The Ten Commandments are a set of divine principles and guidelines that have been recognised as fundamental laws of morality and ethics in many cultures and religions, including the Catholic Church. They were given by God to the prophet Moses on Mount Sinai and are recorded in the Bible in the book of Exodus, chapter 20. They are considered essential for leading a virtuous and righteous life, both personally and in society. Here are a few basic reasons why keeping the Ten Commandments is important to members of the Church:
Establishing a relationship with God: The first four Commandments focus on our relationship with God, emphasizing the importance of recognising Yahweh as the only true God, not worshiping idols, and observing the Sabbath day as a day of rest and worship. Keeping these commandments can help us establish and strengthen our relationship with God, and bring us closer to Him.
Promoting moral values: The Ten Commandments provide a clear framework for moral and ethical behaviour, promoting values such as honesty, respect for others, and self-control. Keeping these Commandments can help us become better Christians, and contribute to a more just and harmonious society.
Protecting human dignity: The Commandments against murder, theft, adultery, and false witness all protect the dignity and value of human life and relationships. By respecting these Commandments, we show our respect for the sanctity of life and the importance of personal integrity.
Ensuring social harmony: The Commandments against coveting and bearing false witness help to prevent jealousy, envy, and strife, promoting a more peaceful and harmonious society. By living in accordance with these Commandments, we can contribute to a more just and equitable world.
Members of the Church of Jerusalem know that keeping the Ten Commandments is essential for leading a life of moral and ethical integrity, strengthening our relationship with God, and promoting unity in the Church.