The Ten Commandments |
I am the LORD thy God,
Written by the hand of God on stone tablets and given to Moses, the Ten Commandments are accepted by Jews and Christians alike as the basic rules to live by. For Christians, in the New Testament the Lord added this commandment:
- Thou shalt have no other gods before me.
- Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth:
Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the LORD thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me;
And shewing mercy unto thousands of them that love me, and keep my commandments.
- Thou shalt not take the name of the LORD thy God in vain; for the LORD will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain.
- Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy.
Six days shalt thou labour, and do all thy work:
But the seventh day is the sabbath of the LORD thy God: in it thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates:
For in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore the LORD blessed the sabbath day, and hallowed it.
- Honour thy father and thy mother: that thy days may be long upon the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee.
- Thou shalt not kill.
- Thou shalt not commit adultery.
- Thou shalt not steal.
- Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbour.
- Thou shalt not covet thy neighbour's house, thou shalt not covet thy neighbour's wife, nor his manservant, nor his maidservant, nor his ox, nor his ass, nor any thing that is thy neighbour's.(Exodus 20:2 - 17)
A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another;
as I have loved you, that ye also love one another.
This is quite similar to the Golden Rule:
Do unto others as thou would have others do unto you.
Originally spoken by Jesus as: "Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them: for this is the law and the prophets." (Matthew 7:12)
The Golden Rule has been phrased in similar words by religious leaders and philosophers from the 6th century BC to the 1st century AD (Zoroaster, Plato, Buddha, Confucius, Mahabbarata, Mohammad, Rabbi Hillel). Therefore, it is clear that the same concept has been accepted by religions and societies worldwide.