What are the 10 commandments and where did they come from?

These are the ten commandments:

You shall have no other gods before Me.
You shall not make idols.
You shall not take the name of the LORD your God in vain.
Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy.
Honor your father and your mother.
You shall not murder.
You shall not commit adultery.
You shall not steal.
You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.
You shall not covet.

These are the words, the laws, commandments that God himself said to Moses. Moses recorded them and told them to the children of God. No document in world history changed the world for the better. These commandments are as relative today as they were on the day they were given to us, over 3000 years ago. The ten commandments given by God are all that is necessary to make the world free of tyranny and cruelty. Can you imagine if the world obeyed these ten commandments everywhere? There would be no need for an army, police, weapons. Everyone could walk anywhere at any time of day or night without any fear of being robbed or even worse killed. The recipe for a good world is there, in these ten commandments. God gave all these words.

God revealed these commandments so that people can know that there are moral absolutes. That sin will always be sin, disobedience to the commandments of the Lord will always deprive us of his blessings. The world always changes, but God, his commandments and promised blessings do not change. Eternal happiness for us Christians comes from obedience to these laws.

One of the ways to compare ourselves and compare us to previous generations is by the oldest standard the ten commandments. For much of our civilised world especially, the Christian world the ten commandments given by God have been the most acceptable and enduring separation between good and evil. These commandments are our road map in life. He has given us the way to return to him, which is the only way we will be eternally happy.

“For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments. And his commandments are not burdensome.” 1 John 5:3

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