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Kenneth G. Katrensky
But, you can call me Ken. Faith in God, if you think about it, is just common sense. Is there a God? Forget, for a moment, what you learned in school and think about it.
Break up an alarm clock into its component parts and toss those parts into an empty bucket. I don’t care if you shake that bucket for 1000 years, that clock is not going to come together and start ticking. What are the mathematical odds that that would ever happen – a quad zillion to one? It would never happen but if you place a clockmaker in the room with that bucket of parts, you have immediately improved the odds to what – 10 to 1 that a working clock will emerge from that bucket of parts? Now the same thing applies to what we see around us and the same thing applies to the clockmaker’s intelligence. It is much more logical that there is a intelligence behind it than it just, somehow, fluked into existence.
The CBC radio mentioned the other day that for years scientists have been telling us that the earth’s rotation is either slowing or speeding up. An admission was made, at the same time that this discrepancy was due to clock inaccuracies. The earth revolves on its axis, exactly, once every 24 hours. It is a clock. There must be a Clockmaker.
Once you accept the axiom (self-evident truth), there is a God; there are a number of corollaries (truths that follow from an axiom as in geometry) that follow. These are summed up, quite well, in the Ten Commandments that we find in the Bible. If you bear with me for a few minutes, you should find your time well spent.
The BLUE print in Arial type in the pages below is my own commentary.
Book of Exodus
The Ten Commandments
1 And the Lord spoke all these words: 2 I am the Lord thy God, who brought thee out of house of bondage. 3 Thou shalt not have strange gods before me.
In other words, I’m God. Without me nothing else would be here. If you consider anything (money, power, yourself, etc,) as being more important than me there is a defect in your logic as well as your priorities.
4 Thou shalt not make to thyself a graven thing, nor the likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or in the earth beneath, nor of those things that are in the waters under the earth. 5 Thou shalt not adore them, nor serve them: I am the Lord thy God, mighty, jealous, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children, unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me:
4 "A graven thing, nor the likeness of any thing"... All such images, or likenesses, are forbidden by this commandment, as are made to be adored and served; according to that which immediately follows, thou shalt not adore them, nor serve them. That is, all such as are designed for idols or image-gods, or are worshipped with divine honour. But otherwise images, pictures, or representations, even in the house of God, and in the very sanctuary so far from being forbidden, are expressly authorized by the word of God. See Ex. 25. 15, and etc.; chap. 38. 7; Num. 21. 8, 9; 1 Chron. or Paralip. 28. 18, 19; 2 Chron. or Paralip. 3. 10.
6 And shewing mercy unto thousands to them that love me, and keep my commandments. 7 Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain: for the Lord will not hold him guiltless that shall take the name of the Lord his God in vain.
Imagine that you are walking through a forest and come across an approaching grizzly bear. What is your first instinct? Fear? What do you do? Run or try to hide? Good move! Basically - what are you doing? You are showing this creature a healthy respect. This animal, like you, is a dim reflection of its creator, a face that you never really want to see. What is God telling us in this commandment? Show me some respect even when you speak of me.
8 Remember that thou keep holy the sabbath day. 9 Six days shalt thou labour, and shalt do all thy works. 10 But on the seventh day is the sabbath of the Lord thy God: thou shalt do no work on it, thou nor thy son, nor thy daughter, nor thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thy beast, nor the stranger that is within thy gates. 11 For in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, and the sea, and all things that are in them, and rested on the seventh day: therefore the Lord blessed the seventh day, and sanctified it.
So now, you are out of work. You have not eaten for 3 day’s. A kindly soul, noticing your plight, hands you a 10-dollar bill. How would you react? You would, naturally, stop and thank this person showing some respect unless you are sub-human. What is God saying? I have given you everything you got. Stop, take one day a week and show me some respect. Is that an unreasonable request?
12 Honour thy father and thy mother, that thou mayest be long lived upon the land which the Lord thy God will give thee.
Your parents are with God co-creators. Without them, you would not be here. Show them some respect
13 Thou shalt not kill.
You paint a picture, plant a garden, build a house, etc. and someone comes and destroys them. How do you feel? You are not your own. You have to take care of yourself and those entrusted to you. What is God saying? Do not murder.
14 Thou shalt not commit adultery.
If everyone is sleeping with everybody’s spouse whose kids are whose and who takes care of them? Children, like other animals, need both parents.
15 Thou shalt not steal.
We are so constructed that we require food, clothing and shelter in order to live. Persons robbed of these things are in danger.
16 Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbour.
Man is by nature a social animal. A mutual trust is necessary for a properly functioning society and the safety of its members. Be honest.
17 Thou shalt not covet thy neighbour's house: neither shalt thou desire his wife, nor his servant, nor his handmaid, nor his ox, nor his ass, nor any thing that is his.
Don’t even think about it. Human nature, being what it is, if we think about it long enough we will probably do it.
"what good shall I do that I may have life everlasting? ... if thou wilt enter into life, keep the commandments"Mt19:16,17
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