No to the Ten Suggestions
"If you pay attention to these laws and are careful to follow them … then the Lord will keep you free from every disease. He will not inflict on you the horrible diseases you knew in Egypt."1
Television's well-known newscaster, Ted Koppel, said one night on ABC's Nightline:
"We have actually convinced ourselves that slogans will save us. 'Shoot up if you must, but use a clean needle.' Or, 'Enjoy sex whenever and with whomever you wish, but protect yourself.'
"No! The answer is no! Not because it isn't cool or smart or because you might wind up in jail or dying in the AIDS ward, but because it's wrong!
"What Moses brought down from Mount Sinai were not the Ten Suggestions, but the Ten Commandments!"
Author Dr. S.I. McMillen in his book, None of These Diseases, pointed out how many of the directives given by God to the ancient Israelites were for health and hygiene purposes. God assured his people that if they obeyed his laws they would be free from the diseases the Egyptians suffered. Not to eat pork (for obvious reasons back then) was just one of these. It's the same with all of God's directives and commandments. They are for our total well-being—physical and emotional as well as spiritual.
We can't improve on God's plan. The wisest thing to do is to get in on it.
Suggested prayer: "Dear God, help me to live by your rules and not mine, because your rules are for my total well-being—physical, emotional and spiritual. Thank you for giving us these rules by which to live life to the fullest. Gratefully in Jesus' name, amen."
1. Deuteronomy 7:12, 15 (NIV).