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Biblical Principles and Human Values
Here are some basic Biblical principles and values that we all respect, whether we are believers or not.
- Honor your father and your mother.
- Love your neighbor as yourself.
- You shall not murder.
- You shall not commit adultery.
- You shall not steal.
- You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.
- You shall not covet.
Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days you shall labor and do all your work, but the seventh day is the Sabbath.
Sound familiar? All those principles are woven in our lives. My friends who do not believe in God agreed with me that these values are not just the popular God's commandments, but real human values and we all respect them, both believers and non-believers. It does not matter if you believe or not, every normal human being honors and loves their parents. You also love your friends and relatives. Adultery is moral degradation and betrayal for all of us. Adultery is a sin, whether you are a believer or not, and the saddest victims of this are our children. I guess you don’t murder, you don’t steal and don’t covet. And the seventh day of the week is definitely your day for relax. Love your neighbor as you love yourself. You have to love all people, not just those who are close to you. We are all equal, yet different and we need to accept this. These values are passed down from generation to generation. If you respect them, you live as an honorable human being.
Except the above, there are some things which always give the same result.
When we pray, we hope. How can we have hope when everything looks hopeless? When we pray, we expect to solve our problems with God’s help. This is what gives us hope and strength. Hope awakens positive thoughts, and positive thoughts help us feel better. Psychologists repeat all the time that we need to stay positive. Psychologists or God, it’s your decision. Catherine Ponder, one of America's foremost inspirational authors, said: “What you radiate outward in your thoughts, feelings, mental pictures and words, you attract into your life”. Pray and be positive or be positive without praying, it is all up to you.
Most of us have been raised up to believe that the simple rules of honorable conduct apply equally to all human beings. We carefully choose the right words to express our thoughts, we don’t swear, we don’t speak badly of others, we don’t slander and this is not up to religion. We respect people and love people around us. Be honest, generous, and grateful, don’t judge others, win the fight against envy and hatred and admit when you’ve made a mistake.
So, don’t we share a lot in common? But there are some differences and because of them I'm proud I became a Christian.
Forgive and You Will Be Free
This may sound a bit unusual but it’s actually true. Once I saw a show about a woman whose husband was killed. During the first few days, the only thing she could think about was the moments they had shared. And after that, she decided to forgive the killer. Forgive the killer? Yes! She understood that if she forgave him, she will be free. We need to forgive. It is difficult in tragic situations like this one. But, if you don’t do it, there’s a chance you will become a slave of your emotions and bad thoughts. Some people become obsessed with negative thoughts and this erases their human features. Punishment and revenge will occupy your thoughts. So this is why when you forgive, you become free.
The Joy of Giving
It’s not that non-believers do not enjoy giving, but let’s see how believers do this. Believers share both their pain and joy. When we share our joy with someone, it is doubled, and when we share the pain, it is halved. There is a difference between sympathy and empathy. Sympathy says “I am sorry you are hurt,” while Empathy says “I am also hurt with you”. The ultimate form of love is Compassion: “I will do everything to stop your pain”. “Rejoice with them that rejoice; weep with them that weep” (The Epistle of St. Paul the Apostle to the Romans 12, 15). What do friends do? They are just there. While sharing your pain, they are quiet, they do not give advices. They do not say that everything’s going to be fine. They just say: “I’m here for you”.
“I’m not asking God to take away my pain, I ask Him to give me strength to feel it. I'm not asking God to take away my problems, I ask Him to give me wisdom to solve it. I'm not asking God to give me a healthy life, I ask Him to teach me to take care of it. I'm not asking God to give me a wealthy life, I ask Him to teach me to earn it. If God put brains in my head, puts a heart in my chest, then He wants me to use it wisely. God is not a magic power. He is the POWER. His power is far beyond any magic that humans can ever think of." - Johni Pangalila --- Australia
And after all, it does not matter whether it is God watching us from above, or our own conscience. We are all equal, although we are not the same. Each of us has something good inside, you just have to draw it on the surface. It does not matter whether we are believers or non-believers; it is important to live with honor and love each other.