The Ten Commandments are the basis and summation of the entire Divine Law. Jesus summed them up with these two commandments:
"Thou shalt love thy Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets." Matthew 22:37-40
Most like to fall into the belief that this was a new decree of Law given by Christ. Many who don't think it necessary to study the Old Testament anymore don't realize that Christ actually was quoting Law right from the Books of Moses, thus answering directly the question posed to him:
"Now these are the commandments, the statutes, and the judgments, which the LORD your God commanded to teach you, that ye might do them in the land whither ye go to possess it: That thou mightest fear the LORD thy God, to keep all his statutes and his commandments, which I command thee, thou, and thy son, and thy son's son, all the days of thy life; and that thy days may be prolonged. Hear therefore, O Israel, and observe to do it; that it may be well with thee, and that ye may increase mightily, as the LORD God of thy fathers hath promised thee, in the land that floweth with milk and honey. Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God is one LORD: And thou shalt love the LORD thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might. And these words, which I command thee this day, shall be in thine heart: And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up. And thou shalt bind them for a sign upon thine hand, and they shall be as frontlets between thine eyes. And thou shalt write them upon the posts of thy house, and on thy gates." Deuteronomy 6:1-9
"Ye shall not steal, neither deal falsely, neither lie one to another. And ye shall not swear by my name falsely, neither shalt thou profane the name of thy God: I am the LORD. Thou shalt not defraud thy neighbour, neither rob him: the wages of him that is hired shall not abide with thee all night until the morning. Thou shalt not curse the deaf, nor put a stumblingblock before the blind, but shalt fear thy God: I am the LORD. Ye shall do no unrighteousness in judgment: thou shalt not respect the person of the poor, nor honour the person of the mighty: but in righteousness shalt thou judge thy neighbour. Thou shalt not go up and down as a talebearer among thy people: neither shalt thou stand against the blood of thy neighbour: I am the LORD. Thou shalt not hate thy brother in thine heart: thou shalt in any wise rebuke thy neighbour, and not suffer sin upon him. Thou shalt not avenge, nor bear any grudge against the children of thy people, but thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself: I am the LORD. Ye shall keep my statutes." Leviticus 19:11-19
The modern church with all of their degrees and professionalism loses sight of the context in which Christ himself speaks from with the denial of the Law. Their inability to properly understand the very profound wisdom expounded upon of the Old Testament by all the New Testament writers is the very reason why the modern church is broken into well over 30,000 different interpretations/denominations.
Quite interestingly the one thing all of these different denominations do agree on is that the Law has been done away with. Without it, each and every denomination has to now develop its own foundational beliefs, and unfortunately as Christ points out in Matthew 12:25; Mark 3:25; & Luke 11:17, "a house divided against itself will surely fall".
It might just be wise to investigate exactly what some of the context of Christ's education on the matter of loving God with all your heart, soul and mind might be:
"And now, Israel, what doth the LORD thy God require of thee, but to fear the LORD thy God, to walk in all his ways, and to love him, and to serve the LORD thy God with all thy heart and with all thy soul, To keep the commandments of the LORD, and his statutes, which I command thee this day for thy good? Behold, the heaven and the heaven of heavens is the LORD'S thy God, the earth also, with all that therein is. Only the LORD had a delight in thy fathers to love them, and he chose their seed after them, even you above all people, as it is this day. Circumcise therefore the foreskin of your heart, and be no more stiffnecked." Deuteronomy 10:12-16
"And it shall come to pass, if ye shall hearken diligently unto my commandments which I command you this day, to love the LORD your God, and to serve him with all your heart and with all your soul, That I will give you the rain of your land in his due season, the first rain and the latter rain, that thou mayest gather in thy corn, and thy wine, and thine oil. And I will send grass in thy fields for thy cattle, that thou mayest eat and be full. Take heed to yourselves, that your heart be not deceived, and ye turn aside, and serve other gods, and worship them" Deuteronomy 11:13-16
"And the LORD thy God will circumcise thine heart, and the heart of thy seed, to love the LORD thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, that thou mayest live." Deuteronomy 30:6
No matter where you read in scripture about loving God, the practice of doing so is always illustrated by keeping his Divine Law. We would do well, then, to investigate just what hangs on the Commandments of the Most High. Even the Prophets themselves saw the Law being written in the New Covenant. I ask you to consider the circumcision of your heart as you read:
"Behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel, and with the house of Judah: Not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day that I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt; which my covenant they brake, although I was an husband unto them, saith the LORD: But this shall be the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel; After those days, saith the LORD, I will put my law in their inward parts, and write it in their hearts; and will be their God, and they shall be my people." Jeremiah 31:31-33
So like I said, it may be wise to investigate a little just what hangs on the Commandments. A study of the Statutes and Judgments reveals that they are the explanation and the practical application of the Ten Commandments. They are the plan and the formula for the government of a God fearing nation and the conduct of its citizens.
Now those who reject God’s Law argue, “We are not under the law but under grace; we need only love God and one another.” But even love needs direction and guidance lest it becomes ornate, debased, and misdirected, finding expression in sexual promiscuity, fornication, adultery, prostitution, & homosexuality. The “New Morality” practices these things under the disguise of love, a full tolerance of sex, crime and violence. I find that the problem with this indoctrination is the fact that we now have a real perverse understanding of what "love" is.
Where lawlessness prevails, "love" becomes the "new" law. It then becomes the answer to dealing with issues of perversion, criminality, heresy, etc. Where this love is the answer, all law and order must give way to the imperative of love. Love as defined by the Bible is not lawless, but it is the fulfilling of the law. Please read.
"Owe no man any thing, but to love one another: for he that loves another hath fulfilled the law. For this, Thou shalt not commit adultery, Thou shalt not kill, Thou shalt not steal, Thou shalt not bear false witness, Thou shalt not covet; and if there be any other commandment, it is briefly comprehended in this saying, namely THOU SHALL LOVE THY NEIGHBOR AS THY SELF. Love worketh no ill to his neighbor: therefore LOVE IS FULFILLING THE LAW." Romans 13:8-10
Love without the law is total permissiveness. It is ultimately a denial of good and evil in favor of a supposed higher way. It becomes issue based and no longer principle based. Instead of "God's" absolute Law, the morality of a situation is determined by the situation itself and the "loving" action it called for. Wherever the law is denied, the logic of any other position is always emotional and opinion based, therefore leading to humanism and not Christianity. The capacity for fail is eminent and expressed clearly from scripture. Please read:
"The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?" Jeremiah 17:9
"For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh,) dwelleth no good thing: for to will is present with me; but how to perform that which is good I find not." Romans 7:18
The simple fact is that "love" by the modern church’s perspective is carnal, and therefore subject to the definition of the flesh. The Law is thus necessary and is a basic requisite to a repentant soul. Repentance as we all know is a requisite for salvation. When you can justify abominable acts with the excuse that "but they love each other", or "it was an act of love", then you have got problems.
The downfall of such a belief with no true foundation is again preached by Christ as the house built on sand. We are all unable to deny its falling to the storms of such lawless agendas. Jesus said, “If you love me keep my commandments” John 14:15. For those who believe that Jesus is God, this is nothing new but a continued plea throughout the ages by a God who always offered mercy to his people:
"And shewing mercy unto thousands of them that love me, and keep my commandments." Exodus 20:6
"And shewing mercy unto thousands of them that love me and keep my commandments." Deuteronomy 5:10
But the churches teach if that if we keep his commandments, we risk losing our salvation and his mercy. It would be interesting to hear them try to explain 1 John 5:2-3, which says, "by this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God, and keep his commandments". By what means, other than keeping His commandments does one demonstrate their love toward God?
"For there is no respect of persons with God. For as many as have sinned without law shall also perish without law: and as many as have sinned in the law shall be judged by the law; For not the hearers of the law are just before God, but the doers of the law shall be justified." Romans 2:11-13
I may not know much, but what I do know is that the Modern Church is slated for destruction. As our country progresses into true abasement and godlessness, it is only the church that we have to blame. The modern Church hides the light and the glory that is its God, and the world has been a darker place for it. There is no love in that.
"Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid. Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven. Think not that I am come to abolish the law, or the prophets: I am not come to abolish, but to fulfil. For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled. Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven: but whosoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven." Matthew 5:14-19
There might be a reason the whole New Testament gospel rode on the foundation to repent. Repent from what is the only thing all denominations can’t seem to agree on.
"Know therefore that the LORD thy God, he is God, the faithful God, which keepeth covenant and mercy with them that love him and keep his commandments to a thousand generations; And repayeth them that hate him to their face, to destroy them: he will not be slack to him that hateth him, he will repay him to his face. Thou shalt therefore keep the commandments, and the statutes, and the judgments, which I command thee this day, to do them." Deuteronomy 7:9-11
Reading in scripture, only 66-77 generations have passed between Adam and Christ, depending how exhaustive of a study you put into it. Puts a little perspective to the length of time a thousand generations can be.