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Is Following the Ten Commandments Part of Christianity?

Have you ever heard the statement, "I try to live by the Ten Commandments and to be a good neighbor"? Quite possibly you have. In fact, if a poll of those professing Christianity as their religious affiliation was taken, I have little doubt at least 95% would say they believe that statement to be true.

Yet, they are probably basing their thinking on the content of those commandments, rather than the commandments themselves as part of a Law code.

What? Well, would you be surprised to learn the following two things?

1. The Ten Commandments were given to the Jews exclusively, and

2. The Bible says we should not try to follow the Mosaic Law code, of which these 10 commandments are part.

Believe it or not! Check it out -- with proofs -- in my article The Ten Commandments - Are They for Christians?

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Kasman wrote on November 18, 2017, 7:02 PM

The 10 Commandments as laws may have been intend only for Jews but surely they are a guide to how we should live our lives. They are a moral code every decent person should take into consideration notwithstanding their religious beliefs and don't forget that other religions have similar 'Commandments'. It's a real pity that fallible human beings (of all religious beliefs) pay little more than 'lip service' to them!

VinceSummers wrote on November 18, 2017, 10:03 PM

The content of those 10 laws is not bad. It is rock solid, reflecting the viewpoint of the Most High. The catch is, its intent and purpose. The full article clarifies what I mean by that.

lookatdesktop wrote on November 20, 2017, 8:20 PM

I for some reason came up with this one. Originally, the swastika was once a symbol of peace but used by the Nazis to symbolize their evil intentions. Here is a nice little tid bit to look at. Not directly related to this discussion but interesting nonetheless.

https :// en . wikipedia . org / wiki / Swastika

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lookatdesktop wrote on November 20, 2017, 8:21 PM

Very well put.

VinceSummers wrote on November 20, 2017, 9:11 PM

Perhaps you can visit other sources and publish an article on this. Although perhaps it's best to let sleeping dogs lie...

Kasman wrote on November 21, 2017, 5:57 AM

No. We should never forget what National Socialists (Nazis) did under the leadership of one man. If we forget the mistakes of history we are doomed to repeat them.

VinceSummers wrote on November 21, 2017, 7:17 AM

I hear you. Sad thing is, these days there may be worse! In the past there was Stalin who murdered more. More recently Cambodia and others.

lookatdesktop wrote on November 22, 2017, 12:17 AM

Looks like us humans are among a rather blood thirsty lot. Seems fitting that we need leadership to do more good than bad. Without proper leadership we are all doomed to self destruction based on what history tells us.

Secre wrote on December 5, 2017, 4:51 AM

Jesus was a Jew; it is therefore not surprising that the 10 commandments were given to Jews, because Christians didn't exist until after Jesus. Part of Christianity is the Old Testament which is essentially Judaism, and whilst there are many aspects which need to be looked at with contextual understanding, the ten commandments are a fairly clear 'don't do any of these really bad things'. Now if we were going through every rule in Leviticus on the other hand that would be a whole different kettle of fish. The idea of being a good neighbour however very much comes from Jesus rather than the 10 commandments and is New Testament based; Matthew 22: 36-39 '“Teacher, what is the greatest commandment in the Law?” He replied, “You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your being, and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: You must love your neighbor as you love yourself."' The second greatest commandment is one which Jesus added and is effectively, be a good neighbour. He put this on a par with the greatest law of all, which is effectively an amalgamation of the first three commandments.