How Many Laws Does One Country Need? God Says, “Ten”

TenCommandmentsAustinStateCapitolGood grief. One of Britain’s most senior judges recently made headlines when he said he blamed a decline in religion and traditional moral values for the growing number of laws needed to maintain order. (The things that make you want to say, “Well, Duh”.)

According to Lord Sumption, a Supreme Court Justice, 3000 new regulations of criminal or administrative offenses were added between 1997 and 2007 to the statute book.  Lord Sumption claimed the “expansion of the empire of law” has been necessary to fill the gap left by declining religious and moral codes that once guided people’s behavior.

“ …At the same time other restraints on the autonomy and self-interest of men, such as religion and social convention, have lost much of their former force, at any rate in the West. The role of social and religious sentiment, which was once so critical in the life of our societies, has been largely taken over by law…”

In the United States, approximately 40,000 new state laws started taking effect in 2012.

About 300 new federal laws are passed each year in the US-at least as far back as the 1970’s. For decades, the task of counting the total number of federal criminal laws has bedeviled lawyers, academics and government officials.

“You will have died and resurrected three times, and still be trying to figure out the answer,” said Ronald Gainer, a retired Justice Department official.

In 1982, while at the Justice Department, Mr. Gainer oversaw what still stands as the most comprehensive attempt to tote up a number. The effort came as part of a long and ultimately failed campaign to persuade Congress to revise the criminal code, which by the 1980s was scattered among 50 titles and 23,000 pages of federal law. Justice Department lawyers undertook “the laborious counting” of the scattered statutes “for the express purpose of exposing the idiocy” of the system, said Mr. Gainer, now 76 years old.

Did you get that? It has been over 30 years since an attempt was made to count how many laws there are on the books. It can’t be done!  And to think, all we ever needed was ten.

Yul Brynner, who played Rameses in The Ten Commandments movie said, “Man has made 32,600,000 laws. God made only ten, and yet there is no law among all these millions man has made that isn’t covered with the Divine ones you can count on the fingers of your hands.”

Charlton Heston (Moses) replied, “The Ten Commandments have become the basis for the whole code of human law . . . It is appropriate that on the border between the two countries, the United States and Canada, the Ten Commandments have an important place to show how men can live in peace.”

There is only one reason that more and more laws must be created. The Word of God is  hated. The progressive, liberal mind chafes at the perceived restrictions set in stone that have guided man for generations. For thirty years, they have slowly and methodically chiseled the foundation from underneath us in their pathetic attempts to undermine the moral underpinnings of our country.

Cecil DeMille, director of The Ten Commandments movie said, “Some of the saddest words ever written are those in the Book of Common Prayer: ‘We have left undone those things which we ought to have done.’ It might be salutary, if something cruel, to inscribe those words on the walls of our juvenile courts facing the plate where parents sit. But it would be more salutary if our schools and homes – and our minds and hearts – were deeply inscribed with certain other words which are the answer to those questions. There are such Words.”

The 10 Commandments

1 –  And God spoke all these words, saying: “I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage. You shall have no other gods before me.

2-  You shall not make for yourself any carved image, or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth; you shall not bow down to them nor serve them.

For I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children to the third and fourth generations of those who hate me, but showing mercy to thousands, to those who love Me and keep My commandments.

3 – You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain, for the Lord will not hold him guiltless who takes His name in vain.

4 – Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy.

5 – Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be long upon the land which the Lord your God is giving you.

6 – You shall not murder.

7 – You shall not commit adultery.

8 – You shall not steal.

9 -You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.

10 – You shall not covet your neighbor’s house; you shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, nor his manservant, nor his maidservant, nor his ox, nor his donkey, nor anything that is your neighbor’s.”

Emboldened in their disdain of all things good and pure, the haters continuously seek to destroy God’s Word. They overturn a granite statue of the Ten Commandments that sits across from the U.S. Supreme Court; they rip the Ten Commandments off the classroom walls of our schools; they scream “separation of church and state” to the top of their lungs. They are relentless in their steady assaults on what we hold dear. Unless we stand firm, they will get what they want…a society so depraved and so perverted that more and more laws will have to be written to enforce good and moral behavior. How futile are their efforts. No matter how much empty rhetoric spews from their twisted mouths, the haters must know that they can never remove God’s Word from our hearts-unless we allow it.

The grass withers, the flower fades,

But the word of our God shall stand forever-Isaiah 40:8.


Lydia Susanne has conducted exclusive interviews with Israeli author Lela Gilbert, activist and lead singer of KANSAS John Elefonte, Todd Daniels of International Christian Concern, and Bob Fu of China Aid, among other notable subjects for

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