The religion that is Christianity
Christianity and the Ten Commandments of God
The ten commandments of God are regarded as tenets of Christianity, the basis for living a moral life. These rules are meant to be followed for one to be listed as one eligible to race his way in climbing the stairs to heaven.
Of all these commandments, the first three rules hold an authoritative significance because of the fact that these pertain to a direct command to worship God. The other rules merely serve as reminders for a follower not to lose his way through the darkness and fall into a pit of evil snakes.
The first one commands that "you shall have no other gods but me." Almost all individuals, if not all, have violated this rule. The number one contender in worshiping God is money. People worship money. People go to church to worship God for about two hours for a single day, Sunday, or Saturday, or any other day one wishes to call Sabbath day. Yet, when it comes to money, people from all over the world go over every niche and corners looking for money. The number of hours we look for money is much more than the time we seek God. God must be envy about this. Sometimes, people go crazy for days not having money in there pockets but they forget God a minute after going out of the church.
While others do not think about worshiping money, they kneel before cases of beers and numerous bottles of wines. The amount of liquor other people consume could fill a cathedral, compared to the "blood of Christ" a priest drinks in his daily masses. Other people worship women, casinos, different vices, and many more. God is a jealous god, people better beware.
The second commandment states that "you shall not make for yourself any carved image, or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth; you shall not bow down to them nor serve them. For I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children to the third and fourth generations of those who hate me, but showing mercy to thousands, to those who love Me and keep My commandments." One thing that a person observes about Christian churches is that it is full of saint statues and images, and people kneel at these images. At first view, this would be contrary to the second rule. I don't know personally how the Vatican explains this situation.
Why is it that God is a jealous god? I ask this question more often. Jealousy often connotes a darker shadow to it. It is a negative trait. God is said to be omnipotent and all-good. Then why does He feel jealousy? This inquiry must be expounded by the Christian faith.
The third commandment, perhaps the one most abused by Christians, commands that "you shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain, for the Lord will not hold him guiltless who takes His name in vain." People cuss; they blaspheme anywhere, in streets, malls, schools, in their homes, even within the premises of the church. Cussing most often use the name of God in vain. Sometimes the name Jesus Christ is used as an exclamation word. Others call God without intending to. They just speak the name God without knowing that God hears, and if not acknowledged, then he may throw some bolts of lightning to the caller and send shockwaves trough his brains down to his tongue so that he my not speak God's name in vain again.
God doesn't forget, so that when Judgment day comes, He will bring with him a very big chalkboard with a million vertical lines written in it. The number of lines corresponds to the actual number of times one actually cussed during his lifetime.
Of all the commandments, the fourth one says "remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days you shall labor and do all your work, but the seventh day is the Sabbath of the Lord your God. In it you shall do no work." Christianity, especially the Roman Catholics view Sunday as the Sabbath day, hence no work should be done on this day. But for practical reasons, all Roman Catholics, and perhaps all of Christianity should not stop working on this day. If work stops, industries and economies would collapse considering the number of Christians around the world. This would hasten the passage of the world into kingdom come. Judgment day would arrive prematurely.
I wish we have the option to choose our Sabbath day in every week so that we cannot completely stop our labor every Sunday. If one has flexibility in his time schedule, he will be more productive, thus he can provide for his family's needs.
Nevertheless, the Ten Commandments are the commands from God himself; hence it should not be taken lightly. Otherwise, he will take us lightly also and may bring a second great flood at his whim.