Happy Lord’s day to you all!
- Today in my wifes RCIA class, we saw a video on OT bibical studies.(Focus on the family or Focus on the faith, something like that) The narrator said that the 10 Commandments were writing on one and copied on another (by God) then Moses brought them to the people. He explained that in a covenant, one party retained a copy and the other party got the other. God’s copy went with the people, for their holy place was His holy place?(Holy of Holies) Of course, the head of the RCIA program said that the video was Protestant oreinted!?
I had not heard of this before. Is this true? Does the RCC teach this?
Focus on the Family is definitely a Protestant organization. It might be better if your RCIA group was using something by Scott Hahn instead of this series that isn’t Catholic in orientation. I haven’t heard the “God made copy a idea” before and I have a B. A. in Bible from a Pentecostal Bible college (I am a convert to the Catholic Church). It sounds like pious speculation to me, so I don’t think it matters very much. The Ten Commandments were placed in the Ark of the Covenant–a second set that God had given Moses because he (Moses) had detroyed the first set when he found the Children of Israel worshiping the golden calf not a “copy” God sent along with them. Sounds odd to me.
- When listing the Ten Commandments, they listed #2 as ‘Do not make engraven images and worship them’. I thought that only non-catholic chruches listed them in this manner. We would include that in with the first commandment. That’s how the Catechism puts them. Have any of you seen this?
Oh yes. It’s how the Protestants number the 10 Commandments specifically to emphasize the prohibition against creating idols, which certain Protestant groups use against the Church approving the use of statues for devotion. Here is an article about The Ten Commandments from the Catholc Encyclopedia that might help you with this question.
I asked the preist and he said that it’s up to interpretation. Meaning that no one came and interpreted for them. I said to him, ‘That’s because they didn’t have the Holy See? The Magisterium? What do they say?’. Instead of answering me he said I should address this question with the RCIA instructor giving the class. I declined because if he, the pastor, can’t answer the question then what would a lay person say that has any authority? What can we do?
What the priest meant is that the verses originally had no numbers, so how people want to number them is up to how they interpret the verses.
As to his telling you to address the question with your RCIA instructor, all he is telling you is that is for the RCIA instructor to cover as a part of what you are learning. He simply doesn’t want to answer all the questions by everyone in RCIA when he has other things to do. I can’t say how busy he may be nor judge if he should or shouldn’t have tried to give you a fuller explanation, but really, it doesn’t matter how the 10 Commandments are listed. All that matters is our keeping them.
I’m confused, angry and sad. This is how my wife and I feel. Were are not confused about being Catholic, just about what other Catholics are saying and teaching.
I understand how you feel. The Catholic view of what is important vs. the Protestants view(s) can sometimes be exact opposites, and Catholics, not even priests (especially those with little experience of dealing with Protestants), understand that nor do they realize that you, coming into the Church, don’t just understand short explanations that explain nothing to you, if you see what I mean. I will pray for you and your wife, please pray for me!