And God spake all these words, saying, ||
(20:3) "Thou shalt have no other gods before me." |
How many gods are there?
(20:4) "Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image."
Is it OK to make images?
(20:5) "I the LORD thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the
fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation."
Are we punished for the sins of others?
(20:8) "Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy."
Is it necessary to keep the Sabbath?
"In six days the LORD made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them."
Believers often say that the "days" of creation should be taken allegorically, but this verse is quite clear. God created the
universe in six 24 hour days.
(20:12-16) The (more or less) good commandments.
(The only ones Jesus seemed to know or care about.)
(20:12) "Honour thy father and thy mother."
How should parents be treated?
Is it OK to call your father (or anyone else) father?
(20:13) "Thou shalt not kill."
To kill or not to kill
(20:14) "Thou shalt not commit adultery."
Is it wrong to commit adultery?
(20:15) "Thou shalt not steal."
Is it wrong to steal?
(20:16) "Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbour."
Is it wrong to lie?
"Thou shalt not covet thy neighbor's wife, nor his manservant, nor his maidservant, ... nor his ass, nor any thing that is thy neighbour's."
To the God of the Bible, women and slaves (servants in the KJV) are the property of men; they are his possessions -- like
an ox or an ass.
Is it OK to covet?
Does God approve of slavery?
I am the LORD thy God, which have brought thee out of the land of Egypt,
out of the house of bondage.
Thou shalt have no other gods before me.
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
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;
And shewing mercy unto thousands of them that love me, and keep my commandments.
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.
Remember the sabbath
day, to keep it holy.
Six days shalt thou labour, and do all thy work:
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:
|20:11 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.
Honour thy father and
thy mother: that thy days may be long upon the land which the LORD thy
God giveth thee.
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 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.
And all the people saw the thunderings, and the lightnings, and the noise
of the trumpet, and the mountain smoking: and when the people saw it, they
removed, and stood afar off.
And they said unto Moses, Speak thou with us, and we will hear: but let
not God speak with us, lest we die.
And Moses said unto the people, Fear not: for God is come to prove you,
and that his fear may be before your faces, that ye sin not.
And the people stood afar off, and Moses drew near unto the thick darkness
where God was.||
And the LORD said unto Moses, Thus thou shalt say unto the children of
Israel, Ye have seen that I have talked with you from heaven.||
(20:22) "The LORD said unto Moses, Thus thou shalt say unto the children of Israel, Ye have seen that I have talked with you from heaven."|
Who gave the law to Moses?
(20:24) "Thou shalt .. sacrifice ... burnt offerings."
Does God desire animal sacrifices?
Did God command the Israelites to make burnt offerings?
Ye shall not make with me gods of silver, neither shall ye make unto you
gods of gold.
An altar of earth thou shalt make unto me, and shalt sacrifice thereon thy burnt offerings, and thy
peace offerings, thy sheep, and thine oxen: in all places where I record my
name I will come unto thee, and I will bless thee.
And if thou wilt make me an altar of stone, thou shalt not build it of
hewn stone: for if thou lift up thy tool upon it, thou hast polluted it.||
(20:26) "Neither shalt thou go up by steps unto mine altar, that thy nakedness be
not discovered thereon."|
God tells the priests not to go up the steps
to the altar "that thy nakedness not be discovered thereon." (Skirts
on stairs are a problem.)
Neither shalt thou go
up by steps unto mine altar, that thy nakedness be not discovered thereon.