Originally Posted by Smokering
Why do you think that? They were given specifically to the Israelites, and included references to Caanan ('that your days may be long in the land the Lord your God has given you') and to the Exodus. You can't make them generic without leaving bits out.
It's a delicate area, because of course I feel Christians should refrain from idol worship, murdering, adultery and so forth--we're all in agreement that these are good things. But behaving in a way which happens to coincide with the 10C, as a natural expression of our love for God and in obedience to our consciences as informed by Scripture, is different to obeying the 10Cs because we feel we are bound by the Law, or that obeying the 10Cs will get us closer to or into Heaven. It's kind of a subtle distinction, but it was apparently important enough to write Galatians about, and it does have wider implications; so forgive me for being nit-picky!
Because I believe they are God's moral standard. Every sin fits under one of the commands, and the two that Jesus spoke of are fullfilled by keeping them and vice versa, they coincide. Before God wrote them down it was still a sin to have other God's before Him, it was still a sin to murder and so on. God's moral laws did'nt just all the sudden begin for only the Israelites.
I agree with you about being bound by it or thinking we can earn our way to God or heaven by keeping them alone, that is clearly not so. I believe if we love God we will obey them.
As we read below these two make up all of the 10. There has to be guidelines for how to love God and our neighbor as self. Where else would we find those guidelines?
Mat 22:36 Master, which [is] the great commandment in the law?
Mat 22:37 Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.
Mat 22:38 This is the first and great commandment.
Mat 22:39 And the second [is] like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.
Mat 22:40 On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.
These are the ones that set it to rest for me. I don't think heaven and earth have passed away. I know what I was taught growing up as a southern baptist preachers daughter and what most are taught today, but I wanna know what God wants not what men are teaching.
Mat 5:17 Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil.
Mat 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.
Mat 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.