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''The commandments are not useful for christians today when faced with moral dilemas''

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That's asking for your opinion so I won't give a full answer, just a few thoughts to think about: Firstly, you need to know what the commandments all say. Four of them are religious (worship only me, no idols, no blasphemy, no work on Sunday) and the other 6 social (respect your parents, no murder, adultery, stealing, lying, and no jealousy). The questions then would be, are these rules still sensible? And you'll have to take these two sets separately. Secondly, how relevant are these commandments today? Are these rules still "good" rules, and if not why not? Think about things like that - both points of view might be tricky, but there are certainly strong reasons to reject one or two of these as impractical in the modern world. Which of these and why I leave to you. Good luck.
20 October 2012
Some great advice there.
21 October 2012
There are some Christians who would decide moral dilemmas this way - following Bible to the letter. Others would think that some attitudes in bible need adjusting for modern scoiety. Others think the conscience is the most important thing for decision making. Others think the church gives infallible guidance ..... so there are lots of ways in which people make their decisions on moral dilemmas. ...... let me know if you want to discuss further.
28 October 2012
The Ten Commandments have very widespread acceptance throughout the western world. Even people who have given up on the church or stopped believing in God will say that they live by the Ten Commandments. In the United States, the Ten Commandments are often displayed on courthouse wall and other public places. However, despite all the attention and mention, the actual commandments are mostly ignored. The people claiming to live by them would be hard pushed to list five of the ten. Despite their place of honour in the United States, they have almost no affect on laws and lawmaking. Even serious Christians are uncertain about what to do with the Ten Commandments. They know that they live under grace rather than law, so it is not clear how the Ten Commandments fit with God’s grace. This is an important issue that we must get sorted. Old Covenant The Ten Commandments are not totally relevant to Christian life. The reason is that they were given as part of the covenant between God and Israel. The Bible explains why the Ten Commandments were given. Then Moses went up to God, and the LORD called to him from the mountain and said, "This is what you are to say to the house of Jacob and what you are to tell the people of Israel: 'You yourselves have seen what I did to Egypt, and how I carried you on eagles' wings and brought you to myself. Now if you obey me fully and keep my covenant, then out of all nations you will be my treasured possession. Although the whole earth is mine, you will be for me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation.' These are the words you are to speak to the Israelites (Ex 19:3-6). The LORD our God made a covenant with us at Horeb. It was not with our fathers that the LORD made this covenant, but with us, with all of us who are alive here today. The LORD spoke to you face to face out of the fire on the mountain (Deut 5:2-4). These are the commandments the LORD proclaimed in a loud voice to your whole assembly there on the mountain from out of the fire, the cloud and the deep darkness; and he added nothing more. Then he wrote them on two stone tablets and gave them to me…..So be careful to do what the LORD your God has commanded you; do not turn aside to the right or to the left. 33 Walk in all the way that the LORD your God has commanded you, so that you may live and prosper and prolong your days in the land that you will possess (Deut 5:22,32-33). The Ten Commandments were the expression of the covenant between God and the children of Israel. To keep their side of the covenant, Israel was required to keep all Ten Commandments. Some of the commandments had penalties for disobedience. This covenant with God was partly enforced by their judges. Under this system, blasphemy was a crime punishable by the civil authorities.
01 November 2012
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