How then have we sinned?
"Thou shalt have no other gods
Certainly, false religions
would break this law, but consider a couple of other ways that it might be
"But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve
through his subtlety, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity
that is in Christ. For, if he that cometh preacheth another Jesus"
2 Corinthians 11:3-4
When we follow God according
to our own understanding and not according to the Bible, we have another god
(although called by the same name) before the true God of the Bible.
"Wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction and many
there be which go in there at: because strait is the gate and narrow the way
which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it"
Many will say to me in that day, "Lord,
Lord, have we not prophesied in Thy Name? And in Thy Name have cast out
devils? And in Thy Name done many wonderful works? And then I will profess
them, I never knew you: depart from
me, ye that work iniquity."
Matthew 7:13-14, 22-23
Jesus - The Way (Narrow) to
Broad Way = Wide Gate = False
The person that lives, their
life for themselves?
"In those days, there was
in Israel: every man did that which
was right in his own eyes."
If one has lived doing what
is right in his own eyes, he has put himself in the place of God.
"Thou shalt not make unto
thee any graven
image or any likeness of anything that is
in heaven above or that is in the earth beneath
or that is in the water under the earth."
While this definitely
pertains to idols, there are some other things that would fit here: Religious
icons/relics ; Anything
that I have honored/served before God (cars, golf, hunting, shopping, music,
art, TV/movies, other people, American Idol etc.)
"Thou shalt not take the Name of
the Lord thy God in vain."
While swearing using God's
Name is included in this command, there are many more areas that it deals with.
The word "vain" means "in
nothingness"; that is, not with honor or reverence. So, anytime God's Name is
used without honor and reverence, it is taken in vain. Have you ever been
frustrated and said, "God!" or "Jesus!"?
"Remember the Sabbath day
to keep it holy
In it thou shalt not do any work.
Exodus 20:8, 10
According to this
commandment, one day each week should be set aside as holy to the Lord and we
are to do no work.
"Honor thy father and thy
This command is simple and
clear. If I have cursed my mother or father even in my heart, I have broken
"Thou shalt not kill."
Jesus said, "Ye have heard
that it was said, 'Thou shalt not kill; and whosoever shall kill shall be in
danger of judgment: but I say unto you that whosoever is angry with his
brother without a cause shall be in
danger of the judgment.'
So, hatred of my brother is
equated to killing.
"Thou shalt not commit
Jesus said "Whosoever looketh
on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his
heart." Matthew 5:28
"Thou shalt not steal."
This would include little
things also, like a pencil, piece of candy, or answers on a test.
"Thou shalt not bear false
against thy neighbor."
"Thou shalt not covet thy
his wife, nor his ox, nor his donkey, nor any
thing that is thy neighbor's."
A selfish desire for things.
If a person is honest, he
will see and admit to have broken every one of these in one way or another.
However, if he is not convinced:
"For whosoever shall keep
whole law, and yet offend in
one point, he is guilty of all."