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Counting God's Commandments
by Wayne Blank
"And The Lord said to Moses, "Write these Words; in accordance with these Words I have made a Covenant with you and with Israel." And he was there with The Lord forty days and forty nights; he neither ate bread nor drank water. And he wrote upon the tables the Words of the Covenant, the Ten Commandments." (Exodus 34:27-28 RSV)
There is however disagreement about how God's Ten Commandments are numbered - Jews and (most) Protestants number them the God-intended way, while Roman Catholics and some others number them their own way. The foremost common difference between the two camps seems to be that Jews and (most) Protestants correctly believe that the use of idols has been outlawed by God (as the Ten Commandments should make very plain to anyone who truly wants to obey God), while Roman Catholics and some others believe that God has contradicted Himself and is quite pleased with their praying to, and kneeling before, and bowing down to, the many religious statues and icons in their churches and homes.
It should be kept in mind that the Ten Commandments were given to the ancient Israelites, not to Roman Catholics who came along many centuries later, and that Jews (who were one of the Twelve Tribes of Israel at Mount Sinai) have never changed the Commandments. This historical fact was plainly stated by the Christian apostle Paul - the Church of Rome has named numerous popes after Paul, and yet they very often completely ignore, or hatefully and violently oppose (as this author has also been increasingly experiencing lately), a great amount of what Paul plainly taught in the New Testament:
"Then what advantage has the Jew? ... To begin with, the Jews are entrusted with the oracles [i.e. the Words, the Scriptures - see Which Bible Did Jesus Use?] of God." (Romans 3:1-2 RSV)
The Correct Numbering Of God's Ten Commandments
The Incorrect Numbering Of God's Ten Commandments
The Church of Rome combines the first two Commandments into one (in an attempt to make it seem that the use of idols is permitted for the worship of The Lord), and splits the Tenth Commandment into two (making two "thou shalt not covet" commandments, one for people and one for property). They turn Commandments One and Two into their first, the Third into their second, the Fourth into their third, the Fifth into their fourth, the Sixth into their fifth, the Seventh into their sixth, the Eighth into their seventh, the Ninth into their eighth, and the Tenth into their ninth and tenth.
Fact Finder: Did the prophet Daniel write that a great religious leader would persecute God's true people (see What Is A Saint?), and try to change God's Law?