The Ten Commandments In The Torah

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The Ten Commandments helped to create standards for Jewish morality, rituals, and accountability. These commandments, that are still followed today, are the laws that God handed down to Moses on Mount Sinai (Ten Commandments 1). The Ten Commandments that people know are actually only the first ten, out of 613 commandments, that were handed down to the Jewish people (Rich 1). The commandments are all of equal importance, because we have no way of knowing which ones the creator meant to be the most important (Rich 1). All of the 613 commandments have to do with at least one of the more famous, Ten Commandments (Rich 1). Each of the Ten Commandments have a different meaning and a different way that they affect everyday life. This paper will …show more content…
The commandment is based off of regard for human life and recalling that God is the giver of everyone's life (The Purpose and Meaning of The Ten Commandments 3). In the past, if you killed someone, unless they were a slave, you would be put to death (Kostro 13). We are now taught that you should never deliberately kill or kill as a spur of the moment decision. We do not have the right to decide when someone should be killed, because we are not the person who gave them life (The Purpose of The Sixth Commandment 1). The commandment, however, goes past this by meaning that you should not accidentally kill someone due to your carelessness. A lot of the population, sometime during their lives, have to deal with a murder of someone that they know, such as a close relative or friend. The real problem that most murders struggle with is understanding the big difference of justice versus mercy (The Purpose and Meaning of The Sixth Commandment 2). God wants us to go beyond not physically hurt someone, because he also wants us to learn not to hurt someone with our words …show more content…
By having this commandment, God is showing that he wants everyone's right to own property to be protected (The Purpose and Meaning of The Eighth Commandment 1). Taking another person's possessions, however, is not the only form of stealing that this commandment is talking about. Another form of stealing, that is very common, is when employees get paid when they are not actually doing their job. Even once a thief stops stealing, they are still truly a thief at heart until they completely change their outlook on life. The ninth commandment is, "Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbor" (Ten Commandments 2). To appreciate this commandment, you must understand how important telling the truth really is to God (The Purpose and Meaning of The Ten Commandments 4). There was no death penalty for lying, but this commandment was still treated of very high importance (Kostro 14). God expects that we will incorporate the importance of truth into every part of our daily lives. Society does not focus that much on discouraging lying anymore, because lying is a natural part of some people's jobs. To be truthful consistently, you need to have a lot of self-discipline and rely on getting the help that you will need from God (The Purpose and Meaning of The Ninth Commandment 2). Due to people thinking of all the rewards, instead of all the consequences, most people lack the abilities needed to

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