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Are The Ten Commandments Obsolete?
The Ten Commandments
Sadly, I cannot post the Ten Commandments, as found in Exodus 20. It is considered duplication.
GOD created man. HE gave man order by giving HIM laws to abide by. Giving us those laws also taught us that we are sinners, and that the wages of sin was death. Both physical death and spiritual death. In times past GOD accepted the blood of animals as sin sacrifices. But it was not a permanent thing. HE sent HIS Son, The CHRIST to die once and for all, so that we might be saved from that spiritual death. John 3:16 makes it clear that the gift of salvation is for anyone who believes in CHRIST as GODs Son and their saviour.
I have heard many people, believers and non-believers alike, who claim either that the Ten Commandments are obsolete, or were never meant to be obeyed, that it is impossible to obey them. I have even heard it said that if you believe you should obey them then you believe you can earn your way to salvation. None of the above is true. They have never been obsolete. If they were, it would be acceptable to murder, steal, lie and dishonour your parents.The people who say they are obsolete say it because they do not wish to love GOD, nor to keep HIS Holy Sabbath, which is on Saturday, not Sunday. That Sabbath was given to remind us who our Creator is. Those who keep Sunday as sabbath are showing they prefer to obey man over GOD. As an aside, did you know that when we are given the mark...either GODs or the beast's, it is no electronic chip implanted into the hand. "In the hand" symbolizes our actions. "In the forehead" symbolizes our thoughts. When we choose to keep man's laws over GOD's, then we accept the mark of the beast. When we choose to obey GOD over man, no matter how difficult it seems to be, we accept GOD's mark.
To say the Ten Commandments were never meant to be followed is just an excuse not to obey them. Usually because you would rather have pleasure than obey them. To say it is impossible is the same, an excuse not to obey them. GOD never wasted HIS time or spoke just to hear HIMSELF speak.
When we give our love to GOD and obey HIS commandments, HE fills us with HIS love, so that we might give that love to "our neighbor", which by the way does not mean just the person living next door to you. All mankind is our neighbor. The Ten Commandments can be summarized by just two...Love GOD and love your neighbor as yourself. When you love yourself, you look out for your happiness and safety. So when you love others as yourself, you look out for their happiness and safety. If you do this you will never intentionally harm or bring grief to anyone. How can that become obsolete? How is it not desirable to obey such laws?