Here is the solution to the world’s problems

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bible-SunlightThere is only one solution to the world’s problems, only one prescription for producing a near-heaven on earth.It is 3,000 years old.And it is known as the Ten Commandments.Properly understood and applied, the Ten Commandments are really all humanity needs to make a beautiful world. While modern men and women, in their hubris, believe that they can and must come up with new ideas to make a good world, the truth is there is almost nothing new to say.If people and countries lived by the Ten Commandments, all the great moral problems would disappear.

Or, to put it another way, all the great evils involve the violation of one or more of the Ten Commandments.

Here is the case in brief for the Ten Commandments (using the Jewish enumeration, which differs slightly from the Protestant and Catholic):

1. I am the Lord your God.
There are moral atheists and there are immoral believers, but there is no chance for a good world based on atheism. Ultimately, a godless and religion-free society depends on people’s hearts to determine right from wrong, and that is a very weak foundation.

Plenty of people have died in history in the name of God. But many more have been killed, tortured and deprived of liberty in the name of humanity and progress or some other post-Judeo-Christian value. Religion gave us an Inquisition and gives us suicide terrorists, but the death of God gave us Nazism and communism, which, in one century alone, slaughtered more than a hundred million people. All the founders of the United States – yes, all – knew that a free society can survive only if its citizens believe themselves to be morally accountable to God.

2. Do not have other gods.
The worship of false gods leads to evil. When anything but the God of creation and morality is worshiped, moral chaos ensues.

No one is godless. Either people worship God, or they worship other gods – nature, intelligence, art, education, beauty, the environment, Mother Earth, power, fame, pleasure, the state, the führer, the party, progress, humanity. The list is almost endless. And no matter how noble – and false gods are often noble – when they become ends in themselves, they lead to evil.

3. Do not take God’s name in vain.
People have misinterpreted this commandment. They think it prohibits saying something like, “Oh, my God, what a home run!” But the Hebrew literally means “do not carry” the name of the Lord in vain.

In other words, we are forbidden from doing evil in God’s name. Only when thus understood does the rest of the commandment make sense – that God will not “cleanse,” or forgive – the person who does this.

Thus, the Islamist who slits an innocent’s throat while shouting “Allahu Akbar” is the perfect example of the individual who carries God’s name in vain and who cannot be forgiven. These people not only murder their victims, they murder God’s name. For that reason, they do more evil than the atheist who murders.

4. Keep the Sabbath day and make it holy.
Leaving the world one day a week and elevating it above the others is the greatest vehicle to family harmony and to harmony with friends.

One day a week without video games, without parents leaving to go to work or to do their own thing on the computer forces parents and children to spend time together and to actually talk. It even encourages couples to make love. It also weakens the institution of slavery. If even your servants get a day off because God commands it. That means you do not have absolute control over them.

5. Honor your father and mother.
The first thing every totalitarian and authoritarian movement does is to try to undermine parental authority. That’s why it is dangerous, even in a democracy.

Take our universities, for example. Woodrow Wilson, the first progressive president, said, “The use of the university is to make young men as unlike their fathers as possible.”

And that is exactly what colleges have been doing for over a half a century. Instead of searching for truth and beauty, the universities have been alienating American youth from their fathers’ – and the Founding Fathers’ – values.

6. Do not murder.
If people lived by this commandment alone, the world would enter a heavenly state. At the same time, the commandment has been widely misunderstood. The Hebrew originally prohibits murder, not killing. By mistranslating the Hebrew as “Do not kill,” too many modern Westerners have been taught that pacifism is moral and noble. It is neither. It is an accessory to murder, since it prevents pacifists from doing the only thing that stops mass murder – killing the murderers.

The Nazi death camps were liberated by soldiers whose job was to kill murderers, not by pacifists or “peace activists.”

7. Do not commit adultery.
Observance or even near-observance of this commandment alonewould end the formation of the underclass. No amount of state aid can do what marriage and commitment to a spouse do to end poverty and almost all social pathologies.

8. Do not steal.
This commandment prohibits the stealing of people, the stealing of property and the stealing of anything that belongs to another. The first prohibition alone, if obeyed, would have rendered the slave trade impossible.

Protecting the sanctity of private property makes moral civilization possible. That is why the recent riots in London should frighten every citizen of the U.K. and the West generally. Just as the burning of books leads to the burning of people, so, too, the smashing of windows and the looting of property leads eventually to the smashing of heads.

The rampant violation of this commandment by the governments of Africa is the primary reason for African poverty. Corruption, not Western imperialism, is the root of Africa’s backwardness.

9. Do not bear false witness.
Lying is the root of nearly all major evils. All totalitarian states are based on lies. Had the Nazis not lied about Jews, there would not have been a Holocaust. Only people who believed that all Jews, including babies, were vermin, could, for example, lock hundreds of Jews into a synagogue and burn them alive. That similar lies are told about Jews today by Arab governments and by the Iranian state should awaken people to the Nazi-like threat that anti-Semitism still poses.

10. Do not covet your neighbor’s spouse, property, etc.
The cultivation of class warfare – i.e., the cultivation of coveting what richer citizens legitimately own – inevitably leads to violating the other commandments, most particularly the ones that prohibit stealing and murdering.

There is only one way to achieve a great society, and it is not by creating a massive state that doles out other citizens’ money. It is by cultivating citizens who try to live by these Ten Commandments. They are as relevant today as they were 3,000 years ago.

By Dennis PragerDennis Prager photo
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28 Comments
  1. Rhonda Hunt says

    It would be nice after we read these articles people would actually take it to heart and start keeping the Commandments,that many seem to agree with,then I believe things would improve,but how many actually believe and put these ten words into actual practice in our personal lives,I find most believers simple want to debate the Bible rather than obey it,maybe we need to change that around some if we want to get out from under this curse we find our selves under in america,as well as what Ted Weiland is saying about the Constitution below,I recommend his book on the Constitution or look up his web site and read his material on line,commandments that are not kept by us cannot profit us anything,we cannot keep them if we never try,do we have to keep the Commandments perfectly NO we will not, but we are to strive to be perfect even as Yeshua is perfect that is all Yahweh is asking of us.—–Jim Hunt

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  3. DustyFae says

    Always said, if everyone lived by the Ten Commandments, we would not need guns and locks..

  4. RightGunner says

    10. Do not covet your neighbor’s spouse, property, etc. Why not specifically include your neighbors etc? That is, do not covet your neighbor’s ass. It would make for a much better America and World.

  5. Norm Farnum says

    Excellent article and point-of-view. If only EVERYONE shared this, and acted upon the Law written upon our hearts (talking primarily to we Christians).

    God bless you, Mr. Prager.

    This song, by Frederick J. Gillman (1866-1949), says it all! His hymn, entitled simply “God Send Us Men”, and written in 1909, over a century ago, states the case for Biblical Responsibility very poignantly:

    God send us men whose aim ’twill be
    Not to defend some ancient creed,
    But to live out the laws of Christ
    In every thought and word and deed.

    God send us men alert and quick
    His lofty precepts to translate,
    Until the laws of Christ become
    The laws and habits of the state.

    God send us men of steadfast will,
    Patient, courageous, strong and true,
    With vision clear and mind equipped
    His will to learn, his work to do.

    God send us men with hearts ablaze,
    All truth to love, all wrong to hate;
    These are the patriots nations need;
    These are the bulwarks of the state.

    1. Ted R. Weiland says

      Absolutely great lyrics. Even better hearing you and your family sing them. Anyone interested in hearing them can do so at http://farnumfamily.org/html/Products.htm.

      May Yahweh indeed grant America such men again!

  6. David Linden says

    The saddest part of this is the fact that he has to break this down and explain it. There was a time when people understood the ten commandments for what they were, the law of God himself, easily understood, written in plain language and given to all. The biggest problem our society is dealing with at this time, is the breakdown of language and the meaning of words. You can put some blame on the shoulders of attorneys and law makers. You can put some blame on the media and product advertisers and you can put a substantial amount of blame on our latest president and his croanies. Even the educators in our country have to accept some responsibility for the dumbing down of society, but I think the bulk of the blame falls on our shoulders. We the people need to educate ourselves. We the people need to learn, study and make educated decisions, especially when it comes to who we hire to teach our children and who we hire to be our voices in government. Last but not least, use the power of prayer and follow the holy spirit of God to guide us to make the right choices in life.

  7. foxxybey says

    The only hope for America is turn back to God, the One you kicked out of everything or we will be a nation no more. If people could live by the Ten Commandments wouldn’t need judges or cops.

  8. RevJL says

    I can trim this down to ONE Commandment and move forward through life !
    1) Treat others as you would have them treat you

    SIMPLICITY ……………

  9. Kim Murphy says

    A heaping helping of dingo’s kidneys.

    This comment sums up the purpose of this article, to make “Christians” believe that the Constitution of The United States of America is wrong, evil and should be abandoned. Great plan for those who want more power over people.

    “…My question for every Christian who agrees with this passage is why
    then do you promote the U.S. Constitution (which is antithetical, if not
    seditious, to Yahweh’s sovereignty and morality, in some fashion, in
    nearly every article and amendment) as the answer for the nation and as
    the supreme law of the land?

    Find out how much you REALLY know about the Constitution as compared
    to the Bible. Take our Constitution Survey and receive a free copy of
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  10. Robert Duffield says

    Amen !!!!!!!!

  11. OCMichael says

    Very clear, very concise, absolutely correct.

  12. omega2 says

    OBAMA FOLLOW THE TEN COMMANDANTS!!!! Muslims dont recognize anything that is not STAMPED ISLAM! HE IS THE CHIEF MUSLIM IN THE U S A! How do you think that the MUSLIM BROTHERHOOD grew so quickly here in our country! The country is beginning to SMELL OF CAMEL CRAP NOW!

  13. Jim says

    obama will never be able to follow them.

    1. 2egypt says

      True…his rule is to kill the infidels…and also to live like a king, the hell with everyone else.

  14. Jerrilyn says

    What a good article. If people went back to just THIS set of laws, this world would be SO much better. Let’s pass this around. It is worth a second glance. I am going to post it on my facebook page. I urge others to do the same.

  15. Ted R. Weiland says

    I agree, provided each Commandment is not severed from its respective statutes (which explain it) and judgment (which enforces it). Every viable law contains three integral parts: commandments, statutes, and judgments.

    “The law of YHWH is perfect, converting the soul: the testimony of YHWH is sure, making wise the simple. The statutes of YHWH are right, rejoicing the heart: the commandment of YHWH is pure, enlightening the eyes. The fear of YHWH is clean, enduring for ever: the judgments of YHWH are
    true and righteous altogether. More to be desired are they than gold, yea, than much fine gold: sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb. Moreover by them is thy servant warned: and in keeping of them there is great reward.” (Psalm 19:7-11)

    My question for every Christian who agrees with this passage is why then do you promote the U.S. Constitution (which is antithetical, if not seditious, to Yahweh’s sovereignty and morality, in some fashion, in nearly every article and amendment) as the answer for the nation and as
    the supreme law of the land?

    Find out how much you REALLY know about the Constitution as compared to the Bible. Take our Constitution Survey and receive a free copy of the 85-page “Primer” of the 565-page “Bible Law vs. the United States Constitution: The Christian Perspective.” Click on my name, then our website. The survey will be found in the right-hand sidebar.

    Also, for more on how Yahweh’s law applies today, see our free online book “Law and Kingdom: Their Relevance Under the New Covenant” on our Online Books page.

  16. Screeminmeeme says

    Great article. Couldn’t agree more. We’ve already seen what happens to a country which has ignored the Ten for decades. We’ve produced a society full of ruthless criminals and self-centered narcissists…. 54+million tortured and murdered babies,….. hate, envy, theft, corporate greed and laziness…..depravity of every sort……. child and spousal abuse…… dishonesty on a grand scale….. and the redefining and dissolution of marriage.

    I don’t know how much wretched sin Americans are willing to tolerate….or how long it will take for shame to bring them to their knees…… before they are willing to return to the God upon Whom this Nation was founded.

    1. ixnay00 says

      its not a matter of how much sin Americans can tolerate but how much God will tolerate

    2. Clint says

      Screeminmeeme, I read and enjoy your posts, and agree with them 99% of the time. For this article to be true, there would not be a universal need for the Grace of Jesus Christ, the forgiveness of sin. The Hebrews, to whom the Law was given at Mt. Sinai could not keep it, even hundreds of years later up to the time of Christ Jesus. No law can change man’s heart, but only Grace can do that. This article was written by a well respected Jew, Dennis Prager, and one who I respect very much. In the book of Galatians Paul teaches that it is not the Law that is bad, rather it is man’s inability to keep the Law that is bad. Short of accepting the Lord Jesus/Yeshua as one’s personal Savior, no one can keep the Law, no Jew and no Gentile. Keep in mind that Paul, formerly Saul, was a Pharisee, taught in the Law at the feet of Gamaliel and very zealous for the Lord at the very least. Paul found on the road to Damascus that in his efforts to keep the Law he, in fact, was persecuting the Lord Himself. One cannot at the same time, “keep the Law’ and “persecute the Savior”. The two are mutually exclusive. It is either the Law, which no one can keep, or it is Grace, by which the Holy Spirit, keeps us all. None of us can keep the Law perfectly, that is why we need Grace and Mercy, even Dennis Prager. As much as I admire his intelligence and wisdom, in this article he is wrong because he focuses on the Law, which no one can keep perfectly, and overlooks the Grace of the Lord completely. Either the Lord builds the house or the building of it is in vain. Again, please don’t misunderstand me, the only way that I can keep the Law is through the Holy Spirit within me.

  17. marco says

    I would like to add one other,,”The Golden Rule”,,, due on to others as you would have them do unto you. The US local, state and Federal governments passed 40,000 in just 2012,,, God did it with 10 plus the golden rule, so who you going to trust.

    1. The Wise Mom says

      I prefer the Platinum Rule. Do unto others as they would have done unto them. That’s the reason my mother in law gets never gets a spa day as a gift.

      It also leaves a lot of…consequences on the table for terrorists, extremists, and other bad guys that wouldn’t be there under the Golden Rule. Not to be cruel, but if they are totally on board with female circumcision as a simple, normal fact-of-life (not a punishment), why should we continue to treat the so differently than they treat us?

      1. lbc says

        It’s time for those meds Liz…

      2. Clint says

        Liz, proof reading would do wonders.

        1. The Wise Mom says

          Where? Because I said FEMALE circumcision? Google it, just not while you’re eating.

      3. The Wise Mom says

        I think I need to make a clarification. In individual interactions, the Golden Rule is great. However, governments are different.

        We have to stay true to ourselves and our own beliefs as a nation, but we also need to be respond differently to nations that are completely amoral. A nation or organization (such as the KGB of Soviet Russia ) that sends it’s own people to the gulag for nothing or punishs the victims of rape (not the rapists) cannot, and should not, be dealt with in the same way that we deal with other democratic nations. (Yes, I know we’re a republic, but you understand the point.)

        When we use kid gloves on terrorists and insist they receive their Miranda Rights, which are for US CITIZENS, even on the battlefield (endangering our troops further), and allow other nations to imprison and even kill our citizens for crossing their border illegally (on purpose or not), then treat their citizens like they are US citizens when they enter our nation illegally, we are heading down the wrong path.

        Following the Platinum Rule (more or less), based on how they treat others, would go far to leveling the playing field when our nation is fighting evil.

  18. The Wise Mom says

    It’s nice to see the actual, original Ten Commandments being used,
    not the mistranslated ones we commonly see. I didn’t actually know about
    #3, taking the Lord’s name in vain, but I have often brought up the
    difference between thou shalt not kill and thou shalt not murder. It’s a
    difference that matters to military in particular.

    And I agree – we could get rid of all the other rules and if people simply followed those ten rules, society would be better for it.

  19. Judy Harl says

    Should be read.god bless

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