Wednesday, February 13, 2013

10 Commandments or Comendments ?

Reported on 2-5-13 are Alain de Botton’s 10 Commandments for non-believers. Click here fornews article,  Here are their 10 Commandments:
(1) Resilience: Keeping going even when things are looking dark.
(2) Empathy: The capacity to connect imaginatively with the sufferings and unique experiences of another person.
(3) Patience: We should grow calmer and more forgiving by being more realistic about how things actually happen.
(4) Sacrifice: We won't ever manage to raise a family, love someone else or save the planet if we don't keep up with the art of sacrifice.
(5) Politeness: Politeness is closely linked to tolerance, -the capacity to live alongside people whom one will never agree with, but at the same time, cannot avoid.
(6) Humour: Like anger, humour springs from disappointment, but it is disappointment optimally channelled.
(7) Self-awareness: To know oneself is to try not to blame others for one's troubles and moods; to have a sense of what's going on inside oneself, and what actually belongs to the world.
(8) Forgiveness: It's recognising that living with others is not possible without excusing errors.
(9) Hope: Pessimism is not necessarily deep, nor optimism shallow.
(10) Confidence: Confidence is not arrogance - rather, it is based on a constant awareness of how short life is and how little we will ultimately lose from risking everything

The Article states that the 10 commandments of the Holy Bible are a form of social control.  While the article praises Alain de Botton  stating that he has done a marvellous job of summing up what it is to be a nice human being.  De Botton's commandments are an easily digestible roll-call of solid, indeed old-fashioned, virtues: resilience, empathy, patience, sacrifice, politeness, humour, self-awareness, forgiveness, hope and confidence.  In other words...this is what it is to be a good person. --Are you a good person--take the test here

The Bible states in Romans 3:10 that no one is good enough on their own.  While de botton shows you 10 guidelines to do it on your own & while the 10 commandments are a great tool to keep yourself right with God, you will not be able to master them in the flesh, and you will never be able to always go-it-alone. The 10 commandments are there for one reason only: to show you that without Christ you are condemned Rom. 3:20. The 10 commandments should convict your heart, of The Sin in your lives 1 john 3:4, leading you to Jesus Christ Gal 3:24. It's the conviction of our heart the world is trying to avoid.  The world wants to know its ok to do what "feels good", and while de botton's  pick of 10 have good daily values to them, it offers no happy ending to your life's travel, while God...the bible...the gift of Jesus offer a happy ending..that...welll....never ends....  Listen....

God doesn’t want to control you, he wants to love you. He created you to be just YOU--but wants an everlasting relationship with you.  He also wants you to live a spiritually healthy life to protect you.  Just like your mom and dad, for the most part they want to love you not control you.  Parents often put in safeguards that we find constricting and confining but in the end are for our well being and safety because they can see ahead with wisdom what could happen otherwise.  God has done the same thing, but as kids with adult power we ignore what is right, and accept what feels good today. 

.God created us for longer than that….He created us for a better life than here….HE created us to share in His Family & fortune forever…all in the name of L.O.V.E… I pray you find Him today… steps 2b Saved now.

May the Peace & Love of God be with you this week.
Soldier on

Unless otherwise indicated, all Scripture quotations are taken from the  Holy Bible, NLT  or ESV Translation Use discernment (Acts 17:11, 1 Thes. 5:21).
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