Don’t imagine that we live in a society which has abandoned the Ten Commandments. It’s much worse than that. We have actually kept the Commandments but inverted their teaching. This amounts to practical satanism: we are effectually saying, “Evil be thou my good.” To be specific:
God said, “Thou shalt have no other gods before me.” Western societies have rewritten this in accordance with the precepts of diversity to say that there are many gods: the Muslim god, Hindu gods, the god of Mormonism, of Seventh Day Adventism, Jehovah’s Witness and many more. It is even regarded as a basic human right for anyone – including the inmates of our prisons – to worship Satan.
God said, “Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image.” Secular society ridicules this prohibition as something belonging to primitive savagery. But the fact is that secular society is more beguiled and enthralled by image than any ancient tribesman: film stars, footballers and politicians spend millions in the hire of professionals to hone and polish their image.
God said, “Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain.” But we have installed the exclamations God and Christ as the casual blasphemies of our daily speech.
God said, “Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy.” Are you kidding! We inhabit a gaudy new materialistic and hedonistic babel of shopping and boozing 24/7.
God said, “Honour thy father and thy mother.” But today it is rather the case of “Parents obey your children” as their every whim must now be indulged and what was once wholesome discipline is now regarded as akin to child-abuse. Children just out of the nursery are allowed to choose what sex they would like to be. As for our fathers and mothers, we encourage them to make speed and shuffle off this mortal coil when their existence becomes too inconvenient for us and interferes with our lifestyle.
God said, “Thou shalt not kill.” But the murder rate is higher than it was in the 1950s, when the original Ten Commandments retained some authority in the land. And there were more people killed in the wars, purges and genocides of the 20th century than slaughtered in all the previous centuries put together.
God said, “Thou shalt not commit adultery.” Our society regards promiscuity as normal and fornication as healthy.
God said, “Thou shalt not steal.” But we inhabit a public polity in which police ignore burglaries and persistent thieves are let off with a caution rather than being given a custodial sentence.
God said, “Thou shalt not bear false witness.” But we have licensed and institutionalised lying and out political leaders employ expensive spin doctors to lie expertly on their behalf and so manipulate and falsify the public’s perception of reality..
God said, “Thou shalt not covet.” But our whole economy depends on rampant covetousness. Without greed, envy and our everlasting craving for more and bigger, the credit card companies would be out of business; the travel agents and manufacturers of motor cars and mobile phones would go to the wall.
As George Bernanos wrote, “Europe is living under the sun of Satan.” But don’t be deceived: this will not continue indefinitely. God is not mocked. There will be a reckoning and, “Every one of us shall give account of himself to God.” (Romans 14:`12)