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What did Moses bring down from Mt. Sinai: the Ten Commandments or ten suggestions? Do people still believe in the Ten Commandments, or are they outmoded? When is it right to murder your fellow man? When is it right to lie about your neighbor or steal from him?

God gave humankind the Ten Commandments (Exodus 20; Deuteronomy 5) so we can learn to honor Him, to let Him guide our lives. Jesus Christ summarized the Ten Commandments in the Gospels: First, love God with all of your heart and mind. Second, love your neighbor as you love yourself (Matthew 22:37-39 Matthew 22:37-39 [37] Jesus said to him, You shall 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 great commandment. [39] And the second is like to it, You shall love your neighbor as yourself.
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). These two great commandments sum up the first four commandments and the last six respectively.

Although these laws rankles human nature (Romans 8:7 Romans 8:7Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be.
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), God is not a God of suggestion but of commandment. If you'd like to learn more, request your free copy of our booklet The Ten Commandments.