why should we follow the ten commandments
Why Do We Follow the Ten Commandments? Q: Why do preachers like you try to get people to follow something like the Ten Commandments, which are thousands of years out of date? We live in a different world now, and we need to make up our own rules for living. -- S. N. A: God gave the Ten Commandments to us, and the reason is because He wants us to live good lives -- lives that are peaceful and happy and productive. God isn't a harsh, angry judge just waiting for us to get out of line so He can punish us. He is our loving Heavenly Father, who knows what is best for us. I can't help but wonder if you've ever actually read the Ten Commandments (you'll find them in the Old Testament, in Exodus 20 and Deuteronomy 5). If so, which would you throw out? Would you abandon the commandments against murder, or stealing, or lying, or unfaithfulness? Would you toss out the command to take care of our health and our environment by allowing for sufficient rest?
Would you omit the commands against greed or the neglect of the elderly (especially our parents)? I seriously doubt if you'd abandon any of them, because the alternative is chaos. However, I suspect your real problem with the Ten Commandments (or any other moral law in the Bible) is that you simply want to run your own life, apart from God. But is that wise? God made you, and He knows what is best for you. Why deceive yourself by thinking you're wiser than God? The first commandment declares, "You shall have no other gods before me" (Exodus 20:3). Face honestly your need for God's forgiveness and wisdom -- and then by faith commit your life to Jesus Christ. Jesus' command is for you: "Come, follow me" (Matthew 4:19). (Send your queries to "My Answer," c/o Billy Graham, Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, 1 Billy Graham Parkway, Charlotte, N. C. , 28201; call 1-(877) 2-GRAHAM, or visit the Web site for the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association:. )
We also follow them because they were given to us by God. In the book of Exodus we read how God himself gave these commandments to the Israelites through the help of Moses. However there is more to following the Ten Commandments than just because God told us to. We obey God s commands because He loves us! Because God loves us and loves us perfectly we can always trust His word. Also, because God created us we can trust that He always knows what is best for us. In giving us the Ten Commandments He s not trying to take away our fun or our freedom.
Instead He s showing us how we were meant to live. How were we meant to live? We were meant to live in a loving relationship with both God and each other. While there are 10, they really boil down to these two things: loving God and loving each other ( ). Far from limiting our freedom and taking away our fun, these commands will bring us life! Imagine how much better the world would be if everyone kept the Ten Commandments. There would be no murders, no thefts, no broken families, no wars. The Ten Commandments lead to a fulfilled life here on earth and more importantly it leads to everlasting life after death. When a man asked Christ what he must do to have eternal life, Christ told him If you wish to enter into life, keep the commandments ( ). I am the Lord your God, you shall have no strange gods besides me
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