I admire Dennis Prager. He is brilliant! As a religious Jew, Prager has become a bridge between secular and religious worlds today — and even between Christian and Jewish worlds. His message is so vital, current, and needed!
As a popular public figure, speaker, writer, and philosopher, Prager’s words promote change and opened mindedness, even compassion. He is a clear thinker and so wise on many subjects from relationships to politics. I listen to him and read his books and articles often. I always glean new insight or resolve about life.
Prager doesn’t stray from the foundation of his religions upbringing, and unlike so many who wander way from their roots, Prager finds sure footing on that Jewish foundation in a very chaotic and troubled world.
I was encouraged and edified when he published this recent article titled, “Still the Only Solution to the World’s Problems.” Surprisingly, it is about the importance of the Ten Commandments! And every word he wrote is clear, true, and rings with hope for those who have lost their way in the confusion of many voices and roads that sparkle and allure humankind away from the only thing in life that anchors our souls.
You can find the original here. Please take the time to read it. You will be so encouraged.
But there is something to add to Prager’s nearly perfect column of advice, and that is the words and life example of Paul from the New Covenant. Paul was considered a “Jew among Jews.” He had a life-changing experience on the road to Damascus where Yeshua, the Jewish Messiah, revealed Himself and called him out to be a disciple. Paul was blinded for three days and retreated in the back side of the desert to learn the humble ways of his new Lord and Redeemer — Yeshua or Jesus. Here’s his story.
Paul tells us that it is impossible for any person on this earth to keep the ten commandments! As a Jew of Jews he tried to keep the law and couldn’t, Paul said “I do what I hate… ” (Romans 7:15).
I have found this to be true in my own life. Even as a child, I lied and stole and lusted and more… and as an adult, I couldn’t keep these laws either. I became more sophisticated about my lapses and better able to hide them or excuse them. But I utterly failed.
Guilt piled up in my life and became heavy, unbearable. Guilt is a gift from the Holy Spirit and not a man-made feeling about sin. Secular counselors today tell you these feelings of remorse are to be ignored or pushed down. But guilt drives us to God, because we can’t bear the weight of sin that multiplies in our lives. We need relief.
When I acknowledged that I needed help to keep the law — to be a good person — I accepted the power of God through Jesus his Son to change — to do what pleases God. More importantly, I received blood atonement through Jesus’ death on the cross for all my shortcomings of the past, present, and future. Here’s the lowdown.
So through Jesus, we are changed to obey the law. The ways of God are listed in the Ten Commandments and they are still good today. They have stabalized Western society. We unconsciously depend upon them daily.
When Jesus was here on earth, he said these laws are summed up in two directives: to love God will all our minds, souls, hearts, and bodies and to love our neighbors as ourselves. Jesus had a way of make things simpler. Still this is impossible to do unless the Spirit of God lives in your heart, unless His Word is written on your heart, unless you have received forgiveness of your sins against God and man. Its impossible with the help of the Helper. Here’s more.
And that’s the full story of “Still the Only Solution to the World’s Problems.”
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Bonnie, this was a GREAT, much needed message–thoughtfully laid out, and well written.