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THE TEN COMMANDMENTS

 
 

 

 

Jehovah's Witnesses' Perspective

While Jehovah’s Witnesses understand the Bible as saying Christians are not bound by the Ten Commandments, (Colossians 2:13, 14) they recognize the importance the Bible places on these principles for living a Christian life. (Galatians 6:2; Matthew 22:35-40)

The first four commandments define the correct relationship between God and man.

First - Jehovah exacts exclusive devotion; He tolerates no rivalry with other gods. (Ex. 20:3)

Second - Images are never to be used in worship - all forms of idolatry are an open affront to Jehovah. (Vs.4-6)

Third - The use of God’s name is to be dignified, never disrespectful. When the Israelites became unfaithful they, as representatives of Jehovah by bearing his name, "took it up" or "carried" it "in vain"(Vs.7)

Fourth - The Sabbath day was reserved for reflection on spiritual things, a day of rest from work so that the Israelites could meditate on Jehovah's Laws without distraction. (Vs.8-10) In modern times, Jehovah's Witnesses are still commanded to follow this principle, though not keeping any explicit weekday holy. (Colossians 2:16-17)

Fifth- This commandment can be seen as the linking together of the first four (defining man's proper relationship with God) and the final six, (showing the proper relationships between humans) It is the obedience children owe their parents. This is a relationship which extends beyond childhood. To respect one’s parents is to show respect for the ultimate parent – Jehovah God.(Vs.12)

Sixth through Ninth - Murder, Adultery, Stealing and Lying are very pointed thus leaving no room for interpretation. These things are not to be practiced. (Vs.13-16)

Tenth – This makes it clear that not only were the Israelites not to practice the things mentioned in the previous nine commands, but that they were also to not allow a desire for these things to take root in their hearts and minds. (Vs.17)

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