In this lesson we explore Commandments 4-10 and how they impact conscience formation.Preview This Lesson
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by Giotto (c. 1330)
The end of man is union with God in the Beatific Vision, and morality forms our conscience so that we can move toward that end. The morals found in the 4th through 10th Commandments are especially important for our conscience because they have a dual effect on man’s relationship with God.
For those who don’t really know God or don’t have a strong relationship with Him, following these commandments help us see God through our neighbors. The closer we follow the 4th through 10th commandments, God becomes clearer to us and we grow closer to Him. At the same time, the closer we are to God, the easier it is to follow the commandments. They become a habit, as natural to us as breathing.
The 4th through 10th commandments: bring us closer to knowing and loving God, and are an effect of our closeness to Him. These commandments are intrinsically tied to the first three commandments. Breaking any of these automatically breaks, at the very least, the first commandment. This is why the morality found in the 4th through 10th commandments are vital for our conscience formation.
The morality found in these six commandments are really quite simple. They follow the development of the human person, and are broken down into three phases.
Phase One: 5th Commandment
The moral imperative of the 5th Commandment is often simplified by the phrase “respect life.” What does this mean? What makes human life so special that it deserves respect? Our lives are special because they are made in the imago Dei, or the image of God. Our very nature is designed to reveal, in a limited way, His existence, His perfections, and His glory. Because we bear God’s image in us, our lives are sacred. Respecting the sanctity of human life shows that we understand, acknowledge, and profess the sanctity of God.
This sacredness of human life begins at our conception and does not end. This is why the 4th through 10th Commandments talk about the different stages of human life. The 5th Commandment requires that we show respect for the sanctity of human life, especially at its beginning and its end. This commandment does not ignore the sanctity of human life between conception and natural death, but rather leaves it to the 4th and 6th through 10th commandments to explain the specific dignities due the time in between our beginning and our end.
Phase Two: 4th Commandment
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