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    God’s Ten Commandments have been long neglected by today’s society. This has had a negative impact on our self- centered, money driven culture. In this paper, I will be analyzing three of the Ten Commandments and applying them to today’s culture. The Commandments I will be dissecting are the First Commandment, Fourth Commandment, and Fifth Commandment. I will then choose one of these Commandments and apply it to my own life. The First Commandment, “You shall have no other gods” (Deut. 5:7), indicates that the Israelites need to remain faithful to their one true God. In ancient times, many regions that the Israelites were passing through had multiple gods. Egypt, the country that the Israelites were freed from, also had multiple gods. God reminded them that He is the one true God and that although the countries around Israel had multiple gods, Israel was to remain faithful to Him. Modern culture has strayed from God and become unfaithful to Him. Many people define themselves as atheist, someone who does not believe there is a god. However, even people who identify as Christians have strayed from this command. Many people are unaware of this because modern culture has distanced itself from God and began “worshiping” earthly objects. One of the most worshipped objects in today’s society is money. People have become engrossed in wealth. This leads to people wanting more; more for a bigger house, faster car, another property, etc. If today’s society would…

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    Aquinas 10 Commandments

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    The argument Aquinas has that the 10 Commandments are not simply arbitrary commands of God, but rather are ultimately justified by Natural Law can be considered a fair statement to make behind his reasoning of it. Natural Law according to the Treatise on Law is a “certain participation in eternal law insofar as we have providence over ourselves and others and can order ourselves and others toward the good of our nature; the light of natural reason whereby we discern what is good and evil--which…

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    It is my opinion that posting the Ten Commandments in public places is in the least, inconsiderate to those who are not Christian and does in fact violate the First Amendment. The First Amendment explicitly allows for the freedom of speech, but also for ones religious beliefs to not be impeded. It is my belief that confusion lies in the fact that one has the ability to believe and follow and religion they choose, but by forcing another person to abide by your religious beliefs, you are…

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    Power (noun) possession of control, authority, or influence over others. Napoleon is the unanimously elected leader of Animal Farm and uses his power for lots of bad rather than good. He uses the animal’s inability to read and their foolish minds to get away with unfair deeds against them. The system of checks and balances would help eliminate Napoleon’s abuse of power when he made deals and trades with the farmers, when he executed the animals, and when he slept on Jones’ bed. First, the…

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    Anastasia Jakub Mr. Snader Old Testament Bible April 6 2017 In this essay I will be explaining what the Ten Commandments meant to the Israelites when they first received them, how we interpret the Ten Commandments today, I will also be giving several examples of how we interpret them today. The Ten Commandments were ten beneficial laws that were given to show us how to create a better life and please God. God gave to the israelites to help them live a better life and please God…

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    There is nothing more frustrating to an employee than having a manager that sends out negative messages or contradicting messages. For example, a manager tells Employee A that the number one job goal is schedule patients as soon as possible, a patient should never have to wait for an appointment. This same manager tells Employee B that the number one job goal is to make sure that patients are making payments and if they refuse to pay their debt then they need to have their appointment canceled. …

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    When you think of a democracy, what comes to mind? Is it just and equal? Or is it manipulative and surreptitious? Animal Farm, by George Orwell, explores the timeline by which animals come out of unjust “rule” and attempt to make a systematic government (only to fall into another one). From devotion, honesty, to corruption, Orwell reflects the events of the Russian Revolution. The thought of an honest and well-educated person, single-handedly, ruling a country seems sound, that is, without…

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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…

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    The Relationship between Ritual and the Construction of Space in Mapungubwe. The following events take place whilst I am a minor in the K2 culture, once we had relocated to Mapungubwe. The essay encapsulates what I see around me and how I feel about it, the types of spaces created, and the alteration in space to suggest the move from profane to sacred. My emotions correspond and add value to the exploration of ideas and themes that I have investigated, namely: The background and meaning of…

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    Dead Birds Analysis

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    While women do not take part in the battles that happen, they may still be physically affected by them. When someone close to a woman is killed, several of her knuckles on her fingers will be cut off with a stone ax. As Victor Turner wrote, symbols can be objects, activities, relationships, events, gestures and spatial unites in a ritual situation (Turner 2013, 273). The action of cutting off part of their fingers is symbolic of the loss that a woman has experienced. It serves to communicate…

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