Paradoxical Rules Surround Us
In order to create harmony and mutual comfort in the crowd, rules are made. After the rules are set, people feel uncomfortable by the rules that have been made. His original intention was to liberate everyone, to feel comfortable in his life. After living by the rules for a long time, people start to get bored but are bound by the obligation to follow the rules until their lives are not happy. The rules are sometimes contradictory. The initial aspirations to direct even become a hindrance; happy even so restrained. Paradoxical rules.
Why is the rule that should be a guide actually a stumbling block? Because the rule that is passed is only seen from the surface and ignores the values in it. The rules in religion are often like that.
Understanding the meaning of the rules that liberate, which makes happy, must be sharpened again. The rules must remain unchanged even though they are applied in different ways. The content remains the same despite the changing times, is always needed and brings happiness. Those criteria are met in God's Rules.
Knowing God's Rules
The rules that come from God are not misleading. “Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights; with Him there is no change or shadow due to change.”
Our job is to find out and when we know we have to take care in our hearts what the Father wants. The Bible is the place of our search. Moses, as the first to appear, had clearly announced the ten commandments of God. The climax is in Jesus and He also reaffirms His Father's Rule.
There is nothing to lose if we repeat this: "I am the LORD your God. Do not worship idols, worship only Me, and love Me above all things. Do not take the name of the LORD your God with disrespect. Keep the day of the Lord holy. Respect your parents. Don't kill. Don't commit adultery. Don't steal. Do not testify falsely about your neighbor. Do not covet your neighbor's wife. Do not covet your neighbor's property unjustly."
The rules that all first come from God are embedded in the heart. “Whatever comes out of a person, that enters into a person, cannot defile him, but what comes out of a person, it is what defiles him.” If not, then the violation of the ten commandments of God occurs. That is emphasized by Jesus in today's reading.
Understanding these rules makes us able to accept it, even though it is sometimes difficult and be able to go beyond the common rules, if we have to do it, for the sake of loyalty to God the Father.
Don't Add and Don't Subtract
Isn't there an impression that Jesus reduced the rules that already existed in His time? Once again, Jesus came to sharpen the Father's Rule. That's a fundamental rule. Those additions and subtractions must lead to the Father's Rule. Adding and subtracting becomes a stumbling block if you don't see the point well.