The word of the Lord is so clear to us, and His laws so clearly intended for our happiness, that it is difficult to understand why some people believe that their own judgment is superior and disobey God`s laws, thus bringing them misery and misfortune. The prophet Jacob counseled: Unfortunately, many jobs seem to involve an element of exploiting the ignorance or lack of alternatives of others to force them to make transactions they would not otherwise accept. Companies, governments, individuals, unions and other actors can use their power to force others to accept unfair wages, prices, contractual conditions, working conditions, hours of work or other factors. While we do not rob from banks, rob our employers, or shoplift, we are likely engaging in unfair or unethical practices that deprive others of the rights they should have. It may be difficult, even career-restrictive, to oppose these practices, but we are called upon to do so. Other marriage laws in the Old and New Testaments are based on these fundamental principles. Learn more by reading our article “The Seventh Commandment: Thou Shalt Not Commit Adultery” and searching this site for other articles on marriage. I tried to explain to him that everything in the universe and the universe itself, as organized by a divine Creator, is governed by laws known as natural laws; and that we must have laws of land or man so that we can have order and protect the rights of humanity and punish those who violate the rights of others. I gave him several examples of what I was referring to. Then we talked at length about God`s laws and the importance of keeping His commandments. The law, when seen in today`s world, is essentially a limitation for people who do not live in love for others.
There are traffic lights, environmental controls, laws against murder, kidnapping, theft, fraud and a host of other things. All of these laws are designed to prevent behaviour that hurts someone else. But for those who walk in love, the law does not really need to exist—no law that overwhelms or binds them because they naturally and willingly fulfill by the Spirit all the righteous requirements of the written law. Do biblical laws apply today? Or did the Creator God use them only to erase them all on the cross, but then promise their restoration during the millennial reign of Christ? The third commandment literally forbids God`s people “to use God`s name illegally.” This should not be limited to the name “YHWH” (Deuteronomy 5:11), but includes “God,” “Jesus,” “Christ,” etc. But what is misuse? This includes, of course, disrespectful use in curse, slander and blasphemy. But more importantly, it involves falsely attributing human intentions to God. This forbids us to claim God`s authority over our own actions and decisions. Unfortunately, some Christians seem to believe that following God at work is all about speaking on the basis of their individual understanding of God, rather than working respectfully with others or taking responsibility for their actions. “It is God`s will” or “God punishes you for.” are dangerous things to say, and almost never valid when spoken by an individual without the distinction of the community of faith (1. Thess 5:20–21).
In this light, perhaps the traditional Jewish reluctance to pronounce even the English translation “God” – let alone the divine name itself – demonstrates a wisdom that Christians often lack. If we were a little more careful when paraphrasing the word God, perhaps we would be more reasonable in claiming to know God`s will, especially when it comes to other people. Without going into the details of our conversation, today I would like to dwell on the majesty of the law as far as humanity is concerned. For the purposes of this discussion, we divide it into three subheadings: first, the laws of nature; secondly, the laws of man or the laws of the land; third, God`s laws regarding our salvation and exaltation. Romans 8:1-4 – “Therefore there is no condemnation now for those who are in Christ Jesus. For the law of the Spirit of life in Jesus Christ has freed you from the law of sin and death. For what the law could not do, however weak it may be in the flesh, God did: He sent His own Son in the image of sinful flesh and as a sacrifice for sin, and condemned sin in the flesh, that the requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us, that we might walk not according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit. Many people have heard of the 10 commandments and realize the importance of some of them, such as laws against murder and robbery.