God's Rules

Church News | Sunday, 2 September 2018 |

By Joan

Obsessed with Rules and Laws

Obsessed with Rules and Laws

God’s Law is simple as we only have 10 Commandments that can be reduced to two, the first rule being that you should love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul and all your mind, the second is to Love your neighbour as yourself… It couldn’t be any simpler.

If you analyse God’s commandments it seems that the first five can be grouped together as one.

‘You should love God’ by - Loving only Him, not loving idols, by not mocking Him, to spare Him one day a week and by honouring your own earthy parents. The second five is all about ‘Loving your neighbour’ by not taking their lives, not cheating on a loved-one, not stealing from them, not lie about them, and by not being envious of them so… There are your ten commandments in a nut-shell.

At the 10.30 service we were greeted by a printed joke on the front of our notice sheets. A bit odd eh? But of course, all was made clear by Revd Carolyn when she explained the joke about cleanliness being next to Godliness. Or should I say that Godliness must come before cleanliness? For in todays Gospel reading from Mark 7: which tells how the Pharisees’ found fault with Jesus’ disciples because they didn’t perform the Jewish laws about hand and bowl washing etc. Jesus stated in his usual way, that a man doesn’t become tarnished by what goes into his mouth but what comes out of it!

It seems that the Jewish people had many rules and regulations by which to live their lives, all of course thought up by man… Very much like today, we are obsessed with the many thousands of man-made rules we have to follow, its no wonder people becomes confused by it all… Even the Church of England rule book is massive and has to be constantly consulted. Revd Carolyn assured us that despite all the rules there are in our lives Jesus’ two simple rules is the best path to take - rules which state that you should Love God and Love your Fellow-man!

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