Breaking the Ten Commandments


By Dominic MacAulay
American Club Youth Commentaries

“Whoever keeps the whole law but fails in one point has become accountable for all of it.”
 -James 2:10

Alabama 10 Commandments_Monument topHave you ever wondered what this means? This has been very confusing for many people. I hope I can show you how this does make sense, and l will use stealing as an example.

If you steal, you put your wants before God. Therefore you break the First Commandment, “l am the Lord, you shall have no other gods before Me.”

If you steal and put your wants before God, then you act like you are god…and you’re not. Therefore you break the Second Commandment, “Thou shall not make and worship any other gods.”

When you steal and make your wants superior to God, you act as if He is wrong; if God is wrong then He is a liar because He said that He is right. Calling God a liar is misusing His name. Therefore you break the Third Commandment, “Do not misuse the Lord’s name

If your life has been unholy and full of stealing, you not only dishonor your earthly and heavenly parents’ teaching, but your parents themselves. Therefore you break the Fifth Commandment, “Honor thy father and mother.”

This one is easy because it is the one that we started with: stealing. Therefore you break the Eighth Commandment, “Thou shall not steal.”

If you plan to steal something, you usually try to hide what you’re doing; you don’t ring the town square bell shouting, “Hey everyone! Come see what l just stole!” You will try to hide it, and deceit is a form of lying. Therefore you break the Ninth Commandment, “Thou shall not lie.”

Everyone has thoughts, good and bad. You always have a thought of doing something before you do it. Coveting is wanting something that another person has. So, before you stole, you coveted the thing that you stole and that was the cause for doing it. Therefore you break the Tenth Commandment, “Thou shall not covet.”

If you steal, you do not love God or your neighbors; you love yourself because you disobeyed God and took something that was another person’s property. Therefore you break the whole of the law. Jesus said the greatest commandment was, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ The second is this: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.”

I hope this has given you a better understanding of what the Apostle James meant when he said that if you break one commandment you break all of them. I also hope this has shown you how serious just one small sin can be. Lastly, l hope you now know that the Bible, no matter how difficult it may be to understand at times, always tells the truth.

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