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The Ten Commandments of God

The Ten Commandments of God

The Ten Commandments are both a foundation and a reliable directive for life of a human being in his aspiration to live in harmony with the Divine Law. If The Ten Commandments had not been important, God would have certainly given us other recommendations (e. g., how to shop in a hypermarket, or how to take insurance). By denying the commandments man diverts away from the source of Life, and heads, step by step, toward the spiritual death. It is reasonable not to ignore this advice of God even if it is distorted so often.

1. Do not get no other God but me. It's sure that "no other God" does not only denote a wooden idol representing some sort of a deity, but completely real idols of our everyday life - wealth, career, well-being, family, power, money, and other things, as these have often priority over our God. These get easily out of control and completely enslave us. Abidance to the first commandment protects man from that slavery.

2. Do not take the name of God in vain. The human being that forgot his God - the originator and the life-protector, he has for sure forgot his own spiritual origin, too. When the name of God is used as a curse or a vainly repeated phrase, without any respect and love, or evil things are done in His name, we must realize the fact that we have lost the most important thing and our steps have a reverse direction. By downgrading the name we, at the same time, also downgrade the holder of this name!

3. Take care to keep the Sabbath blessed. The third commandment recommends paying attention to spiritual values during the seventh day. If the body dies without food, what is then the soul's end without receiving spiritual nourishment on its path on Earth? The seventh day enables us to review the past week and learn lessons from it, as older events can get easily forgotten.

4. Honor thy father and thy mother. This commandment urges people to honor the status of motherhood and fatherhood. Only if both mother and father take their mission of upbringing seriously and responsibly, only then can it yield a blessing. Subsequently, children honor their parents naturally - they feel the greatness of their spirit. Alas, many parents violate this commandment; hence they deprive their children of inner values the purpose of which is to bring an irreplaceable support for all their life. Therefore, if children do not honor their parents, it is somewhat justifiable.

5. Do not kill anyone. This doesn't mean just "do not kill", but also "do not murder" and "do not beat someone to spiritual death". Man must not kill and support killing and, too, he must not bring a spiritual damage, as spiritual death often brings a lot of harm. Parents should not obliterate their children's natural gifts only because they do not fit in their system of expectations; they also should not mutilate their children's love and friendships on their way of carrying out their petty ambitions. But children, too, should not hurt their parent's love, as this love is a basis for their proper development on their way to take advantage of their parents' opportunities.

6. Do not commit adultery. A genuine love between two people should be deemed sacred by everyone. Woe betides to anybody who causes disturbance of such a marriage - either because of impure desirousness or parents' self-interested calculations. If no harmony is in marriage, there is nothing to break. This commandment also determines qualities of marriage to be worthy of this name (marriage).

7. Do not steal. In addition to material things, our neighbors' possessions also consist of a reputation, their thoughts and confidence. If anybody wants to make something of his neighbor's intellectual property as his own, or if anybody steals confidence and good reputation from others, this commandment is trespassed even more seriously if compared to experiencing a material loss.

8. Do not bear false witness against thy neighbor. Since people do not have a single magnificent ideal, gossiping became a favorite practice for them, as there is nothing valuable they could speak about. However, a material attack is more easily repairable than assaults on the soul that is undergoing reputation damage. The violation of this commandment ties down the offender, and as a result of this he does not have time to take his own journey to spiritual growth.

9. Do not covet thy neighbor's wife. This commandment is aimed at unhealthy desires of our body. If anybody is not able to keep his thoughts clear as a mountain brook, here is the advice: avoid shopping, looking, do not enjoy newspapers, films and other things emerging from the bodily instincts, as these are the result of our thoughts.

10. Do not covet thy neighbor's house, nor anything that is his. Envy is the source of a lot of evil - dishonor and self-interestedness, too. Its fruit is a forbidden desirousness that became a motive for the majority of human acts, these result in worthless rush and ruthless collection of material things at the expense of others, at the expense of nature and health, but mostly at the expense of man himself - consequently, there is no time to stop and to think about the very purpose of our life on this beautiful Earth.

Full version of the Ten Commandments of God:
The Ten Commandments of God I. The Ten Commandments of God II.
The Ten Commandments of God III. The Ten Commandments of God IV.
The Ten Commandments of God V. The Ten Commandments of God VI.
The Ten Commandments of God VII. The Ten Commandments of God VIII.
The Ten Commandments of God IX. The Ten Commandments of God X.

This book - "The Ten Commandments and the Lord's Prayer" written by Abdrushin - can be found in selected bookstores and its digital version is downloadable here: The Ten Commandments of God


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