength.” The next six commandments are also summed up in one phrase; that we are to “love our neighbor as ourselves.”
The Ten Commandments can be very simple for us to remember, if we know the concepts behind them: Love God and Love everyone else. If we keep these commands in the proper order and at the forefront of our heart and mind, we cannot go wrong. Love is the highest command and love never fails. (1 Corinthians 13:8). Love is the essence of the Law.
His desire has been consistent from the beginning of the creation of man, and has been plainly stated in the Old Testament:
Secular Humanist give the illusion of righteousness and love of their fellow man; even using the name “god,” but their hearts are far removed.
These people come near to me with their mouth and honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me. Their worship of me is made up only of rules taught by men. Isaiah 29:13 (NIV)
Behold, thou desirest truth in the inward parts: and in the hidden part thou shalt make me to know wisdom. Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean: wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow. Psalm 51:6-7
Again, in the following verse we see that God’s desire was for His law to be in our hearts, and not just an outward action. This verse speaks of the future covenant that God would make with His people, which was established in Christ.
Behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel, and with the house of Judah: Not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day that I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt; which my covenant they brake, although I was an husband unto them, saith the LORD: But this shall be the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel; After those days, saith the LORD, I will put my law in their inward parts, and write it in their hearts; and will be their God, and they shall be my people. And they shall teach no more every man his neighbour, and every man his brother, saying, Know the LORD: for they shall all know me, from the least of them unto the greatest of them, saith the LORD: for I will forgive their iniquity, and I will remember their sin no more. Jeremiah 31:31-34
Two men went up into the temple to pray; the one a Pharisee, and the other a publican. The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, God, I thank thee, that I am not as other men are, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this publican. I fast twice in the week, I give tithes of all that I possess. And the publican, standing afar off, would not lift up so much as his eyes unto heaven, but smote upon his breast, saying, God be merciful to me a sinner. I tell you, this man went down to his house justified rather than the other: for every one that exalteth himself shall be abased; and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted. Luke 18:10-14
Secular Humanism and self-righteousness always blinds us to the truth. The more secular and self-righteous we are, the less of a true understanding we will have concerning who God really is. How else could it be that those who studied Scripture more than any others were the greatest stumbling blocks to those who sought the truth? How could it be that those who were most diligent in the Word, missed the author of the Word as He walked among them? Not only did they not recognize Him, but they violently opposed Him! Today some of the best scholars of Biblical study are atheists and Secular humanists.
The Pharisees and lawyers of the day knew the Scriptures backwards and forwards. Yet, for all their study, they never saw the figure of Christ within the Scripture. In the following Scripture we see the accusation that Jesus makes against them. As we begin this study of the Ten Commandments, let us also take these words to heart, lest we also fall into the same trap as them.
And the Father himself, which hath sent me, hath borne witness of me. Ye have neither heard his voice at any time, nor seen his shape. And ye have not his word abiding in you: for whom he hath sent, him ye believe not. Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me. And ye will not come to me, that ye might have life. I receive not honour from men. But I know you, that ye have not the love of God in you. I am come in my Father’s name, and ye receive me not: if another shall come in his own name, him ye will receive. How can ye believe, which receive honour one of another, and seek not the honour that cometh from God only? John 5:37-44
I want to make a few quick points from this verse. First, we can see that though the Pharisees diligently read the Word, and believed that they had eternal life through it, they were deceived. The word of God did not actually abide within them. They knew the Word [as does the atheist and Secular humanist], but it did not live in their hearts. If it did, they would have recognized the Lord when He came amongst them. Jesus also pointed out that it was impossible for them to believe in Him, as long as they were seeking honor from each other, rather than God.
Let us decide, therefore, that we will not seek after the honor and praise of men, whether they be of the world, or within the walls of religion. Seeking such praise will always hinder our faith. We must never read the Scriptures in an attempt to discern how we may obtain glory or praise, but rather how God alone may be glorified. It is not merely knowing the Scriptures, but rather it is living by them that saves us.
But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves. James 1:22
Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock. Matthew 7:24
It is noble to commit the Bible to our memory, as long as we do it for the right reason. But we must remember that playing with Scripture is like playing with dynamite. There is power in those words! The same Scripture that has the power to work for our life can also work for our death. If it is received wrongly, the very words that are intended to bring light, bring blindness instead. As soon as we mix our Bible Study with self-righteousness, we begin to have blurred vision. If we continue to mix these two, we will eventually be as blind as the Pharisees, who did not even know that they were blind.
Ye blind guides, which strain at a gnat, and swallow a camel. Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye make clean the outside of the cup and of the platter, but within they are full of extortion and excess. Thou blind Pharisee, cleanse first that which is within the cup and platter, that the outside of them may be clean also. Matthew 23:24-26
And he spake a parable unto them, Can the blind lead the blind? shall they not both fall into the ditch? The disciple is not above his master: but every one that is perfect shall be as his master. And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother’s eye, but perceivest not the beam that is in thine own eye? Luke 6:39-41
And Jesus said, For judgment I am come into this world, that they which see not might see; and that they which see might be made blind. And some of the Pharisees which were with him heard these words, and said unto him, Are we blind also? Jesus said unto them, If ye were blind, ye should have no sin: but now ye say, We see; therefore your sin remaineth. John 9:39-41
The more exposure to the Bible that we have, the greater responsibility we have to walk in truth. If we use our knowledge wrongfully, we are worse off than if we had never heard it in the first place. Someone may ask, “Well then, wouldn’t I be safer never reading the Bible at all? That way I won’t have to be held responsible for my actions.”
Actually, there is no safety in ignoring the Word of God. Ignoring it is even more dangerous. It contains the instructions to life, and tells us what will take place in the future. If we do not read those instructions, and understand those prophecies, how can we make wise decisions that will lead us to life? Lack of knowledge leads to destruction.
My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to me: seeing thou hast forgotten the law of thy God, I will also forget thy children. Hosea 4:6
The wise person will take to heart the lessons of the past and consider the message that pertains to the future, so that he or she may find their own place and purpose in the world right now. The Bible is meant to bring light to our daily existence. It is the rod by which we may measure our heart. It is the message that shows us how to both overcome in this world, and to live in the next one as well.
The grass withereth, the flower fadeth: but the word of our God shall stand for ever. Isaiah 40:8
Therefore, we can see that the answer to this dilemma is actually quite simple. The only possible path that we are left with is to read and study God’s Word, with a humble and open heart to hear from God. We must be willing to drop all preconceived ideas, and acknowledge that the words we are reading are meant specifically for us (so often we apply the words of the Bible to others, when God wants us to look inside our own heart). Many have read the Bible, but have not been able to understand the message because their hearts were closed and dull.
If you want understanding, we are confident that the Lord will give it to you. He never holds Himself back from the one who truly desires to know Him. Let us pray for the guidance of the Lord:
Father in Heaven,
We come before You at this moment with a humble heart. We desire to know your ways, O God, that we might serve you correctly. We acknowledge that the ways of man are flawed and that we have missed the mark of walking with You in friendship and holiness, as You originally created us to do in the Garden. Now, God we ask for your guidance as we study Your commandments. Give us understanding and revelation of Your eternal principals. Open our eyes and heal us from all spiritual blindness. We invite Your Holy Spirit to guide us and teach us in the way of wisdom, for the purpose of knowing and loving You. May we receive Your love into our heart, and may Your great mercy make us into merciful people. Father, I ask that every person who partakes of this study will be changed. Let the life of God be awakened and revived within them. I pray this in the name of Your Beloved Son, Jesus. Amen.