The first commandment forbids honoring false gods other than the one Lord who has revealed Himself to His people. Study sins against this Commandment and learn why this is the first of the Commandments.
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Preface to the 10 Commandments Course: Why Are They Important:
Before we begin this course on the 10 Commandments, it is important that we step back and keep in mind why we are learning this.
First, Catholicism is not about “Don’t do this” and “Avoid that.” We can get so wrapped up in understanding what is forbidden of us, that we forget what the Commandments are meant to do. To start, let’s look at the 10 Commandments in relation to the Old Testament Law. In the Old Testament Law, the Mosaic Law, the 10 Commandments were only 10 of the 613 Laws that the People of the Old Testament were to observe. Do we still observe all of those 613 laws? No we do not. If you are interested in reading them, look through the book of Leviticus and see detailed the many laws that governed the way of life for the ancient Israelites.
By virtue of Christ’s Sacrifice on the Cross, the Mosaic Law is no longer in effect. We are not required to observe the 613 Laws of the Mosaic Law. And that is where some protestant sects such as the Seventh Day Adventists and the Messianic Jews fall in error. The Old Law was completed by Christ since the Old Law was just a foreshadowing of the New Law!
While the Mosaic Law is no longer in force by reason of Christ’s Sacrifice on the Cross, we do have to keep in mind the words of the Redeemer Himself: “Do not think that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets. I am not come to destroy, but to fulfill” (Matthew 5:17).
While the Old Testament laws on farming and which crops to keep in your field are no longer in place and while the Laws prohibiting the consumption of pork are no longer in place, all of these Old laws had their fulfillment in the Law of Christ. Christ came to perfect the Law. He abolished divorce that was allowed under the Law of Moses in order to perfect the Laws of Matrimony (cf. Matthew 19:8). Christ also showed us in driving the swine off the cliff that the prohibition on pork was symbolic on the prohibition against sin. And ultimately these Laws were all done to make the People of God, the Israelites, a holy people set apart from the other nations. If these were God’s holy people and a special race set aside, then they had to act differently than the other pagan races that were in the ancient world. Therein lies one of the chief reasons why there were Laws and why we have Laws — to keep us as a special people united to God and separate from thos... Please purchase this lesson to continue learning.
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