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1 The Truth About The Ten Commandments

2 Freedom comes from understanding who you are… …Man know thyself

3 Introduction The Ten Commandments, or Decalogue, are a list of religious and moral imperatives that, according to the Hebrew Bible, were spoken by God to the people of Israel from the mountain referred to as "Mount Sinai" (Exodus 19:23) or "Horeb" (Deuteronomy 5:2), and later authored by God and given to Moses in the form of two stone tablets. They are recognized as a moral foundation in Judaism, Christianity and Islam.

4 Introduction The Commandments represent the law given by God to his people by way of Moses. In addition to defining God's idea of perfection, they provide a moral code for governing their lives

5 Introduction So to shortly put in the ten commandments were/are a list of laws that God gave to his people. Our question that we need to ask is why did God find a need to give his people a set of rules to follow. What was his divine plan behind the ten set of laws. In the following lesson we will take an in-depth look into what these commandments are, why they were written, and what they really mean.

6 Introduction Outline – What is the purpose of the ten commandments – What are the commandments and what do they mean – The Mosaic Law vs. New Testament Teaching – The 42 Divine Principles of the Goddess Maat – Do Christians, Jews, or Muslims of today observe the commandments or any of God’s laws

7 What is the Purpose Exodus 19 – 1 In the third month, when the children of Israel were gone forth out of the land of Egypt, the same day came they into the wilderness of Sinai. – 2 For they were departed from Rephidim, and were come to the desert of Sinai, and had pitched in the wilderness; and there Israel camped before the mount. – 3 And Moses went up unto God, and the LORD called unto him out of the mountain…

8 What is the Purpose So in the third month after the children of Israel departed from Egypt they into the wilderness of Sinai and camped before the mountain of Sinai. Encamped at this mountain, for the first time God made a covenant with entire nation of Israel – This is what’s referred to as the Mosaic covenant

9 What is the Purpose God formalized his relationship with the Israelites with a suzerain-vassal (subject-ruler) treaty. – That is God came to the Israelites as the Great King and presented to them a binding treaty in which he would make certain promises to them and they would have certain obligations as his servants.

10 What is the Purpose This treaty was not between equals; it was a treaty between the superior King and his inferior servants. In the treaty God first reminded the Israelites who he was and how he acted in their behalf. He was their savior, the one that had snatched them from their oppressors – Exodus 19:4 Ye have seen what I did unto the Egyptians, and how I bare you on eagles' wings, and brought you unto myself.

11 What is the Purpose God promised to make the Israelites, if they covenanted with him, his special treasure – Exodus 19:5 Now therefore, if ye will obey my voice indeed, and keep my covenant, then ye shall be a peculiar treasure unto me above all people: for all the earth is mine: He would lavish special attention on them and make them a holy nation – Exodus 19:6 6 And ye shall be unto me a kingdom of priests, and an holy nation.

12 What is the Purpose On one hand, Israel would become holy – Or distinct and separate from all other nations because of its special relationship with God But on the other hand, Israel in its separation, was to be the means by which the other nations would learn of the living God. This nation of priest would lead others to a correct worship of the true God

13 What is the Purpose As part of this treaty, God graciously instructed the Israelites on how they should live. As a people who had a relationship with the living God, the Israelites had to act a certain way, “Gods Way”. The law was benevolent instructions from God himself. It was God’s direction. – Like an outreached hand pointing out the way one should take the road of life

14 What is the Purpose The Israelites were in a most enviable position. God had demonstrated his love for them by saving them. He had showed his faithfulness to his promises to their parents, Abraham and Sarah. He had formalized his relationship with them in a treaty and promised to make them his special people. Finally he even gave them instructions on how to live.

15 What are the 10 Commandments and What do they mean So Moses, and Aaron, comes down off of Mount Sinai after receiving instructions from God to give unto his people – Exodus 19:7-25

16 What are the 10 Commandments and What do they mean In dealing with the Ten Commandments we need break them down into their meanings and what the stand for. 1. The First Commandment is about Loyalty. – Exodus 20:2-3 2 I am the LORD thy God, which have brought thee out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage. 3 Thou shalt have no other gods before me.

17 What are the 10 Commandments and What do they mean – In this first commandment, God once again reminds them that is was he who brought them out of their bondage and slavery in Egypt and as the Creator of the universe he declares that he is their God and their deliverer and asks them to demonstrate their love for Him by having no other God's. – The First Commandment is the first of a series of four that defined their relationship with the Heavenly Father.

18 What are the 10 Commandments and What do they mean – Establishing, developing and maintaining that personal relationship with the true and living God was the most important commitment that they could have ever make. That is the primary focus of the first of the Ten Commandments, You shall have no other gods before Me. – They were to love, honor and respect Him so much that He alone is the supreme authority and model of their lives. He alone is God. They were not to allow nothing to prevent them from serving and obeying Him.

19 What are the 10 Commandments and What do they mean 2. The Second Commandments is about Worship – Exodus 20:4-6 4 Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth. 5 Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the LORD thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me; 6 And showing mercy unto thousands of them that love me, and keep my commandments.

20 What are the 10 Commandments and What do they mean – This commandment forbids creation of any substitutes for God - worship of any kinds of idols, either physical or imaginary. The commandment was given when idolatry was mankind's sickness. – In those times pagans deified all kind of objects - innumerable gods and goddesses, heavenly bodies, animals, birds, reptiles, plants, all kinds of demonic and grotesque creatures, anything in which dark superstition saw something supernatural or unexplainable.

21 What are the 10 Commandments and What do they mean – The God of the Hebrews loved them so much that He states that he is jealous of their love and did not want to share their love by them bowing down to meaningless idols. – The Second Commandment goes to the heart of their relationship with the Creator.

22 What are the 10 Commandments and What do they mean 3. The Third Commandment is about Reverence. – Exodus 20:7 7 Thou shalt not take the name of the LORD thy God in vain; for the LORD will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain. – This commandment forbids the impious and disrespectful use of the name of God as, for example, in meaningless conversations or jokes.

23 What are the 10 Commandments and What do they mean – God asks them to respect His Holy name and not to use it in vain. The Third Commandment focuses on showing respect. It addresses the way they were to communicate their feelings about God to others and to Him. It encompassed their attitudes, speech and behavior. – Respect is the cornerstone of good relationships. The quality of their relationship with God depends on the love and regard they had for Him. It also depends on the way they expressed respect for Him in the presence of others.

24 What are the 10 Commandments and What do they mean – They were expected always to honor who and what He is. Conversely, the use of God's name in a superficial, degrading or in any way disrespectful manner, dishonors the relationship they were supposed to have with Him. This can vary from careless disregard to hostility and antagonism. It covers misusing God's name in any way.

25 What are the 10 Commandments and What do they mean 4. The Fourth Commandment is about Sanctification and Relationship. – Exodus 20: Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy. 9 Six days shalt thou labour, and do all thy work: 10 But the seventh day is the sabbath of the LORD thy God: in it thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates: 11 For in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore the LORD blessed the sabbath day, and hallowed it.

26 What are the 10 Commandments and What do they mean – God starts off the fourth Commandment with the word Remember. This is because He knew they would forget it. God asks that for them to keep it set apart for Holy purposes so we can draw nearer to Him. Why was it important to God that the Sabbath be set apart from all other days and what exactly was the Sabbath and when did it start? – For this answer we need to go to the creation story

27 What are the 10 Commandments and What do they mean – Genesis 2:1-3 1 Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all the host of them. 2 And on the seventh day God ended his work which he had made; and he rested on the seventh day from all his work which he had made. 3 And God blessed the seventh day, and sanctified it: because that in it he had rested from all his work which God created and made.

28 What are the 10 Commandments and What do they mean – So after creating everything that is in existence God rested so in this commandment the Lord God directs them to labor during six days according to their vocation and the seventh day of the week to dedicate to Him, either in rest or in good activities. Activities that are pleasing to Him include concern about saving one's soul, prayer in church and at home, study of the word of God, enlightenment of mind and heart with meditation on spiritual subjects, religious discussions, helping the needy, visiting the sick and the imprisoned, giving succor to the grieving and other similar acts of mercy.

29 What are the 10 Commandments and What do they mean 5. The Fifth Commandment is about Respect for Parental authority. – Exodus 20:12 12 Honour thy father and thy mother: that thy days may be long upon the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee. – God instructs the children of Israel to show love for their parents by honoring them. The Fifth Commandment introduced them to a series of Commandments that define proper relationships with other people.

30 What are the 10 Commandments and What do they mean – Here the Lord God enjoins them to respect their parents, and as a reward for this He promised a felicitous and long life. To honor one's parents means to respect their authority, to love them and under no circumstances to offend them by any word or action, to submit to them, to assist them in their work, to be solicitous in their time of need and especially during illness or old age, and likewise to pray to God for them during their life as well as after their death.

31 What are the 10 Commandments and What do they mean 6. The Sixth Commandment is about Respect for Human life. – Exodus 20:13 13 Thou shalt not kill. – God asked them to demonstrate love and not hate towards others by not murdering. There were to learn to control their tempers. Taking another person's life was not their right to decide. That judgment is reserved for God alone.

32 What are the 10 Commandments and What do they mean – God did not allow them to choose to willfully or deliberately take another person's life. The Sixth Commandment reminded them that God is the giver of life and He alone has the authority to take it or to grant permission to take it. God wanted them to go far beyond avoiding murder. He required that they not maliciously harm another human being in word or deed.

33 What are the 10 Commandments and What do they mean 7. The Seventh Commandment is about Purity in Relationships. – Exodus 20:14 14 Thou shalt not commit adultery. – God asks them to express and demonstrate their love for their partner by not committing adultery. Adultery is the violation of the marriage covenant by willful participation in sexual activity with someone other than one's spouse. Since God's law sanctions sexual relationships only within a legitimate marriage, the command not to commit adultery covers in principle, all varieties of sexual immorality. No sexual relationship of any sort should occur outside of marriage.

34 What are the 10 Commandments and What do they mean 8 The eighth commandment is about respect for the property of others – Exodus 20:15 15 Thou shalt not steal. – Sins against this commandment include theft, robbery, sacrilege (to misuse that which belongs to the Church), extortion or bribery (requesting money or gifts for services which are supposed to be rendered free of charge), usury (overcharging interest on loans), fraud (to appropriate someone's property by cunning).

35 What are the 10 Commandments and What do they mean – In general, robbery is committed by him who gives false weight; by him who sells at exorbitant prices; by him who, for love of gain, adulterates provisions in the market; by him who deprives his servants of their wages; by him who pays his employees starvation wages; by him who misappropriates common funds; and by him who forfeits paying a debt, conceals a find, etc. – God gave his people this commandment to keep them honest with each other and to teach them a sense integrity by working for what you need in life.

36 What are the 10 Commandments and What do they mean 9 The ninth commandment forbids all forms of lying – Exodus 20:16 16 Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbour. – For instance: perjury in court, false complaints, slander, gossip, and swearing. In particular, slander was considered an act of the evil. Mockery magnifies the shortcomings of another person in a comic and degrading way in order to humiliate that person. It is a sign of a proud spirit and a cruel heart, which are so contrary to what God was teaching his people.

37 What are the 10 Commandments and What do they mean 10 The Tenth commandment forbids to refrain from envy and avoid all sinful desires. – Exodus 20:17 17 Thou shalt not covet thy neighbour's house, thou shalt not covet thy neighbour's wife, nor his manservant, nor his maidservant, nor his ox, nor his ass, nor any thing that is thy neighbour's.

38 What are the 10 Commandments and What do they mean – While the preceding commandments spoke preeminently regarding external behavior, this last one was to turn their attention to their inner world: their thoughts, feelings and desires It called on them to strive towards spiritual cleanliness – It is important to understand that every sinful act starts inside as a sinful disposition of the soul. When a person lingers on a bad thought, it becomes a desire, and as that desire strengthens, it draws the will toward accomplishing the sinful act. That is why, in order to successfully battle against temptations, it was important to learn how to overcome them at the very onset; in their minds.

39 The Mosaic Law vs. New Testament Teaching What is the Mosaic Covenant? Or the Mosaic Law? – The Mosaic Covenant is a conditional covenant made between God and the nation of Israel at Mount Sinai (Exodus 19-24). It is sometimes called the Sinai Covenant but is more often referred to as the Mosaic Covenant since Moses was God’s chosen leader of Israel at that time.

40 The Mosaic Law vs. New Testament Teaching – At the time of the covenant, God reminded the people of their obligation to be obedient to His law: Exodus 19:5-6 – 5 Now therefore, if ye will obey my voice indeed, and keep my covenant, then ye shall be a peculiar treasure unto me above all people: for all the earth is mine: – And the people agreed to the covenant: Exodus 19:8 – 8 And all the people answered together, and said, All that the LORD hath spoken we will do. And Moses returned the words of the people unto the LORD.

41 The Mosaic Law vs. New Testament Teaching – This covenant would serve to set the nation of Israel apart from all other nations as God’s chosen people and was as equally binding as the unconditional covenant that God made with Abraham because it is also a blood covenant. The Mosaic Covenant was the law that tied the Jews to their God. If they keep they law that God gave to them for all time then God would open the windows of heaven and pour upon them blessing upon blessing because this covenant was his personnel and special covenant with his people.

42 The Mosaic Law vs. New Testament Teaching – The Mosaic Laws were more than just then ten commandment set that Moses brought down from the mountain, they were a set of 613 total commandments of which the “Ten Commandments” were apart of. There are 365 negative commandments, corresponding to the number of days in a solar year And 248 positive commandments, ascribed to the number of bones and significant organs in the human body

43 The Mosaic Law vs. New Testament Teaching For the complete list of the 365 negative commandments and their corresponding bible verse; go to the following web address g/general/negative.htm For the complete list of the 248 positive commandments and their corresponding bible verse go; to the following web address neral/positive.htm

44 The Mosaic Law vs. New Testament Teaching The 248 are positive commandments are called positive because they are commands to perform certain actions. As stated before, the number 248 represent 248 different organs/bones in our bodies. The heart, the lungs, the liver, etc.. – Therefore, practicing each commandment helps a specific part of our self to remain strong, physically and spiritually.

45 The Mosaic Law vs. New Testament Teaching The 365 negative commandments are commands to abstain from certain actions. As stated before the number 365 corresponds to the number of days in a solar year. – Therefore, practicing each command, or in this case negative commandments which instruct to abstain from certain acts, helps a specific part of our self to remain strong, physically and spiritually on a daily basis. This is why these commands might start out with “Thou shalt not”

46 The Mosaic Law vs. New Testament Teaching Many Christians are perplexed when they confront the issue of the Mosaic Law. How binding is the Law on the Christian? Some have said that Jesus abolished the Law of Moses. One would have to disagree, based on the following passage spoken by Jesus Himself: – Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfill. (Matthew 5:17)

47 The Mosaic Law vs. New Testament Teaching Some have suggested that by "fulfil," Jesus meant "abolish." Indeed, "abolish" is one meaning of "fulfil," but it is also the only meaning of "destroy.“ – So if He had meant "abolish," He might as well have said, "I am not come to abolish, but to abolish." We can assume, therefore, that Jesus meant, "to develop the full potentialities of" when He said "fulfil."

48 The Mosaic Law vs. New Testament Teaching So why then do Christians not observe the Mosaic Law? – The answer is that they do observe parts, but not all of it. So the question is who decided what parts to observe and what exact parts of the Law are they to observe. Here’s is how they will answer this question – The Law was made up of three parts: ceremonial, civil, and moral.

49 The Mosaic Law vs. New Testament Teaching The ceremonial law related specifically to Israel's worship. – Since its primary purpose was to point to the coming Savior, Jesus made it unnecessary. He did not abolish it, in the sense of destroying it; He fulfilled it. Nowhere do we read that Jesus thought that the ceremonial law was wrong. The principles behind the ceremonial law are still applicable to Christians today, although most Christians have no idea what they are or how to apply them.

50 The Mosaic Law vs. New Testament Teaching The civil law prescribed rules for the Israelites' daily living. – These laws separated the Jews from the Gentiles, and gave the Gentiles the example of how a holy people should live. Since much was given to the Jews, much was expected. But God gave a new covenant in Christ, and there is now no distinction to be made between Jew and Gentile. We are still to follow the requirements of this law as God's people, but the punishments are not for any nation to impose on its people, because we are no longer separated by nations but by God's grace Still the question is what laws are you to follow as Christians

51 The Mosaic Law vs. New Testament Teaching The moral law is basically the Ten Commandments. – Christians are still bound by these laws, (although most Christians don’t follow any of them but we will cover this later in the lesson ), not for salvation, but to live a holy life.

52 The Mosaic Law vs. New Testament Teaching So still lies the question that if the Ten Commandment are a part of the Mosaic law and Covenant and Jesus came to fulfill/abolish/destroy the law then what are they supposed of follow. What are they, Christians, to obey. What is there governing set of rules of standards.

53 The Mosaic Law vs. New Testament Teaching The Commandments that Christians are to live by as a rule of thumb are those given by Christ...The two Greatest Commandments that fulfill the "entire" Law of God. – Matthew 22: "Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?" 37.Jesus replied: " 'Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.' 38. This is the first and greatest commandment. 39. And the second is like it: 'Love your neighbor as yourself.' 40. All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.“ – And of these two commandment most Christians don’t observe them or try to practice them.

54 The 42 Divine Principles Of The Goddess Maat The Goddess Maát – Symbol of Truth, Balance, and Cosmological Order.

55 The 42 Divine Principles Of The Goddess Maat Maát is ethical principles collectively embracing the values of truth, justice, harmony, balance, order, reciprocity and righteousness. – Personified as an Egyptian goddess, Maát is depicted as a woman wearing an ostrich feather on her head, a symbol of the principles she represents.

56 The 42 Divine Principles Of The Goddess Maat Controlling the movement of the stars and the seasonal flooding of the Nile River, Maát also had codes of tradition and customs. For all Egyptians to live in a happy, prosperous and peaceful environment, they had to live within the order established by Maát. – The pharaoh, as absolute ruler, was the individual most responsible to manifest in life, through all his actions, the entire concept of Maát. Deviation from the tenets of Maát could prove disastrous for the pharaoh.

57 The 42 Divine Principles Of The Goddess Maat Maát was central to funerary practices in which if the deceased had been found to not have followed the concept of Maát during his life (if he had lied or cheated or killed or done anything against Maát) his heart was devoured by a demon (she was called Ammut -- Devouress of the Dead) and he died the final death.

58 The 42 Divine Principles Of The Goddess Maat If the heart weighed the same as Maát, the deceased was allowed to go on to the afterlife. The heart of a person was considered the center of intellect and memory. This symbolic weighing of the heart against the feather of truth (Maát) was performed to established the righteousness of the deceased. The scale of Maát was balanced after the recitation of the 42 Declarations of Innocence or Admonitions of Maát. – Also known as the 42 divine principles of Maat

59 The 42 Divine Principles Of The Goddess Maat

60 - Here we see Anubis ( protector of the dead ) leading the Dead to the scales of Maat - Anubis weights the heart against the feather to see if he is worthy of joining the ancient gods in the Field of Reeds ( this would be heaven ) – Ammut is also present, a daemon is waiting to devour the deceased's heart should he prove unworthy, that meant the end of the soul with no chance for a further existence.

61 The 42 Divine Principles Of The Goddess Maat – Thoth (the patron of Scribes, writing and science, and was considered the inventor of the hieroglyphs) pronounced the deeds and sins for the dead person, standing to the right of the scales, and recording the results. - Having passed this test the Dead is now lead by Horus (god of light and goodness) to meet the King of the dead, Osiris.

62 The 42 Divine Principles Of The Goddess Maat Horus was called the way, the truth, and the light and it was only Horus that could present you to the Almighty Osiris, and it is from this Judgment hall seen that was stolen when Jesus said – I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me John 14:6

63 The 42 Divine Principles Of The Goddess Maat One most know, understand, and realize that this practice was in existence around 10,000 years before the ten commandment or the so called “Law of Moses” was even thought about, and that it was a daily way of life and not a belief system. It was how Africans conducted themselves in order to be in good standings with the Creator.

64 The 42 Divine Principles Of The Goddess Maat One must also know, understand, and realize that it is from these 42 divine principles that the Ten Commandments are derived from. – One could say that they were taken from, re- written, and re-introduced to the world trough the Torah. In the world of education today this would be know as plagiarism and would discounted as false, untrue, or stolen statements

65 The 42 Divine Principles Of The Goddess Maat I have not committed sin. I have not committed robbery with violence. I have not stolen. I have not slain men or women I have not stolen food. I have not swindled offerings. I have not stolen from God/Goddess. I have not told lies. I have not carried away food. I have not cursed. I have not closed my ears to truth I have not committed adultery. I have not made anyone cry. I have not felt sorrow without reason I have not assaulted anyone I am not deceitful. I have not stolen anyone’s land I have not been an eavesdropper I have not falsely accused anyone. I have not been angry without reason. I have not seduced anyone’s wife. I have not polluted myself. I have not terrorized anyone. I have not disobeyed the Law.

66 The 42 Divine Principles Of The Goddess Maat I have not been exclusively angry. I have not cursed God/Goddess. I have not behaved with violence. I have not caused disruption of peace. I have not acted hastily or without thought. I have not overstepped my boundaries of concern. I have not exaggerated my words when speaking. I have not worked evil. I have not used evil thoughts, words or deeds. I have not polluted the water I have not spoken angrily or arrogantly. I have not cursed anyone in thought, word or deeds. I have not placed myself on a Pedestal. I have not stolen what belongs to God/Goddess. I have not stolen from or disrespected the deceased. I have not taken food from a child. I have not acted with insolence. I have not destroyed property belonging to God/Goddess.

67 The 42 Divine Principles Of The Goddess Maat – As you can clearly see that the majority of the ten commandments that we know were outright re- written from the Principles of Maat. The question is why were they taken and why aren't the Africans who wrote this given their credit. – Answer: because the truth sometimes is unbelievable. We can try to preach and teach to our people but if it goes against what they have been brought up believing then the mind wont let itself comprehend. The new information is the truth but the mind cant comprehend it so it becomes unbelievable although it is the truth.

68 Do Christians Of Today Observe The Ten Commandments Do Christians of today observe the commandments or any of God’s laws ONE: 'You shall have no other gods before Me.‘ – For the most part most Christians observe this commandment and will not place another god before their own. They will tell you that Buddha, Krishna, and Muhammad are all fake and false gods and that their god is the one true and living savior TWO: 'You shall not make for yourself a carved image--any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth.' – You can see this commandment broken everyday as Christians wear the image of Jesus around their necks, which goes against what God has told them not to do.

69 Do Christians Of Today Observe The Ten Commandments THREE: 'You shall not take the name of the LORD your God in vain.' This commandment is about respect for who and what God is. Do Christians really have respect for God’s name. I say if they did then they would not go on the attack on someone that calls God by a different name, as in Buddha, Krishna or Muhammad, and they would reverence the name of God regardless of the language or religion that it is said.

70 Do Christians Of Today Observe The Ten Commandments FOUR: 'Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy.‘ The Jewish Sabbath day that children if Israel were to keep holy was the last day of the week. This was the day when the Lord rested from all his work and he commanded to all that all will rest on this day. This day is Saturday and not Sunday. Most Christians don’t observe this commandment because they don’t know that in the year 325 A.C.E the Roman Catholic Church changed the day of worship for all of its subjects from Saturday to Sunday at the Council of Nicea.

71 Do Christians Of Today Observe The Ten Commandments FIVE: 'Honor your father and your mother.‘ This is a commandment that most Christians will observe. SIX: 'You shall not murder.' More people have been murdered in the name of Jesus Christ then other name in history. From the dark ages to the crusades to the world wars to the current attack on the Muslims in the middle east, billions of people have been killed.

72 Do Christians Of Today Observe The Ten Commandments SEVEN: 'You shall not commit adultery.' Although this is preached in every religion can anyone say that they know of a marriage that has lasted the test of time and the act of adultery has never occurred. God created one man for one woman but it is through the mind process of the Euro-gentile that we think that more is always better. EIGHT: 'You shall not steal.' Will a man rob God? – Great question that is answered in The Truth About Tithing presentation – Not only do Christians rob God; they rob, steal and cheat each other. Here’s a question for all Christians. If you found 100K dollars would you turn it in or call it a blessing from God.

73 Do Christians Of Today Observe The Ten Commandments NINE: 'You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor. As the song says; they smile in your face, all the time they wanna take your place. I haven't met a better backstabber, false accuser, verbal assassin than the followers of Christ. You all should ask yourself the question that you ask to the so-called unsaved. WWJD or in this case what would Jesus say. Talking down or against someone can be considered murder. In this case instead of killing their body you are killing their character.

74 Do Christians Of Today Observe The Ten Commandments TEN: 'You shall not covet your neighbor's house; you shall not covet your neighbor's wife, nor his male servant, nor his female servant, nor his ox, nor his donkey, nor anything that is your neighbor's.' We all want what the other person has but when we dwell on what our friends have worked hard for and go after them out of jealousy, then we are wrong, no matter who we are.

75 Do Christians Of Today Observe The Ten Commandments So lets ask the question again do Christian of the world today follow the Ten Commandments or the Laws of God – 90% of Christians follow 10% of God’s Laws, Rules, and commandments and that 10% can differ depending on what denomination they belong to. As a rule of thumb you should never cut and paste scriptures in the bible. By this I mean a Pastor shouldn’t take a verse from one book and another verse to back it up from another book and place them together to fit and formulate his doctrine.

76 Conclusion What was the purpose – The purpose of the ten commandments and the Mosaic laws were to establish a covenant between God and his chosen people. If they would keep his commandment then he would make them a special people above anyone else in the world. He would show favor to them and them alone. How can God tell the Children of Israel this when in Romans 2:11 he says – 11 For there is no respect of persons with God. If God has no respect for persons then how are they above anyone else. The truth is they aren't special in Gods eyes they’re like everyone else in the world.

77 Conclusion What are the Ten Commandments and what do they mean: – The ten commandments are a list of religious and moral imperatives that can be found in the Bible, Torah, and the Holy Quran: Exodus 20:2-17 Deuteronomy 5:6-21 Quran – Surahs – (47:19), (42:11), (14:35), (2:224), (17:23), (5: ), (24:7), (2:283), (5:32), (17:32), (4:36), (16:124), (62:9)

78 Conclusion The Mosaic Law vs. New Testament Teaching – Jesus, according to his own words, can to fulfill/abolish/destroy the Law. And since he did this by his death then the world is saved by his grace and not by observing the laws of the old testament. He gave precise instruction on what commandments he wanted his followers to observe but for some reason they continue to do as he not said. Christians make a decision, all of the Laws of Moses or all of the Laws that Jesus instructed, but you can mix and match to fit what you believe.

79 Conclusion The 42 Devine Principles Of The Goddess Maat – The way of life that all Africans lived by personified as a woman. As a side note it is the Black woman that has brought balance to this world. Her intelligence, beauty and strength can be match by no one. The ancestors know that is was the woman that brought this balance to the universe so they deified the supreme being of order in the world as a Black Goddess.

80 Conclusion Do Christians of the world today observe the Ten Commandments – Most black Christians try to live a peaceable life doing what think is right by God and truth be told they are doing right by God, they just have been misinformed on what god is so they are calling the creator what their former slave masters told them to call him. Christian try to live by these commandments but unfortunately they don’t.

81 Conclusion It has been my intent that this lesson has enlighten you to the real truth about the Ten Commandments. I implore that you use this lesson as a tool to equip your mind and to set it free. You don’t need a 10 set of rules and regulations to guide and govern your life. Use your Creator given African consciences to guide you on your path of living an upright life.

82 Conclusion Maat-Hotep


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