Why the Ten Commandments?



There are 613 commands in the Mosaic Law. Why does the Catholic Church single out the Decalogue?


They came down from God on the mountain to Moses, while the rest were added by Priest through authority. Jesus set the rest aside and replaced them with the two 1) Love God, and 2) Love each other as yourself. Remember to obey the other laws you have to be a Jew and marry a Jew.



God gave Moses most if not all of the 613 commands on Mount Sinai. They were written upon the tablets and placed in the Ark of the Covenant. But why is the Decalogue given pride of place?




The Ten Commandments are a summary of the moral law portion of the Jewish Law. Whereas all the other purity and ritual laws passed away with the destruction of the Jewish Temple (and definitively done away with by God through the Church in Acts 15), the moral law stands forever. Natural Moral Law, that unwritten code of ethics that is written into our hearts by God (see Romans 1:16–2:15) is the basis of all law, including the Ten Commandments which God revealed to us so that there would be no doubt in our minds.

Besides, ten is easier to remember that 613. :smiley:


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