Do the Ten Commandments Need a Modern Update?

Do we need to update the Ten Commandments (not the famous movie with Charlton Heston—the ones found in Exodus) for a more modern audience? A video on Seeker.com certainly thinks so. (Because of a few brief seconds of crude content in this video, viewer discretion is advised). Under their video they write,

The decline in belief in the Biblical 10 commandments doesn’t mean that all rules of conduct are necessarily superfluous. Here is our attempt to reimagine a set of rules for how to behave around others.

The Biblical Commandments

This “reimagined set of rules” is a supposedly updated version of the biblical commandments that God gave to Moses on Mount Sinai after the exodus from Egypt. For those unfamiliar with the Ten Commandments, here’s a quick look at them (you can find them in Exodus 20:1–17):

  1. You shall have no other gods before Me [the Lord].
  2. Do not make, bow down to, or serve an idol.
  3. You shall not take the name of the Lord in vain.
  4. Honor the Sabbath and keep it holy.
  5. Honor your father and mother.
  6. You shall not murder.
  7. You shall not commit adultery.
  8. You shall not steal.
  9. You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.
  10. You shall not covet.

Man-Made Responses or Divine Commandments?

The makers of this video see the Ten Commandments as nothing more than “responses to the specific needs of a small nomadic community wandering the Sinai Peninsula with goats and sheep around 1200 BC.” This implies that people invented the commandments. However, the Ten Commandments are commandments from the Creator God on how the Israelites were to treat both others and Him. When Jesus was asked about the greatest commandment in the law, He said all the law and the prophets could be summed up with this:

“You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.” This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like it: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets. (Matthew 22:37–40)

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