"Unless your justice exceeds that of the Scribes and the Pharisees, you shall not enter the kingdom of Heaven" (Mt.5:20).
These words of our Lord Jesus Christ from today's Gospel should make us stop and take a good look at ourselves. How do I make sure that my justice exceeds that of the Scribes and the Pharisees? Many of them were upright men and scrupulous observers of the Law. How can I hope to be better, more just, than they? But the point is, their observance of the Law was not enough to justify them, because at the same time they refused to believe in Jesus Christ, the very Giver of the Law. With the Father and the Holy Ghost, He gave us the Ten Commandments. And He assures us, "Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will not pass away" (Mk.13:29).
Our justice will exceed that of the Scribes and the Pharisees if it comes through faith in the Son of God, Who became one of us - the Man, Jesus Christ - to take away our sins and make us heirs of Heaven. This is true justice, for by the grace of Christ and the power of the Holy Ghost we are enabled to keep the Commandments, which, He assures us, are not burdensome. Jesus told the rich young man that if he wished to enter into life he must keep the Ten Commandments (Mt.19:17).
Taking a look at the "State of the Union" on this July 4, 2004, we must be very saddened by what we see. We'd like to think we are "One nation under God," but this slogan, if it survives challenges to its constitutionality, has become no more than a meaningless platitude, since the true God Who gave us the Commandments is widely ignored and disobeyed. Where is the fear of God? Many adults who once had faith no longer care, due in part to the recent scandals within the Church, and the young are thrown to the wolves who are everywhere, even within our so-called Catholic schools. There are few innocent souls left, their innocence having been lost through the pernicious influence of the entertainment media. Modesty in dress has disappeared; drug use is rampant.
In the meantime, many of our leaders, both ecclesiastical and national, engage in deceptive practices and outright lies. Many Americans assume, for instance, that the official basis of morality in our country is the Ten Commandments, since the country was founded upon Christian principles at its beginning - or so we thought. But we have been deceived. It seems that the Jews claim an exclusive right to the Ten Commandments, since they were given to the Chosen People through Moses at Mount Sinai, and were not intended, they claim, for Gentiles. They want their Ten Commandments back. And in this country, through a mind-boggling coup, they have actually succeeded in taking them away from us, legally.
As of March 20, 1991, a powerful Jewish interest group was able to convince President George H. W. Bush and both houses of the U.S. Congress, in Public Law 102-14, 102nd Congress, to officially recognize the Noahide Laws. It was acknowledged that the United States of America was founded upon the Seven Universal Laws of Noah, and that these laws have been the bedrock of society from the dawn of civilization. March 26th, 1991, was designated Education Day, U.S.A., for the purpose of educating American citizens about the Noahide Laws. Out with the Ten Commandments, in with the Seven Universal Laws of Noah!
But, they tell us, all is not lost - we can still become "Righteous Gentiles" by keeping the Noahide Laws, which, according to the Jewish Talmud, came from the patriarch Noah. Some of these "laws" resemble the Ten Commandments, but the Noahide Laws as such not recorded in the Holy Bible. They are as follows:
1. Thou shalt not worship idols;
2. Thou shalt not blaspheme;
3. Thou shalt not murder;
4. Thou shalt not commit adultery;
5. Thou shalt not steal;
6. Thou shalt not eat the flesh of a living animal;
7. Thou shalt set up courts to ensure obedience to the other six laws.
Righteous Gentiles who observe the Noahide Laws are guaranteed "a place in the world to come." This does not mean Heaven, however, but the Messianic Age in which the Jews expect to assume authority over the whole earth under the leadership of their "Messiah." Righteous Gentiles will be the servant class. There will be no place at all for those who do not observe the Noahide Laws. Unfortunately, Catholics cannot qualify as Righteous Gentiles unless they give up their faith, since in the mind of those who concocted the Noahide Laws, those who worship Jesus Christ as God violate the first Noahide Law, "Thou shalt not worship idols." And what does the Talmud prescribe for such offenders? Decapitation!
What must God think of a country which no longer recognizes His Ten Commandments, and has replaced them with a set of Seven "Laws" He does not recognize? Perhaps now we know the real reason why the Ten Commandments are being removed from public display in many locations, and why Sunday has become a day of fun and games, or business as usual. You can be a "Righteous Gentile" and still mow the lawn on Sunday, or take the kids for an afternoon of shopping, since the Noahide Laws make no mention of keeping the Lord's Day holy.
"Unless your justice exceeds that of the Scribes and the Pharisees, you shall not enter the kingdom of Heaven" (Mt.5:20). Those who have maneuvered our Commandments away from us will have to face the Judge, the Divine Lawgiver Himself, when He returns to judge the living and the dead. Without faith in Him - Jesus Christ - observance of the Law cannot save. As for Noah, St. Paul tells us in Hebrews: "By faith Noe (Noah), having been warned concerning things not seen as yet, prepared with pious fear an ark in which to save his household. Having thus condemned the world, he was made heir of the justice which is through faith" (Heb.11:7).
As Christians we have a right, based on the authority of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ, to look to the Ten Commandments as a guide and program for life, that will lead us to eternity. "Do this and you shall live," Jesus said (Lk.10:28).The Ten Commandments were given us anew by Christ when He sanctioned them, not that we should place our trust in the Law, still less in our observance of it, but in the Divine Lawgiver Himself, Who will also be our Judge when He comes again. May Christ the King reign once more over the nations, and renew our nation and our earth in justice, truth, and peace. Long live Christ the King!