The Ten Commandments in Public is a Step Backward Over 2000 Years

A display of Christian beliefs would display the concepts and words of Jesus Christ, not the Mosaic Laws of the Old Testament.

May 30, 2024 - 00:11
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The Ten Commandments in Public is a Step Backward Over 2000 Years

For some strange and questionable reason, conservative Christians and evangelicals want to display the Ten Commandments in public spaces such as classrooms, courthouses, and public squares. This idea is confusing seeing the U.S. claims to be a Christian nation.

The Ten Commandments are Judea-Hebrew concepts more than they are Christian values. A display of Christian beliefs would display the concepts and words of Jesus Christ, not the Mosaic Laws of the Old Testament.

The New Testament clearly says, “Love worketh no ill to his neighbour: therefore love is the fulfilling of the law.” Romans 13:10. Jesus himself gives a new paradigm of life when he speaks to the multitudes in the gospels. So, instead of displaying the Ten Commandments of the law, people should see the doctrine of Jesus Christ first, then maybe the Ten.

Instead of seeing this:

1. Thou shalt have no other gods before me.
2. Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth: thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them.
3. Thou shalt not take the name of the LORD thy God in vain; 
4. Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy. 
5. Honour thy father and thy mother: that thy days may be long upon the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee.
6. Thou shalt not kill.
7. Thou shalt not commit adultery.
8. Thou shalt not steal.
9. Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbour.
10. Thou shalt not covet thy neighbour's house, thou shalt not covet thy neighbour's wife, nor his manservant, nor his maidservant, nor his ox, nor his ass, nor any thing that is thy neighbour's.

People should be seeing this instead:

1.    And Jesus answered him, The first of all the commandments is , Hear, O Israel; The Lord our God is one Lord: and thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment. 
2.    And the second is like, namely this, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. There is none other commandment greater than these.
3.    Blessed are the poor in spirit: for their's is the kingdom of heaven.
4.    Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted.
5.    Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth.
6.    Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.
7.    Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy.
8.    Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God.
9.    Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.
10.    Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness' sake: for their's is the kingdom of heaven.

The New Testament under the words of Christ are up-to-date and a revision to the Old Testament words being fulfilled by the simple concept of love itself. So why do today’s Christians avoid the new version and choose the old? Because they lack the one ingredient needed to fulfill the Ten Commandments, which is love.

Unfortunately, laws are being made without regard for the gospel of Christ and his revision to the Old. More states are turning to this apostate form of Christian nationalism because they lack insight into the revelations of Christ and the practice of true love.

“Louisiana may soon require public schools to display the Ten Commandments in every classroom. That's in a bill that passed the state Senate last week. The bill specifies that a poster, at least 11 inches by 14 inches, must be displayed in every public school classroom with the Ten Commandments, spelling out the prohibitions against killing and stealing to prohibitions against coveting your neighbor's wife, servant, or cattle. Proponents say it will provide moral guidance to students.”

A true moral guide for students and anyone who reads these decrees, should be able to deduce the difference between the New and the Old, but that option is not being given to the people. They are being force-fed the Old Testament decrees instead of what Christ wants and Christianity requires.

This display of religious heresy only confirms that today’s Christians are far removed from what they should be doing as followers of Christ and reveals their push to control more than to love their neighbors, enemies, and the rest of the world.

MinisterCR A minister, teacher and preacher of the gospel of Christ for 32 years. Peace and love to all. Stay prayerful.