“I am the Lord your God…you shall have no other gods before Me.” (Exodus 20:2-3)
I thought I might begin with the first commandment and then follow accordingly. There is so much more to this commandment than just the obvious. I recall, when I made decent money, how much I wanted status, a big beautiful home, a Benz, country club membership and everything that went along with it. As I look back I realize that they were false gods; not putting my God first. It’s curious how happy I am now with a very modest home, social security, and a 10-year-old Toyota Camry (which I love driving by the way). I finally got my priorities straight. (Romans 1:18-32)
I’ve read where the greatest sin anyone can commit is turning their back on God. It seems to me that believing in God takes all of the confusion out of a faith. For example, there are no golden calf, altar to an unknown god (like the Greeks built), or idols in hopes that there might be a god attached to it. Even Solomon. in all of his wisdom, in his old age had idols built for his wives, and stopped believing in the God. (1 Kings 11:1-13) He angered the Lord who, in turn, told Solomon that in honor of David He would strip Solomon…but only after his death. But God did say that the kingdom would be stripped of Solomon’s son.
The Catholic Chaticism states that such things as horoscopes, palm reading, clairvoyance of horrorscopes, and recourse to mediums are to be excluded. Sometimes I look at my horroscope to see how ridiculous it is.
I have a duty to worship my Lord, and my Lord only. “You shall worship the Lord your God, and Him shall you only serve” (Luke 43:8) I hoestly feel badly for atheists and agnostics. I pray for them, just as I pray for those who worship false gods here on earth or in the heavens.
Believing in God is a faith staement. If someone brings up science that it doesn’t prove that there is a God (I’m no physicist) but I sometimes ask what happened before the big bang and then what happens when our world ceases to exist. That is a stumbling block for some.
There is verse after verse in scripture where our belief in God is mandatory. I’m so glad I figured it out as it allowed me to really fall in love with God.
Peace and God Bless