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The 11th Commandment

Author: Mark Andrews    (all articles by this author)
Published on: December 20, 2000

The New Testament Commandment

There have recently been many efforts on the part of religious groups throughout the United States to have the 10 Commandments posted for display on public grounds such as city, county, and state court houses; as well as at other governmental facilities.

Proponents of this idea argue that the Biblical 10 Commandments form the basis of Western law, and are thus to be honored as a founding part of our civilization's history and heritage; right along side the U.S. Constitution and the Bill of Rights.

It would seem that all of those who are calling for such displays would tell you that they regard themselves as Christians. However, the law to which the 10 Commandments are fundamental is the Mosaic Law, given to the Children of Israel from atop Mt. Sinai, following the exodus from Egypt. The 10 Commandments are a foundational aspect of Judaism, but not of Christianity.

Christ stated that He had come not to destroy Moses and the Commandments, but to fulfill them.

He stated also:

"A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another as I have loved you, that ye also love one another." John 13:34

Such a mandate cannot be written in stone. It cannot be fulfilled by postings or legislated into manifestation.

Obedience to the 11th, "New Testament" Commandment can be achieved only through the word and deed of love, one to another.

What is the major difference between the Old Testament 10 Commandments and Christ's New Testament "Law of Love"?

In attempting to keep the 10 Commandments, we CANNOT WIN.

In attempting to keep the 11th Commandment, we CANNOT LOSE.

Let us love one another as Christ has loved us.

Originally published in Project X Newsletter #50

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