Don’t Bother With The Ten Commandments!

Now that I just spent the last ten days on the ten commandments, I am going to tell you to stop following them! Don’t focus all your time making sure that you follow them all perfectly! You can’t follow them perfectly, and God is going to love you the same no matter how far, or close you are to following them. So why follow them if you don’t want to?  Well, I am just kidding about all that. Or am I?

The answer is yes we should try to follow the commandments, not because you have to, but because you want to. I am almost (keyword almost) tempted to say that if you are only keeping a commandment because you have to, and not because you want to, you are wasting your time. Just commit the sin because you heart is not with it.

We must know that there is nothing we can do to get to Heaven. Even at our very best we are sinful. I love this verse from the bible

Isaiah 64:6 

All of us have become like one who is unclean,
and all our righteous acts are like filthy rags;
we all shrivel up like a leaf,
and like the wind our sins sweep us away.

The line “and all our righteous acts are like filthy rags” stands out to me. What we have translated to filthy rags, is actualy ment to be menstrual cloth (used tampon). Us fulfilling the ten commandments at our best, us being the most righteous person we can be, is at its best compared to menstrual cloth. How does that make you feel?

Romans 3:20 

For no one can ever be made right with God by doing what the law commands. The law simply shows us how sinful we are.

I tend to view this as meaning that the law isn’t exactly there for us to fulfill, but to show us we can not fulfill it and that we are sinful and do not deserve Gods gift to us.

Ephesians 2:8-9

For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—  not by works, so that no one can boast.

Romans 4
So the promise is received by faith. It is given as a free gift. And we are all certain to receive it, whether or not we live according to the law of Moses, if we have faith like Abraham’s. For Abraham is the father of all who believe. And because of Abraham’s faith, God counted him as righteous.  And when God counted him as righteous, it wasn’t just for Abraham’s benefit. It was recorded for our benefit, too, assuring us that God will also count us as righteous if we believe in him, the one who raised Jesus our Lord from the dead

I like these two sets of verses a lot. We are saved by God’s grace. “And we are all certain to receive it, whether or not we live according to the law of Moses.” So even if we don’t live by the law, we can still receive God’s grace.

What is the Point of the Ten Commandments?

If fulfilling the ten commandments doesn’t have to do with how I am saved, why should I follow them, what is the point? Following the ten commandments goes beyond just doing what you are told. The purpose of the ten commandments is to protect us. Look through the ten commandments, and think of the consequences in your life that happens from breaking each one of them. The reason God gave us these commandments is to protect us from the consequences. The law is there to protect us, not to keep us restricted. (Kind of like when parents give their children rules)I believe this is something we often forget about, I know I do.

A second thing to consider is the relationship side of fulfilling the law. We should fulfill the law because we want to. It’s like our relationships on earth(Spouse, boy/girl friend, family, friend, etc). With the relationships closest to us, we do our best to be righteous towards them. They do good to us, and we do good back to them in return. The same applies with God. We should love God so much that we no longer what to sin. Every sin we do pushes us a little bit further from God. We should want to avoid being pushed away, but look to be brought closer to God. It’s our love for God, that should give us the desire to fulfill the ten commandments.
To answer the opening question “Or am I just kidding?” Of course I was. Those are the lies the devil may try to manipulate to us to keep us alway from the law. The law may not be here to get us into Heaven. We may be far from fulfilling the law. But we must do our best to fulfill the law because it protects us. The law is a blessing to us.

Memory Verse of the Week:

Ecclesiastics 7:18

It is good to grasp the one and not let go of the other. The man who fears God will avoid all [extremes].


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You Shall Not Covet Your Neighbor’s Wife, or His Male or Female Servant, His Ox or Donkey, or Anything That Belongs to Your Neighbor.”

According to Scripture:

 Exodus 20:17

[..]You shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, or his male or female servant, his ox or donkey, or anything that belongs to your neighbor.”

According to Luther’s Catechism:

Thou shalt not covet thy neighbor’s wife, nor his man-servant, nor his maid-servant, nor his cattle, nor anything that is his.

What does this mean?–Answer.

We should fear and love God that we may not estrange, force, or entice away our neighbor’s wife, servants, or cattle, but urge them to stay and [diligently] do their duty.

According to the Catechism of the Catholic Church:  Four parts

I. The Disorder of Covetous Desires

2535 The sensitive appetite leads us to desire pleasant things we do not have, e.g., the desire to eat when we are hungry or to warm ourselves when we are cold. These desires are good in themselves; but often they exceed the limits of reason and drive us to covet unjustly what is not ours and belongs to another or is owed to him.

II. The Desires of the Spirit

2541 The economy of law and grace turns men’s hearts away from avarice and envy. It initiates them into desire for the Sovereign Good; it instructs them in the desires of the Holy Spirit who satisfies man’s heart.
The God of the promises always warned man against seduction by what from the beginning has seemed “good for food . . . a delight to the eyes . . . to be desired to make one wise.”329

III. Poverty of Heart

2547 The Lord grieves over the rich, because they find their consolation in the abundance of goods.340 “Let the proud seek and love earthly kingdoms, but blessed are the poor in spirit for theirs is the Kingdom of heaven.”341 Abandonment to the providence of the Father in heaven frees us from anxiety about tomorrow.342 Trust in God is a preparation for the blessedness of the poor. They shall see God.

IV. “I Want to See God”

2548 Desire for true happiness frees man from his immoderate attachment to the goods of this world so that he can find his fulfillment in the vision and beatitude of God. “The promise [of seeing God] surpasses all beatitude…. In Scripture, to see is to possess…. Whoever sees God has obtained all the goods of which he can conceive.”343


After looking at this commandment, I have a really hard time separating it from the previous one. After looking over the ten commandments in whole, I have a hard time seeing ten commandments, but rather only nine. I am not going to attempt to figure out this dilema of mine because I do not see it being important to my salvation.

Two things stand out to me when looking at this half of the verse, coveting relationships, and coveting things that make our appearance look better. From my last post we know what it means to covet things, and the dangers of it, however we still do it. I want to look at why coveting relationships, and things that make our appearances better can be foolish.

Relationships

At one point or another, we have been guilty of this, especially those of us that are single. We get a strong desire(coveting) to  form a relationship with somebody. This desire can get so strong that we simply covet having a relationship, and will take anyone that we can get. At which we may find us with someone that is not beneficial for us. We like to ask God for a relationship. Have we ever thought to to say to God “Thank you for keeping me single. Thank you for protecting me for what I am not ready for. Thanks for giving me the time to grow in you, so that when I have a partner, I may be strong and point them to you.” God has you single for a reason and in His timing He will bring you to a relationship. In the meantime be thankful for you relationship with Christ, as well as all your relationships with family and friends.

Whether you are seeking a relationship because you are single, or you are just seeking a friendship relationship, do not let the desires of the relationship surpass your desire for your relationship with Christ. Besides Christ knows where you are at, and you are there for a reason. Whether it is to learn, come to closer to God, or whatever know that you are there for a reason. The realtionship you seek, may not be the relationship you need. Know God is with you.

Our Appearance

The second form of covet I see in this commandment, is that of trying to improve our appearance to others. We want to look good to impress others. Essentially we are attempting to be someone we are not, to gain others attention. If we think about that, that’s scary. What if we actually succeed in impressing others by this form of fashion? Now we have to keep it up. If we don’t we will fail in impressing them. I am unsure which is worse. Is it that we have forced ourselves to be someone we are not? Or is it the physiological feeling that if we don’t meet this expectation that we have placed ourselves at, that we view ourselves as failures? Both of these are very dangerous. Like relationships, we need to accept what we have and be thankful for it. Remember that if we don’t have something we want, maybe that is God protecting us from something that is going to hinder our relationship with Him. Also know, there is nothing wrong with desiring something, as long as the desire does not become more important than God.

Be true to yourselves. Accept who you are. Accept the blessings God has given you. Accept the blessing of what God hasn’t given you.

Ten Commandments:

  1. Thou Shalt Have No Other gods
  2. Thou Shalt Not Take the Name of the Lord, Thy God, in vain.
  3. Remember the Sabbath Day by Keeping it Holy
  4. Honor Your Father and Mother
  5. Thou shalt not kill.
  6. Thou shalt not commit adultery.
  7. Thou shalt not steal.
  8. Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbor.
  9. Thou shalt not covet thy neighbor’s house.
  10. Thou shalt not covet thy neighbor’s wife, nor his man-servant, nor his maid-servant, nor his cattle, nor anything that is his.

Memory Verse of the Week:

Ecclesiastics 7:18

It is good to grasp the one and not let go of the other. The man who fears God will avoid all [extremes].


You Shall Not Covet Your Neighbor’s House

Chicago Bulls. Michael Jordan 1997
Chicago Bulls. Michael Jordan 1997 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

According to Scripture:

Exodus 20:17

You shall not covet your neighbor’s house [..]

According to Luther’s Small Catechism:

Thou shalt not covet thy neighbor’s house.

What does this mean?–Answer.

We should fear and love God that we may not craftily seek to get our neighbor’s inheritance or house, and obtain it by a show of [justice and] right, etc., but help and be of service to him in keeping it.

According to the Catechism of the Catholic Church: Two parts

I. Purification of the Heart

 2519 The “pure in heart” are promised that they will see God face to face and be like him.311 Purity of heart is the precondition of the vision of God. Even now it enables us to see according to God, to accept others as “neighbors”; it lets us perceive the human body – ours and our neighbor’s – as a temple of the Holy Spirit, a manifestation of divine beauty

II. The Battle for Purity

2522 Modesty protects the mystery of persons and their love. It encourages patience and moderation in loving relationships; it requires that the conditions for the definitive giving and commitment of man and woman to one another be fulfilled. Modesty is decency. It inspires one’s choice of clothing. It keeps silence or reserve where there is evident risk of unhealthy curiosity. It is discreet.


This is very similar to the tenth commandment, the difference is this covet is referring to tangible earthly possessions, and the tenth has to deal with relationships. They could definitely be combined, in the case of Christianity outside of Catholicism and Lutherism, but for the sake of my own particular background, I am keeping them separate.

Do not covet your neighbors house. In other words, do not covet any possessions that you do not have. God has graciously given us all what we need to do His will, and more. All of our earthly possessions are only earthly possessions, once we die our physical death, we no longer have ownership over those goods. We can no longer receive whatever benefits they may have given us.

Covet can sometimes be a tricky word. Here is what the dictionary says about the word:

covet |ˈkəvət|

verb ( covets, coveting , coveted ) [ with obj. ]

yearn to possess or have (something): the president-elect covets time for exercise and fishing | (as adj. coveted) : he won the coveted Booker Prize for fiction.

And yearn:

yearn |yərn|

verb [ no obj. ]

have an intense feeling of longing for something, typically something that one has lost or been separated from: she yearned for a glimpse of him | some people yearn for a return to monarchy | [ with infinitive ] : they yearned to go home.

• archaic be filled with compassion or warm feeling: no fellow spirit yearned toward her.

When we covet our neighbors possessions, we have an intense feeling of need for it. What is something you covet? (Maybe it’s more money, better insurance/healthcare, house, car, etc) The biggest problem of coveting, is not that we want something we don’t have. After all God knows there is stuff that we don’t have, and He even asks us to ask Him in prayer for that stuff. The problem with coveting we put our covet in front of God. We start to covet so much, we loose touch with God. Ultimately breaking the first commandment.

The second problem is this: I heard this analogy the other day, with the purpose of teaching us God’s plan for us and I feel it can be used for coveting as well. A pastor and his family went to a Bobcats basketball game(Michael Jordan owns this team). He was given court side seats. Before the game started Michael Jordan walked by his family, he was amazed and bent down to tell his son. His son’s reply was “Can we go get popcorn dad?” The point is we get caught up in the things we don’t have, that we don’t see the great things in front of us. In the pastors kids case, it was Michael Jordan, the greatest basketball player to ever play the game.

My question to leave you with is, what is the popcorn in your life?


Ten Commandments:

  1. Thou Shalt Have No Other gods
  2. Thou Shalt Not Take the Name of the Lord, Thy God, in vain.
  3. Remember the Sabbath Day by Keeping it Holy
  4. Honor Your Father and Mother
  5. Thou shalt not kill.
  6. Thou shalt not commit adultery.
  7. Thou shalt not steal.
  8. Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbor.
  9. Thou shalt not covet thy neighbor’s house.
  10. Thou shalt not covet thy neighbor’s wife, nor his man-servant, nor his maid-servant, nor his cattle, nor anything that is his. 

Memory Verse of the Week:

Ecclesiastics 7:18

It is good to grasp the one and not let go of the other. The man who fears God will avoid all [extremes].


You Shall Not Give False Testimony Against Your Neighbor

According to Scripture:

Exodus 20:16

“You shall not give false testimony against your neighbor.

Proverbs 25:18

Like a club or a sword or a sharp arrow is the man who gives false testimony against his neighbor.

According to Luther’s Catechism:

Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbor.

What does this mean?–Answer.

We should fear and love God that we may not deceitfully belie, betray, slander, or defame our neighbor, but defend him, [think and] speak well of him, and put the best construction on everything.

 According to the Cathechism of the Catholic Church: 6 parts
I. Living in the Truth
2465 The Old Testament attests that God is the source of all truth. His Word is truth. His Law is truth. His “faithfulness endures to all generations.”254 Since God is “true,” the members of his people are called to live in the truth.255
II. To Bear Witness to the Church
2471 Before Pilate, Christ proclaims that he “has come into the world, to bear witness to the truth.”265 The Christian is not to “be ashamed then of testifying to our Lord.”266 In situations that require witness to the faith, the Christian must profess it without equivocation, after the example of St. Paul before his judges. We must keep “a clear conscience toward God and toward men.”267
III. Offenses Against Truth

2476 False witness and perjury. When it is made publicly, a statement contrary to the truth takes on a particular gravity. In court it becomes false witness.275 When it is under oath, it is perjury. Acts such as these contribute to condemnation of the innocent, exoneration of the guilty, or the increased punishment of the accused.276 They gravely compromise the exercise of justice and the fairness of judicial decisions.

IV. Respect for the Truth
2488 The right to the communication of the truth is not unconditional. Everyone must conform his life to the Gospel precept of fraternal love. This requires us in concrete situations to judge whether or not it is appropriate to reveal the truth to someone who asks for it.
V. The Use of the Social Communications Media
2493 Within modern society the communications media play a major role in information, cultural promotion, and formation. This role is increasing, as a result of technological progress, the extent and diversity of the news transmitted, and the influence exercised on public opinion.
VI. Truth, Beaty, and Sacred Art
2500 The practice of goodness is accompanied by spontaneous spiritual joy and moral beauty. Likewise, truth carries with it the joy and splendor of spiritual beauty. Truth is beautiful in itself. Truth in words, the rational expression of the knowledge of created and uncreated reality, is necessary to man, who is endowed with intellect. But truth can also find other complementary forms of human expression, above all when it is a matter of evoking what is beyond words: the depths of the human heart, the exaltations of the soul, the mystery of God. Even before revealing himself to man in words of truth, God reveals himself to him through the universal language of creation, the work of his Word, of his wisdom: the order and harmony of the cosmos – which both the child and the scientist discover – “from the greatness and beauty of created things comes a corresponding perception of their Creator,” “for the author of beauty created them.”289

I don’t feel the need to give any extra commentary on this commandment. It can be summed up very easily with, do not lie. Small or big, it is still a lie. Watch your tongue.


Ten Commandments:

  1. Thou Shalt Have No Other gods
  2. Thou Shalt Not Take the Name of the Lord, Thy God, in vain.
  3. Remember the Sabbath Day by Keeping it Holy
  4. Honor Your Father and Mother
  5. Thou shalt not kill.
  6. Thou shalt not commit adultery.
  7. Thou shalt not steal.
  8. Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbor.
  9. Thou shalt not covet thy neighbor’s house.
  10. Thou shalt not covet thy neighbor’s wife, nor his man-servant, nor his maid-servant, nor his cattle, nor anything that is his. 

Memory Verse of the Week:

Ecclesiastics 7:18

It is good to grasp the one and not let go of the other. The man who fears God will avoid all [extremes].


Thou Shalt Not Steal

According to the Scriptures:

Exodus 20:5

“You shall not steal.

Leviticus 19:13

“‘Do not defraud your neighbor or rob him. “‘Do not hold back the wages of a hired man overnight.

According to Luther’s Catechism

Thou shalt not steal.

What does this mean?–Answer.

We should fear and love God that we may not take our neighbor’s money or property, nor get them by false ware or dealing, but help him to improve and protect his property and business [that his means are preserved and his condition is improved].

According to the Catechism of the Catholic Church: Six Parts

I. The Universal and Destination and the Private Ownership of Goods

2403 The right to private property, acquired by work or received from others by inheritance or gift, does not do away with the original gift of the earth to the whole of mankind. the universal destination of goods remains primordial, even if the promotion of the common good requires respect for the right to private property and its exercise.

2404 “In his use of things man should regard the external goods he legitimately owns not merely as exclusive to himself but common to others also, in the sense that they can benefit others as well as himself.”187 The ownership of any property makes its holder a steward of Providence, with the task of making it fruitful and communicating its benefits to others, first of all his family.

II. Respect for Persons and Their Goods.

2409 Even if it does not contradict the provisions of civil law, any form of unjustly taking and keeping the property of others is against the seventh commandment: thus, deliberate retention of goods lent or of objects lost; business fraud; paying unjust wages; forcing up prices by taking advantage of the ignorance or hardship of another.191

III. The Social Doctrine of the Church

2419 “Christian revelation . . . promotes deeper understanding of the laws of social living.”198 The Church receives from the Gospel the full revelation of the truth about man. When she fulfills her mission of proclaiming the Gospel, she bears witness to man, in the name of Christ, to his dignity and his vocation to the communion of persons. She teaches him the demands of justice and peace in conformity with divine wisdom.

IV. Economic Activity and Social Justice

2426 The development of economic activity and growth in production are meant to provide for the needs of human beings. Economic life is not meant solely to multiply goods produced and increase profit or power; it is ordered first of all to the service of persons, of the whole man, and of the entire human community. Economic activity, conducted according to its own proper methods, is to be exercised within the limits of the moral order, in keeping with social justice so as to correspond to God’s plan for man.208

V. Justice and Solidarity Among Nations

2439 Rich nations have a grave moral responsibility toward those which are unable to ensure the means of their development by themselves or have been prevented from doing so by tragic historical events. It is a duty in solidarity and charity; it is also an obligation in justice if the prosperity of the rich nations has come from resources that have not been paid for fairly.

VI. Love for the Poor

2443 God blesses those who come to the aid of the poor and rebukes those who turn away from them: “Give to him who begs from you, do not refuse him who would borrow from you”; “you received without pay, give without pay.”231 It is by what they have done for the poor that Jesus Christ will recognize his chosen ones.232 When “the poor have the good news preached to them,” it is the sign of Christ’s presence.233



To sum it up, do not take what does not belong to you. That could be said as simply as do not take things from stores without paying for it, or taking/borrowing something from your neighbor. Or it could be as complex as stealing someones time (think about that one (i.e. being late, not showing up, not paying attention, a friendship, a relationship, etc)). Maybe you steal by trying to add in a few extra hours/mins at work that you didn’t actually work for. Maybe you haven’t paid for something from a friend/family that you promised you would in return for something. There are many different forms of stealing and we need to protect ourselves from committing such actions.


Ten Commandments:

  1. Thou Shalt Have No Other gods
  2. Thou Shalt Not Take the Name of the Lord, Thy God, in vain.
  3. Remember the Sabbath Day by Keeping it Holy
  4. Honor Your Father and Mother
  5. Thou shalt not kill.
  6. Thou shalt not commit adultery.
  7. Thou shalt not steal.
  8. Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbor.
  9. Thou shalt not covet thy neighbor’s house.
  10. Thou shalt not covet thy neighbor’s wife, nor his man-servant, nor his maid-servant, nor his cattle, nor anything that is his. 

Memory Verse of the Week:

Ecclesiastics 7:18

It is good to grasp the one and not let go of the other. The man who fears God will avoid all [extremes].


Thou Shalt Not Commit Adultery

I am a day late on this post, spent all day driving and got no time on a computer. To keep up, I will be doing two posts today with the ten commandments.

**Warning** This post can be considered to have mature rated material.

Thou Shalt Not Commit Adultery

According to Scripture:

Exodus 20:14

“You shall not commit adultery.

Matthew 5:27-30

“You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall not commit adultery.’ But I tell you that anyone who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart. If your right eye causes you to stumble, gouge it out and throw it away. It is better for you to lose one part of your body than for your whole body to be thrown into hell. And if your right hand causes you to stumble, cut it off and throw it away. It is better for you to lose one part of your body than for your whole body to go into hell.

According to Luther’s Small Catechism

Thou shalt not commit adultery.

What does this mean?–Answer.

We should fear and love God that we may lead a chaste and decent life in words and deeds, and each love and honor his spouse.

According to Catechism of the Catholic Church: Four Parts

I. Male and Female He Created Them…

2332 Sexuality affects all aspects of the human person in the unity of his body and soul. It especially concerns affectivity, the capacity to love and to procreate, and in a more general way the aptitude for forming bonds of communion with others.

II. The Vocation to Chastity

2337 Chastity means the successful integration of sexuality within the person and thus the inner unity of man in his bodily and spiritual being. Sexuality, in which man’s belonging to the bodily and biological world is expressed, becomes personal and truly human when it is integrated into the relationship of one person to another, in the complete and lifelong mutual gift of a man and a woman.
The virtue of chastity therefore involves the integrity of the person and the integrality of the gift.

III. The Love of Husband and Wife

2360 Sexuality is ordered to the conjugal love of man and woman. In marriage the physical intimacy of the spouses becomes a sign and pledge of spiritual communion. Marriage bonds between baptized persons are sanctified by the sacrament.

IV. Offenses Against the Dignity Of Marriage

2380 Adultery refers to marital infidelity. When two partners, of whom at least one is married to another party, have sexual relations – even transient ones – they commit adultery. Christ condemns even adultery of mere desire.170 The sixth commandment and the New Testament forbid adultery absolutely.171 The prophets denounce the gravity of adultery; they see it as an image of the sin of idolatry.172


This commandment can be summed up pretty quickly, sexual relations outside of marriage is a sin. Like the last commandment that was discusses, Murder, we commit sexual adultery is also committed in our thoughts. Just looking at a man or women, boy or girl, with lust is a sin. So like the last commandment, we need to watch our thoughts.

Where I want to look now is the youth, especially todays youth where they are being taught that sexual relations is perfectly acceptable as long as there is protection. The public school system in most states have now, or in the process, of acknowledging that teens have sex. They tried teaching the dangers of it, but like any teenager they didn’t listen. So now instead of teaching against sexual activity, they are promoting the use of protection.

A lot of christian parents have the thought that if they send their kids to a private school they won’t have to worry about these dangers. Truth is, sexual activity is just as often done in christian high schools , as it is in public. The difference is, kids in christian high schoolers just aren’t as involved as much with multiple people. Instead  they generally, keep it to just one person, their “committed” relationship partner.

How do I know? I’ve been there. I was in high school about three and a half years ago. Even the most ‘righteous’ of students were involved. I’m not saying every high schooler is involved, but there is a good chance that any couple in high school that has been together for more than a year, is in sin.

Why does this happen? How can it be prevented? I believe there are two major factors for this reason. One, students are taught that sex is bad, but they aren’t warned about the dangers of oral sex, or just touching of another person’s body sexually. Two, at least from my experience, no one has showed them how to have a relationship with Christ, instead God is looked more as a subject in school with lots of rules to follow.

When a christian high school couple have been with each other for a long time, they begin to experiment a little, and push the lines of boundary. They don’t realize what they are doing, and only doing what feels good. “As long as we aren’t having sex, it is fine/normal.” So little by little, they start to become more sexually involved with one another. Their relationship starts to become more like the old frog proverb

The premise is that if a frog is placed in boiling water, it will jump out, but if it is placed in cold water that is slowly heated, it will not perceive the danger and will be cooked to death(wikipedia).

Before they know it, before they are even married, their sexual appetiate largely increases, and they aren’t going to be able to control/full the need, of their appetite.

Teenagers, at the high school age, need to be taught the importance of remaining completely sexually inactive until marriage. They need to be taught when it means to be sexually inactive, not just don’t have sex. They need to be taught how sexual desires can trap you, and how easy it is to be a slave to it. They need to be taught the benefits, and beauty behind waiting until marriage to before you participate in that activity. I believe it would be an amazing thing to tell your future spouse that you saved your whole body for them, kept clean just for them, so that their sexual experiences together may be enhanced. It is a proven statistic that partners who don’t participate in sexual activity before marriage, end up happier, and having a better sex life.

To wrap this up, I want to once again remind you to watch your thoughts. If you are sexually impure, it is okay, don’t beat yourself up over it. God can make you pure again, all you got to do is ask for it with your heart. Last, but not least, to teach the youth of the importance of staying pure. Don’t be afraid to talk to them about it, it could save them the sinful desires.

I just can’t help but think how beautiful a pure wedding marriage is. Two couples coming together, saved theirselves for one another, just the way God designed it to be. It is absolutely beautiful!


Ten Commandments:

  1. Thou Shalt Have No Other gods
  2. Thou Shalt Not Take the Name of the Lord, Thy God, in vain.
  3. Remember the Sabbath Day by Keeping it Holy
  4. Honor Your Father and Mother
  5. Thou shalt not kill.
  6. Thou shalt not commit adultery.
  7. Thou shalt not steal.
  8. Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbor.
  9. Thou shalt not covet thy neighbor’s house.
  10. Thou shalt not covet thy neighbor’s wife, nor his man-servant, nor his maid-servant, nor his cattle, nor anything that is his. 

Memory Verse of the Week:

Ecclesiastics 7:18

It is good to grasp the one and not let go of the other. The man who fears God will avoid all [extremes].


Thou Shalt Not Kill

According to Scripture:

Exodus 20:13

You shall not murder

Matthew 5:21-22

“You have heard that it was said to the people long ago, ‘You shall not murder,[a] and anyone who murders will be subject to judgment.’ But I tell you that anyone who is angry with a brother or sister[b][c] will be subject to judgment. Again, anyone who says to a brother or sister, ‘Raca,’[d] is answerable to the court. And anyone who says, ‘You fool!’ will be in danger of the fire of hell.

According to Luther’s Small Catechism 

Thou shalt not kill.

What does this mean?–Answer.

We should fear and love God that we may not hurt nor harm our neighbor in his body, but help and befriend him in every bodily need [in every need and danger of life and body].

According to Catechism of the Catholic Church: (Three parts)

I. Respect for Human Life

2259 In the account of Abel’s murder by his brother Cain,57 Scripture reveals the presence of anger and envy in man, consequences of original sin, from the beginning of human history. Man has become the enemy of his fellow man. God declares the wickedness of this fratricide: “What have you done? the voice of your brother’s blood is crying to me from the ground. and now you are cursed from the ground, which has opened its mouth to receive your brother’s blood from your hand.”58

II. Respect for the Dignity of Persons

2284 Scandal is an attitude or behavior which leads another to do evil. the person who gives scandal becomes his neighbor’s tempter. He damages virtue and integrity; he may even draw his brother into spiritual death. Scandal is a grave offense if by deed or omission another is deliberately led into a grave offense.

III. Safeguarding Peace

2302 By recalling the commandment, “You shall not kill,”93 our Lord asked for peace of heart and denounced murderous anger and hatred as immoral. Anger is a desire for revenge. “To desire vengeance in order to do evil to someone who should be punished is illicit,” but it is praiseworthy to impose restitution “to correct vices and maintain justice.”94If anger reaches the point of a deliberate desire to kill or seriously wound a neighbor, it is gravely against charity; it is a mortal sin. the Lord says, “Everyone who is angry with his brother shall be liable to judgment.”95


This can be one of those commandments that we look over and skip because we haven’t murdered anyone. Why would we, we’ve been raised as good Christians not to kill anyone, that would be the worse thing we could ever do! (Wrong! I will get to that after I am done with the 10 commandment series)

However I am sure most of us have learnt at some point or another that this commandment goes further than that. It is more than just murdering someone. It goes down to the thought of hatred. Just hating another person is enough to be considered murder. After all Jesus said “But I tell you that anyone who is angry with a brother or sister will be subject to judgment.” Lets look at what Jesus said about lust real quickly.

Matthew 5:28

But I tell you that anyone who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart.

When we look at this verse, with what Jesus says about murder, it has the same theme. It is more than our physical actions that bring us to sin, we can do it in our thoughts. And so it is, that in thinking angry thoughts at our neighbors that we our committing sins. This is something we all do. Sometimes it is because someone cut you off on the road, maybe one of you friends back stabbed you, maybe somebody hurt you in some way, maybe a professor made a bad exam, and the list goes on. People in all different situations, make us upset towards them and anytime we think an angry thought towards any of these people, doesn’t matter how ‘light’ of a thought, it is consider murder(I like to think when it comes to sin, God sees it in black and white).

The heart of this post is simply, to watch your thoughts. God can see them and knows them better than you do! 


Ten Commandments:

  1. Thou Shalt Have No Other gods
  2. Thou Shalt Not Take the Name of the Lord, Thy God, in vain.
  3. Remember the Sabbath Day by Keeping it Holy
  4. Honor Your Father and Mother
  5. Thou shalt not kill.
  6. Thou shalt not commit adultery.
  7. Thou shalt not steal.
  8. Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbor.
  9. Thou shalt not covet thy neighbor’s house.
  10. Thou shalt not covet thy neighbor’s wife, nor his man-servant, nor his maid-servant, nor his cattle, nor anything that is his. (Wednesday, March 21st)

Memory Verse of the Week:

Philippians 2:3

Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves,