What would the world have been like without God’s law given on Mount Sinai? This is the question I asked myself as we approach Shavuot, which we celebrate here in Israel on May 17th this year.
Shavuot means “weeks” and is celebrated seven weeks after Passover and in Jewish tradition recalls the giving of the Torah. Pentecost is the holiday recalling the outpouring of the Holy Spirit upon the disciples of Jesus, and Shavuot reminds us of the foundations of God’s laws without which our lives would be much different.
Without God’s guidance for life, we would hardly even recognize the world as we see it today. We would look at things differently and listen with different understanding. Our emotions and feelings would respond differently. Our worldview, how we judge, love or hate would look different. Even our brains would be modeled differently, as would our ways of thinking. Without God’s laws we would interpret life, our environment, and politics differently and most likely have come to different conclusions and have taken...
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