In this 8th Grade lesson, we study the 1st Commandment. We review the basic tenants of the First Commandment and discuss the pressing need to combat heresies that challenge the First Commandment. Standing up against error is one of our duties as Confirmed Catholics.
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The Ten Commandments teach us how to love God and love each other. Because of our weaker human nature, we learn better by learning what not to do first. You will notice that out of the Ten Commandments, eight of them teach us what not to do!
The first three Commandments teach us how to love God. The others teach us how to love each other. The order of the rules is important. God must be whom we think about and love first.
The first Commandment is: you shall have no other gods before me. This is another way of saying that God comes first in all things. Nothing in the world is more important than God. This is the first Commandment because it is the first rule that men broke. Putting something, or someone else before God is at the center of Original Sin.
Adam and Eve show us that it is very easy to put other things before God. These other things become “false gods.” They are what we put first in our life. Let’s make a list of some things that people do that violate the first Commandment:
Other violations of the first Commandment include the sins of despair and presumption. Despair occurs when we lose hope that God can or will do anything to help us. Presumption is the overconfident belief that no matter what we do, God will save us from damnation.
Some people believe that an image of God or Jesus is in violation of the first Commandment. These people believe that the Catholic Church breaks the first Commandment with our crucifixes, icons (pictures) of Jesus and the Saints, and use of holy relics.
Catholics use crucifixes, icons, and holy relics to remind us of Jesus. We remember His teachings, His sacrifice on the Cross, and His Resurrection. Crucifixes, icons, and holy relics are used to help us adore Jesus better. Catholics don’t adore the icon or crucifix or relic itself. We don’t make gods out of them. We use them to love the One God in Three Persons better. If anyone asks you why you use these things, you can tell them that they help you grow closer to Jesus!
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