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Why do some Christians object to images of Jesus?

Those who argue against images of Jesus do so primarily in two ways: (1) that any image of Christ is necessarily inadequate and false and (2) that images of Christ inspire worship and devalue the Word ...
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Why aren't the two greatest commandments part of the Decalogue?

Jesus had a way of calling attention to that which underpinned the Law as the Jews were accustomed to viewing it. For instance: “You have heard that it was said to those of old, ‘You shall not ...
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Meaning of the original Hebrew of "thou shall not" in the ten commandments

The syntax of the Hebrew is consistent with other prohibitions throughout the legal texts of the Torah. That is, the negative particle לא (lo) is followed by an imperfective verb. Although ...
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Adam and Eve, and the 10 Commandments

It is a commonly held belief among Christians that transgression of any of the 10 commandments leads to death. Therefore since transgression of any of them is the same as transgressing all of them. In ...
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When is it morally acceptable to lie?

The 9th commandment (Ex 20:16) is about being a false witness (perjury) which implicates others to be judged guilty in a court setting. The commandment does not prohibit all types of lying. Being a ...
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What was written on the two stone tablets of Moses?

Especially if we put together the parallel accounts of the giving of the Ten Commandments in Exodus and Deuteronomy, the Bible text itself is quite clear that what was written on the stone tablets was ...
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Has the prohibition against construction and veneration of statues and images been abrogated?

This is about correct teaching and the meanings of latria and worship. TL;DR(1): if the bishops do not ensure proper teaching regarding religious images, they let the faithful down. That's where the ...
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Origin of the (mis)translation "Ten Commandments"

"Ten Commandments" is not a mistranslation of עֲשֶׂרֶת הַדְּבָרִים, but is justified based on the Hebrew and Greek Bibles themselves. The meaning of דָּבָר in the Hebrew Bible In the Hebrew ...
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Do the 10 commandments forbid desire?

I think your answers lays in the New Testament where Jesus explained how "10 commandments" work in practical use and not just in theory (also today's problem, not just Pharisees in Jesus's time) - ...
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How are the bread and wine explained by those who forbid images of Jesus?

All that God has made, expresses himself. The creation of luminaries in the heavens expresses something about Light. And God is Light; and in him is no darkness at all. The creation of vegetation, the ...
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What (if anything) are the differences between God's Will, Commands of Jesus, Ten Commandments?

The entire bible deals with God's Purpose, God's will and God's resolving of all matters within that compass. The entire bible is a progressive revelation of the will of God and is a progressive ...
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Do Catholics consider saying "Jeez(e)!" to be a violation of the Second Commandment?

Some Catholics do consider the use of the phrase "Jeez" as being a form of violation of the Second Commandment. However, the use of such phrases are, to say the least very close to blasphemy, although ...
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If the Holy Trinity is defined as three distinct faces, people or persons of God, does this not directly contradict the first commandment?

If God is un-created and infinitely and eternally perfect then it is reasonable that He possesses uncreated, infinite, eternal integrity. If this is so then there can be no ontological difference ...
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How does the "church" reconcile breaking the 2nd commandments religiously?

For that vast majority of Christians that do not prohibit images, this is an easy question to answer. The original wording of the 10 commandments did not prohibit all images - it was intended to ...
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Is sharing "Fake News" and gossiping "Fake News" a mortal sin? (Catholic perspective)

Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbor. The Eighth Commandment condemns lying. Because God is regarded as the author of all truth, the Church believes that humans are obligated to ...
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Does R.C. Sproul elaborate on his position regarding images of Christ?

I have found two places where Sproul deals with this subject. The first is in Essential Truths of the Christian Faith, v2, where he expresses concern about the risks of "wrong images": I ...
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If the Holy Trinity is defined as three distinct faces, people or persons of God, does this not directly contradict the first commandment?

Read Genesis 1 where God says “let US make man in OUR image”. Then you also read that the Spirit of God was moving across the face of the waters. You have in the clearest possible terms the existence ...
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How are the bread and wine explained by those who forbid images of Jesus?

I believe the answer is self-explanatory in the first sentence of the answer to 109: "The sins forbidden in the second commandment are, all devising, counseling, commanding, using, and any wise ...
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According to Catholicism do any of the Ten Commandments directly relate to tax evasion?

The Catholic Church, which does generally claim to follow the Bible, should follow the commands in the New Testament that specifically relate to tax evasion. Examples that weren't explicitly ...
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According to Catholicism do any of the Ten Commandments directly relate to tax evasion?

As a personal note, I find it interesting that God specifically listed taxes as a reason Israel should not desire a king. Samuel's Warning Against Kings 10 So Samuel told all the words of the Lord to ...
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Are the Ten Commandments in OT arranged in the order of their importance to the believer?

There is no biblical basis for the claim that the Ten Commandments are arranged in order of importance, and to my knowledge, there is no Roman Catholic teaching on the subject either. There are a ...
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Why in the Roman Catholic Church does the sixth commandment differ between languages?

The official Catechism in Spanish for the 6th commandment starts in the same way as the version in English: «No cometerás adulterio» (Ex 20, 14; Dt 5, 17). «Habéis oído que se dijo: “No cometerás ...
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Adam and Eve, and the 10 Commandments

If you really insist on the point of view: You shall have no other gods before Me. Easy -- Eve allowed the serpent's advice to supersede the commands of God as she understood them. And Adam allowed ...
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Adam and Eve, and the 10 Commandments

You're probably wanting something a little more than this (I personally find it a little unsatisfying as an answer), but I think the point at least needs to be made that as James writes: ...whoever ...
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Has the prohibition against construction and veneration of statues and images been abrogated?

It seems like you want to embrace Iconoclasm, but cannot bring yourself to leave the Barque of Peter. Unfortunately, however, I cannot write anything not backed up by sources, so I fear it will be ...
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What are the origins of the theory, present in the "Didascalia Apostolorum", about the existence of a "First Law" and a "Second Law"?

I think the theory is based on a faulty understanding of the Scriptures. Jesus, when asked about the greatest commandment in the law, answered: "...'You shall love the Lord your God with all ...
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Why is there no cross-reference to Deut 5:9-10 on the loving nature of God the Father , in the New Testament?

Cross-references are found in Study Bibles that have notes and comments on various verses, which references were never part of the Bible. Different translations can have different cross-references. ...
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What in Deuteronomy implies that God gave those laws through Moses and not directly?

If I'm understanding you, you are wondering about how some laws in the Old Testament differ, since Jesus seems to upend some, yet uphold others. And you also asked about how to know if they are ...
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Meaning of the original Hebrew of "thou shall not" in the ten commandments

Thank you for the interesting link. I see there and elsewhere http://www.therain.org/studies/tenhtl.html that the original Hebrew for "Thou shalt not steal" is simply two words: "Lo' tignob" which ...
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