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.

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  1. Led poisn - June 2, 2016 at 11:28 am

    What about john 13…i give to you a new commandment…love one another?

    Is this not the 11th commandment?

  2. Marsha Pattewrson - April 30, 2016 at 7:24 pm

    The Ten Commandments are relevant today and forever, whatever your religion. All faiths have some form of law. All people should be kind to each other, regardless of beliefs, skin color, abilities/disabilities, gender/no gender, age, etc. I believe it is arrogant to say that only Christians who follow God’s laws will be with the father in heaven after death. All people on the earth who do their best to be kind will be with their “God” in their “heaven” after death. If we all followed this basic commandment now, life everywhere would be much better now, before death!

    • Christopher - January 13, 2018 at 9:10 am

      The problem with your thinking is that there is only one GOD and one HEAVEN. If you remove the title Christian’s, which means “little faiths” then you have no grounds to point fingers. It is not about the title given to Believers that makes them special it is about the decision to ask Jesus into their heart and to abide in HIM from that time on. There are nor multiple gods and multiple heavens. By writing “their “God” in their “heaven” you imply different standards for everyone and there is only one standard to enter Thee Heaven of THEE ONLY GOD and that is through Jesus. Jesus said to Nicodemus in John chapter 3 verse

      3Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.

      4Nicodemus saith unto him, How can a man be born when he is old? can he enter the second time into his mother’s womb, and be born? 5Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. 6That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. 7Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again. 8The wind bloweth where it listeth, and thou hearest the sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh, and whither it goeth: so is every one that is born of the Spirit.

      You must be born again. That is the only prerequisite that allows any of us into the kingdom of GOD. Flesh gives birth to flesh but Spirit (meaning the Holy Spirit) gives birth to spirit.

  3. Jackie - January 15, 2016 at 8:11 am

    The kingdom of heaven is at hand. That is what Jesus said on his way to the cross. Even at that moment he was following the commandments. He loved us(neighbor) in spite of ourselves. Jesus has given us all we needed to know in the New Testament when he walked this earth. I find the ten commandments to be quite wonderful rules. There is really no reason to disobey them unless you are wanting to do something that is not morally right. They can at times be challenging when we are trying to decide something in our life that is leading us in an uncomfortable way. I like to sit down and meditate for a while and if a word comes to mind and I question its meaning I look up a definition of it. God so loved this world that he gave his only begotten son. That statement right there should be the reason we obey God. Now what are peoples versions on obeying God that is a different subject. Some see God as a God who gives illness and or bad fortune, but I see God as All Love….. When you fully understand God’s love the world(your world) begins to be a much better place. Toiling over the ten commandments then becomes much less challenging. Remember what Jesus said about the mountain. The next time you find yourself with a challenging time take a moment to sit down and look out the window and adore all that God has created for you. The birds do not toil as they hunt for food for them and their young and the squirrels, watch as they play with one another and dig holes to store their food. The trees grow without any of your help. Look at your children and now you see what great gifts God has given to you. Isn’t God giving to us the very same thing he has asked us to give him.

  4. Daniel Baggett - August 12, 2015 at 8:33 am

    Practically the ENTIRE Christian Church does NOT keep even the basic 10 Commandments!! The 4th commandment they break every week purposefully!! The 7th day Sabbath was NEVER changed to “sunday” by anyone but the unholy roman catholic church which is decisively anti-semitic! Yah never gave ANYONE authority to change His Torah/Law!! The Sabbath is and remains FOREVER the seventh day of the week!! HE doesn’t change, therefore HIS Word doesn’t change for anyone, ever!
    His commandments include all His Torah not just ten verses!!

    • Luke - February 23, 2016 at 1:52 am

      Amen, my friend. The Sabbath is the last great test of loyalty for all Christians. Rome is the little horn in Daniel that would “think to change times and laws”. Will you accept Rome’s MARK or God’s SEAL?

  5. Benjamin - November 24, 2014 at 7:03 am

    Why some people have such a problem with the 10 commandments?
    Some of us try to make every effort to say that those commandments are abolished; we now have the new commandment: “Love the Lord thy God and Love thy neighbor as thyself.” If we look at the first four commandments, we will see that those are dealing with God, and the last six are dealing with our neighbors. Case and point, The two embody the ten commandments. Yes, it’s not the letter of the laws on tablets, but it is now written in our hearts. God knows that the flesh is weak being prone to sin, so Christ death is our redemption to help us with our forgiveness of sin. In our household we set up rules for our children to follow, and we know, at some point, there will be the temptation to break them. However, there are provisions of leniency.
    My point is: In every step of our lives, there has to be a guideline to follow. How can we know what’s wrong or right if there is nothing set forth for us to know the difference. We are not obligated to love God or neighbor; we are given a choice what is right or wrong. God said, “I put before you good and evil, but I rather you choose good.”
    Just remember, with everything – there are consequences, good or bad. Also keep in mind that, “The pure in heart shall see God!”

  6. tommygun - May 22, 2014 at 9:26 pm

    If the Ten Commandments were the “handwriting of ordinances that were contrary to us” was the law that was abrogated by “nailing at the cross”, an act Jesus Christ did by reason of His dying, then sin would no longer be sin as by Bible definition, “sin is the transgression of the law”. Which law is that whose violation results to sin? Are we then no longer able to sin because the ten commandments is no longer in effect as proposed by those who do not wish to obey its just requirements. If Jesus would have known that by His death, sin will no longer be called sin, then why is there a reason for that death in the first place if He could have simply abrogated a Law of His own creating? For those who claim that we are no longer under the Law but under Grace and are thus no longer obliged to observe the Decalogue, what reason is there for the granting of grace. By definition, grace is undeserved or unearned favor or merit because one always fall short of a standard by which he is judged and thus would need grace to complete his shortcomings that he may stand righteous before a Righteous Judge-full of mercy but who will be no means “clear the guilty”. The Decalogue will “FOREVER” be a standard for human behavior and character before God for all eternity. It points (as a mirror would) to our sins and thus require a Savior to fulfill its righteous demands that death is the wages of sin and Jesus took that condemnation to Himself that by accepting His gift(Grace), we can live as He lived-blameless and guiltless before the Law. Without the Law, there is no need for the granting of grace to the guilty but penitent and repentant sinner. If the Law were to be removed by any single act of its Author, His death would have no meaning anymore. But, by His Life and Death, He made certain that that Law will always be there pointing to us our failures and our obligations to seek that pardon and grace that only its Giver offers for free.

    But, being saved by grace through faith in the atoning blood of our Savior does not give us the license to “violate again” the precepts of the Law that cost His Life. We “magnify” or fulfill the Law through Jesus Christ Who enables us to live by its eternal precepts as He did while He walked this earth.

    God’s remnant people in the last days (His saints) as defined in the Revelation of Jesus Christ as written by John the Beloved as ” they that keep the commandments of God and the faith of Jesus”. If any man can explain that passage whilst still insisting that the Decalogue no longer holds water in this day and age is obviously advocating lawlessness and Jesus has no place in His paradise for criminals who “practice lawlessness”.

  7. Lubee B - March 30, 2014 at 10:53 am

    Genesis chapter 9 and ten describes that Noah has cursed the offspring of his young boy Ham. Way God punished the grand son for the sin he never committed? Why God made the color skin of the grand son of Noah Black or Kush? How does a person who was from whit father Hebrew person Ham, whose grand father also pure white Hebrew, way God made him Kush or black?. Is it really God is racist when changed color of white Hebrew to black to fit for slavery.
    Thank you.

  8. zak - February 14, 2014 at 3:33 pm

    You have made the decision of the space (reality) that you were created in. For some, it is this world of chaos that you believe in and the illusion you are in control. You believe the doctor can save you from all illnesses but it is your body’s immune system that heals you. You believe that the Priest can heal your sins (laws) but it is really your desire to correct the transgression by changing your intention to sin. You believe that man’s intellect is your savior as you quote scriptural verses that fits your desire to believe in the chaos of social construction. The Ten Commandments are rules to live by and are seen at different levels. If you believe in a higher level of existence (having a soul) Then as we say, we have the same Creator (Father) that has formed us in his image. If you do believe in this higher existence (faith), then you will not understand and believe in what the world has created in you. You can see this on you media devices and will correct yourself to believe in this world, hidden chaos, as you will not see, as without some rule (judgment) of law. The last five commandments tell you how to judge. Now you can turned on your media stations and make a judgment. What is inside of you that say what is good or bad. You will find out that the real laws of life were given to you before you existed (fifth commandment). And that love your neighbor as your self, as why would you kill yourself when glory awaits you in your faith of the Creator.

  9. kevin proesch - February 4, 2014 at 9:14 pm

    I pray that the LORD our God will open my eyes, cleanse me, and guide me in his rightious path so that I may do better in life. To be happy and not angry or depressed. To have the wisdom and his brilliants. That I may have his love toward myself and everyone on this earth. That my thoughts and my words are purely thy of LORD above. In our LORD Jesus name I pray that with Jesus love, hus strength, his wisdom, his words out of my mouth, I may live Rightious!

  10. Eugene - February 3, 2014 at 5:58 am

    Notice that the first 4 commandments talk about our relationship with God while the rest of the commandments is about our relationship with our neighbour.

    One of the Pharisees who was an expert of the law asked Jesus… “Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?”

    Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment.

    And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’

    All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”

    (Matthew 22:35-40)

  11. Brad - February 2, 2014 at 12:03 am

    The Book of the Law Recorded by Moses VS. The 2 Tablets of Stone written by the finger of God = NOT the same thing(No Works,Judgements,Curses or Sacrifices on the Tablets of STONE & 2 Tablets do not make a BOOK of the Law). See Deut. 31-26(they set the Book of the law next to the Ark of the Covenant, while the 10 Commandments were inside it) Daniel 9:11, 1 Cor 7:19, Gal 3:10,13 Hebrews 10:7-8 etc etc.. Messiah became the “Perfect” Sacrificial Lamb for sins that the old Book of the Law requirements(Blood of bulls,goats,lambs,doves etc.) could never permanently take away. He nailed our Self-Righteousness of atoning for our own sins(Via these works) to the Cross. Perfecting all who trust in his propitiation for us. (Christ lives forever to interceed for the saints, A living sacrifice throughout the ages). Matt 15:18 Clearly shows that the law shall not pass; Heaven and Earth Will Pass before that would happen… & We’re still here. If you love me keep my commandments and they are not grievous/burdendsome. Rev 14:12 says “here is the patience of the saints, here are they that Keep the COMMANDMENTS OF GOD(Not Moses Book of the law)and their faith in the Son of God(Christ). Study to show thyself approved unto GOD, a workman that needeth not be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of Truth.
    Blessing Upon those who Search for Truth as for Gold.

  12. Brother James in Christ Jesus - January 29, 2014 at 1:45 am

    Sometimes one that strives to follow Jesus Christ and his teaching’s seem to error in reading the scriptures word by word and skip and want to add something. Jesus made it perfectly clear about the Commandments. They where fleshy to that Old testament time period but still necessary. Moses ordinances where harsh and it was for obedience. as God is a jealous God and wanted his people to be in total subjection to him. Jesus Christ lightened that burden as his yoke is easy, his burden light. The law of the old testament was condemning. Now we are under Grace and Jesus Christ fulfilled the law for all that where condemned by the law. So should we keep the law under his new covenant, Yes?
    For what the law couldn’t do Jesus Christ did at the cross.

    I have sin’s in my life but I ask God in pray and meditation to take care of my sins. It is thru his love that he is willing to toss your sin’s in the ocean, no matter how deep your sins are. Don’t know sin keeps you in bondage.

    It is thru his love and understanding that he cares’ when nobody else cares. Put your trust in God. Learn how to love him, he wants a close relationship with you and he wants you to tell others about him, that no matter how down or what situation you have in your life, lean on him and he will lean on you. Give him your heart and he will give you a new heart. Study to show yourself approved and Go and preach is word… tell others about him. May God Bless you all.

  13. Joy Jansen - January 27, 2014 at 3:43 pm

    Thank you soo much for the help, this is what I was looking for.
    Do you think that “The new commandment that I give to you is to love one another as I have loved you (New Testament) by Jesus – Love it.
    May God bless you and yours.

  14. Brother James in Christ Jesus - January 21, 2014 at 3:48 am

    This is a good lesson about the 10 commandments. I’m still a babe in Christ but yes we are under grace and yes Jesus Christ came to fulfill the law. He gave us a wonderful verse of loving thy shall love thy neighbors as thyself and Thou shall love thy God, with all thy heart and all thy soul and all thy mind of these two commandments hold all the laws of the prophets. Now if you love God your gonna keep all the Commandments which only makes sense. Keeping them by faith is what they did but with Gods grace abounding the law is fulfilled but we still should keep the law. So figure this, if thy neighbor has a flat tire coming home from church on Sunday and you help him fix it. Would you not be doing God’s work to help thy neighbor. The Grace of God is based on love thru his Son Jesus Christ…………. Thru one man’s sin we where condemned and thru Jesus Christ we can find salvation, redemption, forgiveness, and love. Its all in the blood he shed for us.

  15. AC - December 26, 2013 at 10:48 am

    People make the law void by breaking it:

    “It is time for thee, Lord, to work: for they have made void Thy law” (Ps.119:126).

    God did work. He sent His Son to pay for the sins of lawbreakers. He paid for our sins, “that the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us” (Romans 8:4). “For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to every one that believeth” (Romans 10:4).

    God didn’t sweep our sins under the rug and sneak us in the back door of heaven when no one was looking. He made sure that every sin of us lawbreakers was righteously paid for. That establishes the law. If He had bent the law by lowering its perfect standards to let us in, that would have made void the law. Instead He had Christ pay for our sins, meet the law’s righteous standards. That established that the law was a good law, we just couldn’t keep it, so He kept it for us.

  16. Shonna G - December 24, 2013 at 1:15 am

    Comment:
    “by the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified in His sight: for by the law is the knowledge of sin”(Romans 3:20).

    Response: Keep reading…there is way more to Romans 3 than that verse.
    “For we maintain that a person is justified by faith apart from the works of the law. Or is God the God of the Jews only? Is He not also the God of the Gentiles? Yes, of Gentiles too, since there is only one God who will justify the circumcised by one faith and the uncircumcised through the same faith. Do we then nullify the law by this faith? Not at all! RATHER WE UPHOLD THE LAW.” -Romans 3:28-31
    Time and again the Savior and His disciples tell us that the law should be obeyed.

  17. Shonna Grinn - December 23, 2013 at 1:20 am

    Most of what I hear in hear that is not scriptural or scripture taken out of context breaks my heart. Do you think He intended for us to fight over the meaning of His word? How are we showing “love one to another” by bickering? True study of the scriptures as a complete whole-for “all scripture inspired from the Father and is given for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness.-2 Timothy 3:16” In I John 5:17 we read that unrighteousness is sin. The scriptural definition of sin is found in I John 3:4, “…for sin is transgression of the law.” What is the law but all the commandments found in scripture? Additionally, if we are not responsible for the laws that were given to we are not guilty of sin and the Messiah’s death and resurrection were unnecessary.
    Many want to say the law was only for the Jews or Israel or that it was nailed to the cross. The only thing they hung on the stake was the Messiah himself our Savior who lived a life without sin. He did not work on the Sabbath-He served(which is what ministers or preachers are doing for their congregations-please keep in mind that they were not always provided a paycheck for what they do and many still receive no monetary compensation for their service.) More importantly, the Messiah was a Jew and direct descendent to Israel-born to Jewish parents (descendants of the family of Israel-a family we are grafted into upon our acceptance of Him and our baptism.) He was raised obeying the laws many claim to not have to obey-and we are to live as He lived. Can you claim to live as He did if you disobey the laws given by the Father? If the law was done away with then we can murder, lie, covet…live a gay lifestyle, divorce for any reason, make idols to worship, do as they please on the day He set apart and sanctified, continue to mix the pagan religious practices with our worship of Our Almighty Father. The Messiah also told us how to pray and who we should pray to (He never mentions any saints, His mother or Himself) in His example of prayer. Yes we are to pray in His name-for the Messiah is our only way to reach The Father as our sins separate us from Him requiring the blood of the Lamb (as opposed to sacrificial animals required in the OT.
    Study these things for yourself. I am by no means an authority but I have do rely on good the everlasting authority the Word.

  18. Nikee - October 16, 2013 at 10:00 am

    How should I break down the 10 commandments to teach them to my children to where they can understand them and apply them to their everyday lives?

  19. DaleK.VanBuren - October 2, 2013 at 11:48 am

    These are and always will be the original “Laws” of the land and world. But as society is, they try to change the specific rules for their own conveniences. As the very first commandment shows; There will be no other Gods before the true Creator, God. The “Bible” is the supreme book of knowledge and truth and prime directions of life, if one is willing to follow God words. Study to make oneself approved, is another command to prevent oneself to be mislead. If Satan wasn’t around; throwing his task of multiple temptations, along with his key tool of ” Deception”. And if the only exposure of life was Gods standards and ways to follow; then his “Son” would not have to go through that cruel and needless punishment. So if one is to commit to Gods rules of life; then the actual transformation of oneself is to reflex” His Image”, as he ask of us with his “First Command” and to abstain from any and all worldly temptations and deceptions ; which are forms of selfish “Gods” which will take you to an everlasting torment. Selfishness is so random; while sacrifice is not even an option. We came into this world with nothing and we will leave with nothing, if this attitude of selfishness; which is a Godless image, which is now the key to future lives. “God Is Real”; or look at this phrase like this; “God Isreal” think about it.

  20. Josh - June 13, 2013 at 7:37 pm

    1. You shall have no other gods before me. Pretty blunt way to start the commandments. If there are only going to be 10, is this worthy of hogging one of the spots? How about thou shall not rape? Thou shall not be racist? Thou shall give to charity? Thou shall not own another human being! Thou shall not have children with your wives’ maidservant – lol. Seems a bit much for a commandment. Comes across as a little arrogant and bossy, but okay, I’ll give this one to Big G.

    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. Okay, so here we have a God that is jealous of someone who has, say, a figurine or painting, etc. of Jesus and is praying to it. Dude, relax. It should probably be taken as a compliment if someone has a statue of you in their home. Sounds a little immature but, okay, no harm up to now. Moving on…. Wo! Wait a minute. Now the threats are coming….. don’t love God and don’t follow the commandments (who does follow 100% of the commandments anyway?)…. And it’s not just you who will pay the price but guess what?… your children and your children’s children and your children’s children’s children. Wow. Poor them. Descendants punished by no fault of their own and possibly because of someone who they never met! (their great great grandparent). But at least this is being consistent with the rest of the bible (punishing future generations for the “crimes” committed by their forefathers). By the way, does anyone know any of these 2nd, 3rd, 4th generation sufferers? I’ve never met anyone who says “Yeah, I live with this constant punishment all because my grandfather didn’t keep the commandments back in 1920….”. Also worth noting…the “benefit” to loving God and keeping his commandments? – mercy. How nice.

    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. So now we are on to C3 and we still haven’t really received any clear instruction on how to be better, more ethical, honest, moral people. Big G. has hogged the first three spots for himself. This one is starting to feel pretty ‘dictatorishy’ if you ask me. And what is ‘in vain’ anyway? Talking poorly? Cussing? Just mentioning? Who knows? And why the switch from 1st person to 3rd?

    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. Or else you’ll get stoned to death!!! This is my favorite commandment because it’s probably the hardest to keep. Most of the other commandments are pretty much just kept by default, more or less. Who complies with C4? No one. Why not if it’s God’s commandment?! Not that important, if it cramps your lifestyle I guess? ;o)

    5. Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be long upon the land which the Lord your God is giving you. Ahhhh…… now we are offered beneficial incentive! C2 only offered mercy. Here in C5 we are offered a longer life by honoring ma and pa. The problem I have is does someone automatically deserve honor just because of a birth relationship? I say no. I say if you want honor you need to earn honor. Should a child honor a sexually abusive father? I say, no, never. Father card was torn up. A mother who walked out when you were 2 months old? I say not automatically. Perhaps a better commandment would have simply been “Thou shall be a good mother/father”!

    6. You shall not murder. Not much to argue here. Does it need to be a commandment? Probably not. It’s pretty obvious. I think most humans were following this before the 10Cs (and not everyone since the 10Cs) were released. What I find entertaining is the hypocrisy. “I can kill any one of you any time I like for any reason (because you all deserve it)…… but I command you not to kill each other!” lol

    7. You shall not commit adultery. Okay, this is good. A little obvious, but that’s ok.

    8. You shall not steal. I like it. This is a commandment which makes for a more ethical person. Again, pretty obvious but a good one.

    9. You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor. Now we are getting somewhere. We’re on C9 of 10 and this is probably the first commandment which could be identified as fulfilling two important criteria – 1.) Making for a more ethically honest person and 2.) Not being so obvious that you wonder why it’s on the list in the first place. Very nice.

    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.” Wow, we conclude here in C10 with not only being convicted of thought crimes (worse than a dictatorship!) but now it appears that perhaps the commandments are only directed toward men? It seems as though God considers women to be in the same class as slaves, oxes, and donkeys. He was doing so well in #9. What a disappointing conclusion! ;o)

  21. Jurie - August 20, 2012 at 3:14 am

    just another thought…are you not jealous of your spouse….mmmmmm?..think about it..your spouse..your bride…of course you are…but it’s a “good” jealous. not a “bad” jealous where one goes on the rampage every time your wife just so much as dare talk to another man, or to say the least, just look at another man!!..and this works vice versa…God is “good” jealous of His bride!!…

  22. Marna Erasmus - August 19, 2012 at 11:07 am

    Hi Mike

    Thank you for the article. My opinion is that the 10 commandments is a guide for one’s life. If you follow it you will be blessed. God is a gentleman and will not force His rules on us. It is like a manual. You can follow the manual and get everything out of example your car. Everything it was build to do or you can think you can drive it without reading the manual and drive the way you think it should be ride and never know of it full potential. The Bible is my GPS and it keeps me on the narrow road.

  23. Kurt - July 27, 2012 at 3:29 pm

    The only thing I’m sure of is that one can never be sure of anything. Most people don’t like that concept because it doesn’t provide any solid ground to stand on. That’s why they invented religion. That doesn’t make it true but it’s a pretty good story even though it’s extremely convoluted and open to unlimited interpretations.

  24. Karin - July 25, 2012 at 9:14 am

    Most interesting conversations. It can only be explained by man’s natural tendancy for self pride. A heart felt study to the meaning of 1 Corinthians 2:14 may reveal our true intentions. Are we really to know the truth, or trying to validate our own interputations?

  25. Lydia - July 20, 2012 at 9:37 am

    Doing “good works” for salvation and obeying God’s commandments are 2 different things completely.
    All other religions, excluding Christianity, weigh their salvation by their “works”. If they sin, doing a certain amount of good works – charity, helping the poor, visiting the sick, acting politely to others and many other “good things” – these good works, if done in a certain quantity will erase some sins. And if not, you usually have the reincarnation to continue paying with good deeds for you past and present sins. You never stop paying with the good works because they are never enough, because you sin all the time.

    In Christianity, Jesus did all that we need for our salvation. He paid the price for OUR sins. And whoever believes and accepts that payment for his own sins, he is saved from the wrath of God. That, however, does not absolve US from living a holy life by OBEYING God’s commandments.

    Doing those good works for one’s salvation is NOT THE SAME as OBEYING GOD’S COMMANDMENTS. God hates sin, and those commandments are there for us to guide us into holy living.
    1 Peter 1:15-16 But just as he who called you is holy, so BE HOLY IN ALL YOU DO; for it is written: ‘BE HOLY, BECAUSE I AM HOLY.’

    We cannot brush off the COMMANDMENTS as “WORKS”. To OBEY God is NOT same as doing works FOR salvation. To OBEY God is to DO his WILL. Now, we all fall short of perfection and we cannot fully live up to God’s standards, but that does not absolve us from OBEYING him. We obey our parents, we obey our bosses at work, we obey the work codes. Doing a good job (work) does not absolve us from obeying the boss’ rules and work codes. We still have to keep them, in spite of our good job performance. The good job performance can only give us bonuses or advance us in our position. But if we disobey our boss, no amount of good “jobs” done by us will keep us from getting fired. (If he is really nice, he may give us one last chance to “straighten out”.)

    It’s same with OBEYING God by KEEPING his commandments to the best of our ability. And the great thing here is that God’s grace in Jesus Christ through the Holy Spirit is at work in us so that every time we stumble or fall, we can, in Christ, pick ourselves up and ask for God’s forgiveness and help so we do not fall again. (God’s love is infinite and he always gives us another chance if we TRULY REPENT. Not like our “one-last-chance” boss above.) But, as Jesus taught those who were with him, that they must OBEY his Father and they must LEAVE THEIR LIFE OF SIN – that means that we, too, have to go into battle and NOT REPEAT OUR SINS WILLFULLY. Each time we get up from falling down should be making us stronger so that the next time we fall it won’t be as hard or as low as the preceding time – until we overcome each sin in its turn – with the help of God, of course.

    Jesus said: Matthew 7:21 ‘Not everyone who says to me, “Lord, Lord,” will enter the kingdom of heaven, but ONLY THE ONE WHO DOES THE WILL OF MY FATHER WHO IS IN HEAVEN.
    What does “doing the will of my Father” mean if not OBEYING God and his commandments?

    Matthew 18:3 And he said: ‘Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.
    Little children obey their parents because they trust them. Shouldn’t we OBEY our heavenly FATHER because we trust him?

    The LAW cannot save us, only our FAITH in the finished work of Jesus on the cross can. But does that mean that we should CONTINUE going out and CONTINUE COMMITTING murder, adultery, stealing, lying, cursing – and then say “Hey, Jesus paid the price for all I am doing so I am NOT UNDER THE LAW?” (The key words here being: CONTINUE COMMITTING…)

    The “good works” have their place in our walk with Jesus, too, but they are not something that will save us. The good works are our treasures saved up in heaven for our eternity.
    Jesus said in Revelation 22:12 ‘Look, I am coming soon! My reward is with me, and I will GIVE to each person ACCORDING TO WHAT THEY HAVE DONE.’
    Those rewards are for our “good works” – and that is the only thing the good works will do for us. They will give us our rewards, but not salvation.

    So, we should not confuse the way OBEYING God’s commandments and DOING GOOD WORKS apply in Christian’s life. OBEYING God’s commandments is not even in the same category as doing good works for salvation – and it is NOT being UNDER THE LAW to OBEY God. Yes, we can rest in the work Jesus did for us on the cross, but should we walk all over his blood and go out and sin willfully and with full knowledge without repenting of our sins and turning to holiness?

    And how do we know what holiness is? We have God’s COMMANDMENTS to show us.
    And how do we live a holy life? By OBEYING God and his commandments.
    And what do our GOOD WORKS do for us? We get rewarded by Jesus in eternity.

    So, let each and every one of us try living each day more holy than the day before, and not find excuses for sinning by calling the holy living as living UNDER THE LAW.

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