Are The 10 Commandments Still Important For Today?

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I thought I would draw up this article for all of you in order to give you a complete list of the 10 commandments. Most Christians do not have all of them memorized.

I will give you the specific verse from Scripture where the 10 commandments are being given to us by the Lord, along with some of the additional statements that God makes under some of these commandments that you usually do not see on the little tablets of the 10 commandments at your local Christian bookstore.

Before I give you this verse, consider one thing. Even though the 10 Commandments are from the Old Testament, all of these commandments still apply to everyone in this day and age.

No exceptions! I call each of these commands “stone commandments.”

The fact that God the Father would manifest 10 specific commandments on a tablet of stone tells me that He is very serious about these specific commandments!

This was one big huge event when it happened in the story of Moses. The fact that God would go this far in manifesting these special 10 commandments on a real live tablet of stone tells me that these commandments should never be taken lightly or for granted.

Most Christians have heard about these Ten Commandments while going through grade school and high school and the story as to how they all came about. As a result, I feel that many Christians take these special  commandments for granted and really do not realize the power and authority that is on these special commandments.

The 10 commandments come to us from Exodus 20:1-17. Here is the verse:

1 –  And God spoke all these words, saying: “I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage. You shall have no other gods before me.

 2-  You shall not make for yourself any carved image, or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth; you shall not bow down to them nor serve them.

For I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children to the third and fourth generations of those who hate me, but showing mercy to thousands, to those who love Me and keep My commandments.

 3 – You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain, for the Lord will not hold him guiltless who takes His name in vain.

 4 – Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days you shall labor and do all your work, but the seventh day is the Sabbath of the Lord your God. In it you shall do no work: you, nor your son, nor your daughter, nor your manservant, nor your maidservant, nor your cattle, nor your stranger who is within your gates.

For in six days the Lord made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, and rested the seventh day. Therefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and hallowed it.

5 – Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be long upon the land which the Lord your God is giving you.

6 – You shall not murder.

7 – You shall not commit adultery.

8 – You shall not steal.

9 -You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.

10 – You shall not covet your neighbor’s house; you shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, nor his manservant, nor his maidservant, nor his ox, nor his donkey, nor anything that is your neighbor’s.”

The above 10 commandments don’t need any explanation. They mean exactly what they are saying. It’s quite amazing how many of these commandments are being broken on a regular basis, even by Christians themselves.

If you look very closely at each of these commandments, they really do cover a broad spectrum as to what God is expecting from each one of us.

These 10 commandments are good, basic, moral laws that will help keep us out of trouble with ourselves, family, friends, and neighbors. God knows what is best for all of us and He simply wants all of us to stay out of trouble in order that we may be able to live in peace and harmony with one another.

The fact that God would go so far as to have these basic 10 commandments manifested on a stone tablet really tells me they are very important, and that each Christian should know what they are and do their best to abide by them with the help of the Holy Spirit.

Feel free to pass this list of the 10 commandments onto your friends and family.


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  1. Thank so so much for everyone sharing its very inspiring. I received a powerful witness through the Holy Ghost that Jesus is our lord and savior and that’s he lives and god the father too. There have been about 3 other sacred experiences that I have had from the Holy Ghost all before 20yrs of age. But being young I got involved with friends that weren’t a good influence and fell away to drinking drugging and parting. I’m now 41 and I’m desperately seeking for the Holy Spirit to be back in my life but right now I’m struggling to know whether it’s my own mind playing tricks with me or not. I just want to feel loved and lifted up again through the Holy Spirit that’s is my journey at the moment. Thanks guys

  2. I dont know who would preach such incorrect information but Gordon Stippett, You and this “Pastor” Michael are wrong, I’m not sure if he obtained real Pastor credentials or he just calls himself a pastor. Jesus, God himself, said you cant lose your salvation If You received Jesus as your Lord and Savior by praying to GOD, admitting you are a sinner, Repenting of your sins, believing Jesus is the Son of God and That He died on the cross for your sins (period). read John 10:28-29.
    And if you read Hebrews 6:4-6 and you truly have received Jesus in your heart their is change, you are a new creation, the old has passed. You want to live in a way that honors God. In this passage is referring to unbelievers – people that have been expose to God’s redemptive truth and have professed faith but do not have genuine faith. Empty words. God also says by the fruit you will know who the real believers are.
    John 10:27 My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they FOLLOW me.
    Also its impossible for a real believer to lose his salvation because Christ died once for sin, His sacrifice is sufficient so a believer that falls away (which will happen since we are not perfect and fallible) has salvation secured from the first time. Read Romans 8:35; 1 Peter 1:4-5.
    This is why people need to read and study the scripture for themselves so when someone gives false information you cant be misdirected.

    • Unfortunately you are in error , Lina , salvation is a free gift from God but He expects us to obey Him. All of his servants , including Jesus , obeyed God’s law. In Acts 5:32 , it says that God gives His spirit to those that obey Him. Jesus said in Matt 19:17 I f you want to have life , keep the commandments. In John 14 and 15 , He says to obey God commandments . In Romans 7 , Paul says not to make void the law through faith but rather the law is holy , righteous and good. He also says in 1 Corinthians 7:19 : Circumcision is nothing but the keeping of the commandments of God. The book of Revelation 14 and 22 states clearly that His church keep the commandments of God and the testimony of Jesus Christ and in chapter 22 : Blessed are those who keep the commandments of God that they may have right to the tree of life ! Read the old testament and see what the Kingdom conditions will be , there will be Sabbath keeping and in Isaiah it says that out of Zion shall go forth the law. John confirmed in 1 2 3 John about keeping God’s commandments and that sin was the transgression of the law , he who sins is of the devil etc…… So I think that these men spoke the truth and that you were very harsh on them. The bible says to be kind , gentle and apt to teach…… If you want to correct others , this is how it should be done : In meekness : 2 Tim.2:25 : In meekness instructing those that oppose themselves; if God peradventure will give them repentance to the acknowledging of the truth.

  3. Pastor Michael gave solid Scriptures showing that a Christian can lose their salvation. I also gave Matthew 6:15 and showed that if Father decides that a person’s sins will not be forgiven, that person cannot go to Heaven. Also in Revelation, Jesus told the church of Sardis
    “He who overcomes shall be clothed in white garments, and I will not blot out his name from the Book of Life; but I will confess his name before My Father and before His angels.”
    (Revelation 3:5)
    This clearly shows that a person’s name can be erased from the Book of Life. You don’t get into Heaven unless your name is in the Book.
    To not believe something just because you don’t want to believe it, and to teach your error to others, is a very dangerous thing. You will be rebuked when you see Jesus. Believe your Bible even if it says something you don’t like.

    • Gordon Tippett sounds like your trust in Jesus is a little tipped.. Matthew 6:15 is not talking about anyone loosing their salvation at all if they dont forgive .why would you want God to forgive someone ? why do we need His salvation ? is because we dont want to go to hell , we dont want harm on us .. To forgive someone is to not wish any harm or hell on anyone ..A true believer will not wish any harm to anyone . You cant pick and choose which sin will get you in heaven or not . Matter of fact your own sinful nature is enough to get you into hell period.

  4. I am reading the bible everyday and also came to realize that Saturday Sabbath is exactly what God has asked us to keep Holy. I have search for a Sabbath preaching church but none are in my area, maybe the closest one is 100 miles away. But I have been keeping the Sabbath Holy and have been spending my time with God on this very special day. From Friday night until the sundown Sabbath, I have been reading the bible and praying. The next day, I go to church, I know God wants me to fellowship with people. I don’t know how else to do it but surely want to honor His Day.

    • Jesus is the Lord of the sabath .. there is no such things as one day only to spend time with God .. nonsense.. every day is the Lords day not just one.. so you only give special attention to God only one day ? pffftttt .. very poor relationship you have .. so you go to church on your sabath day and only give him one day or maybe 2 hrs that you are in church and thats it ? wow .. Gal 3:10  For as many as are of the works of the law are under the curse: for it is written, Cursed is every one that continueth not in all things which are written in the book of the law to do them. 
      Gal 3:11  But that no man is justified by the law in the sight of God, it is evident: for, The just shall live by faith. 

  5. What is a Christian nurse, paramedic, hospital lab person, and other medical person supposed to do to honor the Sabbath to keep it holy when they have to work on the Sabbath? They choose another day, when they are off duty, to honor as a Sabbath. I worked for 50 years as a nurse and that is what I did. The people who legalistically want to judge other Christians for not celebrating the Sabbath on Saturday have been my patients on Saturday. I even worked at a Seventh Day Adventist hospital, and they were open on Saturday. So, please relax and show a little love, compassion, and understanding. Thanks!

    • In most of christian belief would be Sunday, Jesus died on Friday and rose on Sunday. I will tell you to pray to God the Father and ask him when is your Sabbath. When you pray then wait and be patient. He will give you the answer.
      Don Myers

    • If you are in a life-saving profession that requires you to work on Sabbath, that is permissible. Try to ask your Supervisors if you can have the day off for religious observance first. But if they can’t, it’s not a sin if you are helping the sick. But it also requires a measure of faith. God can provide other employment. The Christians in the Old Testament ” loved not their lives to the death”. It might be a test of faith for you. Blessings…

    • If you are engaged in the work of aiding the sick you are not breaking the commandments. When they accused Jesus of doing the same He made it plain to care for the sick is God’s work and not a sin.

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    The Bible tell us that God’s Ten Commandment law will stand throughout all eternity. These verses also make it clear that the covenant that stands forever is the covenant of the Ten Commandments. This is very important, because when the New Testament speaks of a covenant or a law that was discontinued, it cannot possibly refer to the law or covenant of the Ten Commandments.
    Furthermore, Ecclesiastes 3:14 makes it very clear that God will never change or abolish His Ten Commandants. At the end of creation week God blessed, sanctified, and made holy Saturday, the seventh day of the week. God never blessed, sanctified, or made holy any other day of the week, and Ecclesiastes 3:14 makes it clear that God’s seventh-day Sabbath, Saturday, will remain blessed, sanctified and holy throughout all eternity.
    Many people try to twist these clear Bible texts that tell us that the Ten Commandments will stand forever by saying that these verses are “Figurative” language, or these verses are “Spiritual,” or that “Forever” does not really mean forever, or in some other way to try to cloud the meaning. Many Christians today claim that the Ten Commandments were only for the Jews, but they are quick to say that they are not allowed to lie, murder, commit adultery, or break any other of the Ten Commandments except the Sabbath commandment!…….True!
    We saw that Jesus, Himself, tells us to live by every word out of the mouth of God in Matthew 4:4. “But He answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God.” Directly out of the mouth of God came the Ten Commandments in Exodus 20:3-17. These are the ONLY verses in the Bible that God, Himself, wrote. And God, Himself wrote them to make us realize their importance and to make us realize that they would forever be in effect. That is why He wrote them on tables of stone to show their permanence….True!
    Which verses in the Bible would you consider to be more important, the verses God, Himself, wrote or the verses someone else wrote?
    Jesus said in Matthew 5:17,18 that He did not come to destroy the law. “Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, 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.” We saw in chapter one that the earth will abide forever. Here again in the clearest words possible Jesus tells us that He did not come to abolish the law but that the law will be in effect for ever.
    Which law is Jesus referring to? The law that will be in force throughout all eternity, the Ten Commandments. How can Sunday Churches believe and claim that Jesus abolished the law, when He says plainly in these verses that He did NOT come to abolish the law! …Jesus fulfilled the law by perfectly obeying every one of the Ten Commandments and your Bible and my Bible has NOT CHANGED and never WILL…….Amen.
    We saw in (1 John 3:4 ) that sin is breaking any of the Ten Commandments. “Whoever commits sin transgresses also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law.” When Sunday Christians throw out the Ten Commandments, they are throwing away the definition of sin……Sin leads to “DEATH”.
    When did God institute His Ten Commandment law? We know that Satan sinned in heaven before the earth was created, so the Ten Commandments must have been in force then. We also know that Adam and Eve sinned in the Garden of Eden, so the Ten Commandments must have been in force in the Garden of Eden. We saw in Chapter1 that those who are saved will be keeping God’s Sabbath day, Saturday, holy throughout all eternity. The Ten Commandment law is the constitution of heaven. It is the law whereby God’s entire universe operates. If it were not, the entire universe would have the problems we have on earth today……True!
    In fact, one of the main reasons God created the earth was to show to the universe what happens when people continually break God’s law.1Corinthians 4:9 tells us: “For we are made a spectacle to the world, and to angels, and to men.” The word “spectacle” is translated from the Greek word theatron, which means “theater.” This present earth was created to be the theater of the universe where God is demonstrating to all the intelligent beings in the universe what happens when a society disobeys His law, the Ten Commandments. As the final result of the drama taking place on this earth, all of God’s creation — men, angels, and other forms of intelligent life throughout the Universe will thoroughly understand that without obeying God’s law there can be no peace, for they are witnessing the trouble, misery, pain, and death that are the natural consequences of disregarding the law of God…..True!
    Isaiah 24:4-5 is a prophecy of the trouble that occurs when the people of the earth declare that God’s law is no longer in effect. “The earth mourns and fades away, the world languishes and fades away, the haughty people of the earth do languish. The earth also is defiled under the inhabitants thereof; because they have transgressed the laws, changed the ordinance, broken the everlasting covenant.” The wars and trouble, the pain and suffering all over the earth today are a direct result of people disregarding God’s Ten Commandments…..Some of the churches even today are so lost…Why?…..God wrote the covenant, the Ten Commandment to obey……Jesus said, you break one of these Laws you break the LOT…….Which law has affected most churches today…..The 4th Commandment…..Remember the SABBATH and keep it HOLY…….Remember it is Jesus who is LORD of the Sabbath not US……Amen.
    We cannot disregard any part of the Bible and think you are safe….Amen…Life is real, Death is real, …..You Choose!

    • Apart from the Sabbath day, I think every other day is just as important as Sabbath day. We can worship God every day without any limits. We can talk to God and walk with God any time of the day we want. There’s no limit to the relationship between God and his people when it comes to communication.

      • Your right there are no limits. But remember, it says 6 days you shall work. The commandment says work not be idle for 6 days. We must becareful that we dont add or take away from Gods word no matter how nobal or loving we think it maybe. God is no respecterof persons.
        Stay blessed.

      • Hello Mark…The Seventh-day Sabbath is a SPECIAL DAY. It is AN APPOINTMENT WITH GOD TO BE KEPT SPECIAL AND HOLY.

        See it this way – If a Judge (God) sets for you an appointment day (Sabbath) to come to court to see him. Will you tell the judge (God) that you could come see him on any other day as you wish? The answer is a definite NO. The judge (God) will expect you to SHOW UP ON THE APPOINTED TIME AND DAY. In this case, the Sabbath

        Yes, any other day can be a day of worship, singing melodies and reading scripture on your own privacy to God. But…the Sabbath is a very special day that God had especially singled out after his creative work in the cosmos. It has been specially blessed and sanctified, and given to mankind to REMEMBER the Sabbath day. Do you find it strange that Commandment Number 4 which is the ONLY commandment that starts with “REMEMBER”…and everybody ends up FORGETTING IT?

        Do you see now?

        • Damien, Thank You So Very Much!

          I recently began my Journey to Reconnect with God, based on an article I read about 6 six ago. It was about giving to God the things in life you have not control over; I was one that always held on to stress and anxiety. That one article ABSOLUTELY CHANGED my Entire Thought Process Right Then and There.

          I have Always Believe in God, I have Never Wavier. Although I question Why God would “allow” horrific things to happen; however I never took the time to search for an answer. I am eager to Learn all that I can. Your answer regarding the Sabbath was of tremendously value to me. I am extremely Grateful for your input.

          May Gods Bless You Always.


        • The Sabbath Day is a day of rest.
          Left up to man, and his greedy nature, he’ll work 7 days a week!
          He’ll work his employees; his family, and even his animals, all in the name of the pursuit of the dollar!
          I think Our Heavenly Father was showing the Jews that everything needed rest, from labor, even the land.

    • “Test Me now in this,” says the Lord of hosts, “if I will not open for you the windows of heaven and pour out for you a blessing until it overflows.”
      –Malachi 3:10

  8. Romans 14:4-9
    Who are you to judge the servant of another? Before his own master he stands or falls. And he [who serves the Master — the Lord] will stand, for the Lord is able to make him stand. One person regards one day as better [or more important] than another, while another regards every day [the same as any other]. Let everyone be fully convinced (assured, satisfied) in his own mind. He who observes the day, observes it for the Lord. He who eats, eats for the Lord, since he gives thanks to God; while he who abstains, abstains for the Lord and gives thanks to God. none of us lives for himself [for his own benefit, but for the Lord], and none of us dies for himself [but for the Lord]. If we live, we live for thge Lord, and if we die, we die for the Lord. So then, whether we live or die, we are the Lord’s. For Christ died and lived again for this reason, that He might be Lord of both the dead and the living.

    • This particular passage refers to FASTING.- days appointed for eating or not eating “unto the Lord”. This passage is not about WORSHIP. You don’t see the word WORSHIP any where in the passage, but you do see the parallels to eating. It’s about FASTING.

  9. we always talked about the 10 commandments but we don’t follow it , my first challenge to the author of this article is : you spoke well that God is Serious about his commandments ,When is the sabbath day? is that the 1st day of the week or the 7th day?
    There is no 11 commandment , read the bible carefully and ask the holy spirit to take you deeper. There are 2 tablets of commandment the first 4 commandments are our love to God almighty and the 2nd 6 commandments are pointing out to love one another. Jesus summarized the the 10 commandments when followed properly as Love .the 10 commandment is the caracter of God, God never changed .

    • this reply to your comment but indirectly it does. i assume you are a devout believer in God and in my heart i know your comment is meaningful. i just have a hard time understanding what it is that god wants from us. it says in the articles title that the 10 commandments are the most important and the are not to be interpreted. yet when i read them i can relate to a few, for instance the one about not lying and the one about not committing murder. but i just don’t understand how im supposed to follow some of the other commandments listed because if i take them verbose i don’t any meaning behind them because i cannot relate to the literal text…. i’m really trying to gain a greater understanding of God but it seems like everything i read contradicts a different source. What am i missing? Am i just that bad with grammar that i cant understand whats written or is that the point, that there is no direct answer… As long as you whole heartedly put your faith in Got that you are doing the right thing? im sorry to put this question on you, but ive been trying to grow in my faith, i want to do the right thing but dont know what it is…. my hearts in the right place, but i feel lost… if you have any suggestions for me id love to hear them. its hard to say but im at the point where i question if im doing the right thing so much that i end up doing nothing, except stress out to the point where i loose my appetite and isolate myself from family and friends. anything you have to say i will greatly appreciate it, even if the truth hurts.

      thank you Vic.

      • The contradictions one encounters when looking at the writings of people is a comes from the idea that they can understand a passage without first seeking it’s meaning in the Word (Bible). One must always read every passage found on a topic, if they then think their is confusion in the Word, they should first look at their own understanding.
        The Word holds the final authority in all matters of what it has to tell us. In fact with in the Word we find, that the New Covenant holds a key understanding.
        Jer 31:34
        “No more shall every man teach his neighbor, and every man his brother, saying, ‘Know the LORD,’ for they all shall know Me, from the least of them to the greatest of them, says the LORD. For I will forgive their iniquity, and their sin I will remember no more.”
        Please read that full chapter.
        I am more than willing to answer any of your questions on Biblical learning. Just keep in mind, that much of what I may say, may fly in the face of most teachings you may have seen.

      • Hi Vic, God bless you for you have taken the first step to wanting to seek the lord. Just ask the lord to come into your heart and take over. You just opened the doors to our lord and savior to take over your life. No need to stress. As long as you are desiring to do the right thing and seeking our lord, he will take over and start giving you the knowledge and changing you without you realizing it. Its a process. Stress and fear is of Satan. Stay in peace allowing the lord to do his work in you. Look up Mathew 6:33
        Trust in God and have a relationship with him by speaking to him. Ask him to guide you to the truth and his word. He is amazing! He is Alive and Almighty! Believe in him and you will see his amazing hand in your life. Ask him to show himself to you. I love you and he loves you even more!

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