You shall have no other gods before (besides) Me;
You shall not make for yourself an idol (or carved or graven image);
You shall not take the name of the LORD your God in vain…
Honor your father and your mother;
You shall not murder;
You shall not commit adultery;
You shall not steal;
You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor;
You shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, nor your neighbor’s house, nor anything that is your neighbor’s (belongs to your neighbor).
(Exodus 20:3-17 & Deut. 5:7-21)
Things that the LORD hates; that are an abomination to Him (His soul):
Haughty eyes (a proud look);
A lying tongue;
Hands that shed innocent blood;
A heart that devises wicked (evil) plans;
Feet that run rapidly (are swift in running) to evil;
A false witness who speaks (utters) lies;
One who sows discord (spreads strife) among brethren.
Blessed are the poor in spirit (humble or not spiritually arrogant);
Blessed are those who mourn;
Blessed are the gentle (meek);
Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness;
Blessed are the merciful;
Blessed are the pure in heart;
Blessed are the peacemakers (for they shall be called Sons of God);
Blessed are those who are persecuted for the sake of righteousness;
Blessed are you when others insult (revile) and persecute you…because of Me.
It seems to me that these three sets of Holy Scriptures provide all the framework we need to live a rich, moral life. These commandments, or edicts, and principles provide the basis for the world to live a Godly life of righteousness. No other framework is needed to not only please God but also to get along with others and treat others decently, fairly, and with dignity. If only the world would recognize that God set the standard for behavior that would bring about and maintain peace and harmony throughout all of mankind. It’s sad that there are so many groups and individuals that argue, fuss, and fight while trying to develop and set new behavioral standards for everyone when God has already established the best, complete, living standard that is needed — for all times! As God’s people, we need to continually pray that it will be God’s will and His standard of morality that reigns supreme throughout mankind! May the Good LORD continue to bless us as we live for HIM!