Jesus Christ gave us a command in Matthew 5:48 Be ye therefore perfect,
even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.
So how perfect are you? How old are you? Can you do 3rd.
Grade mathematics? How about 2nd. Grade spelling? How about 4th.
Can you be perfect in keeping those 10 Commandments? How
about all 13 Commandments? Who told you that there were just 10 ? Your
forefathers and their traditions from their fathers, and their fathers and on and on.
Remember that Moses led the Israelites from Egypt in the Exodus, which is the second (2nd.) book found in the Bible. The book of EXODUS.
Moses gave the Commandments from God. So 2 times the 10 commandments your traditions tell about are 20, 2 x 10 = 20Exodus Chapter 20, has the 10 commandments AND the other three also. Written by the finger of God for you to read.
The Commandments all say, "THOU SHALT NOT" The 11th. Commandment says YE Shall not, The 12th. says THOU SHALT NOT, and the 13th. says NEITHER SHALT THOU.
What is the thing that is the most important to you? Your reputation and approval of
others? Your job and the income you have, so that you can live so well? Nice clothes and a
neat car? To dress well and be popular.
20: 2 I am the LORD thy God, which have brought thee out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage.
20: 3 Thou shalt have no other gods before me.
Your religion has pictures and statues of Jesus Christ does it not? The 2nd. Commandment says not to make images or pictures of the God you worship Man's imaginations about Christ are all-wrong. The Mormons even have a statue of Christ in their Temple Square Visitors Center. What is wrong with that? WELL, it is breaking the 2nd. Commandment. Oh big deal you say, I'll just decide myself what is right or wrong. Some Commandments I want to break. To my everlasting regret.
20: 4 Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth:
20: 5 Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the LORD thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me; (Millions bow at images OR PICTURES of God.)
20: 6 And shewing mercy unto thousands of them that love me, and keep my commandments.
You may not use sware words, but do you take the name of God in vain.
Are you really a Christian, in thought, in action, in deed? Do you
imitate the life of Jesus Christ? Obey all that he has said? Do you ever repent OR
forgive? Come on now be honest, do you "really " forgive?
Exodus 20: 7 Thou shalt not take the name of the LORD thy God in vain; for the LORD will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain.
I submit to you that there are millions of CHRISTians who need to repent because they have taken his name in vain, they do not obey what Jesus Christ said in Matthew 6:24-34 AND if I did not put it here they would not make the effort to read it in their Bible, IF they have a Bible at all.
Matthew 6:24-34 No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.
6: 25 Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment?
6: 26 Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow not,
neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feedeth them.
6: 27 Which of you by taking thought can add one cubit unto his stature?
6: 28 And why take ye thought for raiment? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin:
6: 29 And yet I say unto you, That even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.
6: 30 Wherefore, if God so clothe the grass of the field, which to day is, and to morrow is cast into the oven, shall he not much more clothe you, O ye of little faith?
6: 31 Therefore take no thought, saying,
6: 32 For after all these things do the Gentiles seek: for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things.
6: 33 But seek ye first the kingdom of God,
6: 34 Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.
I am sure that some people now think I am crazy. You have to plan for tomorrow. BUT those same people are the hypocrites who will not plan for the soon coming Nuclear War. They say: but will not do a thing.
Do you ever curse people and they are just not cursed, but go right on because God has ignored your wishes? If you were pure enough and had faith enough they would be cursed when you say. You are going to be held guilty.
God's Prophet Elisha cursed some kids I think to his regret, we read in 2 Kings 2:23-24
And he went up from thence unto Beth-el: and as he was going up by the way, there came
forth little children
out of the city, and mocked him, and said unto him, GO UP, thou bald head; go up, thou
bald head. AND he turned back, and looked on them, AND CURSED THEM
in the name of the Lord. AND there came forth two she Bears out of the wood , and tare
forty and two children of them.
20: 9 Six days shalt thou labour, and do all thy work:
20: 10 But the seventh day is the SABBATH of the LORD thy God: in it thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates:
20: 11 For in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore the LORD blessed the SABBATH DAY, and hallowed it.
Lets hope you will keep the 5th. Commandment long enough to repent of your ways, and begin to obey the scriptures that you will be judged by.
20: 12 Honour thy father and thy mother: that thy days may be long upon the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee.
Your "OK" on the 6th.
Many people have broken the 7th. No excuses, repent now or go to hell.
20: 14 Thou shalt not commit adultery.
Have you stolen someone's good name with your gossip? Your idea's of their motives, because they are your motives, for doing or not doing things. Is your opinion really correct all the time?
Youre an 8th. Commandment breaker are you not? Have you ever regretted what you said?
20: 15 Thou shalt not steal. (Someone's reputation?)
I suppose you think you are not a breaker of the 9th. Commandment. But are you teachable, or do you know all the truth already?
20: 16 Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbour.
Oh boy, here is the 10th. Commandment that you break often and won't admit it even to yourself.
20: 17 Thou shalt not covet thy neighbour's house, thou shalt not covet thy neighbour's wife, nor his manservant, nor his maidservant, nor his ox, nor his ass, nor any thing that is thy neighbour's.
People want a car, clothes, boat, cabin, motorcycle, spouse, job, the American way, to try and keep up with the Jones's the expression says.
20: 18 And all the people saw the thunderings, and the lightnings, and the noise of the trumpet, and the mountain smoking: and when the people saw it, they removed, and stood afar off.
20:19 And they said unto Moses, Speak thou with us, and we will hear: but let not God speak with us, lest we die.
Now your traditions are that you don't want God to speak to you because you will die. We will just stop with these 10 Commandments that is enough for us.
Self-righteous religious people ignore the 11th. 12th. and 13th. Commandments that were given, to the 13 tribes of Israel, in the 23, 25, and 26 verses. OH yea, maybe your learning something now, read the 20th. chapter of EXODUS with your eyes open. Is your life worth an hour of reading, study, thinking, praying? Asking for forgiveness.
20: 20 And Moses said unto the people, Fear not: for God is come to prove you, and that his fear may be before your faces, that ye sin not.
20: 21 And the people stood afar off, and Moses drew near unto the thick darkness where God was.
20: 22 And the LORD said unto Moses, Thus thou shalt say unto the children of Israel, Ye have seen that I have talked with you from heaven.
How well do you keep the 11th. Commandment?
20: 23 Ye shall not make with me gods of silver, neither shall ye make unto you gods of gold. (How many people have gold and silver as the thing that they work for? Strive for? Worry about? A lot of people, look around, they will not admit that is what they worship, "wealth-riches" but it's true.)
20: 24 An altar of earth thou shalt make unto me, and shalt sacrifice thereon
thy burnt offerings, and thy peace offerings, thy sheep, and thine oxen: in all places
where I record my name I will come unto thee, and I will bless thee. (See Deuteronomy 16
"That thou mayest live, and inherit the land.) (If you don't want to live
then just go on and ignore Deuteronomy 16.)
But my traditions and forefathers said we don't have to Sacrifice any more. At least thats what we have been taught even when Jesus said different in Matthew 5:17-19 "Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil.
5: 18 For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass,
one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled."
IF you don't think these Commandments are worth reading, then why did God cause them to
be written? Was it because he had nothing else to do that day? So he thought he would have
a little talk with Moses.
Joseph Smith said: "The offering of sacrifice has ever been connected and forms a part of the duties of the Priesthood. It began with the Priesthood, and will be continued UNTIL AFTER the coming of Christ from generation to generation." ( That sounds like FOREVER to me. - like all true servants say.) Documentary History of The Church 4:211
Matthew 5: 19 "Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven: but whosoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.
5: 20 For I say unto you, That except your
righteousness shall exceed the righteousness of the
Pharisees, (Church Leaders) ye shall in no case enter
into the kingdom
How about the 12th. Commandment? Do
you keep it? Nope!
Exodus 20: 25 "And if thou wilt make me an altar of
stone, thou shalt not build it of hewn stone: for if thou
lift up thy tool upon it, thou hast polluted it."
20: 26 "Neither shalt thou go up by steps unto mine altar, that thy nakedness be not discovered thereon."
If you have climbed steps then you are NAKED or without any knowledge or understanding on you of what God has Commanded. Out in Plain sight.
So what do we expect a holy man would feel like? "I am weary of my crying: my throat is dried: mine eyes fail while I wait for my God. They that hate me without a cause are more than the hairs of mine head: they that would destroy me, being mine enemies wrongfully, are mighty: then I restored that which I took not away.
O God, thou knowest my foolishness; and my sins are not hid from thee. Because for thy sake I have borne reproach; shame hath covered my face.
I am become a stranger unto my brethren, and an alien unto my mother's children. For the zeal of thine house hath eaten me up; and the reproaches of them that reproach thee are fallen upon me. When I wept, and chastened my soul with fasting, that was my reproach." Psalm 69: 3-5, 7- 10
Acts 13:22 "I have found David the son of Jesse, a man after mine own heart, which shall fulfil all my will."