The Ten Commandments were not given as suggestions or options, but as definitive laws which we must obey. The laws of our land are also intended to be kept, and if not they will have penalties. The penalty for not keeping God’s law is much more severe than a few years in prison or a fine, and yet it is often overlooked.
Some say the Ten Commandments are outdated. After all, how many of us have a man servant or maid servant? However, these laws are timeless. Putting God first; not using God’s name in a way to dishonor Him; keeping His day of rest as a day to praise Him; honoring parents and those in authority (including bosses and superiors); Revering all life (including those yet unborn); treating marriage as a holy estate instituted by God and truly honoring one another; we should not steal; we should not bear false witness (which would include giving false testimony, spreading gossip, or bullying.)
The last two commandments have to do with desiring what is not ours and they are broken down into categories of property and people. God’s laws can easily be applied to today and should be. The consequences for not following them, is a death sentence – eternity in hell. Cut and dried, isn’t it. Why have our laws become so diluted to fit man’s desires rather than God’s?
Thankfully God has given us a Savior, who has fulfilled every one of these laws by taking our place and giving us a reprieve – eternal life in heaven.