10. Do Not Covet

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The grand finale. The last of the 10 commandment calls for us not to covet our neighbor’s stuff.

Let’s make sure we know what covet means. Merriam-Webster, take it away!

To desire enviously (what belongs to another)

Alright, so what does “envy” mean?

Painful or resentful awareness of another’s advantages

So then, to covet is to desire something in a painful or resentful way, what belongs to another. I had to look up “envy” because that’s the key word. It’s fine to want what others have. But, to enter a place where you resent what others have and would rather have it yourself is wrong.

Jealousy. Greed. You already know about it. Countless wars are built on a covet of resources that particular land may have. I’m not gonna talk about anything from 2001.

We live in a society that encourages competition of possessions. You have to have it if Bill next door got it. Or better. Bigger.

To covet is a form of materialism. That’s a problem. It’s especially a problem if you plan on going to heaven. You can’t bring this stuff with you, buddy.

It can lead us to break another commandment: stealing. We want what is not ours so bad we’ll just take it.

Another angle: Under appreciation for what God has given to us. Ah. Isn’t that something? We do this many times. We look at others and wonder why we are not in the state they are in.

Let me clear something up. I’m not comparing people in poverty vs mansions. Poor people deserve better.

What I am talking about is stupid stuff. You have a car that gets you from A to B with no problem. It’s seven years old. Mike just grabbed a current year model. You want that car. Instead of appreciating you have reliable transportation, you’re hating on the other guy. God gave you something and it’s not good enough for you. Okay then.

To covet is simply not good for anybody, including God. Be thankful for what you have. Better yet, stop looking at what other people have with those greedy, hateful eyes. You know what? Be happy for them. That’s right. Be happy for the victories of your fellow believers and even non believers.

9. Do Not Lie

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Huh, this is a very interesting commandment.

We are not supposed to lie…but just about everybody does. I know I do…and that’s no lie.

Here’s the thing: When it comes to lying, there tends to be two main splits on styles. Most of us agree that we really shouldn’t be lying about big things. However, for the smaller things (the things we consider small), we end up with two ways of lying.

Number on is the “white lie”. I don’t know why the color, but I don’t care. A white lie is also known as an innocent lie.

The other one, and this one is tricky to deal with, is the half truth. This is the one where we tell some of the truth, but the whole truth. We hide some information from the person to avoid something. That’s why we gotta ask people to say “nothing but the whole truth”.

An obvious reason not to lie is because we should value being trustworthy. If we can’t be trusted on our word, we don’t have much else going for us.

Look, it’s our own fault that these kinds of lies exists. “Does this make me look fat?” Let’s break down how nobody wins in the end via the truth…if the truth is “yes”.

See, if this person (usually it’s a female asking this question so I’ll say “she”) looks fat in that…whatever, she would rather not know this because she’s probably self-conscious of her figure. You can give the white lie of “nope”. You can half truth it too with “eh, the other dress is better” and just avoid the whole thing.

But no, we live in a world that dreads hearing the truth because the truth can be hard to handle. On the flipside, we have people who are brutally honest. Two extremes.

The featured image for this article is also part of the problem.

Yet, we are suppose to speak the truth…in love. We must stop with the white lies and we must stop being brutal. It might sound like BS but here is a truth in love statement for if she looks fat: “Yes, but you’re still beautiful”. I know…

Sadly, it’s a BS statement because of the society we live in.

In order to easily avoid lies, we need to stop being sensitive to truths that we don’t want to hear and believe that people will really embrace your truthfulness.

Of course, I need to be careful here because truth and honesty are actually two different things. But that’s for another post. For now, let’s concentrate on telling the truth and being honest, in love.

8. Do Not Steal

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Don’t take what doesn’t belong to you. We know this already. God doesn’t want us doing that either. You steal in the USA, and you’re in trouble. Looks like this nation and GodĀ agree on something.

Of course, we should look at why we shouldn’t steal in the first place.

Selfishness comes to mind. When we take from others, we’re only thinking of ourselves over how it could harm the victim.

No, I’m sorry, Robin Hood was wrong.

Stealing can lead to these things:

  • Lack of trust, honesty…integrity. How can we look at you, the thief, in loving eyes? We don’t like being around people we can’t trust. Even if you don’t steal from us…it still affects us mentally.
  • Lack of security. We, the victim, feel vulnerable. We feel exposed. This is especially true for people who are victims of home burglaries. We theoretically are safest at home. When that is compromised, we simply don’t feel safe.

There are other ways to steal. There are other victims. You can actually steal from God. Oh yes. You can rob Him of a few things:

  • Credit. When God brings us through, or gives us victory…a promotion as an example…if we don’t explain God’s role, we indeed rob Him.
  • We have spiritual gifts. Key word is gifts. We are supposed to share these things; not horde. If we do, we are stealing from God. We have basically held His gift hostage.
  • Salvation. This one is probably the worst thing you can do: steal people. What? If we send people away from God, then we end up stealing people from God and handing them over to the enemy. Wow.

Yes, stealing is something we simply should not do. Everybody loses in this situation. Stolen before? Got a criminal record? Employers have resources they value very much. Good luck getting a job, especially in finance or retail. Shucks, anywhere.

Don’t steal.

……………………….except in basketball……………..

7. Do Not Commit Adultery

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Another commandment that has no legal ramifications in terms of breaking the law. However, unlike the other commandments we talked about, this one can give problems.

One of the original penalties of committing adultery was to be stoned to death. Another was the “scarlet letter” where the wrong doer have to basically “wear the sin” on their head. People knew what you did. I gotta be honest: I wouldn’t mind seeing that today on all of us. A heads up (get it!?) would be nice.

Anyway, cheating on a spouse can backfire in court. For one thing, it’s a completely reasonable reason for divorce. In some cases, you get penalized financially for such actions. So, cheating (or really, getting caught) is not good for you spiritually or physically.

But, why is it wrong, in God’s eyes?

God views marriage as something sacred and permanent. These vows you take are taken seriously by Him. In fact, we see Jesus talk about how it would take extreme circumstances to approve divorce, with adultery being one of them.

Cheating can be the result of any of the following:

  • No self control (missing fruit of the Spirit)
  • Anger (perhaps in the form of revenge for some act)
  • Lust (could be paired with lack of self control)

I would imagine adultery is willingly cheating. I say this because you can be raped by some random person. Obviously, you have no ill intent here and so God (and I’m assuming the spouse as well) would not consider it cheating.

Another example of why adultery is bad in God’s eyes is because He looks at His son and the church. The book of Revelation really talks about it. The church is Jesus’ bride. An ultimate marriage of sorts. Indeed, God looks at marriage as something very special.

So…ya know…let’s keep our legs closed.

6. Do Not Kill vs Murder

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It took us a while, but finally, the USA and the Bible agree on something: Don’t kill or murder. Let’s ignore the fact that killers are walking freely among us. Convicted killers. Woof.

I will talk about a difference for “kill” and “murder”. For now, let’s continue.

So, why is killing so bad? We determine that life is precious and so, ending it outside of natural causes is usually a sad state of affairs.

Lost potential. Not his time.

For God, He’s the sole judge over who lives and who dies. For you to take matters into your own hands is not approved.

Ah, but there is war. We have seen plenty of times where God sends His people to war and only death is a guarantee in war. Killing is the primary objective. So then, what does God mean when He says not to kill?

The better and more close to original translation is to not murder. To kill and to murder are not exactly the same thing. Both involve ending a life. It’s the intention and circumstance that determines kill or murder.

Murder is to essentially illegally take a life. Kill is to take a life whether it’s by punishment or by accident.

Again, God has encouraged to kill, if only because it’s a by product of war. Old laws saw fit for killing the murderers and adulterers.

But to kill someone because you want to is wrong. That is murder.

So yes, we are not to commit murder. If we must take a life, let God give you the green light, although in these times, it’s highly unlikely He would tell you to do such a thing.

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