Recently a competent psychiatrist observed: “These persons who come to me need an inner structure for their lives. They need an inner discipline that they themselves have accepted as having the authority of Reality. Anyone knows,” he continued, “that the Ten Commandments are the best set of rules ever given for an individual to structure his life upon. The problem,” he added, “is that too many people have learned the Ten Commandments and that too few have accepted them as the inner structure of their own living.”
This psychiatrist disclosed not only the weakness of distraught individuals who are coming to him for assistance. He disclosed also the weakness of an entire generation that is crumbling under the complex responsibilities of human relationships.
The genius of these ten life rules is that by them God through Moses replaced hundreds of laws with ten essential Life Principles that can more easily be remembered and accepted in the subconscious as a way of life. They have remained because they are based on reality; this is the way life is structured. The Ten Commandments are not arbitrary commands forced upon us; they are a revelation of Truth to be followed. If history is faltering today, it is not because the Ten Commandments have failed, but because civilization is disregarding its Life Principles.
“Thou Shalt Have No Other Gods Before Me.” We respond: “This was not spoken to our generation; Polytheism, after all, is not one of our problems!” But the commandment does indeed speak to us. It warns not only against revering something other than God; it says: “Thou shalt worship nothing less than God.” Too few people have penetrated to an experience of God himself; too many are worshiping something less than God. Until we ...1
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