God’s moral commands provide “short cut” statements concerning what we should know in order to function properly and sanely in our human life. By that I mean that given enough time, humans will discover that certain behaviors and attitudes are detrimental to humanity. We will find out by experience what happens when we don’t eat wisely, when we return evil for evil, when we are not honest, when we are greedy, when we seek revenge, when we murder, steal, engage in bribery, get drunk, give reign to lust, etc. We will sooner or later realize that such behavior is physically, socially, psychologically, politically and economically, destructive.
In the meantime, as we limit our knowledge to only what we learn by personal experience, we face another scenario. For sure, when trying to reach a moral statement based on our experience, some people will accuse us of having reached invalid conclusions about the behavior just mentioned in the previous paragraph. They will tell us that we have acted hastily. We will hear, “More study is still needed. Don’t jump to conclusions. We need more research.”
Nonetheless, it is wiser to take God’s words as valid, and save the time and heartache that accompany only learning morality by “first hand experience.” I can take God’s word as valid that revenge is detrimental to human life. Or, I can practice revenge long enough to come to that conclusion on my own. The same goes concerning hate, lust, bitterness, gluttony, etc. God does not tell us what to do and what not to do because He is a spoil sport. He tells us because He wants us to live as well as we can, not being limited only to what we can eventually learn the hard way. It is an incredible waste of time to ignore God’s moral commands.
Learning from God’s word is not a time-waster; it is a time-saver.