THE TEN COMMANDMENTS OF GOD

1. I am the Lord your God; you shall not have strange gods before me.

Commands : faith, hope, love and worship of God, reverence for holy things, prayer.

Forbids : idolatry, superstition; spiritualism, séances, astrology, fortune telling, Ouija boards and all occult practice; tempting God, sacrilege, attendance at false worship and overindulgence in worldly goods, money and amusements.






2. Thou shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain.

Commands : reverence in speaking about God and holy things; the keeping of oaths and vows.

Forbids : blasphemy, the irreverent use of God's name (i.e. Jesus, Jesus Christ's name), speaking disrespectfully of holy things, false, oaths, and the breaking vows.







3. Remember to keep holy the Lord's day.

Commands : going to Church on Sundays and Holy Days of Obligation.

Forbids : missing Church through one's own fault; unnecessary servile work; public buying and selling; court trials.









4. Honor thy father and thy mother.

Commands : love, respect, obedience on the part of children; care on the part of parents for the spiritual and temporal welfare of their children; obedience to civil and religious superiors.

Forbids : hatred of parents and superiors; disrespect, disobedience.









5. Thou shall not kill.

Commands: safeguarding of one's own life and bodily welfare of that of others; controlling one's anger.

Forbids: unjust killing, suicide, abortion, euthanasia, artificial contraception, sterilization, fist fights, endangering life and limb of self or others, drugs and drunkenness.








6. Thou shall not commit adultery.

Commands: chastity in word and deed; avoidable occasions of sin, modesty in dress.

Forbids: pornography, bad movies, obscene speech, impure actions alone or with others, masturbation, fornication, homosexual acts, incest, bestiality.









7. Thou shall not steal.

Commands: respect for the property and rights of others; the paying of just debts; paying just wages to employees; integrity in public officials.

Forbids: theft, damage to the property of others; not paying just debts; not returning found or borrowed articles; giving unjust measure or weight in selling; not paying just wages; bribery; graft; cheating; fraud; accepting stolen property; not giving an honest day's work for wages received; violation of contracts.






8. Thou shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.

Commands: truthfulness, respect for the good name of others; the observance of secrecy when required.


Forbids: lying., injury to the good name of others, slander, tale bearing, rash judgment, contemptuous speech, and the violation of secrecy.










9. Thou shall not covet your neighbor's wife.

Commands: purity in thought.

Forbids: willful impure thoughts and desires.















10. Thou shall not covet you neighbor's goods.

Commands: respect for the rights and belongings of others.


Forbids: the desire to take, to keep, or to damage the property of others.



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