We humans, seemingly, have this uncontrollable desire to complicate those things that are really simple. One such issue would be living by the Ten Commandments. Most of us (the more fortunate ones) are taught by our parents how to conduct our lives such that we can have as “easier path” into Heaven.
I defend this position by the story of the parents who NEVER permitted their son to eat those items containing sugar. His diet also lacked all the “normal candy items, snack foods, and fast-foods” that many of our children were brought up to think as a normal diet.
My point is: If the child NEVER ate any of these types of food items (equitable to tasting the forbidden fruit), then he would NEVER know the consequences of eating that type of diet, at least, from a “first-hand” perspective.
So… if he ever “broke the rule,” and ate of these types of food items… then he would have made a “conscious choice,” and certainly not one of chance, or spontaneous decision. He would have broken the rules “on purpose,” with intentionality.
I admit to have broken some number of the “The Ten Commandments”…. but I also KNOW many who have NEVER broken any of them; and found abiding by them not that difficult.
The Cross Trails Church in Farlie, Texas has “easy’fied” the Ten Commandments into a list of easily understandable verbiage. 1) Worship just one God. 2) Honor yer Ma & Pa. 3) No telling tales or gossipin’. 4) Git yourself to Sunday meeting. 5) Put nothin’ before God. 6) No foolin’ around with another fellow’s gal. 7) No killin’. 8) Watch yer mouth. 9) Don’t take what ain’t yers. 10) Don’t be hankerin’ for yer buddy’s stuff……..
The absolute… “simplest” approach to “living right,” is living by the GOLDEN RULE…found in… Matthew 7:12 – In everything, then, do to others as you would have them do to you. For this is the essence of the Law and the prophets.