Rules Vs Principles

RULES                                                                      PRINCIPLES

The Ten Commandments     ………………… ………Love God and Love Neighbour

Do not drink and drive………………………………….Drink Responsibly

Gown and Black Tie affair…………………………….Dress elegantly

Drink eight glasses of water………………………….Make sure you are hydrated daily

It will be sunny today…………………………………….Weather will be good today

Christians do not marry Muslims…………………Do not be unequally yoked.

You must get an A+………………………………………..Do your very best

No jeans, minis, short shorts allowed…………..Wear appropriate work attire

Tyres must be changed each season…………….Vehicles must be maintained regularly.

You must be home by 9 pm…………………………..Get home at a reasonable time.

Tithe 10%………………………………………………………..Give generously, as the spirit leads

No slurping or slumping at the dinner table…Practice proper dining etiquette

Rules puts us in straitjackets and imposes on our freewill. However, without some boundary there will be chaos and disarray. We need rules, they are a protection.

Principles force us to think and choose. Rules cannot exist for every possible human action or situation- some things just cannot be put in a rule book.  

We all play judge, but we also all stand accused. God himself is the final arbiter and only legitimate Judge.

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