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The Commandments

The Commandments

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The Ten Commandments of God the Blessed Trinity are Gods plan of life for mankind. They are the way in which God has designed us to live. The natural law which is also part of man’s nature comes from the Ten Commandments.
The Ten Commandments of God the Blessed Trinity are Gods plan of life for mankind. They are the way in which God has designed us to live. The natural law which is also part of man’s nature comes from the Ten Commandments.

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 My Catholic Faith
The Commandmentsof God
The Commandments
Commandments I, II, III Our Duty to God 
Every man knows that there is such a thing as right and wrong. He may be mistaken aboutwhat is right and what is wrong. But he does know there is a difference. When it comes to thepoint of an action and he decides to do the right thing he is following his conscience. That isto say he has decided that one course of action is right and the other course is wrong.
It is clear enough though that we cannot simply rely on “conscience” to give the rightanswers. Hitler’s conscience told him it was right to wipe out millions of innocent Jews inextermination camps. Also relying on his “conscience” Idi Amin Dada of Uganda slaughteredmillions of his countrymen. Many others have treaded the same evil course since. Yourconscience or mine says that which they did was plain murder. These are flagrant examples.But there are plenty of cases where men judge quite differently about the same action. Wehave to ask: Has God given us any principles to go on? He made us. He knows how we oughtto live. What we want are the Maker’s instructions. We are bound to follow our conscience.But our conscience must be rightly informed.
When Christ was asked what was the greatest commandment of the law He answered:
Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with thy whole heart and with thy whole soul and with thy whole mind. This is the greatest and the first commandment. And the second is like tothis: Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.
(Matt. xxii.)So the test of all morality is love. Our biggest difficulty is that the love of ourselvesmay keep getting in the way of our love of God and our love of our neighbour. And so weshould keep asking God to teach us to love Him and to help us love one another. True love of God and true love of our neighbour is a gift from God; it is what we call Charity.The great test of love is whether we do what God wants us to do.
 If you love Me keep My commandments.
(John xiv: 15.)It is all very well to feel a sort of rosy glow. But that is not enough. We show our reallove by doing what God wants us to do, by trying to please Him. And since He made us andknows what is best for us, in doing what He wants we are in fact doing the best thing forourselves.“In His will is our peace” said a great poet.
GOD’S PLAN FOR USWe should not consider the Ten Commandments of God as a sort of set of rules that Hehas made up just to test us. They are in fact the plan of life for us.
They are the way inwhich God has designed us to live.The Ten Commandments were given by God to Moses the leader of His chosenpeople. But they were no new thing even then. They are written in the “heart of man” in thesense that we can discern them for ourselves. But because of that flaw in our nature inheritedfrom our first parents we can get a very twisted notion of what is the law of God. That is whyyou find mankind going off into strange perversions like the worship of idols, humansacrifice, and the like.
And so God in the Ten Commandments gives us on His own authority the natural law— the law which is part of our nature.
The Ten Commandments are as follows:
“I am the Lord thy God, who brought thee out of the land of Egypt, and out of the house of bondage.
Thou shalt not have any other gods before Me. Thou shalt not make to thyself any graven thing, nor the likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or in the earth beneath,nor of those things that are in the waters under the earth. Thou shalt not adore them nor servethem.
Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain.
Remember that thou keep holy the Sabbath day.
Honour thy father and thy mother.
Thou shalt not kill.
. Thou shalt not commit adultery.
Thou shalt not steal.
Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbour.
Thou shalt not covet thy neighbour’s wife.
Thou shalt not covet thy neighbour’s goods.”
[This is a summary of the Commandments as given in the Bible (Deut. 1:21). TheProtestant numbering is slightly different. They divide the First Commandment asgiven above into two and so the Protestant Third Commandment will be our Second;their Sixth will be our Fifth, etc. Our Ninth and Tenth Commandments are the TenthCommandment only in the Protestant version. It is a small point; the content is thesame; only the numbering is different.]
This and the following lesson will not attempt to be a full treatise on theCommandments. We shall simply mention the main points briefly in each one.
COMMANDMENTS 1, 2 and 3 are concerned particularly with our duties towards God.What must be our attitude to God? We must love Him because He is supremely good, andbecause He is infinitely good to us. We must believe Him. We must trust Him. And anythingwhich goes against belief in God, trust in God, and love of God is wrong.In the ancient world the great temptation was for people to go off worshipping falsegods. So the Jews were forbidden to make statues or images to be adored or honoured asgods. It is not the making of a statue which is wrong, but the making of an idol, that is, astatue to be adored.Catholics have statues of Christ and of the Saints just as all men have statues of national heroes or photographs of their families. We reverence these images just as a manreverences the picture of his mother or father. They are a help to us when we pray in so far asthey remind us of the person whose help we are asking. But it would be quite wrong toworship them as gods.We also reverence relics, the bodies of the Saints, for example, just as a mother willcarry a lock of hair or picture of her baby. But we do not worship them as gods. Nor pray tothem. As the Catholic ‘Catechism of Christian Doctrine’ puts it bluntly: “We do not pray torelics or images for they can neither see nor hear nor help us.”http://www.scribd.com/doc/7991925/Catechism-of-Christian-Doctrine

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