In the Book of Exodus, the Lord God spoke directly to Moses, declaring the Laws of God, in which man must follow. Being a Christian, does not end at the mere declaration of one’s belief in God. Anyone can claim to believe, in our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Words alone will not allow humanity passage into the Kingdom of God. It is through actions and the way, in which man lives his life here on earth that contributes to the potentiality of entering God’s Kingdom, in Heaven.
Remember that being granted entrance into God’s Kingdom is NOT definite, for those who believe, for many will be called, but few will be chosen! No Christian or Jew is entitled to entering God’s Kingdom. It is only an honored gift that is presented by God, and decided by God alone. Do not assume that because you believe in the Lord Jesus’s Resurrection that you will freely enter Heaven. Just as nobody knows the hour or day that the Son of Man will return for the Final Judgement, nobody knows which is among us, will enter His Kingdom. Before you begin to make any further assumptions and erroneous judgments, consider the following:
The following list comprises the Ten Commandments, as it was passed down from God unto man, in Exodus 20:2-17:
1. “I am the LORD your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage. You shall have no other gods before Me.”
2. “You shall not make for yourself a carved image—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 upon 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.”
3. “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.”
4. “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: you, nor your son, nor your daughter, nor your male servant, nor your female servant, nor your cattle, nor your stranger who is within your gates. For in six days the LORD made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, and rested the seventh day. Therefore the LORD blessed the Sabbath day and hallowed it.”
5. “Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be long upon the land which the LORD your God is giving you.”
6. “You shall not murder.”
7. “You shall not commit adultery.”
8. “You shall not steal.”
9. “You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.
10. “You shall not covet your neighbor’s house; you shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, nor his male servant, nor his female servant, nor his ox, nor his donkey, nor anything that is your neighbor’s.”
The Ten Commandments are not difficult to interpret. For those who do not understand, perhaps you should look them up, and do some further research, for some more detail. This article is not meant to dissect the Laws of God, but to present them to you. Read them over, and realize the severity and frequency of sin that humanity commits, on a daily basis. Take into consideration your actions and thoughts, that you may have each moment of the day. Think about how you treat those around you. Consider how you could possibly improve yourself. Forget not to pray and consult God. Ask for His help and guidance, in your pursuit to do better, in order to be a better human. Only then, will you start to heal and rid yourself of the darkness that humans tend to conceal within themselves.
Beloved, take this list and walk uprightly. Take these guidelines, that were presented to man, and follow them. Do the best that you can. The effort and work that is devoted to these Laws of God, will mean a lot to our Lord. Do this, and you will be placed one step higher, on the Ladder to Heaven. Do not attempt to go higher up the Ladder, but attempt to remain on the step, in which you are placed. Allow God to lift you, as high as He sees fit to do so.