The Problem with the Ten Commandments

Every so often there is a debate in the political arena about placing the Ten Commandments in a public space, either a courthouse or at city hall. And while there is a lot to debate around this topic politically and socially, there is something even more essential that needs to be discussed: theologically, there’s sort of no such thing as the “Ten Commandments.”

Okay, that’s a bit misleading, I admit. The Ten Commandments that we all learned in Sunday School are not made up and can most definitely be found in the Bible. The issue is not that we learned something that’s wrong, it’s that many of us learned a different set of ten laws. In fact, there are four different sets of what is called “The Ten Commandments,” and there could even be many more, depending on our interpretation.

If that intrigues (or confuses) you, check out this week’s episode of “Catholicism in Focus”!

3 Comments on “The Problem with the Ten Commandments

  1. Hello, I really appreciate your videos and I thank you for taking the time to make them. I have to ding you for political correctness which seems to be affecting your faith. We are called to be faithful, not PC. When Christ walked the earth there were differing opinions as to the resurrection. If Christ had went the way of PC, then He would have probably kept his mouth shut when asked about it, so as not to offend. Or He could have tried to keep the peace and said we don’t really know who is right. Instead, He chose the way of truth and told them there was resurrection. I’m sure they weren’t happy about that. Yet, He did it.

    They also didn’t want Him preaching in the public square and wished to eradicate Him and everything to do with Him from Israel, including the Church. Any of this sound like something happening in our day? Yet, He and they continued doing what God called them to do. It is not for us to bow to the wishes of atheists, no more than it was for the Apostles to stop preaching because the Jewish leaders wanted them to do. It is for us to persist and convert them.

    He also gave us some sureties. One of those is a guarantee of the Church’s doctrine being true. So, we can’t just shrug our shoulders and say it’s confusing and we don’t really know which version of the Ten Commandments is correct because we do know. We have surety from Christ Himself.

    It took me awhile to see how political correctness affected my faith. It’s incredibly subtle. If you take the time to think about I believe you’ll see that I’m right.

    One more thing, are the Ten Commandments really so offensive? Or are they being rejected because they are from God? We have laws on our books that tell you not to steal and perjury is a crime, yet they aren’t trying to get rid of those.

    May God bless you!

    • Bingo, I think a lot of his work is affected by trying to be appealing to the world. Eventually, one is left with Tasteless Salt.

      • Unfortunately, trying to be engaging without being offensive is a hard row to hoe these days when everyone gets offended at everything. You can find yourself denying the very truths of the faith, which is what he is doing. He probably doesn’t even realize it. I didn’t realize it until I was taking an online class on Jewish history.
        The instructor was talking about how Christians proclaiming the Jews killed Christ was a source of Antisemitism and a cause of the Holocaust. In my effort to reconcile or not to offend I found myself on the verge of denying Jesus was the Christ. I had almost committed apostasy without even realizing it. That’s how subtle and dangerous that kind of thinking can get you. Thanks be to God I woke up to what I was doing.
        People pleasers (or trying to be appealing, as you called it) and peacemakers will have the roughest time with this because their very nature makes them tend towards accommodation. They need to be aware of the snares.
        The only way around it, which I see, is to either not care what other people think or feel (very unChristan) or be more concerned with God’s glory than our own. And of course, understanding, regardless of what people say, everyone’s true happiness and well-being lie in Christ.

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