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God's moral laws, why are they still important today?

Updated on March 14, 2015

At Mt Sinai


What are the ten commandments

The ten commandments are the laws of God, sent down to man to show us the difference between right and wrong. The Ten Commandments are Gods laws to show us what sin is, and shows us that we are all sinners.

Without the ten commandments, we would not know what sin is and we would not know that we are sinners and need Jesus to be forgiven and repent from our sins.

The laws of God are what sets the morality for all mankind. If it were not for the ten commandments our morality and what we know as right and wrong would be determined by whoever is the leader at the time, or what individuals decided what is right and wrong. It could be anything, or it could be no rules at all and every person for themselves. It could be anarchy and chaos and man likely would not have survived even as long as we have.

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The covenant with God

The Ten Commandments were a written list of the covenant that God made with Israel that said that God would take care of the Israelites if they would abide by these rules that God had set forth for them to follow. The covenant included many special ways the people had to give sacrifices to God to pay for their sin and be forgiven.

This covenant was in place until Jesus died for our sins on the cross, which started a new covenant with God. The new covenant is that he washed away our sins by the death of his son Jesus, and if we would trust in Jesus and repent from our sins we would be forgiven and have eternal life in heaven with God.

The new covenant does not change the importance of the Ten Commandments as the laws of God that show us what sin is, it changes the way that we repent and are forgiven. We don't have to sacrifice grains and animals for our sins to be forgiven, it was taken care of by the death and resurrection of Jesus once and for all.

We only have to accept the grace of God and accept Christ and turn away from our sins. We are all sinners, and will continue to be sinners until we leave this earth. The Ten Commandments are there so we will not forget morality and sin and that we all sin.

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Tool for sharing the Gospel

The ten commandments are also the first tool that we need to use to share the gospel with others. We need to use the ten commandments to show other sinners that they are not good enough to get to heaven. They need to realize that they need to ask for Jesus to forgive their sins, believe in him, and repent of their sins.

It is nearly impossible to convince someone who has what they feel is a great life. They are happy and monetarily successful, they have a nice family and all that they want. If you tell them that they need to be saved, they will say from what. Without the Ten Commandments, you can't convince them they need to be saved from anything, they feel they have all they need.

The laws of God are the way to show that person that they need God, that they are sinners, and that on judgement day, they will go to hell and not heaven, if they don't accept Jesus and repent of their sins.

In sharing the gospel, we need to prove to them that we are all sinners, before we tell them that God loves them. The way to prove to them is to use the law and go through some of the ten commandments and see if they have kept them. Get them to agree that they have lied, that they have looked with lust and committed adultery in their heart, admit that have stolen something in their life, even if small.

The ten commandments don't say it's ok to tell little lies, or steal small thing, and ok to lust after someone. Jesus said in Matthew 5:28 "But I say unto you, That whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart." We are sinners if we commit any sins, even small.

This proves that they are sinners, as well as you and I and everyone else. When they understand this, ask them if on judgement day they think they will go to heaven of hell based on Gods judgement for sinners.

Then you tell them about Gods love and what Jesus did for them and how they don't have to go to hell on judgement day, and tell them how they can accept the grace of God.

Moses breaks the first set


Where did they come from

After the Israelites left Egypt, they were in the Sinai wilderness. They set up camp at the base of Mt. Sinai, where Moses talked to God and God came to Mt. Sinai to talk to the people. Exodus 19 tells how the people prepared to meet God, and that Mt Sinai was holy and they could not go near the mt or they would die, only Moses and Aaron could go up on the mountain.

The Ten Commandments were originally given verbally to the people in Exodus 20, then were written twice on tablets of stone by the finger of God. The first set was thrown down and broken by Moses when he came down from the mountain and saw that the people had made an idol and had already disobeyed God's commandments. Exodus 31:18 to the end of chapter 32. The second set of the tablet was kept in the Ark of the Covenant that the Israelites carried with them and kept it in the tabernacle they build for worshiping God.

God gave Moses the ten commandments for the people to live by so they would know the difference between right and wrong. Many of our laws today are based on the ten commandments,our morality is set by the laws and the conscience that God gave us to control what we know is right and wrong.

'The Catholic ten commandments

The Catholic church has changed to ten commandments and made their own version.

Exodus 20: 4, the second commandment says “You shall not make for yourself a carved image—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. Because the Catholic church makes images that they pray to and worship, they have taken out the second commandment and split the 10th commandment into 2.

There are no manuscripts or versions of the Bible that have the commandments listed this way. This is a case of the Catholic church changing the Bible and what God said to fit what they want. This removes the commandment about not creating an image of anything to take the place of or be your god. This commandment is very important and can not be removed from the list. It is a sin to alter the word of God, and a sin to bow down to and pray to or worship statues and images or anything else you put above God like money, success, etc.

This is the 10th commandment from the Bible, 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.”

The Catholic version splits number 10 into numbers 9 and 10.

This is commandment 9 and 10 from the Catholic Catechism.

9. You shall not covet

your neighbor's wife.

10. You shall not covet

your neighbor's goods.

Ten commandments


The commandments from Deuteronomy 5

‘You shall have no other gods before Me.

8 ‘You shall not make for yourself a carved image—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; 9 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 upon the children to the third and fourth generations of those who hate Me, 10 but showing mercy to thousands, to those who love Me and keep My commandments.

11 ‘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.

12 ‘Observe the Sabbath day, to keep it holy, as the Lord your God commanded you. 13 Six days you shall labor and do all your work, 14 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 ox, nor your donkey, nor any of your cattle, nor your stranger who is within your gates, that your male servant and your female servant may rest as well as you.15 And remember that you were a slave in the land of Egypt, and the Lord your God brought you out from there by a mighty hand and by an outstretched arm; therefore the Lord your God commanded you to keep the Sabbath day.

16 ‘Honor your father and your mother, as the Lord your God has commanded you, that your days may be long, and that it may be well with you in the land which the Lord your God is giving you.

17 ‘You shall not murder.

18 ‘You shall not commit adultery.

19 ‘You shall not steal.

20 ‘You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.

21 ‘You shall not covet your neighbor’s wife; and you shall not desire your neighbor’s house, his field, his male servant, his female servant, his ox, his donkey, or anything that is your neighbor’s.’

The Ten Commandments

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What to do

The laws of God, The Ten Commandments were sent to man to show us what sin is and how we are to live to please and honor God our creator. If we break these laws, which we all do, we need to believe and accept Jesus and that he died to pay the price for our sins. We need to repent of our sins, and the holy spirit will give us a new heart and will make us turn from sin and try not to sin. When we do sin after we have accepted Jesus, we feel guilt and don’t want to do what we did, but we are forgiven of our sins and will go to heaven instead of hell when we die.

If you want to know more about why and how you can accept Jesus and be set free from your sin, and not face judgement day without the forgiveness of your sins, check out this web site and pray that God will guide you and forgive you.


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    • Hannah David Cini profile image

      Hannah David Cini 

      4 years ago from Nottingham

      An interesting hub! I have found that most people agree with the standards of the Ten Commandments and already know they fall short, it's definitely a great place to start from in offering grace.


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