This evening I was talking to a woman that said she believed that the Ten Commandments brought light into the world and that it was this light that would judge us at the end of time. I didn’t know how to respond at the time for I know that many people believe that the we are to follow the Ten Commandments today.
If I were talking with her right now, I would say that all but one of the Ten Commandments are repeated in the New Testament for Christians to follow. The one commandment that is not repeated is to keep the Sabbath Day holy. The Sabbath is Saturday, not Sunday as many assume. Sunday is referred to as The Lord’s Day in the New Testament because this was the glorious day when Jesus arose from the grave. Christians gather on this day to worship God and His Son, Jesus.
I would tell her that love is the fulfillment of the other nine.
Jesus answered a scribe that inquired of Him what the most important commandment was by replying in Mark 13: 30, “And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment.”
Do not the first three commandments teach this?
to have no other God before Him [not to worship man or his teachings, but God’s alone]
to make no image to represent Him [no idols to represent the Living and Invisible God]
to not take the Lord’s name in vain [not using His holy name as a profanity. How hurtful that would be to Him]
Paul, an apostle appointed by Jesus after His resurrection, stated in Romans 13;8-10 to “owe no man any thing, but to love one another; for he that loveth another hath fulfilled the law. For this, Thou shalt not commit adultery, Thou shalt not kill, Thou shalt not steal, Thou shalt not bear false witness, Thou shalt not covet; [sound familiar?] and if there be any other commandment if is briefly comprehended in this saying, namely, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. Love worketh no ill to his neighbour: therefore love is the fulfilling of the law.”
Jesus, Himself, went on to tell the scribe in Mark 13:31, “And the second [commandment of all] is like, namely this, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. There is none other commandment greater than these.”
I would explain that He is the Light of the world as He stated in John 8:12, not the Ten Commandments and that He alone and His Words will judge us on the last day. “He that rejecteth me and receiveth not my Words, hath one that judgeth him: the Word that I have spoken, the same shall judge him in the last day.” John 12:48