Wednesday April 4, 2007
Hartsville News Journal
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"Are the 10 commandments under attack?"

John 15:10 KJV reads:

If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father's commandments, and abide in his love.

Jesus is telling us to abide in His love by keeping His Commandments! This has become increasingly more difficult as we continue to face an uphill battle against those who band together against God. Their goal is have the commandments removed from public sight and their plan of attack is twofold:

(1) They’re taking legal action to have the Ten Commandments permanently removed and

(2) To deceive the public about what the Ten Commandments stand for and are saying to us.

They’re a sophisticated group whose goal is to deceive us so please understand this: deception is the process of presenting the truth in a manner that will cause us to believe a lie.

It was two millenniums ago that Jesus faced types such as these and we see Him describing them in John 15:23-24 KJV:

[23] He that hateth me hateth my Father also.

[24] If I had not done among them the works which none other man did, they had not had sin: but now have they both seen and hated both me and my Father.

This is a group comprised of intelligent people; they’re our enemy and deserve to be treated as such. They use the Commandments as a tool of deception and we’re going to observe this happening to us as we go to God’s Commandments in the book of Exodus. Exodus 20:13 KJV is the commandment we’ve selected to understand what’s taking place and it reads:

Thou shalt not kill.

The word kill was a poor choice of English words to use ... Your Strong’s concordance shows the Hebrew word in the manuscripts to be 7523 ratsach: properly to dash in pieces, i.e. kill (a human being), especially to murder :- put to death, kill, (man-) slay (-er), murder (-er).

A much better choice would have been the English word murder. You find evidence of this in Matthew 19:18 KJV where the word murder was translated instead of kill. Jesus is speaking as He’s giving the commandments:

He saith unto him, Which? Jesus said, Thou shalt do no murder, Thou shalt not commit adultery, Thou shalt not steal, Thou shalt not bear false witness,

“Do no murder” is the correct translation as murdering someone is a criminal homicide. Murder takes place when a person lies in wait to take the life of another. We’re concentrating on the huge difference in the words: (1) Murder and (2) Kill

After understanding



this commandment, we go to Deut. 19:11-12 KJV where we learn about the penalty God assigns to a murderer of His children.

[11] But if any man hate his neighbour, and lie in wait for him, and rise up against him, and smite him mortally that he die, and fleeth into one of these cities:

[12] Then the elders of his city shall send and fetch him thence, and deliver him into the hand of the avenger of blood, that he may die.

God’s Word informs us that Murder carries the sentence of death. God’s Commandments are good and God’s Word is good as they send this message to any potential murderer: you’ll pay for this crime with your life.

This (kill/murder) translation error is also utilized by deceivers in their attempt to make our armed forces members feel guilty for killing while defending our country. Killing to protect your God given freedoms is not breaking God’s commandments; it’s not murder. Our brave soldiers will continue to kill any declared enemy that threatens to take away the freedoms provided by great nation. They’re heroes and we’re never to allow them to be called murderers. God’s Word is clear and it will not allow you to be deceived.

We are to stay alert as deception is widespread! No change has taken place in Old Testament law and God’s Law serves the same purpose today as it did then. We receive the truth about this from the lips of Christ as He speaks to us in Matthew 5:17-18 KJV.

[17] Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil.

[18] For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled.

Nothing has changed…Christ came to fulfill the law, all of it. Not one jot (the sound of one vowel) will be changed till all be fulfilled. We can’t be deceived as God’s Word has final say.

God’s commandments have been under attack and they will remain under attack. Caution is the order of the day as we decide on who and what to believe. We go to Matthew 24:4 KJV where Christ gives this advice:

And Jesus answered and said unto them, Take heed that no man deceive you.

There’s no better way! Exercising caution is how we defend God’s Commandments and our freedoms.


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