What if the Bible were only the 10 Commandments...and the one command that Jesus says fulfills the whole law, "Love your neighbor as yourself."
In the time that Jesus lived, the Jews took saying things against God SO SERIOUSLY...that Jesus was killed for it. Jesus got the death penalty for insinuating that He was God.
Would Jesus get even a slap on the hand from modern Christians for insinuating something about God these days?
“You shall not take the name of the LORD your God in vain, for the LORD will not leave him unpunished who takes His name in vain.
Taking the Lord's name in vain...is when you attribute to God something that's not Him at all.
Example...once upon a time I was part of a ladies' group and this lady gave a praise report...she'd wrecked her mini-van but it happened a week after she was really busy with visitors and so she thanked God for "His timing" of her accident?
Such nonsensical attributions to God have marred His awesomeness in the world and turned this world into a world where people accept that bad comes from God...and have rejected Him because of it. Such careless attributions to God for tragedies like miscarriages, tragic deaths, and all other things that involve the world being "stolen from, killed, and having their lives destroyed" (satan's job) have made it so that we live in a world where Christians cannot see how much of an attack on God's character the assertion is that God wants us to hit/spank innocent little children.
‘You shall not take the name of the LORD your God in vain, for the LORD will not leave him unpunished who takes His name in vain.
We've gotten so far from protecting God's character from blasphemy with stoning people and giving Jesus the death sentence...to now applauding people who misrepresent God in gross ways...like this...
The failure to protect God's character and keep the 3rd Commandment to not take the Lord's name in vain...has led us to a world where Christians openly and proudly publicly profess that they hit their children in God's name.
To this common occurrence in my world, on this Easter Morning in 2014, I say, "Oh my God..." God help us.
Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil; Who substitute darkness for light and light for darkness; Who substitute bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter!