Most Christians claim that the Ten Commandments are God’s universal moral code.
This view is seen, for instance, in various legal battles in the United States, in which Christians have sought to have the Ten Commandments posted in various public places, especially public schools. Years ago, Alabama was involved in a legal battle involving a state judge who refused to remove a monument of the Ten Commandments from a courtroom, despite orders from a higher court to do so. In the minds of many, the Ten Commandments, far from being invalidated, remain God’s legal standard for morality.
And with good reason too. To begin with, although the Decalogue (the Ten Commandments) was codified at Sinai, the book of Genesis suggests that most of the commandments were known before then.
What do the following texts reveal about the existence of the law prior to Mount Sinai? Gen. 35:1-4, 2:3, 4:8-11,39:7-9, 44:8, 12:18.
On logical grounds alone, it makes no sense for the Ten Commandments to have been purely a Jewish institution, something intended only for a particular people in a particular time and place. Doesn’t it make sense that moral issues such as stealing, killing, adultery, and idolatry are universally wrong, regardless of culture? Also, when the Bible is so clear that sin is defined through the law (Rom. 7:7), the notion of the law being abrogated or superceded is, on the face of it, an incoherent position for any Bible-believing Christian.
How does James 2:11 help us to understand the perpetuity of God’s law?
1 John 5:3 says that obedience to God’s commandments is an expression of our love for Him. What does that mean? Why is obedience to the commandments an expression of this love?