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Should Christians obey the 10 Commandments? I think the answer is yes. Here’s why:

 

1. There is no biblical record of Jesus breaking any of the 10 Commandments

There is no biblical record of Jesus breaking or abolishing the 10 Commandments. This is an important point because Jesus is God in the flesh (Matthew 1:23) and the Great Shepherd (John 10:11). So, his example of good conduct, and his instruction – matters.

Note: The Bible shows evidence of Jesus ignoring manmade rules that pertained to things like ceremonial hand washing (Luke 11:38); carrying sleeping mats on the Sabbath (John 5:10); and healing on the Sabbath (Luke 13:14). But, as mentioned, those rules which Jesus ignored, were manmade additions.

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2. Jesus endorsed the 10 Commandments

“Just then a man came up to Jesus and asked, “Teacher, what good thing must I do to get eternal life?…” If you want to enter life, keep the commandments.” “Which ones?” he inquired. Jesus replied, “You shall not murder, you shall not commit adultery, you shall not steal, you shall not give false testimony, honor your father and mother,’ and ‘love your neighbor as yourself.” “All these I have kept,” the young man said. “What do I still lack?” Jesus answered, “If you want to be perfect, go, sell your possessions and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.” When the young man heard this, he went away sad, because he had great wealth. Then Jesus said to his disciples, “Truly I tell you, it is hard for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of heaven. Again I tell you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of God.” Matthew 19:16–24

Note: 1) In verse 17 (above) Jesus said: “If you want to enter life, keep the commandments.” Which shows that obedience to God, and eternal life, go hand in hand; 2) To clarify: I believe salvation is found through faith in Jesus and surrendering to his lordship (see John 3:16, Acts 4:12). But, faithfulness and obedience to Jesus/God is required to preserve that salvation (see Luke 21:19, John 14:23, James 1:12, Revelation 2:7).

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3. Jesus said the 10 Commandments will last longer than this present earth

“For truly I tell you, until heaven and earth disappear, not the smallest letter, not the least stroke of a pen, will by any means disappear from the Law…” Matthew 5:18

Note: The 10 Commandments are part of the Law of God (not the Law of Moses). And, based upon the above scripture, the 10 Commandments are still in force and effect, at this writing (10.2016).

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4. Jesus said there would be an eternal consequence for rejecting even the smallest of the 10 Commandments

“Therefore anyone who sets aside one of the least of these commands and teaches others accordingly will be called least in the kingdom of heaven, but whoever practices and teaches these commands will be called great in the kingdom of heaven. For I tell you that unless your righteousness surpasses that of the Pharisees and the teachers of the law, you will certainly not enter the kingdom of heaven.” Matthew 5:19–20

Note: Regarding the above scripture: 1) Jesus outlined a specific consequence for breaking the least of the 10 Commandments; 2) If the consequence of eternal demotion, for breaking the least of the commands exists (as the lowest place in the kingdom of heaven), then one must consider that disobedience to the other nine commands could equate to losing eternal life; 3) One thing is for sure — Matthew 5:19–20 is further evidence of a correlation between the 10 Commandments, righteousness, and eternal life.

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5. Jesus’ words suggest that those who are lawless are in danger

“Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. Many will say to me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name and in your name drive out demons and in your name perform many miracles?’ Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!” Matthew 7:21–23

Note: 1) “The will of my Father who is in heaven” is an indicator of the 10 Commandments; 2) The above word “evildoers” is translated from the Greek “Oἱ ἐργαζόμενοι τὴν ἀνομίαν,” which, to my understanding, translates to English as: “Those working lawlessness;” 3) The word “lawlessness” relates to the 10 Commandments because the 10 Commandments are part of the Law of God.

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6. John the Baptist endorsed the 10 Commandments

“For Herod himself had given orders to have John arrested, and he had him bound and put in prison. He did this because of Herodias, his brother Philip’s wife, whom he had married. For John had been saying to Herod, “It is not lawful for you to have your brother’s wife.” Mark 6:17–18

Note: 1) In Matthew 11:11, Jesus suggested John the Baptist was the greatest of all the prophets. Since Jesus spoke so highly of John, then John’s opinion of the 10 Commandments should be noted here. That being said, John the Baptist lived for God. And, he ultimately died (he was beheaded, in jail) for preaching Commandment #7 (“Do not commit adultery”) to a Roman official, named Herod, who was a non-believer; 2) The reason John the Baptist preached holiness to Herod, is because God instructed his people to teach the 10 Commandments to all people, including non-believers (see Leviticus 18:24–28), and John was faithful to do that even though he risked imprisonment and death; 3) Today, many Christian preachers claim that praying a single “Sinner’s Prayer,” is enough to guarantee eternal life. If that were true, then John the Baptist would not have risked his life to preach holiness and repentance to Herod. He would have merely preached Grace, and introduced all the non-believers in the area, to Jesus; 4) To clarify: I believe that obtaining salvation from Jesus/God is as easy as praying the “Sinner’s Prayer,” so long as it is combined with humility, surrender, and genuine faith in Jesus. But, retaining that salvation, and retaining eternal life, requires that person to repent (Matthew 4:17), stop sinning (John 5:14), obey the commands of Jesus (John 14:15), which includes the 10 Commandments, and produce good fruit (Luke 13:9, Matthew 3:8).

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7. None of Jesus’ first disciples ever spoke against the 10 Commandments

Here is an example of John (one of the 12 Apostles) warning people not to sin/break the law:

“Everyone who sins breaks the law; in fact, sin is lawlessness. No one who lives in him [Jesus] keeps on sinning…No one who continues to sin has either seen him or known him.” 1John 3:4,6

Note: The 10 Commandments are part of the Law of God. And, the above scripture suggests that breaking the 10 Commandments is lawlessness.

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8. It seems that another of the 12 Apostles (James) equated breaking the 10 Commandments with being a lawbreaker

“For he who said, “You shall not commit adultery,” also said, “You shall not murder.” If you do not commit adultery but do commit murder, you have become a lawbreaker.” James 2:11

Note: 1) In the above scripture, James mentioned Commandments #7 and #6; 2) James’ mention of the word “lawbreaker” is linked to the fact that the 10 Commandments are part of the Law of God.

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9. Another of the 12 Apostles (Peter) warned about “the error of the lawless”

“Therefore, dear friends, since you have been forewarned, be on your guard so that you may not be carried away by the error of the lawless and fall from your secure position.” 2Peter 3:17

Note: 1) The warnings, from Jesus’ Apostles, are important because the 12 Apostles learned from Jesus, face to face. They witnessed Jesus’ miracles with their own eyes and audibly heard the teachings of Jesus with their own ears. If the 10 Commandments no longer needed to be obeyed, then there would have been no need for Peter to warn anyone about “the error of the lawless;” 2) Peter not only warned about the lawless, but he joyfully testified about the thousands of Jews who came to faith in Jesus and became “zealous for the law” (see Acts 21:20).

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10. The book of Revelation mentions “The people of God who keep his commands and remain faithful to Jesus”

“This calls for patient endurance on the part of the people of God who keep his commands and remain faithful to Jesus.” Revelation 14:12

Note: 1) Remaining faithful to Jesus means being faithful to obey his commands; 2) The scripture (above) refers to future disciples of Jesus who are faithful to Jesus, during the 7-Year Tribulation. The 7-Year Tribulation is a future event, which means God expects his people to obey his commands, today.

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The debate in Christianity

I think the Christian preachers who speak against adherence to the 10 Commandments, mean well. And, I know they often have a variety of Bible passages to back-up their stance, such as: Romans 3:20; Romans 4:14–15; Romans 5:20; Romans 6:14; Romans 7:10; Romans 7:13. But, the book of Romans wasn’t written by Jesus. Nor was it written by any of Jesus’ 12 Apostles. The book of Romans was written (see Romans 1:1) by a 1st Century writer named Paul (Saul of Tarsus). And, for any Bible teacher to adhere to Paul’s instruction as superior to Jesus’ instruction, on any matter, is, in my humble opinion, a very dangerous theological error because: 1) Paul was not God; 2) Paul was not infallible; 3) There is no biblical record of Jesus/God ever ordaining Paul as an Apostle; 4) There is no biblical record of Jesus/God ever referring to Paul as an Apostle; 5) Paul did not meet the criteria to be an Apostle; 6) The book of Revelation (the last book of the Bible) seems to indicate there are only 12 Apostles total, which means Paul was not equal to the 12 Apostles “The wall of the city had twelve foundations, and on them were the names of the twelve apostles of the Lamb.” Revelation 21:14

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End summary

Many people, including many Christians, view the 10 Commandments as a set of outdated and archaic rules that God no longer expects humans to obey. I respectfully disagree. I think the 10 Commandments are beautiful, and my life is much better since I began wholeheartedly striving to obey them. Thanks for reading & God bless.

“The law from your mouth is more precious to me than thousands of pieces of silver and gold. All your words are true; all your righteous laws are eternal.” Psalm 119:72,160 

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