10 commandments are ONLY for Christians

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Sometimes Christians can put undue pressure on non-Christians…

Why?

Because we expect non-Christians to fit in with our rules… the 10 commandments.

But God gave us these rules to live by?

You’re right… but God gave the  commandments to the to the people he ALREADY had a relationship with. Originally the Israelites and then people who followed the Christian faith (or ‘The Way’ as it was called in Acts)

As Christians we can’t expect non-Christians to live to the standard that we would like to live…

Hang! We struggle with it… 

I can’t go over to my next door neighbour and tell his kids to got o bed at a certain time, or tell them what they can or can’t eat or drink… because I don’t have a relationship with them. Could you imagine what the kids (and maybe the parents) would think???

It’s the same with the 10 commandments… they are for those of us who have a RELATIONSHIP with God.

Sometimes we look at people who don’t have a relationship and put OUR expectations on them… the reality is because they don’t have that relationship they don’t understand the reason behind it. What ends up happening is Christians just look really hypocritical… we expect those who have no relationship with God to live under the same rules as those who do… and it seems to the non-Christians that we aren’t following them either.

So why do we have the commandments that no one can follow?

Well part of the reason is to show us just how much we need the salvation that on Jesus can give…

but that may be another blog for another day.

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2 thoughts on “10 commandments are ONLY for Christians

  1. Hey Goose. Thanks for your post. While I totally agree with your premise that Christians shouldn’t force their morals onto non-Christians, I have to disagree with some of your other statements. No offence intended, but here’s what I mean…

    Firstly, the 10 commandments were never intended to be rules for anyone to live by (Jews, Christians, or other). The law is simply God’s standard of perfection, which we could never live up to. Why was the law given then? The law was given so that sin would be revealed (Rom 3:20 – “…through the law comes knowledge of sin”), and to show us the way to Christ (Gal 3:24 – “… the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith.”).

    Secondly, the law is not for Christians at all. We are no longer under law, but under grace. (Rom 7:6 – “But now we are released from the law, having died to that which held us captive, so that we serve not under the old written code but in the new life of the Spirit.”). If we think that Christian living is about keeping the 10 commandments, what we are actually trying to do is go back under the law which we have been set free from. Wrong direction.

    Who does the law apply to then? It applies to the “whole world” – all who are not yet redeemed from under it. (Rom 3:19 – “Now we know that whatever the law says it speaks to those who are under the law, so that every mouth may be stopped, and the whole world may be held accountable to God.”)

    So in summary, the law IS for non-Christians (but only to show them how sinful they are – e.g. your next blog post!). It is not for Christians (except it can remind us how sinful we are!), however, Christians do BEHAVE like we are keeping the law, because we have been renewed by the Holy Spirit, and because we love God and want to honour his name. We know that sin displeases God.

    1Pe 1:14-16 – “As obedient children, do not be conformed to the passions of your former ignorance, but as he who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct, since it is written, “You shall be holy, for I am holy.””

    • ha ha… yes I agree with you. However God gave the Jewish people the 10 commandments and they were intended to guide their lives as holy people.
      Obedience to the law was based on and was response to Gods salvation. Exodus has 18 chapters of redemption before a single chapter of law.
      And I think the church has it backwards… we look at the law FIRST and JUDGE.

      You see as Christians we look at non -Christians on the fringes of church and we look at them and say “these rules here, you’re not doing them very well” – in the New Testament it says that the insiders shouldn’t judge the outsiders.

      What I’m saying in this post is Non-Christians are not accountable for what the Bible says because they’re not part of the Church (ecclessia) – and more to the point Christians have no right to judge the people outside the church based on those set of rules. There seems to be a general feeling that Christians are judgmental, we are becoming renown for judging people and being hypocritical …
      That was the ‘dig’ of this post… don’t worry more of what you said above will be coming… but in less Christianese!
      What happens is Christians think they are better than non-Christians just because they go to church.

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