Still the Only Solution to the World’s Problems

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There is only one solution to the world’s problems, only one prescription for producing a near-heaven on earth.

It is 3,000 years old.

And it is known as the Ten Commandments.

Properly understood and applied, the Ten Commandments are really all humanity needs to make a beautiful world. While modern men and women, in their hubris, believe that they can and must come up with new ideas in order to make a good world, the truth is there is almost nothing new to say.

If people and countries lived by the Ten Commandments, all the great moral problems would disappear.

Or, to put it another way, all the great evils involve the violation of one or more of the Ten Commandments.

Here is the case in brief for the Ten Commandments (using the Jewish enumeration, which differs slightly from the Protestant and Catholic):

1. I am the Lord your God.

There are moral atheists and there are immoral believers, but there is no chance for a good world based on atheism. Ultimately, a godless and religion-free society depends on people’s hearts to determine right from wrong, and that is a very weak foundation.

Plenty of people have died in history in the name of God. But many more have been killed, tortured, and deprived of liberty in the name of humanity and progress or some other post-Judeo-Christian value. Religion gave us an Inquisition and gives us suicide terrorists, but the death of God gave us Nazism and Communism, which, in one century alone, slaughtered more than a hundred million people. All the founders of the United States – yes, all – knew that a free society can survive only if its citizens believe themselves to be morally accountable to God.

2. Do not have other gods.

The worship of false gods leads to evil. When anything but the God of creation and morality is worshiped, moral chaos ensues.

No one is godless. Either people worship God, or they worship other gods — nature, intelligence, art, education, beauty, the environment, Mother Earth, power, fame, pleasure, the state, the fuhrer, the party, progress, humanity. The list is almost endless. And no matter how noble — and false gods are often noble — when they become ends in themselves, they lead to evil.

3. Do not take God’s name in vain.

People have misinterpreted this commandment. They think it prohibits saying something like, “Oh, my God, what a home run!” But the Hebrew literally means “do not carry” the name of the Lord in vain.

In other words, we are forbidden from doing evil in God’s name. Only when thus understood does the rest of the Commandment make sense — that God will not “cleanse,” or forgive — the person who does this.

Thus, the Islamist who slits an innocent’s throat while shouting “Allahu Akbar” is the perfect example of the individual who carries God’s name in vain and who cannot be forgiven. These people not only murder their victims, they murder God’s name. For that reason, they do more evil than the atheist who murders.

4. Keep the Sabbath day and make it holy.

Leaving the world one day a week and elevating it above the others is the greatest vehicle to family harmony and to harmony with friends.

One day a week without video games, without parents leaving to go to work or to do their own thing on the computer forces parents and children to spend time together and to actually talk.

It even encourages couples to make love. It also weakens the institution of slavery. If even your servants get a day off because God commands it, that means you do not have absolute control over them.

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  • Mongo

    What do the Ten Commandments have to say about illegal immigration? Federal interest rates? Climate change? How about stem-cell research? Arms dealing in Africa?

    The world faces issues today the Founders, and the writers of the books of the Bible, couldn't begin to imagine when they were alive. Trying to make the modern world follow rules written thousands of years ago is futile.

    Also, as an atheist, I am glad to hear Dennis Prager admit what many Christians believe: atheists are inherently evil. No matter how much they might protest "well you have the right to your beliefs" it's important to keep in mind they think atheism will destroy the world if allowed to.

    • Thomas N. Fleming

      If you are an atheist, I defy you to fashion a compelling moral code. If we are just “intelligent apes”, I say we should pretty much do whatever the hell we feel like doing, including killing one another “just ’cause” we want to. And you should shut up about it, because there is no right or wrong in the animal kingdom, of which you are a member.

      • Dennis Sadler

        "I say we should pretty much do whatever the hell we feel like doing, including killing one another "just 'cause" we want to."

        Why would we want to do that?

        • Mark

          It's not that "we" would want to do that, it's just that in the absence of adherence to Judeo-Christian morality, no act (or value or philosophy) is any "better" that any other.

          Perhaps you remember Nietzsche's famous inversion of Jesus' saying, "With men this is impossible, but with God, all things are possible."

          Nietzsche turned these wonderful words from our Lord completely upside-down: "Without God, everything is permissible."

          I've always thought that Nietzsche must finally have come to the realization that the atheistic belief system he'd constructed for himself ultimately led nowhere but the deepest, darkest black hole of nothingness, bleaker and more meaningless than he ever imagined when he started down the road of rejecting God.

          Many think this realization is what drove him into madness at the end of his life. Although there are a number of stories that, on his death-bed, Nietzsche experienced an infusion of the Holy Spirit, and returned the the Faith of his Fathers. I hope and pray this is so, since God "desireth not the death of a sinner, but that he should turn from his sin, AND LIVE." – my emphasis added

          • Dennis Sadler

            Here's the quote I'm responding to:

            ""I say we should pretty much do whatever the hell we feel like doing, including killing one another "just 'cause" we want to."

            So it IS that we would want to, according to this person.

            Why would we want to?

      • Jim_C

        I defy you to explain why moral codes are not simply in the interest of a functioning society, as they have been for all recorded history.

    • Art Telles

      "… destroy the world …"

      Here's a bit of humor in response re atheism and destruction of the world. To destroy the world, atheism would first need to create the world.

      An atheist and Yahowah were discussing freedom of thought and freedom of action.

      The atheist, being a brilliant scientist, proposed to Yahowah, the Creator, that human kind did not need a creator anymore, if it ever did, since DNA had been mastered.

      In response to that brilliant statement, Yahowah proposed a creation contest.

      Being a brilliand scientist, the atieist immediately agreed and bent over, grabbed some dirt in his hands and started to walk to his laboratory.

      "No, no, no," said Yahowah, "that dirt is mine. You go make your own dirt."

      I stand with Israel
      I propose the LIGHT of the name of Yahowah (YHWH) vs. the DARKNESS of the name of Allah to
      STOP! Islamization of America

      Yahowah u Akbar vs. Allah u Akbar

    • Lady_Dr

      Dennis Prager did not "admit what many Christians believe:" And you will be hard pressed to find Christians who believe "atheists are inherently evil" – but if you are a Christian (or a religious Jew, however that is defined) it is pretty obvious that ATHEISM EASILY LEADS TO EVIL. That is not the same thing. ATHEISM WILL MORE EASILY LEAD TO THE DESTRUCTION OF THE WORLD BECAUSE IF THERE IS NO GOD YOU ARE FREE TO DO ANYTHING AND lies, murder, theft, etc., etc. are okay.

      May I respectfully suggest you begin a serious study of logic because you obviously need it.

      • Dennis Sadler

        "IF THERE IS NO GOD YOU ARE FREE TO DO ANYTHING AND lies, murder, theft, etc., etc. are okay. "

        Why would we want to do those things?

        • Dennis Sadler

          And no, atheists do not believe that lies, murder and theft are okay. We have consciences just like everyone else. Show me one atheist who advocates those things.

        • Tom

          Go ask all the people in prison. Most of it is caused by greed.

          • Dennis Sadler

            The overwhelming majority of people in prison are believers, not atheists.

    • nursepat

      The truth is that atheism won't desroy the world, just the atheist. God will ultimately destroy the world as we know it now to cleanse it from the uncleanness introduced by Satan and incorporated into human nature. The thing is that if you are right then this is as close to Hell as I will ever get; if I'm right then this is as close as you will ever get to heaven. Just remeber that the 2nd law of thermodynamics states that all matter and energy are in a state of decomposition, so evolution is scientifically impossible. Kind of leads me to believe that there is a designer behind all creation.

  • Martin

    Half of the 10 commandments are just about bowing and scraping before God. This has NOT made the world a better place. Not trying to bash religion, but don't be silly.

  • Art Telles

    The Name…

    Hi Dennis,

    Re # 3, Do not take God's name in vain.

    Since you know, I'm sure, the history behind the post-Exilic reluctance to mention the name of the Elohim that Moses himself spoke to the Israelites, maybe it's time for the chosen people of Yahowah (YHWH) to truly listen to his admonition to NOT take his name in vain and start to pronounce it audibly in public and model what it means to not "take" his name in vain.

    There is 100% agreement that not "taking" means to not "carry" his name and do evil.

  • Art Telles

    The Name…

    However, my point is that, just as a son or a daughter "takes" the name of the parents and protects the honor and dignity of the family name by not doing evil, so also should all Jews who say HaShem or Adonai, and even Christians who mean well and say HaShem or Adonai, instead of Yahowah (or Yahweh or some other preferred spelling) should "take" the name that Moses spoke audibly to the Israelites when Moses proposed to them that they should think about leaving Mitsrayim (Egypt) and not be intimidated into saying HaShem or Adonai instead of his name YHWH.

    Consider this possible dialogue between am Islamic jihadist and, say, oh, pick anyone, Hassidic Jew, Torah observant Jew, Rabbinic Jew, Messianic Jew, even a Friend of Israel Christian.

  • Art Telles

    The Name…

    What do you think should be the response to an Islamic jihadist who says, "Islam is the true religion and Allah u Akbar"?

    Should the response be HaShem u Akbar (The Name is Greatest)?

    Well, what name is THE Name?

    Should the response be Adonai u Akbar (The LORD is Greatest)?

    Which LORD is THE LORD? Zeus, Allah, YHWH?

    How about Yahowah u Akbar (Yah Saves is Greatest)?

  • Art Telles

    The Name…

    Ah, maybe Moses was right after all this time and the post-Exilic Rabbis were wrong?

    Maybe it's time for a "back to Elohim" movement among the chosen people of Yahowah who truly know what it means to NOT "take his name in vain" and using substitutes such as HaShem and Adonai for the Tetragramaton (4 letters) YHWH.

    What do you think? Is it time, and is time of the essence in self-defence?

    If the name of Yahowah (YHWH) was good enough for Moses and the Exodus Israelites, do you think it might be the right time in history for the people of Israel, the "heritage" of Yahowah to "take" and "carry" the name of YHWH with honor and dignity again?

    I stand with Israel
    I propose the LIGHT of the name of Yahowah (YHWH) vs. the DARKNESS of the name of Allah to
    STOP! Islamization of America

    Yahowah u Akbar vs. Allah u Akbar

    • tarleton

      Your comments are a wonderful example of fundamentalist psychobabble …you may as well be writing in japanese for the ammount of sense you're making …..this is clearly some type of psychosis

      • Art Telles


        You used a lot of words in your reply, but, what's the point?

        Your words are psychobabble.

        What exactly is it that you are for and against.

        Define and defend a point coherently, otherwise your own comment is an excellent example of psychobabble.

        Is Yahowah (YHWH), whatever the pronouncation may be, the name that Moses spoke to Israel before leaving Egypt?

        If not, was it HaShem (The Name)?
        If not, was it Adonai (LORD)?
        If not, was it Baal(Lord)?
        If not, was it Allah?

        So, what's the point of your psychobabble?
        Are you for Yahowah or for Allah?

        I stand with Israel
        I propose the LIGHT of the name of Yahowah (YHWH) vs. the DARKNESS of the name of Allah to
        STOP! Islamization of America

        Yahowah u Akbar

        • tarleton

          In politics you must grit your teeth and make common alliance with the lessor of evils and as a conservative I find I have more in common with xians than Leftists but it's not easy to endure fundamentalist nutters …I wouldn't want any of you folk for neighbours

          • Art Telles

            Huh 2…

            What's the point of your negative words?

            Comments without a coherent point are definitely "nutters" and incoherent.

            Define and defend at least 1 point, not 2 or more… just 1 will do for coherent give and take.

            Try it, you'll like it.

            Coherent conversation is fun, enlightening and worth the time it takes to type your words.

            I stand with Israel
            I propose the LIGHT of the name of Yahowah (YHWH) vs. the DARKNESS of the name of Allah to
            STOP! Islamization of America

            Yahowah u Akbar

  • SueM

    I believe God expects us to enact laws that line up with his Word. When we die, we're not going to be judged by Government policy or a jury of our peers, but by the Word of God and how well we followed it.

    • Dennis Sadler

      You don't get to do that in the United States.

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  • StephenD

    Mr. Prager,
    The only reason for the Ten Commandments to begin with seems to be to point out that man cannot "go it alone" and needs to humble himself and rely upon the mercy of G_d.
    I say that only because NOT ONE PERSON lives up to the standards of the Ten Commandments.
    "There are none righteous, No, Not One."
    What I'm saying is that right off the bat, your premise is faulty. It can not happen and you suggest that it can; that it is only a matter of man being willing. I say this is where you are wrong.
    I think this is where some of the known prayers surround themselves. “…Thy will be done; on Earth as it is in Heaven.”

  • Dennis Sadler

    "Ultimately, a godless and religion-free society depends on people’s hearts to determine right from wrong, and that is a very weak foundation."

    Why is that a weak foundation?

    • Eddie

      Dennis…you couldn't be that vacant.

      • Dennis Sadler

        Why respond if you're not going to answer the question?

        • Mark

          So, you're a latter-day Socrates?

  • Dennis Sadler

    "No one is godless. Either people worship God, or they worship other gods — nature, intelligence, art, education, beauty, the environment, Mother Earth, power, fame, pleasure, the state, the fuhrer, the party, progress, humanity."

    Those things are not gods.

    • tarleton

      nature is a pagan God , animism to be exact …the rest are secular, substite gods

      The 20th century saw the rise of the secular religions of class and race with their ''holy '' books , holy symbols , holy prophets , inquisition , crusade against the infidels …ein volk and workers of the world unite

      • Dennis Sadler

        No, nature is nature. It only becomes a god if you ascribe supernatural powers to it.

        Could you give me an example of a holy book of the secular religion of class?

        • tarleton

          Das Capital ……mein Kampf for the nazis , both had their high priests and holy symbols …the party rallies in nuremburg were religiously atmospheric

          nature is nature ? as if paganism had never existed

          The Bolsheviks were trying to build heaven on earth in a scialist utopia …they even had their martin luther who, while atempting to reform a corupt system had it fall apart around him

          • Dennis Sadler

            What are the supernatural beliefs of this religion of class? Who are its deities?

            Nature is nature. Paganism ascribes supernatural powers to it; that makes it more than nature.

  • Dennis Sadler

    "For that reason, they do more evil than the atheist who murders."

    Or the Christian who murders?

  • Dennis Sadler

    "It also weakens the institution of slavery."

    Where is there slavery in the 21st century?

    • Lady_Dr

      Mostly in the Islamic world, but also in current and former tyrannies where "the name of God" has been largely erased. Remember it was Christians who got rid of slavery in the USA, and in ancient times when slavery was common if you were a slave to a Jew you had it pretty good because you got his sabbath and holidays off.

      • tarleton

        nazi germany re-introduced slavery into europe

      • Dennis Sadler

        Do you have a source for that claim?

  • Dennis Sadler

    "Observance or even near-observance of this commandment alone would end the formation of the underclass. No amount of state aid can do what marriage and commitment to a spouse do to end poverty and almost all social pathologies. "

    This one shocked me. You seem to be suggesting that only poor people commit adultery. I really hope that's not where you're going with this.

  • Dennis Sadler

    "This commandment prohibits the stealing of people, the stealing of property, and the stealing of anything that belongs to another. The first prohibition alone, if obeyed, would have rendered the slave trade impossible."

    Then why does the Bible condone slavery?

    • Mark

      You have misread the Bible. Although the Bible talks about slavery (in an historic sense), it does not condone it.

      • Dennis Sadler

        "Your male and female slaves are to come from the nations around you; from them you may buy slaves" Lev 25:44

        That passage explicitly allows slavery. This is from the same book everyone quotes about why you shouldn't be gay.

  • Dennis Sadler

    "There is only one way to achieve a great society, and it is not by creating a massive state that doles out other citizens’ money. It is by cultivating citizens who try to live by these Ten Commandments . They are as relevant today as they were 3,000 years ago."

    Good luck with that. Only two things forbidden by the Ten Commandments correspond with things forbidden by law in the United States. Atheists like myself will resist all attempts to codify your religious beliefs in law.

  • tarleton

    I agree with Dennis's premise that the human mind is ''hardwired'' to believe in a God and craves meaning in life …and when traditional Gods are undermined will create secular Gods than many times turn out to be destructive and obsessive
    How else can you explain the secular fanatics of the last century ? god wills it ….the party requires it or EIN VOLK

    • Dennis Sadler

      "Secular gods" is an oxymoron.

      • Wideband

        and you love to play semantics.

        • Dennis Sadler

          So it isn't an oxymoron? Care to explain why not?

  • Anon

    You do know the entire Dark Ages, full of war, disease, pestilence, plauge, etc, came about due to religion?

    The only thing the 10 commandents have wrought is pain, suffering and death.

    • Eddie

      Anon, you are such a misinformed pitiful whatever you are (male/female).

  • Jana

    2 Corinthians chapter 3 tells us that Jesus Christ fulfilled the law. When you fulfill a contract, you complete it.

    2Cor3:7 – but if the ministry of death, in letters engraved on stones (the 10 commandments) came with glory….. 3:9 much more does the ministry of righteousness (right standing) abound in glory.

    Death Through Adam, Life Through Christ

    3:12 Therefore, just as sin entered the world through one man, and death through sin, and in this way death came to all people, because all sinned—

    13 To be sure, sin was in the world before the law was given, but sin is not charged against anyone’s account where there is no law. 14 Nevertheless, death reigned from the time of Adam to the time of Moses, even over those who did not sin by breaking a command, as did Adam, who is a pattern of the one to come.

    15 But the gift is not like the trespass. For if the many died by the trespass of the one man, how much more did God’s grace and the gift that came by the grace of the one man, Jesus Christ, overflow to the many! 16 Nor can the gift of God be compared with the result of one man’s sin: The judgment followed one sin and brought condemnation, but the gift followed many trespasses and brought justification. 17 For if, by the trespass of the one man, death reigned through that one man, how much more will those who receive God’s abundant provision of grace and of the gift of righteousness reign in life through the one man, Jesus Christ!

    18 Consequently, just as one trespass resulted in condemnation for all people, so also one righteous act resulted in justification and life for all people. 19 For just as through the disobedience of the one man the many were made sinners, so also through the obedience of the one man the many will be made righteous.

    20 The law was brought in so that the trespass might increase. But where sin increased, grace increased all the more, 21 so that, just as sin reigned in death, so also grace might reign through righteousness to bring eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

    2Cor 3:17 Now the Lord is the Spirit; and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is Liberty.

    Fruit grows from a Tree naturally. As we understand we cannot keep the law on our own will and understand Jesus has already taken all our punishment, and overpaid the penalty of all our transgression, we repent (to change ones mind), receive Gods love into our heart, we are grateful …and fruit grows.

    Galations5:22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.

    Satan has lost the battle and has been sentenced. He just hasn't been put in jail yet. In the mean time, he accuses and deceives people.

    Rev 12:10 For the accuser of our brothers and sisters,
    who accuses them before our God day and night,
    has been hurled down.

    2Cor5:17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, that person is a new creation. The old has gone, the new is here! 18 All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: 19 that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting people’s sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation. 20 We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God. 21 God made him who had no sin to be a sin offering for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.

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  • Alderama

    European nations are Christian and are church states. There ministers are civil servants and their citizens are confirmed before voting age. They are taught the ten commandments and the church creeds as teenagers, like a rite of passage, they are then confirmed in one the church sacraments. They are being schooled in the ten commandments when in many less disciplined societies they are allowed to run loose and join gangs. It is possible that western civilization was saved from extinction after the Black death by the church serving as its local governmental administration. Christian kings brought populations out of paganism into a Christian belief system without bloodshed in Scandinavian countries.

  • Dennis Sadler

    "Christian kings brought populations out of paganism into a Christian belief system without bloodshed in Scandinavian countries. "

    Too bad they couldn't manage that when they invaded the New World.