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One More Time: The Ten Commandments

By Eowyn @DrEowyn

I know this has been dealt with on FOTM, but I wanted to think about the subject again. These commands are not burdensome. In fact, they have been used for ages to build stable societies with beneficial laws. They even figure in to many psychological remedies for people who need counseling and therapy. And yet, our darkened culture is at risk of removing them from the public square.

What would we replace them with?

“Do your own thing?”
We all know that leads to self destruction like Ferguson.

Did you know there is no law against murder in Sharia?

We have benefited for a long time by the guiding mechanisms of these laws, and not even been aware of it. When a natural disaster strikes, most of us never cast a thought to the break down of society. But in a corrupt society, disaster becomes an opportunity to rob, rape and murder, like in the Rodney King riots and the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.

The Ten Commandments – Exodus 20:2-17

  1. 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 a 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 male servant, nor your female servant, 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 male servant, nor his female servant, nor his ox, nor his donkey, nor anything that is your neighbor’s.


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