The Commandments. Part One.

Today, as a layman, I will take some liberties by paraphrasing, an analogy of the Ten Commandments as they are provided to us in the scriptures related to our perception, our commitment, our view, our ideas, our respect, our due honor to the Creator of this universe, its natural laws, the plants, animals and us humans.
To start this off let’s imagine that you’ve been hired by a certain company. You’ve been there a few days, seeing the operation first hand, walking the grounds, captivated by the garden and getting acquainted with the purpose of the company, its operation and how it all works together.
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“Yes, I’m gonna like it here.”

The owner then calls you into his office. Comfortably seated facing each other, he starts telling you why he called you in. “I want you to know about this company and the rules I have for your safety and your benefit, and how it all came about.” He then proceeds in detail the intricate process he went through to make this business work: how it came to be, the first thoughts, the design, the first implementation of the vast structures, the outside facilities, the garden, the grounds, the gathering of the numerous parts holding it all together, the planning of how it would all work for the benefit of the working partners, the customers and himself. And how long it took.

“You’re an important part of this operation.” He informs you. “You have some freedoms within my basic rules to innovate new technologies and ideas too that will be of great use to our customers and your fellow workers, and I’ll guide you on the implementation of those.” He tells you that as a partner in this venture you would benefit greatly; your family and all your children and grandchildren will reap his rewards by your faithfulness as a partner. He proceeds to briefly tell you what expectations he has for your daily intermingling with your fellow workers and customers that benefits everyone; things like refraining from making images that could become idols. “Don’t do that”, he emphatically says.

“Oh, one other thing too that bothers me greatly. Don’t call me names. It’s disrespectful and you should not call your fellow workers names either. Got it? Cooperation by all benefits all.”

“Now, welcome to my world. I’m available for consultation anytime.”

You come away from the office impressed and honored that he chose you to be part of this company. Sounds wonderful, you’re excited and pledge to yourself that any other company coming down the line with an intriguing proposal shall be shunned.

“He created this, I work for him.”

Footnote: Could that phrase (you’re fired) have originated during biblical times as Jesus was instructing in parables Matt 13:41-42

“The Son of man shall send forth his angels, and they shall gather out of his kingdom all things that offend, and them which do iniquity; and shall cast them into a furnace of fire: there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth.”

What Atheism brings Society.

In light of the recent massacre upon church goers in rural Texas, it has been discovered that the shooter, the killer, the murderer was an avowed atheist. So, why do those who have adopted the atheistic doctrine end up in the state of mind as this killer?  What standards did he live by? What guided him on his daily activities? How did he relate to others?  Did he consider anything as a no no?

If there is no God, then we’ve been evolved from lower creatures and that’s all there is to it. Scientists have proof. You’re an animal. You will die someday just like all the other creatures on this planet, and that’ll be it. No more it’s over. So, live your life the best you can, accumulate as much money and enjoy the benefits while you can. See the world and enjoy the ride. Marriage, what’s that? Just two people hooking up together to share the same house. It’s cheaper that way and easier to move on when another better equipped one comes along. Whatever you desire is out there for you, just go get it. Sex was made to enjoy, so get in bed with whoever and have a good time, and if perchance the partner ends up pregnant, get rid of it. We don’t want it and don’t need to go through all that hassle and disturbance to this life. If someone offends you then get him before he gets you.

“On Fox News, Laura Ingraham noted that some of the reactions to the shooting pointed to “elite hostility to people of faith,” stating that “hostility to faith infects the popular culture.” She also spoke of a rising “militant secularism,” drawing attention to comments which mocked the prayers of believers on behalf of those affected by Sunday’s church massacre.

“First, it is a natural fruit of the harsh and condescending “new atheism,” which continues to poison many hearts and minds with its venom. God is not simply to be rejected; He is to mocked and ridiculed, as are His followers.

 

Over this next week or so, I will be delving into those tablets Moses came down from the mountain with: The Ten Commandments that define our morality.  Perhaps just one Commandment at a time to keep it short and simple in layman terms.

Putting thoughts on paper

“I Samuel F. Guardyall sitting in the log cabin willed to me by my late Grandfather Joshua Guardyall, write this as best I perceive describing my life unfolding in the desire to hopefully bring light into my periods of darkness. I’ve discovered that writing, putting my thoughts on paper is challenging finding the right word or expression to state the desires of, the needs of and the state of my inner heart and soul.  The keys I press on this typewriter forming words are permanently there in black on white, whereas when alone speaking, the words go out into the air never to be heard again.  I can claim I never said that unless those spoken thoughts entered the ears of another.  Hmm?  I’ve read that the Lord God hears it all”

An excerpt from “Considering the Ant, memoirs of Samuel Guardyall” 

“If you want to change the world, pick up your pen and write.” – Martin Luther King, Jr.

Gads, I’m just an old guy who likes to write, who has experienced the attempts to put thoughts into words and sentences when an idea, a thought that had never crossed my mind before solves a perplexity, somewhat like a math problem of A plus B equals C. I knew B and C, but could not figure out what A was. C was the change in culture. B was the complacency of the common citizen enjoying the benefits. But what was A?

So, what is happening in this upside-down world being created by, well, there’s a long list of the people who have made their mark as an agent of change. I’ll come back to the first in mind later.

There were the writings of Margaret Sanger. Alfred Kinsley. Rachel Carson. Sigmund Freud. Charles Darwin. Hugh Heffner published a magazine. Steve Jobs wrote with just 1 and 0’s. Then there was Martin Luther King, C.S. Lewis and Billy Graham. And the list goes on. No doubt you may have others in mind.
What effect did they have on the world? Sanger started the birth control revolution. Kinsey had a great effect on the sexual revolution. Carson initiated the environmental movement. Freud saw humans as deceivers to themselves. Darwin postulated that we evolved from lower animals. Hefner portrayed women as sex objects. Jobs pioneered the computer age. MLK stood for racial equality, Lewis explained mere Christianity, and Billy Graham preached repentance.

Go back in history way before these folks came along when another was born just like us, learned to walk and talk on this earth just like us, nourished his body just like us, never took a pen to papyrus, but the change he had on this world has lasted since then, having an eternal effect to every generation since. Whereas over time the above-mentioned names will be superseded by others.

His name was Jesus. And wow, what a mark that life made. He did not accumulate wealth. He did not gain political power. Never wrote a book. Was not an athlete nor an entertainer, a lawyer or media host. He was just a lone teacher gathering a following, providing bread to the masses, healing infirmities and exposing the errors of the power brokers, who couldn’t stand that hint of a revolution, had him arrested and hung like a criminal to be put away forever; so they thought.

He permanently changed the world.
A is to Acknowledge.
B is to Believe.
Equals: C: Communion of sins forgiven, a new joy with eternal sanctified life as a bonus.

Time tells all.

Over time sketches such as this has permeated our world; the story being that modern man (the last on the right) has had these stages of physical development in the evolutionary process through millions or billions of years from the sketch on the far left; the ape like monkey. Schools teach this. Scientists preach this. The media echos. So what’s up? Anything wrong with the theory? Oh, it is just a theory, a guess, a hypothesis.

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Over time the humpback straightened, the legs got longer, the arms longer and the head changed. That means the insides of the body changed too, and the brain changed to a reasoning, imagining one. Hmm?

Any proof at all? Nope.  Since the ape or monkey is hallowed out as the practical starting point, why then are apes and monkeys still in the same shape and form as they were millions or billions of years ago when the evolutionary process evolved, when all other creatures changed in shape and form? None of the other figures in the sketch of our developing process are still among us.  Nope.  Not the second, the third, the fourth sketch, none of them. It’s just an artist’s rendition of what the scientists wanted him to draw. “Yeah, buddy, looks good, we believe it could’ve been like that, we’ll use it, here’s your check.”

No proof, none at all, no one was there to witness the transformations, no books were written, no writing on the walls, no pictures, no scientific evidence, no videos, so these inspired scientists and all want us to accept this because they say so. Now, isn’t that called a belief using faith.

Websters defines faith as: “firm belief in something for which there is no proof.” And “something that is believed especially with strong conviction.”

“Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” Hebrews 11:1

The alternative. Read the book of Genesis. Ah, you don’t even have to read the whole book, just the first few chapters and accept it on faith, because Moses was inspired to write it.

 

Reaching back for safety.

“Picture yourself standing at the edge of a cliff looking down to the river a thousand feet below. Would there be a sense of fear causing you to step back and grab hold of a support system?  If you were out enjoying yourself in a canoe suddenly discovering the water of the river was disappearing over a great Niagara Falls a little bit ahead, would a sense of fear take over?  Say, you wanted a sense of excitement deciding to climb an inactive volcanic mountain when getting near the top, you heard a noise and saw the flames erupting, would a sense of fear cause you to run for your life seeking cover?

“So, why doesn’t a sense of fear overtake us when we’re tempted to go against those commandments, the laws the creator initiated for our safety and well-being?  Does a sense of fear come upon you first before you tell your teacher the dog ate your homework?  Shouldn’t our fear of God be like our fear of falling off a cliff?  You step back from the temptation to grab hold of the rule-book, knowing that obeying it will keep you from falling. Should our fear of God be so strong that the desire to cross the line into immorality and deceit is immediately aroused when we approach the line; your heart beats faster, you feel the blood rushing in your head and you gasp for air breathing deeply wanting safety.

“Think. The book of Romans tells us: “For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who by their unrighteousness suppress the truth.”

An excerpt from “Considering the Ant. Memoirs of Samuel Guardyall”

Our current drug problem of “illicit drugs”.

Recently, the problem of so many people overdosing on opioid substances resulting in some ending their lives, some ending in prison has crept into the mainstream with the department of Health and Human Services declaring it as a public health emergency.

“Opioid substances, including commonly prescribed prescription painkillers such as oxycodone and synthetic substances such as fentanyl, claimed 59,000 lives in 2016.” [1]

In the mid 80’s drug overdoses were taking lives as crack cocaine became known, still being used today.

In the 60-70s it was Marijuana, still being misused today.

The common idea of locking them up and banning the drug was the proposed solution. Now thousands are in prison for the crime of possession. Has it worked? Obviously not as the crisis has just morphed into using different drugs and getting them illegally. But why do the young do it? Why do they desire to consume a substance that will possibly knock them unconscious? Why? Are they aware of the consequences? Do they even care? Is it just thought of as going on a drunken high, and waking up with only a headache? Have they started out with only a high the first time. “Wow that feels good.” Then soon again seeking that same feeling of extreme joy, but then the just one pill has required 3 or 4 to get the same effect and soon they’re hooked. “More, I need another, please, it’s not working.”

Why? Why do we seek these ‘highs”?

Is it the desire for continual joy, happiness?

Marijuana is grown as a plant, a green leafy item having its own healing qualities built in, designed by the Creator as a benefit to mankind. When and who discovered its usage.

One day, thousands of years ago a guy was out picking the veggies for dinner; potatoes, corn, a head of lettuce, tomatoes and beheading a chicken to roast over an open fire, when he saw an unfamiliar plant growing along the hillside. Humm? He picks it, fingers it, licks it, tastes good. So, he gathers a bunch to add to the night’s dinner. They all enjoy it and feel pretty good, so the item becomes a regular part of the diet. But soon the hard-working youngster devour more and more of it resulting in physical fits thrashing about and he dies. The tribe leader pulls the tribe together telling them all that they’ve got to use wisdom when consuming this plant. Your diet is best when varied. Yes, it does relieve that back pain but use it sparingly. But the advice is ignored, so the next step is to ban the leafy plant from being harvested, but the young sneak out and get bunches anyway.

How do we avoid that part of our inherited nature?

The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction.” Proverbs 1:7

“Where there is no revelation, people cast off restraint; but blessed are those who heed wisdom’s instruction.” Proverbs 29:18

“But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.” Matt 6:32.

The solution to the drug problem is not prisons, not the banning of the drug, but is in first things first.  Treatment and rehabilitation of those afflicted instilling knowledge, understanding and wisdom.

 

]1] https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/acts-of-faith/wp/2017/10/26/lock-them-up-my-double-standard-in-responding-to-the-crack-crisis-vs-the-opioid-epidemic/?utm_term=.fcc20ab3c9b1