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Humanity has everything it needs to create a good world. We’ve had it for 3,000 years. It’s the Ten Commandments — ten basic, yet profound instructions for how to lead a moral life. If everyone followed the Ten Commandments, we would not need armies or police; marriages and families would be stronger; truth would be a paramount value. Dennis Prager explains how the Ten Commandments led to the creation of Western Civilization and why they remain relevant to your life today. This video course introduces a ten-part series.

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Studies Show the Ten Commandments are Good for You


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The Ten Commandments are not good because God gave them to us; he gave them to us because they are good.

You don’t have to believe God or even believe in God to realize that the rules for everlasting life are also good rules for just plain living. (Click on the underlined links to read just some of the research I found to back up the Ten Commandments.)

I. I am the Lord your God, you shall have no strange gods before me.

II. You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain.

People who believe in God are happier.

While studying differences in unemployment benefits between European countries, researchers stumbled into the discovery that people who believe in God are usually more content in life. They also found that Catholic and Protestant Christians have higher satisfaction in life and they cope better with stressful situations.

If you believe in God, then it’s a no-brainer that you don’t take his name in vain—using it as if it were of no importance or worse. Using it to damn something is not respectful of our Lord.

III. Remember to keep holy the Sabbath day.

SteenwijkInteriorOfAGothicChurchGoing to Church Linked to Better Moods

Who are the happiest people? According to a report from Gallup, the more frequently people attend their church, mosque or synagogue, the happier they are. Churchgoers are especially happy on Sundays while those who don’t go to church on Sunday experience a decline in their moods on that day.

IV. Honor your mother and father.     

Family Relationships Bring Greater Happiness Than Money             

For most people, having strong family ties brings greater contentment than a big income. Researchers tracked 274 married people over a decade, they found that while income did contribute to happiness up to a point, the quality of family relationships was much more important.

V. You shall not kill.

Murder is obviously is bad and not the path to happiness so that is not been the subject of a study technically. However, abortion is killing and that has been studied.  Seventy Percent of Post-abortive Women Report Negative Consequences

The New Testament also warns against anger against others. “You have heard that it was said to the men of old, ‘You shall not kill; and whoever kills shall be liable to judgment.’ But I say to you that everyone who is angry with his brother shall be liable to judgment; whoever insults his brother shall be liable to the council, and whoever says, ‘You fool!’ shall be liable to the hell of fire. (Matt 5:21-22).

Forgiveness Brings Happiness: Hundreds of studies have shown there is a strong connection between forgiving others and our own well-being.

VI. You shall not bear false witness.

Study Finds Telling the Truth Improves Health

Honesty may boost your health, suggests a study that found telling fewer lies benefits people physically and mentally.

Each week for 10 weeks, 110 individuals, ages 18-71, took a lie detector test and completed health and relationship measures assessing the number of major and minor lies they told that week, says lead author Anita Kelly, a psychology professor at the University of Notre Dame in Indiana. She presented findings at the annual meeting of the American Psychological Association, in 2012.

“When they went up in their lies, their health went down,” says Kelly. “When their lies went down, their health improved.”

VII. You shall not commit adultery. 

GuercinoTheWomanTakenInAdulteryGoogleArtProjectStudies consistently reveal that 90 percent of Americans believe adultery is morally wrong. Sex outside of marriage has brought us trouble, STD’s [sexually transmitted diseases], and children of divorce suffer in a number of ways and are more likely to divorce themselves.

International Journal of Epidemiologyfound:

“Life expectancies for divorced men and women are significantly lower than for married people (who have the longest life expectancies).”

The health consequences of divorce are so severe that a Yale researcher concluded that “being divorced and a nonsmoker is slightly less dangerous than smoking a pack a day and staying married.” (Harold J. Morowitz, “Hiding in the Hammond Report,” Hospital Practice (August 1975), p. 39.)

“After a diagnosis of cancer happily married people are more likely to recover indicating that the emotional trauma of divorce has a long-term impact on the physical health of the body.” (James S. Goodwin, William C. Hunt, Charles R. Key and Jonathan M. Sarmet, “The Effect of Marital Status on Stage, Treatment, and Survival of Cancer Patients,” Journal of the American Medical Association 258 (1987):3125-3130.

VIII. You shall not steal.

The single largest psychological factor found in approximately 1/3 of shoplifters studied is “depression”. Sixty-seven studies all point to unhappiness and emotional problems related to shoplifting. Sadly, recent studies show, the majority think it’s okay to steal from work. Yet, no one would think stealing makes for a better society.

IX. You shall not covet your neighbor’s goods.

X. You shall not covet your neighbor’s wife.

Jealousy over God’s favor led Cain to take Abel’s life. Saul was jealous of God’s favor for David and the fact that people made a big deal over David’s victory over Goliath. Instead of building up Israel, King Saul wasted time pursuing David to kill him. Instead, Saul met with disaster; committed suicide and his sons were killed by the enemy.

Then David coveted Bathsheba, the wife of Uriah and committed adultery with her. He arranges for Uriah to face certain death in battle and ultimately face many disasters as a result of this sin. Coveting is not just ancient history. There is no shortage of ways to covet what others have and make yourself unhappy. Several new studies reveal that Facebook makes many people feel bad about themselves, leading to anger and hate against other people. Why? Because of envy and jealousy—coveting what they perceive others have and feeling unsatisfied with their own life.

Is Facebook Making Us Sad? reports that people overestimate the happiness of others and make themselves sad by comparing their lives with others. Although the temptation to want what others have is not a sin, it is a sin to indulge in the feelings. The motivation to resist this sin lies in our desire to be happy. After all, feeling sorry for ourselves while sulking in jealousy or envy is not fun.

With all the evidence that the Ten Commandments lead to greater happiness, we should let this be known to the people trying to take them down in the public square. The pressure should be on them to prove that the Ten Commandments cause people harm. It is clear that we not only have God on our side, but science too.


Art: Moïse reçoit les 10 commandements (Moses receives the 10 Commandments), Jean Weyh, 1886 [Rh-67 own work 2010], CCA-SA 3.0 Unported; Interior of a gothic church, Hendrik van Steenwijk, 1610s, PD-US author’s life plus 100 years or less; The Woman taken in Adultery, Guercino, circa 1621, PD-US published in the U.S. prior to January 1,1923; all Wikimedia Commons.

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Why Do Catholics And Protestants Have Different 10 Commandments?

When listing the 10 Commandments, Catholics and Protestants have slight differences. While very similar, the difference is instantly noticeable. And even though both listings have solid biblical support, some Protestants use the difference as an opportunity to accuse the Catholic Church of changing the 10 Commandments to support their “idolatrous worshipping of statues”.

Here are the 10 Commandments as numbered by Catholics and Protestants: 

The Traditional Catholic Listing: 

1. I am the Lord your God: You shall not have strange Gods before me. 

2. You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain. 

3. Remember to keep holy the Lord’s Day. 

4. Honor your father and mother. 

5. You shall not kill. 

6. You shall not commit adultery. 

7. You shall not steal. 

8. You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor. 

9. You shall not covet your neighbor’s wife. 

10. You shall not covet your neighbor’s goods. 

The Protestant Listing: 

1. I am the Lord thy God, thou shalt have no other gods before me. 

2. Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image 

3. Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain. 

4. Remember the Sabbath Day to keep it holy. 

5. Honor thy father and thy mother. 

6. Thou shalt not kill. 

7. Thou shalt not commit adultery. 

8. Thou shalt not steal 

9. Thou shalt not bear false witness. 

10. Thou shalt not covet

So which numbering is correct? Did the Catholic Church change the 10 Commandments to support having statues?

First, it’s important to note that nowhere in the Book of Genesis is there any formula for numbering the Commandments given. The assigning of numbers to the Commandments developed over the centuries as a tool to make them easier to teach and remember. Two of these important early teachers were Saint Augustine and Origen. In their writings, each developed and favored a particular way of numbering the Commandments. It is roughly along these lines the Catholics and Protestants split. Catholics (and Lutherans) generally use the 10 Commandments as listed by Augustine, while the Eastern Churches and Protestants list the 10 Commandments set out by Origen.

The Catechism 2066 reads: “The division and numbering of the Commandments have varied in the course of history. The present catechism follows the division of the Commandments established by St. Augustine, which has become traditional in the Catholic Church. It is also that of the Lutheran confessions. The Greek Fathers worked out a slightly different division, which is found in the Orthodox Churches and Reformed communities.”

The accusation that the Church changed the Commandments is simply slander that grew out of the vitriol of the Reformation, and the listing 10 Commandments was an opportunity seized on by some to try to undermine the Church. But the fact remains that the numbering of the 10 Commandments is not a rigid Biblical concept, but one developed by scholars and theologians, so regardless of which method is used, the duty to obey them is not changed, and could never be changed.

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Guide of the examination of conscience based on the Ten Commandments of God. 

  1. I am the Lord your God, you shall not have no other gods beside me ( Ex 20:2-6; Dt 5:6-10).
  • Do I worship God in spirit and truth and give Him the praise he deserves?
  • Am I angry with God or resentful toward Him because of illness or other misfortune?
  • Do I make a god out of my work, my possessions, or my image in the eyes of others? Do I let these things rule my life instead of the Lord?
  • Have I tried to grow in the knowledge of God through daily prayer and scripture readings?
  • Have I ever dabbled in the occult, psychic, mediums, or given credent to horoscopes that attempt to tell the future?
  1. You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain (Ex 20:7; Dt 5:11).
  • Have I been hypocritical by adhering to ritualistic observances while my heart has been far from God?
  • Have I resorted to profame language by cursing, or swearing?
  • In conversation, have I taken part in slander or jokes aimed at demeaning the Church or God’s authority?
  1. Remember to keep holy, the Sabbath Day (Ex 20:8-11: Dt 5:12-15).
  • Have I allowed myself to become so dominated by my work, or chores that I have not set aside Sunday as a day for the Lord and my family?
  • In my prayer and attendance at Mass, am I participating fully?
  • Have I attended Mass every Sunday and Holydays of Obligation?
  1. Honor your father and you mother (Ex 20:12; Dt 5:16).
  • As a young person in the family home, do I listen to, respect, and obey my parents when they instruct me?
  • As an adult, do I visit and care for my parents in their old age?
  • Do I blame my parents for my own shortcomings?
  • Do I have respect for those in legitimage authority over me?
  1. You shall not kill (Ex 20:13; Dt 5:17).
  • Have I ever struck anyone in anger, intending to injure the person?
  • Have I had an abortion or advocated abortion, either through my opinion in conversation, or by assisting someone in procuring one?
  • Have I endangered myself, or the life of another person through smoking, abuse of alcohol, drugs, or road rage?
  1. You shall not commit adultery (Ex 20:14; Dt 5:18).
  • Have I engaged in sexual activity outside of marriage?
  • Have I been involved in a homosexual relationship?
  • Have I given my mind over to lustful thoughts and fantasies?
  • Have I read pronography, watched indecent movies, or television shows and entered the cyber world seeking sexual gratification?
  1. You shall not steal (Ex 20:15; Dt 5:19).
  • Have I taken anything that did not belong to me? Cheated?
  • Have I been dishonest in the payment of my taxes, or submission of expenses accounts in business?
  • Have I been irresponsible and neglected the needs of my family in wasting money on gambling, betting, or extravagant shopping and running up a huge debt on my credit cards?
  1. You shall not bear false wintness against your neighbor (Ex 20:16; Dt 5:20).
  • Have I gossiped, slandered, injured another’s reputation?
  • Have I condoned prejudice and hatred toward people of another race, culture or religion?
  1. You shall not covet your neighbor’s wife (Ex 20:17; Dt 5:21).
  • Have I sought affections of another’s husband, or wife, or contemplated infidelity?
  • Have I rejected my family in my heart, emotionally, or personally from them?

10. You shall not covet your neighbor’s goods (Ex 20:17; Dt 5:21).

  • Do I habitually compare myself with others in terms of wealth, status, and financial security? Am I jealous of the personal qualities of others, or envious of their possessions, or success?
  • Do I keep my finances in order and exercise proper stewardship over what is mine?

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