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The Ten Commandments

  1. Have no other gods.

  2. Don't worship images.

  3. Don't mention Gods name in vain.

  4. Remember the sabbath day.

  5. Honour your father and mother.

  6. Don't kill.

  7. Don't commit adultery.

  8. Don't steal.

  9. Don't lie.

10. Don't desire anything or anyone that belongs to someone else.
 
 
 

The Ten Commandments

They are incompatible with the goals of feminists and "gender" activists.


Just in case you wondered how it could happen that our society turned away from the moral standards that were the foundation based on which our country became great but is great no longer, it took:

  • Intentional straying from The Ten Commandments to make a society turn away from God,
  • A Village … to make it possible by actively participating in that and to allow
  • Anti-Christian governments to cause it to happen. (E. g.: the circumstances of the memorial service for the victims of the crash of Swissair Flight 111: "Christ's name banned from memorial service").   Incongruously, the Canadian Prime Minister responsible for that and for other violations of the Ten Commandments we are being forced to commit is ostensibly a Roman Catholic.  However, no doubt, when his funeral services take place, a number of Catholic bishops will be officiating, just as they did at the funeral of Pierre Elliot Trudeau, another "Catholic Prime Minister who was instrumental in legalizing homosexuality, no-fault divorce and abortion on demand.  Is there any doubt that the Roman Catholic Church condones family-hostile politicians whereas it should excommunicate them?

It is incredible to see the extent to which our society, and especially the western developed nations, turned away from the teachings of The Holy Bible, even though virtually all of our morals are based on The Holy Bible and particularly on the verses 20:2 through 20:17 in the Book of Exodus that became known as The Ten Commandments. [1]  Many, if not most, of our laws were derived from The Ten Commandments, yet every day of our lives we see not only deliberate violations of The Ten Commandments, we also constantly see deliberate efforts to change our existing laws to an extent that makes it impossible to reason that the desired changes have even the slightest foundation in The Ten Commandments. [2]

Why is that?  Are The Ten Commandments really that difficult to understand?  Are they truly so bad for us that what we were taught for thousands of years to be the most important words of God is no longer valid?  The liberals argue that, since "everybody" violates The Ten Commandments, we may as well do away with them.  Granted, there are few, if any, who at all times live by the rules laid out by The Ten Commandments.  All of us sin at one time or another.  Nevertheless, is it not better to live by at least attempting to strive to meet some moral objectives than not to live by any rules at all.  The first will bring us a degree of order, the second nothing but chaos.  And chaos is something that is becoming the order of the day.  It is up to all of us to do something about it.
 

The Ten Commandments

According to Exodus 20:2-17 in the Revised Standard Version of the Bible as published by Thomas Nelson & Sons in New York; Toronto, Canada; and Edinburgh, Scotland, 1952.

Note: The  numerals at the beginning of each group of verses identify the label of each group in The Ten Commandments; the numerals shown in the text in superscript identify in each case the location of the subsequent verse.

  1. 2"I am the LORD your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage. 3 You shall have no other gods before me."

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  2. 4 "You shall not make for yourself a graven 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;  5 you shall not bow down to them or serve them; for I the LORD your God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children to the third and fourth generation of those who hate me, 6 but showing steadfast love to thousands of those who love me and keep my commandments."

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  3. 7 "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."

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  4. 8 "Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy.  9 Six days you shall labour, and do all your work; 10 but the seventh day is a sabbath to the LORD your God; in it you shall not do any work, you, your son, or your daughter, your manservant, or your maidservant, or your cattle, or the sojourner who is within your gates; 11 for in six days the LORD your God made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that is in them, and rested the seventh day; therefore the LORD blessed the sabbath day and hallowed it."

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  5. 12 "Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be long in the land which the LORD your God gives you" 

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  6. 13 "You shall not kill."

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  7. 14 "You shall not commit adultery."

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  8. 15 "You shall not steal."

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  9. 16 "You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor."

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  10. 17 "You shall not covet your neighbor's house; you shall not covet your neighbor's wife, or his manservant, or his maidservant, or his ox, or his ass, or anything that is your neighbor's." 

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It seems that what was said in the exchange between God and Moses immediately following these sixteen verses were instructions that appear to be no less important than any of the ones contained in The Ten Commandments.  Here are the first few of the additional instruction:

    22 And the LORD said unto Moses: "Thus you shall say to the people of Israel: 'You have seen for yourself that I have talked to you from heaven. 23 You shall not make gods of silver to be with me, nor shall you make for yourself gods of gold. 24 An altar of earth you shall make for me and sacrifice on it your burnt offerings and your peace offerings, your sheep and your oxen; in every place where I cause my name to be remembered I will come and bless you. 25 And if you make me an altar of stone, you shall not make it of hewn stones; for if you wield your tool upon it you profane it. 26 And you shall not go up by steps to my altar, that your nakedness not be exposed on it.'

A long list of commands follows in the rest of the book of Exodus.  However, just as The Ten Commandments appear to have become meaningless in today's society, generally none of the remaining commandments in the Book of Exodus are held in high regard anymore.  Is that perhaps why we have so many problems in the world today?  Is it possible that, if we select only sixteen verses of so many to be important to us, that it is only a small step to abrogate those sixteen as well?  Is it possible that if we hold none of the instructions given in the Book of Exodus of any importance to our lives. that all of the Holy Bible may have come to be thought of as being worthless?

How important are The Ten Commandments held to be in our society?  If we take the contents of the Internet to be an indication of what concerns us these days, then at first glance The Ten Commandments are very important.  A search using AltaVista and the search string <"The Ten Commandments"> returned 5096 locations at which the phrase "The Ten Commandments" may be found. [3] However, a more detailed look at the list makes it quite clear that the phrase "The Ten Commandments" is used almost without exception only as a figure of speech in attempts to be funny or poignant.  When the search is made to be more specific by using the string <+"The Ten Commandments" +"Holy Bible">, that narrows the list down to 33 addresses that relate to entries pertaining to The Ten Commandments in the Holy Bible. [4]

Liberalism is at the roots of the vast difference between these two numbers.  The ratio between irreverent and serious mentions of The Ten Commandments is roughly 154:1.  Expressed in a different way, going by the contents of what is on the Internet, when The Ten Commandments are mentioned these days it is done in earnest in only 0.65 percent of the cases.  Is it any wonder that not only are there few people left who can recite them, but that there are even fewer who live by them and fewer yet who actively uphold and promote them?  

Scriptural References:
Ex. 20:1-17               Deut. 5:6-21           Deut. 30:15-20
Mat. 19:16-22           Rom. 7:7-14            Mat. 22:36-40
I John 3:22-24          Rom. 13:8-10          II John 6-10


Notes:

  1. Once upon a time I went to school and had a chaplain who provided religious instructions, the catechism at first, but later also a bit more about the influence and role of religion in society.  One comment he made came to mind as I compiled and formatted this information, but unfortunately I have no proof that it is correct.  He stated that the root of the group of words relating to sexual matters is derived from the sixth commandment, which in the Roman Catholic set of the ten commandments of course relates to sexual matters, since it is the one which for Catholics relates to adultery and all other sexual matters pertaining to intercourse and such.
  2.     The Chaplain, Van de Lohe was his name, was most likely correct in his reasoning.  It appears logical to me.  Why else would sexual matters have a root that refers to the Latin word for the number six?  It would truly be appreciated if someone could enlighten me on that or confirm what I had heard in school when I was about 13 years of age.  I spent quite few hours looking for information pertaining to that, but could not find anything other than that the etiology of the root of the English "sex-" relates it to the Latin "sexus," (Latin for six).
        Unfortunately, the search for information on anything relating to the term "sex" is hampered by the fact that AltaVista forces a download every time of a sexually explicit page that provides information about links to pornographic material.  I hate it when commercial exploitation of a biological function that is held by most religions to be sacred becomes oppressive and harassing.
  3. There are more than one set of ten commandments, although the same set of biblical verses is at the roots of all of them.  I don't know why and when anyone grouped the verses 2-17 (some say verses 2-17, some 3-17) of chapter 20 of the Book of Exodus in the particular set that comprises The Ten Commandments.  However, in whatever order they appear, the different sets of ten commandments are still all in agreement as to their contents and their foundation, the same set of biblical verses.  The particular set that is used by anyone depends on which religious denomination he belongs to.  The exact reasons and history of the differences may be known to some people who read this page.  It would be very much appreciated if they were to write to me and send me the references that provide appropriate explanations.
  4.     You may want to read the general notes, pertaining to various catechisms of the Catholic Church and the historical context in which they were created, made available by the Nazareth Resource Library at http://www.cin.org/users/james/ebooks/master/readme.htm
The Ten Commandments — A Comparison

Jewish *

Catholic Church

Lutheran Church

Evangelical **

I Am Your God (2) No Other Gods, No Idols (3-6) No Other Gods, No Idols (3-6) No Other Gods (3)
No Other Gods, No Idols (3-6) No Misuse of God's Name (7) No Misuse of God's Name (7) No Idols (4-6)
No Misuse of God's Name (7) Honor The Sabbath (8-11) Honor the Sabbath (8-11) No Misuse of God's Name (7)
Honor The Sabbath (8-11) Honor Your Father and Mother (12) Honor Your Father and Mother (12) Honor the Sabbath (8-11)
Honor Your Father and Mother (12) No Murder (13) No Murder (13) Honor Your Father and Mother (12)
No Murder (13) No Adultery (14) No Adultery (14) No Murder (13)
No Adultery (14) No Theft (15) No Theft (15) No Adultery (14)
No Theft (15) No False Witness (16) No False Witness (16) No Theft (15)
No False Witness (16) No Coveting a Neighbor's Spouse (17) No Coveting a Neighbor's Spouse (17) No False Witness (16)
No Coveting a Neighbor's Spouse or Property (17) No Coveting a Neighbor's Property (17) No Coveting a Neighbor's Property (17) No Coveting a Neighbor's Spouse or Property (17)

  *  Abram S. Isaacs (The Encyclopedia AMERIC CANA, Canadian Edition 1956. Vol. 8. p 552)
**  The Gideons International


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Results of first search:

                       AltaVista found about 5906 Web pages for you.
                                                            Refine your search

                      "The Ten Commandments"

                      1. legendinc.com... The Ten Commandments of Web Design
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                      4. The Ten Commandments (More or Less) of Successful Presentations
                      5. The Ten Commandments For Sane Living
                      6. The Ten Commandments for Computer Ethics Online
                      7. The Ten Commandments For Computer Ethics
                      8. The Ten Commandments of Public Purchasing1:
                      9. Update: The Ten Commandments - Faith and Freedom
                    10. ReVue 7 | July 97 | The Ten Commandments
                           ReVue #7, a photo magazine made by nine young french photographers.
                    11. The Ten Commandments of MINIMAL INVASIVE DENTISTRY.
                    12. The Ten Commandments of Group Riding
                    13. ReVue n°7 | The Ten Commandments | Denis Darzacq | page 2
                    14. ReVue n°7 | The Ten Commandments | Denis Darzacq | page 5
                    15. ReVue n°7 | The Ten Commandments | Jérôme Brézillon
                    16. ReVue n°7 | The Ten Commandments | Bertrand Desprez | page 4
                    17. ReVue n°7 | The Ten Commandments | Bertrand Desprez | page 2
                    18. ReVue n°7 | The Ten Commandments | Philippe Brault
                    19. The Ten Commandments for C Programmers
                    20. ReVue n°7 | The Ten Commandments | Denis Darzacq | Flash  


Results of second search:

                            AltaVista found about 32 Web pages for you.
                                                          Refine your search

+"The Ten Commandments" +"The Holy Bible"

1. Information At Your Fingertips® The idea for this site came when I was searching the Web for the Ten Commandments, with no success. I decided to create a..
URL: http://www.jmts.com/~jimbo/info_page.html

2. His Glory.com - A web site devoted to exalting the name, person and work of the Lord Jesus Christ, through the teaching, preaching and exposition of the …
URL: http://www.hisglory.com/

3. Beliefs of the Christian Biblical Church of God
Preface. The Christian Biblical Church of God believes and practices the true doctrines of Jesus Christ and His apostles as revealed in the Holy Bible....
URL: http://www.cbcog.com/beliefs/home.html

4. Roman Piso Homepage Newsletter, February/March 1998
The Roman Piso Homepage Newsletter, Educating the Public to the 'Piso Theory' origin of Christianity!
URL: www.widowmaker.com/~piso/html/apr98.html

5. PRB&M: Bibles & Testaments
Philadelphia Rare Books & Manuscripts Company - Antiquarian stock, before 1820. Early Printed Books, Substantive Manuscripts, U.S. and Latin Americana,
URL: www.voicenet.com/~rarebks/prbm/interest/bibles1.htm

6. Some Works Considered To Be Among the Ten Greatest in the English Language (Bi Some Works Considered To Be Among the Ten Greatest in the English Language Bible
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7. A Christian Reconstructed Imagology
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URL: home.sprynet.com/sprynet/cfanderson/cfaessa.htm

8. Sisterhood of Prayer in Christ, Cyberspace (SPCC)
Sisterhood of Prayer in Christ, Cyberspace (SPCC) Biblical Authority: Mark 13:13 Matt 6:9-13 Purpose To establish a Sisterhood of believing Christians,...
URL: magicnet.net/~pray4u/caba/spcc.htm

9. Israel:
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URL: www.angloisrael.com/

10. File Library at Channel 1: Bible
Comprehensive and searchable file database of shareware, freeware and utilities.
URL: www.filelibrary.com/Contents/DOS/46/7.html

11. Book of Mormon Bibliography - S
Book of Mormon Bibliography - S
URL: farmsresearch.com/bombib/s.htm

12. Ketcherside: The Death of the Custodian: Chapter 5
Chapter 5. ANALYSIS OF THE COVENANT. The eager student of God's revelation should have an overwhelming desire, an unquenchable passion, to ascertain...
URL: www.mun.ca/rels/restmov/texts/wcketchers...dotc/chap5.html

13. Prepare And Pray!
Shepherd Farms Home Page. Online Catalog. Sample Chapter. Email SFE.
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14. Creeds, Confessions, and Catechism (Bible Annotated Bibliography Christian Lif
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15. No Title
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DOC01.TXT I chose Not To Be A Charismatic. DOC02.TXT I Chose Not To Be A Baptist.
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16. The Ten Commandments
THE TEN COMMANDMENTS. The so-called Ten Commandments are given in The Holy Bible, Exodus 20, verses 3 through 17. In 1968 the U.S. Supreme Court banned...
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17. The Ten Commandments
The Ten Commandments (from the King James version of The Holy Bible) The First Commandment "I am the Lord thy God, which have brought thee out of the land.
URL: wrigley.jmts.com/~jimbo/ten_commandments.html

18. Doctrinal Beliefs
Doctrinal Beliefs of the Church of God (Seventh Day) 1. The Holy Bible. The Holy Bible is the divinely inspired Word of God. No other writing is of such...
URL: www.denver.net/~cofgsd/Lit./LitDocBelief.html

19. Resolution for Rednecks With Scriptural Proofs and Bibliography
Resolution for Rednecks to Come Out of Self-destructive Paganism and Be Transformed by the Sacrificial Love of Christ Jesus (With Scriptural Proofs and
URL: users.aol.com/vtpa/redneck.html

20. NeoPolitique -- Education and the Ten Commandments
NeoPolitique -- Education and the Ten Commandments
URL: www.neopolitique.org/articles/dec97-ten.html


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