“According to a poll by YouGov, only six of the ten [commandments] are important to British Christians, with most saying the other four are not ‘important principles to live by’ in the 21st century.”
This might explain what we’re seeing in every area of life – from sexual assaults, homosexuality, governmental tyranny, theft by majority vote, fake news, covetousness that leads to envy that leads to wealth confiscation, and a return to paganism.
The thing of it is, Commandments 6-10 are not moral absolutes without the first two commandments. If there is no God, then why is it wrong to kill? Britain, like the United States, teaches that we are products of blind evolutionary forces. We got here by killing and raping. Randy Thornhill, a biologist, and Craig T. Palmer, an anthropologist, attempt to demonstrate in their book A Natural History of Rape that evolutionary principles explain rape as a “genetically developed strategy sustained over generations of human life because it is a kind of sexual selection — a successful reproductive strategy.” If there is no God to say otherwise, we are at the mercy of benign physical forces. It’s no wonder that
Prohibiting the teaching of creationism in favor of evolution creates an atheistic, belligerent tone that might explain why our kids sometimes perform like Godzilla instead of children made in the image of God.
While evolution teaches that we are accidents or freaks of nature, creationism shows humankind as the offspring of a divine Creator. There are rules to follow which govern not only our time on Earth, but also our afterlife.
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If evolution is forced on our kids, we shouldn’t be perplexed when they beat on their chests or, worse yet, beat on each other and their teachers.1
Idol worship (Second Commandment) assumes a competing god or a redefinition of the true God. If there is no prohibition against making images (physical or ideological) and bowing down to them, then anything can become an idol and be worshiped. Today, civil government is often the de facto god-substitute. Calling on God by the State to support evil deeds violates the Third Commandment. Using words like “God” and “Jesus Christ” as expletives, while covered under the Third Commandment, are not the heart of what’s being condemned. The violation occurs when someone defends what’s morally prohibited (e.g., wealth redistribution, same-sex marriage, abortion) by appealing to God.
The Fourth Commandment is about rest. It’s the only commandment that’s explicitly mentioned in the Constitution (Art. 1, Sec 7, Cl. 2). This means that if the President is not forced to work on the Sabbath, no one else should be.
Nightline host Ted Koppel stated in a 1987 commencement address at Duke University..