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4. The Ten Commandments

Q: What are the Ten Commandments?
A: The Ten Commandments are the laws given to Moses and the people of Israel.

Q: What do we learn from these commandments?
A: We learn two things: our duty to God, and our duty to our neighbors.

Q: What is our duty to God?
A: Our duty is to believe and trust in God;

I. To love and obey God and to bring others to know him;

II. To put nothing in the place of God;

III. To show God respect in thought, word, and deed;

IV. And to set aside regular times for worship, prayer, and the study of God's ways.

Q: What is our duty to our neighbors?
A: Our duty to our neighbors is to love them as ourselves, and to do to other people as we wish them to do to us;

V. To love, honor, and help our parents and family; to honor those in authority, and to meet their just demands;

VI. To show respect for the life God has given us; to work and pray for peace; to bear no malice, prejudice, or hatred in our hearts; and to be kind to all the creatures of God;

VII. To use our bodily desires as God intended;

VIII. To be honest and fair in our dealings; to seek justice, freedom, and the necessities of life for all people; and to use our talents and possessions as ones who must answer for them to God;

IX. To speak the truth, and not to mislead others by our silence;

X. To resist temptations to envy, greed, and jealousy; to rejoice in other people's gifts and graces; and to do our duty for the love of God, who has called us into fellowship with him.

Q: What is the purpose of the Ten Commandments?
A: The Ten Commandments were given to define our relationship with God and our neighbors.

Q: Since we do not fully obey them, are they useful at all?
A: Since we do not fully obey them, we see more clearly our sin and our need for redemption.

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