How then have we sinned?


"Thou shalt have no other gods
before me."
Exodus 20:2

Certainly, false religions would break this law, but consider a couple of other ways that it might be broken.

"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 unto
them, I never knew you: depart from
me, ye that work iniquity."
Matthew 7:13-14, 22-23

Jesus - The Way (Narrow) to Life

Broad Way = Wide Gate = False Christianity

The person that lives, their life for themselves?

"In those days, there was no king
in Israel: every man did that which
was right in his own eyes."
Judges 21:15

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."

Exodus 20:4

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."
Exodus 20:7

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 mother."
Exodus 20:12


This command is simple and clear. If I have cursed my mother or father even in my heart, I have broken this.


"Thou shalt not kill."
Exodus 20:13


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.'
Matthews 5:21-22

So, hatred of my brother is equated to killing.


"Thou shalt not commit adultery."
Exodus 20:14

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."

Exodus 20:15

This would include little things also, like a pencil, piece of candy, or answers on a test.


"Thou shalt not bear false witness
against thy neighbor."
Exodus 20:16

Don't lie.


"Thou shalt not covet thy neighbor's house,
his wife, nor his ox, nor his donkey, nor any
thing that is thy neighbor's."
Exodus 20:17

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 the
whole law, and yet offend in
one point, he is guilty of all."
James 2:10


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