Self-Restraint is Nine-Tenth of Worship

by Henry Makow, Ph.D. — (Slightly revised from Nov 24, 2011)

“A man may conquer a million men in battle but one who conquers himself is, indeed, the greatest of conquerors.” Buddha
“Rule your mind or it will rule you.” – Horace
Have you noticed that nine of the Ten Commandments are proscriptions?
They tell us what we shalt NOT do.
Surely this is an important clue. We worship God by disciplining and controlling our lower nature.
The only affirmative Commandment is to “honor your father and mother.” The other nine are concerned with obeying, i.e. self-discipline:
You shall have no other Gods; not make idols; not take His name in vain; not work on the Sabbath; not commit murder; not commit adultery; not steal; not bear false witness (lie) and finally, not covet your neighbor’s wife or possessions.



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