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Life is complicated - - - or is it?
By Elder Jerry Monroe
There appears to be a consensus that there are 613 laws in the Talmud. It is little wonder that Pharisees and Sadducees spent a lifetime trying to memorize all of this.
Now, 613 sounds like a bunch but consider the laws that we Americans are expected to comply with. The fact is that the Old Testament laws are just a drop of water in a public swimming pool compared with the laws adopted by our legislatures. If you have any question about this, just walk into a law library sometime and take a look around. Even better, visit the Library of Congress and bear in mind that, in addition, each of the 50 states has a body of statutes that their legislatures enthusiastically adopt each year to demonstrate to their constituents that they are doing their job, namely, making (more) laws.
Jesus famously responded to a Pharisees' question about the payment of taxes that one should "Render to Caesar the things that are Caesar's, and to God the things that are God's." Jesus was recognizing that there is a civil society and there is God's society. Compliance with the law is necessary in both and there is not necessarily a conflict. But how can the limited mind of mankind expect to comply with the overabundance of laws in modern society? Jesus gave us some help on this. His superb synthesis of the law removes the complexity: "Love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind and love your neighbor as yourself." Don't sweat the small stuff. If you can pull this off, everything else is a cinch.