Do you think that God stays in Heaven? Or do you think He is always watching over us? Well, the answer to this question will depend on who you ask. Some people believe he’s in Heaven and others believe he is always right there with them. But, what does the Bible say about it?
It may seem like an odd question to some of us, but according to scripture, God has specific commandments for those who want to live their lives in his eyes. In fact, the Bible tells us that Jesus himself said “Heaven and Earth will pass away but my words shall not.” This quote can be found in Matthew 24:35 when Jesus was asked if we need a temple because heaven could never be destroyed.
It is important for us to understand that God’s word will never be destroyed and it is our job to keep His words alive. However, we are also told in the Bible that “You shall not make unto thee any graven image.” This quote can be found in Exodus 20:21 which tells us not to worship idols or statues of any kind.
But what does this mean for the Church? If we cannot worship idols or statues of any kind, then how can our churches have crosses and images on them? It is important to understand that even though these things may be in Churches at first glance, it doesn’t mean that they are being worshipped because Jesus also said “You shall not bow down yourself unto them nor serve them.” This quote can be found in Exodus 20:23 which tells us not to do ceremonial acts like bowing before an idol or statue.
So while pictures might be on a church wall or cross hanging from the ceiling, it’s just there as a reminder of who God really is and ultimately where he wants his people focused – him! And according to Exodus 20:23, bowing and worshipping is not a part of our faith.
- Ten Commandments of Heaven: how do you live by these rules?
- You shall have no other gods before me
- Do not use my name (YHWH) irreverently; keep sacred time with Sabbath observance
- Honor your mother and father
- Do not murder anyone intentionally
- Keep from sexual immorality
- Do not steal from anyone or their property without just cause
- Keep the seventh day holy, do no work on it (Sabbath)
Do not eat of a live animal; take only what is given to you and do not steal from others. You shall observe my rules for living
Honor your father’s wife as mother and keep her honorable name intact – This commandment was an attempt by God so that there would be order in society at this time because many women were disowned for marrying outside of Israelite culture. It also meant to honor his wives regardless of marital status
From one year old until six years old, teach them how to fear me amidst all they do
Do not kill anyone who is innocent of sinning, do not take revenge for any wrong done to you and do not bear a grudge against one another
- Do not commit adultery: both with married people or unmarried individuals
- Respect what I created each day; enjoy light but live too much darkness
- Do not steal: do not take what does not belong to you
Do not lie in court, and do no harm to others or yourself through slanderous speech that is untrue. Respect the rights of all people
Honor your agreements with other human beings as long as it does no harm; this includes being truthful when negotiating contracts which give each party a fair shake and neither side is cheated. It also means honoring vows made to God during marriage ceremonies (and those who are divorced). You should never make promises without considering their consequences before doing so, because anything promised under oath becomes an obligation on your head
Do not covet what belongs to someone else whether it be material possessions or even physical beauty – This is the Eighth Commandment.
Do not steal what is another’s – This one should be self explanatory, though if it isn’t: do not take something that does not belong to you
Be satisfied with your wages and do no harm in demanding more from those who pay you for labor or service; this includes being content with a just wage when negotiating contracts
Respect cultural traditions of others even when they differ from yours, including honoring their gods (or lack thereof) because everyone deserves freedom of religion as long as it doesn’t cause any physical harm to someone else. It also means respecting people’s right to dress how they want without discriminating against them on the basis of gender identity, race, ethnicity or culture