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Why Do Catholics Follow the Ten Commandments?

Catholics follow the Ten Commandments because Christ, Himself, followed them and because He told others to follow them (Matthew 19:16-19). We also follow them because they were given to us by God. In the book of Exodus we read how God himself gave these commandments to the Israelites through the help of Moses. However there is more to following the Ten Commandments than just because ‘God told us to.’

We obey God’s commands because He loves us! Because God loves us and loves us perfectly we can always trust His word. Also, because God created us we can trust that He always knows what is best for us.

In giving us the Ten Commandments He’s not trying to take away our fun or our freedom. Instead He’s showing us how we were meant to live. How were we meant to live? We were meant to live in a loving relationship with both God and each other. While there are 10, they really boil down to these two things: loving God and loving each other (Matthew 22:37-40).

Far from limiting our freedom and taking away our fun, these commands will bring us life! Imagine how much better the world would be if everyone kept the Ten Commandments. There would be no murders, no thefts, no broken families, no wars. The Ten Commandments lead to a fulfilled life here on earth and more importantly it leads to everlasting life after death.

When a man asked Christ what he must do to have eternal life, Christ told him ‘If you wish to enter into life, keep the commandments” (Matthew 19: 16-19).

The Ten Commandments:

  1. I am the Lord your God, you shall have no strange gods besides me
  2. You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain
  3. Remember to keep holy the Lord’s day
  4. Honor your father and your mother
  5. You shall not kill
  6. You shall not commit adultery
  7. You shall not steal
  8. You shall not bear false witness
  9. You shall not covet your neighbor’s wife
  10. You shall not covet your neighbor’s goods

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