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Friday, July 4, 2008

The Tweaked Ten

My husband was raised Catholic, and after he was saved, one of the things that took him by surprise early on was the difference in the Ten Commandments. He attended a Catholic school growing up and was taught that the third Commandment was the second commandment and coveting was so big it was divided up into two commandments, bringing the total up to a tidy ten and making it seem kosher.

What did they leave out?

You shall not make for yourself an idol, or any likeness of what is in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the water under the earth. You shall not worship them or serve them; for I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children, on the third and fourth generations of those who hate Me, but showing lovingkindness to thousands, to those who love Me and keep My commandments (Exodus 20:4-6).

The picture is of a monument of the alleged 10, which was recently placed in front of a Catholic Church in our town. In spite of the clever angle of the photo, it is possible to see that commandment number 2 is from verse 7, which is the third commandment,

"You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain, for the Lord will not leave him unpunished who takes His name in vain."

Walking into a Catholic church, it is easy to see why they would want to leave the second commandment off of the list, and having attended a few Catholic funerals for my husband's relatives, as well as a couple of rosaries when his parents died, it makes perfect sense to me. The real

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