Our Lord Jesus Christ, speaking as He does today in the Gospel about the Commandments of God, speaks with absolute authority. He is "the image of the invisible God" (Col. 1:15), the Second Person of the Blessed Trinity, our Lawgiver and Judge. 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" (Mark 13:29).
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 (Luke 10:28). It is true that He gave us a new Commandment, to love one another as He loves us (cf. John 13:34), but His commandment of love contains the others, just as the New Covenant in His Blood does not abolish the Old Covenant but contains it, and gives it a validity which it no longer has independently.
Now I always thought that we had at least one thing in common with the Jews - that the Ten Commandments were common property, and were binding upon all mankind. But I find to my shock and horror that such is not the case. I find instead that many Jews are very jealous of sharing their Ten Commandments with non-Jews, or Gentiles. At Mount Sinai, God made a Covenant with His Chosen People, the Israelites. He gave them the Ten Commandments, which they were bound to observe in order to hold up their end of the Covenant. These laws, they claim, were not given for those outside the Covenant. This means that the Catholic Church and other groups of Christians are out of order in appropriating the Ten Commandments, since they belong only to the people chosen by God at Sinai.
But don't be disappointed! The Jews have come up with another set of laws for those who wish to be "Righteous Gentiles." These are the Seven Laws of Noah, the so-called Noahide Laws, which they claim come from the covenant God made with Noah. In fact, they are found in the Talmud, which consists of collections of extra-Biblical Jewish traditional teachings, with commentaries, that were compiled in the early centuries of the Christian era, and became more important to modern Judaism than the inspired writings of the Old Testament. Righteous Gentiles are those who obey the Noahide Laws, which 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.
Well, this is really old news if it comes from the Talmud. What has this got to do with us Americans, living in a country which was supposedly founded upon Christian principles? At least most of us thought so. But in an amazing coup engineered by a powerful Jewish interest group, the American public have been herded like cattle from familiar pastures, and are now wandering in barren and poisonous wastelands. The Noahide Laws were officially recognized by President George H. Bush and both houses of the U.S. Congress, in Public Law 102-14, 102nd Congress. 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. And because a recent weakening of these principles was said to threaten the fabric of civilized society, March 26th, 1991, was designated Education Day, U.S.A., for the purpose of educating American citizens about the Noahide Laws. Jesus Christ and His Commandments are now officially irrelevant. This should be enough to boggle the minds of all Americans.
So much for any illusions we might still have entertained about Christian principles being the foundation of American society. Notice that there is nothing said in the Noahide Laws about keeping the Lord's Day holy. So this is why we now have Sunday shopping and all kinds of activities that were once considered unsuitable for the Lord's Day. You can be a "Righteous Gentile" and still sleep in on Sunday morning, or drop the kids off for their baseball game, while you mow the lawn and you wife goes shopping.
We are promised that Righteous Gentiles who observe the Noahide Laws are guaranteed "a place in the world to come." Don't get your hopes up! This does not mean Heaven, 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. Well, surely we Catholics can qualify as Righteous Gentiles, at least if we observe the Seven Laws of Noah, right? Unfortunately, in the mind of those who gave us the Noahide Laws, those who worship Jesus Christ as God are idolaters. To believe in the Divinity of Jesus Christ is to violate the first of the Noahide Laws. And what is the penalty for those who so offend? The Talmud requires Capital Punishment!
Since the rights of Christ the King have been denied, we must now face the wrath of God the Father. The Church has taught us rightly, that until Jesus Christ is recognized as King there will be no peace, and the nations will face the disaster that overtook Jerusalem in the year 70 A.D. The present conciliatory attitude of the Vatican towards the Jews, especially in its recent recognition of the independent validity of the Sinai Covenant, the heretical documents condoned by the Pontifical Biblical Commission with Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger's signature, and the American Bishops' statements, not to mention John Paul II's own words in ZENIT (May 22, 2003) to the World Jewish Congress, only add fuel to the fire of anathema, and a renting asunder of the unchangeable tenets of the One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church.
It is a vain hope to think that we can build a "civilization of love" by entering into dialogue with the religions of this world. At least now we know where we stand with those who wield the power. But Jesus told us: "Do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. But rather be afraid of him who is able to destroy both body and soul in hell" (Matthew 10:28). We must make sure we are in good standing with the true Messiah and King - our Lord Jesus Christ, Whose Kingdom is not of this world.
Do resist the desecration of Sunday, even if this means considerable sacrifice. Make it a day of worship and of rest from unsuitable activities, as the Lord commanded. Hate no one, but carefully observe the Commandments, the Ten Commandments given to us by our all-good and all-wise God. And especially observe the New Commandment that fulfills the whole Law: "Love one another as I have loved you." †