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Finally, religious persons can transgress the first commandment through unbelief. They deny the almighty God and His Word when they trust more in their thoughts and feelings than in God's providence and Word.

    The Apostle Thomas denied the truth of Jesus' Word when he would not believe in Christ's resurrection until he could actually see and feel it. He placed more faith in his sight and feeling than in God and His Word. Unbelief denies the true God, the God of Scripture whose Word is always true and may not be doubted.

    Jesus reprimanded Thomas when He appeared before the apostles a week later. "Then saith He to Thomas, Reach hither thy finger, and behold My hands; and reach hither thy hand, and thrust it into My side: and be not faithless, but believing. And Thomas answered and said unto Him, My Lord and my God. Jesus saith unto him, Thomas, because thou hast seen Me, thou hast believed: blessed are they that have not seen; and yet have believed" (John 20:27-29).

    How was Thomas sinning against God's first commandment when responding in unbelief to Jesus' Word?

Before concluding this section, two major transgressions of the first commandment in today's society need to be considered. The first is secular humanism; the second, professional sports. Television, theatre, and rock music could also be included here, but these are examined in later chapters.

Secular humanism is directly opposed to God's first commandment. It denies that there is one, true, almighty God. It teaches that man is the highest form of evolutionary development; therefore, man is "god."

Biblical Christianity and secular humanism are at war in today's society. There is an all-out battle for the minds and hearts of adults and children taking place in our country and throughout the world today -the battle between Christianity and humanism. At present,

  • Secular humanism - A belief that man is god; man is to determine his own moral standards

  • How does secular humanism reflect the same temptation presented to man in Paradise?

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