The Importance of the Ten Commandments in Modern Times The Ten Commandments have not passed away just

because Jesus Christ died on the cross, was buried and resurrected, paying the price for our sins. There are twosides of the Ten Commandments that every person should know about. There are always some heated debates amongst Christians and non-Christians about the importance of the Ten Commandments or God’s Law, whichever term that you prefer to use. On one-side of this debate are the people (both Christian and non-Christian) that believe that the Ten Commandments are of no importance, because Jesus Christ paid for our sins and on the other side of the debate are the Christians who believe that the Ten Commandments are of great importance in the modern day that we all live now. The Ten Commandments (New International Version Bible) 1. You shall have no other gods before me. 2. You shall not make for yourself an idol in the form of anything in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the waters below. You shall not bow down to them or worship them; for I, the LORD your God, am a jealous God, punishing the children for the sin of the fathers to the third and fourth generation of those who hate me, but showing love to a thousand generations of those who love me and keep my commandments. 3. You shall not misuse the name of the LORD your God, for the LORD will not hold anyone guiltless who misuses his name. 4. Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy. Six days you shall labor and do all your work, but the seventh day is a Sabbath to the LORD your God. On it you shall not do any work, neither you, nor your son or daughter, nor your manservant or maidservant, nor your animals, nor the alien within your gates. For in six days the LORD made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, but he rested on the seventh day. Therefore the LORD blessed the Sabbath day and made it holy. 5. Honor your father and your mother, so that you may live long in the land the LORD your God is giving you. 6. You shall not murder. 7. You shall not commit adultery. 8. You shall not steal. 9. You shall not give false testimony against your neighbor.

10. You shall not covet your neighbor’s house. You shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, or his manservant or maidservant, his ox or donkey, or anything that belongs to your neighbor. The Bible teaches that God’s Law has not passed away after Jesus Christ died and rose again to pay the price for our sins. The sacrifice that Jesus Christ paid for our sins, just goes to show how much God loves us all, but did not lessen the importance God’s Law or the Ten Commandments. The Ten Commandments have 2 completely different purposes depending on if a person has willingly accepted Jesus Christ into their hearts and accepted Jesus’ gift of Salvation or if a person has willingly rejected Jesus Christ and have not accepted Jesus’ gift of Salvation. These 2 differences make all of the difference in the world. For the unbeliever, the Ten Commandments is used as a measuring stick that God will use to judge the sinner by and since they have rejected Jesus Christ whom can forgive them for their sins and give them Salvation, then these people by their own choosing will pay for their sins in Hell. The Bible teaches that Jesus Christ is the only way to receive Salvation (a pardon) for their sin (past, present and future) more than 300 times and teaches us about the blood of Jesus Christ about 700 times throughout the scriptures. The Bible teaches no other way to Salvation. For the Christian, the Ten Commandments are much like a user’s guidebook to live a full and fruitful life and pleasing God. Since born-again Christians have accepted Jesus Christ as their Savior and have entered into a personal relationship with God and have been freed from the penalty of their sin (the second death “eternity in Hell paying for their sins”), the Ten Commandments will help them live a life pleasing to God and gain a fuller and richer life because of their faith obedience in the Lord Jesus Christ. The Bible teaches that we all are sinners and fall short of the Glory of God. It also teaches that the Law of God wasn’t sent to save us from our sin. The Bible teaches us that Jesus Christ (God’s Only begotten Son) was sent into the world to save it. If anyone chooses to reject Jesus Christ and the Salvation that He offers to them and chooses to go it alone, then in the end and on Judgment Day you will be standing before God alone and having to take account for every sin that was committed in the present of God. When God measures a person who hasn’t accepted Jesus Christ as their Savior according to His Law (the Ten Commandments), then these people will have to pay the price for breaking the Law and according to God’s Word (the Bible) that person will serve eternity in the Lake of Fire (Hell) paying for their sin. The Ten Commandments serve as both a blessing and a condemner in the world. It is a blessing to Christians and a condemner to unbelievers. No person in the world can or has kept all of God’s Law (except for Jesus Christ (who is God), so being perfect is out the window. God teaches us that the penalty of sin is death (a spiritual death “Hell” and an eternal separation from God), but all isn’t lost, because God loves us so much that He

sent is only Begotten Son, Jesus Christ to pay the price for our sins (past, present and future sin) and if anyone believes in Him (Jesus Christ “God’s Son”) shall have everlasting life If a Christian should get caught stealing something, then the price that will have to be paid in jail is the penalty that just will have to be paid. If a Christian had gotten caught committing adultery and the husband or wife caught them in the act and files for a divorce or even worse, shoot them dead where they stand, then that is the price that they pay for what they had chose to do. However, in my experience as a born-again Christian, I do not have the desire to do any of those things mentioned. Yes, I am a sinner, just like the rest of you, but I have accepted Jesus Christ as my personal savior and have received a pardon from the seconddeath at the time of God’s Judgment (Judgment Day). When I stand before God, I will not be standing alone as Jesus Christ will go before the Father (God) and represent my case before God on my behave, just as He will do for all whom accepts Him and the Salvation that only He can give. The only time that a born-again Christian should and can refuse to abide by the laws of their country is when the government mandates them to follow a law that would cause them to reject Jesus Christ (God). There are things that the Bible teaches us about regarding “The End Days”, such as receiving a mark (tattoo) and a number (possibly a implantable microchip) in the right hand or on the forehead, which if any man should not accept it, then they will not be able to buy or sell or hold a job without having it, then clearly Christians should refuse accepting it – even if it means that they will be put into prison or even put to death. The price that a person will have to pay for accepting “the tattoo and the number or The Mark of the Beast” it will be much worse than being put to death for refusing to accept it. The Bible teaches that if any man or woman who accepts the mark and the number will be condemned and spend an eternity in Hell. There will be no do-overs or second chances if a person choose to accept it, when they go before God to answer for what sins that they committed. There also will not be any second-chance opportunities to accept Jesus Christ and the Salvation, which only He can give, once a person dies. So, if anyone is sitting on the fence still trying to make up their mind about Jesus Christ and whether or not they want to have a personal relationship with Him (receive Salvation) and they should fall off the fence and get killed before deciding, then it will be too late to decide. So, the real question is, do you want to stand before the Lord God accounting for your sins alone or do you want to have Jesus Christ standing beside you and representing your case before God Almighty on Judgment Day? Either way, the sins that you commit will be paid for by you spending eternity in Hell or by Jesus Christ who has already paid the price for your sins, so you won’t have to serve eternity in Hell paying for your sins yourself.

All anyone needs to do to receive Salvation, is confess their sins to the Lord Jesus and ask Him to forgive your sins, and then ask Him to come into your heart, but you must really believe in Him and what price He paid for your sins. That is all that is required. The rest of your walk with the Lord is between you and God, but reading the Word of God “The Holy Bible” everyday to cleanse your mind will assist in your growth as a born-again Christian. Salvation is not something that can be earned by performing good works or by having a lot of money or by being a good person; it only can be received once you have accepted Jesus Christ into your life.

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