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The Ten Commandments: The Significance Of God''s Laws In Everyday Life

by Laura C. Schlessinger, Rabbi Stewart Vogel
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  • Publisher: HarperCollins
  • Publishing date: 01/10/1998
  • Language: English
  • ISBN: 0060191384


Everybody knows the Ten Commandments, right? Let's see. There's something about stealing, lying, murdering...ah...but that's only three...what are the rest? More people claim to live by the Ten Commandments than seem to know what they are, let alone what they mean. And in this modern, jet-propelled, nuclear, genetic-engineered world, how important are they?

Each day we make innumerable decisions about things that don't really seem earth-shattering in importance. So what if we break a promise? So what if we are married but find passion in another bed? So what if we are too focused on work, TV, or clubs to spend time with family? In The Ten Commandments, Dr. Laura Schlessinger, America's "Mommy" and the conscience of talk radio, reminds is that it is in everyday decisions that we give meaning to our lives or diminish it; and she shows us why adhering to the higher ideals and consistent morality found in the Commandments can create a life of greater purpose, integrity, value, and lasting joy.

The Ten Commandment's are the first direct communication between a people and God. Designed to elevate our lives above mere frantic, animal existence to the sublime levels humanity is capable of experiencing, they are the blueprint of God's expectations of us and His plan for a meaningful, just, loving, and holy life. Each of the Ten Commandments asserts a principle, and each principle is a moral focal point for real-life issues relating to God, family, sex, work, charity, property, speech, and thought. These principles, and the Commandments they are based upon, are as relevant today as they were in Biblical times.

Written in collaboration with Rabbi Steward Vogel, The Ten Commandments is a modern application of God's laws, incorporating lively discussion on the Bible and the Judeo-Christian values derived from it. Filled with passion, emotion, and provocative, profound insight. The Ten Commandments will move, enlighten, inspire, educate, and entertain you. You won't be able to look at even mundane moments in your life the same way again.

I am the Lord, your God, who has taken you out of the land of Egypt, from the house of slavery
Acceptance of God as the ultimate author of morality and leaning of life.

You shall not recognize the gods of others in My presence
Beware of idolatry. Attaining money, power, stimulation, professional success, and accumulating possessions, while legitimate pursuits, are not the ultimate purpose of life.

You shall not take the Name of the Lord, your God, in vain
How we acknowledge or deny God and godliness through our words and deeds.

Remember the Sabbath day to sanctify it
Recognize the value of time by refocusing on the most important elements of life; family, obligations to others, prayer, kindness, justice, and decency.

Honor your Father and your Mother
The obligation to parents reinforces the concepts of treating others responsibly in spite of sentiment or situation.

You shall not murder
Each human being is the essence of uniqueness, yet equally created in God's image. Not only can a life by physically taken, but demoralization and humiliation can kill our souls.

You shall not commit adultery
Sexual relations are made special and whole through a consonantal marriage. The honoring of commitments provides the family stability necessary for individual growth and health, community peace, and societal welfare.

You shall not steal
Respecting the property and reputation of others provides mutual safety, peace, and prosperity.

You shall not bear false witness against your fellow
While we should keep far from falsehood, knowing when information could or should be shared can make the differences between destroying and helping others.

You shall not covet
Desire for the possessions of others destroys relationships and leads us to violate the other Commandments.

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  • The Ten Commandments: The Significance of God's Laws in Everyday Life
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    A terrific book to give anyone, at any time, preferably before they make a mess of their life!

    Blessings to Amazon!

  • Good insight to the 10 Commandments (not 10 Suggestions)
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    First of all, I should state that I am a Christian, so certainly there were going to be some areas that I disagreed with the conclusions of two orthodox Jews, including a rabbi. (I am friends with a rabbi from the conservative branch, and we think alike in many different ways despite the fact that we disagree on many issues of theology.) But except for the additional analysis that could have been given from the Christian New Testament, there's not much more I could add to what the authors had to say here. Dr. Laura and the rabbi challenged me personally in several ways that were refreshing. They had good insight into thinking that would challenge anyone who wants to, as Dr. Laura states, "do the right thing." It's not always easy, but following the moral will of God is what He intends if we hope to have a complete and fulfilling life. I think it's pretty clear that, despite theological differences that people from different religions might have, we can pretty much see here how morals come from a source outside ourselves (conscience) or society. It could have only come from God Himself. Without these standards, anything goes. I believe the position advocated by Dr. Laura and the rabbi makes much more sense than anything the atheist or secular humanist has to offer. It's an easy-to-read book and is worth the time and effort to pick it up.

  • Good Book
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    While the Ten Commandments may be hated by many and loved by few Dr. Laura gives some practical applications on how they can improve your life. [...]

  • A few questions for Dr Laura
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    [The following is from a funny email that's been circulating since May 2000, attributed to "Kent Ashcraft"]

    Dear Dr Laura:

    Thank you for doing so much to educate people regarding God's Law. I have learned a great deal from your show, and try to share that knowledge with as a many people as I can. When someone tries to defend the homosexual lifestyle, for example, I simply remind them that Leviticus 18:22 clearly states it to be an abomination. ..... End of debate.

    I do need some advice from you, however, regarding some of the other specific laws and how to follow them.

    1. When I burn a bull on the altar as a sacrifice, I know it creates a pleasing odor for the Lord - Lev.1:9. The problem is my neighbors. They claim the odor is not pleasing to them. Should I smite them?

    2. I would like to sell my daughter into slavery, as sanctioned in Exodus 21:7. In this day and age, what do you think would be a fair price for her?

    3. I know that I am allowed no contact with a woman while she is in her period of menstrual uncleanliness - Lev.15:19-24. The problem is, how do I tell? I have tried asking, but most women take offense.

    4. Lev. 25:44 states that I may indeed possess slaves, both male and female, provided they are purchased from neighboring nations. A friend of mine claims that this applies to Mexicans, but not Canadians. Can you clarify? Why can't I own Canadians?

    5. I have a neighbor who insists on working on the Sabbath. Exodus 35:2 clearly states he should be put to death. Am I morally obligated to kill him myself?

    6. Eating shellfish is an abomination - Lev. 11:10. Is it a lesser abomination than homosexuality? I don't agree. Can you settle this?

    7. Lev. 21:20 states that I may not approach the altar of God if I have a defect in my sight. I have to admit that I wear reading glasses. Does my vision have to be 20/20, or is there some wiggle room here?

    8. Most of my male friends get their hair trimmed, including the hair around their temples, even though this is expressly forbidden by Lev. 19:27. How should they die?

    9. I know from Lev. 11:6-8 that touching the skin of a dead pig makes me unclean, but may I still play football if I wear gloves?

    10. My uncle has a farm. He violates Lev 19:19 by planting two different crops in the same field, as does his wife by wearing garments made of two different kinds of thread (cotton/polyester blend). He also tends to curse and blaspheme a lot. Is it really necessary that we go to all the trouble of getting the whole town together to stone them? (Lev.24:10-16). Couldn't we just burn them to death at a private family affair like we do with people who sleep with their in-laws? (Lev 20:14)

    I know you have studied these things extensively, so I am confident you can help. Thank you again for reminding us that God's word is eternal and unchanging.

    Your devoted disciple and adoring fan.

  • The Ten Commandments : The Significance of God's Laws in Everyday Life
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    I have enjoyed Dr. Laura a lot on the radio. Most of the time I completely agree on her perspective on life issues.

    But I think she missed the goal with this book. It is very superficial and shallow. It seems written in a haste, just to meet a publishers deadline.

    It is full of stories from her listeners that many times just fill page after page, often with hardly any connection to the principle illustrated.

    Not deep theology, but pop thinking that left me hungry for more depth.

    I will continue to listen Dr. Laura on the radio and considering her books for future purchase.

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