Should the Ten Commandments be Posted in Schools?
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Posting the Ten Commandments in schools:
Not only should public schools be allowed to post the 10 Commandments,
should be REQUIRED to post them in each and every classroom. The lack of
God's word in everyday life is clearly the reason for immorality so common
among today's youth. If we force the Bible into every kid's daily life,
of their troubles will be solved. The Ten Commandments are only a start.
If the killers at Columbine or any other school had seen "thou shall not
murder" every day, there is no question it would have stopped them from
gunning down their classmates. Same with any other would-be shooter. It
doesn't matter if they're being bullied and picked on. There have always
been bullies, and kids have picked on each other forever. It also doesn't
matter if the parents were negligent in allowing their child access to a
weapon, or whether a gun dealer irresponsibly sold a firearm to a minor.
There will always be slip-ups. The bottom line is, none of the school
shootings would have happened if the Holy Bible had been present in those
Kids also need to see "Thou shall not steal". Kids today shoplift, and
commit auto theft. Obviously, these youngsters have no idea that stealing
is wrong. We must allow God to tell them Himself, by posting His command
not to steal where they see it every day.
The first two Ten Commandments, and related passages:
The complete text of Exodus 20:1-17, where the Ten Commandments are
delivered to Moses, must be posted and made clearly visible in every
classroom of every school. That way, God's Word will speak for itself to
our children, and they will absorb the full meaning. Take, for instance,
the first two commandments:
||I am the LORD your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of
the house of bondage.
||You shall have no other gods before Me.
||You shall not make for yourself a carved image--any likeness of anything
that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in
water under the earth;
||You shall not bow down to them nor serve them. For the LORD your God, am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the
upon the children to the third and fourth generations of those who hate
||but showing mercy to thousands, to those who love Me and keep My commandments.
The meaning here is unmistakable. You had better believe in and worship
Judeo-Christian God, and only Him. We must put down everyone who rejects
our God, whether atheist or pagan, by having this posted. The message
is that the one true God is extremely jealous, and will not tolerate any
other gods being worshipped, so much so that if you commit the horrible
of rejecting Him, your children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren
suffer. Atheists and pagans must be constantly humiliated and brought to
shame by seeing this message. It is their only hope of realizing the
It is so important to God that you worship only Him that he orders the
death penalty for those who do otherwise:
||If your brother, the son of your mother, your son or your daughter, the
wife of your bosom, or your friend who is as your own soul, secretly
you, saying, "Let us go and serve other gods,' which you have not known,
neither you nor your fathers,
||of the gods of the people which are all
around you, near to you or far off from you, from one end of the earth to
the other end of the earth,
||you shall not consent to him or listen to
nor shall your eye pity him, nor shall you spare him or conceal him;
you shall surely kill him; your hand shall be first against him to put him
to death, and afterward the hand of all the people.
||And you shall stone
him with stones until he dies, because he sought to entice you away from
LORD your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, from the house of
Immediately after that, God orders the genocide of [people in the] cities which do not
||If you hear someone in one of your cities, which the LORD your God
you to dwell in, saying,
||Corrupt men have gone out from among you and
enticed the inhabitants of their city, saying, "Let us go and serve other
gods"'--which you have not known--
||then you shall inquire, search out,
ask diligently. And if it is indeed true and certain that such an
abomination was committed among you,
||you shall surely strike the
inhabitants of that city with the edge of the sword, utterly destroying
all that is in it and its livestock--with the edge of the sword.
shall gather all its plunder into the middle of the street, and completely
burn with fire the city and all its plunder, for the LORD your God. It
be a heap forever; it shall not be built again.
Are you getting the picture? God places exceedingly high importance on
worshipping Him and only Him. Absolutely no ignoring Him or turning to
other gods is tolerated. We must not allow anyone who does not worship
God to forget for one day what grievous sin they are living in.
The third commandment:
Foul language is on the tongues of our youth today. Some even use God's
name as a swear word. Clearly, these kids don't know the third
||"You shall not take the name of the LORD your God in vain, for the LORD
not hold him guiltless who takes His name in vain."
Could God be any clearer than that? He apparently holds this commandment
above "thou shall not murder", since this is #3, while the latter doesn't
come until #6. What is the penalty for cursing God's name?
||And the LORD spoke to Moses, saying, "Take outside the camp him who
cursed; then let all who heard him lay their hands on his head, and let
the congregation stone him.
||Then you shall speak to the children of Israel, saying: "Whoever curses
his God shall bear his sin.
||And whoever blasphemes the name of the LORD
shall surely be put to death." All the congregation shall certainly stone
him, the stranger as well as him who is born in the land. When he
the name of the LORD, he shall be put to death.
||Then Moses spoke to the children of Israel; and they took outside the camp
him who had cursed, and stoned him with stones. So the children of Israel
did as the LORD commanded Moses.
Clearly, God will not tolerate being blasphemed. We MUST make our young
people aware of this. Let's find out how God dealt with a group of
who blasphemed Him by mocking his prophet, Elisha.
2 Kings 2:23-24 (KJV):
||And he went up from thence unto Bethel: 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
and two children of them.
In this case, God used bears to deal with the kids who blasphemed Him.
point is, He does not tolerate any sort of disrespect toward Himself. It
our job to warn people to show Him reverence.
The fourth commandment:
Violation of the next commandment is commonplace today.
||Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy.
||Six days you shall labor and
do all your work,
||but the seventh day is the Sabbath of the LORD your
In it you shall do no work: you, nor your son, nor your daughter, nor your
male servant, nor your female servant, nor your cattle, nor your stranger
who is within your gates.
||For in six days the LORD made the heavens and
the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, and rested the seventh day.
Therefore the LORD blessed the Sabbath day and hallowed it.
Could God be any clearer than this? No work on the Sabbath. Again, this
appears to be more important to God than "thou shall not murder", since
latter does not come until #6, while this is #4. Why do we see stores
on the Sabbath day? That is a clear violation of God's word. This must
stressed to young teens looking for part-time employment or planning for
careers. You must not take a job which, even occasionally, forces you to
work on the Sabbath. It doesn't matter if you can't get a good job and
can't pay your expenses. God knows best, and He says no work on the
What is the Biblical penalty for infraction of the Sabbath? You can
probably guess, if you don't already know.
||You shall keep the Sabbath, therefore, for it is holy to you. Everyone
profanes it shall surely be put to death; for whoever does any work on it,
that person shall be cut off from among his people.
||Work shall be done
six days, but the seventh is the Sabbath of rest, holy to the LORD.
does any work on the Sabbath day, he shall surely be put to death.
||Now while the children of Israel were in the wilderness, they found a
gathering sticks on the Sabbath day.
||And those who found him gathering
sticks brought him to Moses and Aaron, and to all the congregation.
put him under guard, because it had not been explained what should be done
||Then the LORD said to Moses, "The man must surely be put to death; all
congregation shall stone him with stones outside the camp."
||So, as the
LORD commanded Moses, all the congregation brought him outside the camp
stoned him with stones, and he died.
No violating God's Sabbath law, and this includes picking up a few
sticks. If you do, you will pay the price. The next commandment is also routinely
broken by today's youth.
The fifth commandment:
||"Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be long upon the
which the LORD your God is giving you.
You must honor your parents and obey their voice, no matter what their
are. If this hurts you, or makes you an outcast, too bad. What is the
penalty for disobedience? You guessed it:
||"And he who curses his father or his mother shall surely be put to death."
||"If a man has a stubborn and rebellious son who will not obey the voice
of his father or the voice of his mother, and who, when they have
him, will not heed them,
||then his father and his mother shall take hold
him and bring him out to the elders of his city, to the gate of his city.
||And they shall say to the elders of his city, "This son of ours is
stubborn and rebellious; he will not obey our voice; he is a glutton and a
||Then all the men of his city shall stone him to death with
stones; so you shall put away the evil from among you, and all Israel
hear and fear.
Later, Jesus reiterated this commandment, condemning the Pharisees for
failing to execute offenders.
||"He answered and said to them, 'Why do you also transgress the commandment
of God because of your tradition?'
||For God commanded, saying, 'Honor your
father and your mother'; and, 'He who curses father or mother, let him be
put to death.
The remaining commandments, 6 to 10:
We all know about:
||Commandment #6, which forbids murder.
||#7 forbids adultery.
||#9 forbids lying.
The tenth and final commandment:
||"You shall not covet your neighbor's house; you shall not covet your
neighbor's wife, nor his male servant, nor his female servant, nor his ox,
nor his donkey, nor anything that is your neighbor's."
In addition to forbidding one to desire someone else's belongings, this
commandment also teaches us two forgotten but important truths:
is her husband's property. Your neighbor's wife is categorized with his
house, slaves, and livestock.
- God has given us the right to own
since He mentions them here with no hint of disapproval.
Let's examine a few other scriptures which demonstrate that a wife is the
property of her husband:
||To the woman He said:
"I will greatly multiply your sorrow and your conception;
In pain you shall bring forth children;
Your desire shall be for your husband,
And he shall rule over you."
Right after the Fall, God mandated that man rule over woman. We see in
the following verses how a man can purchase a wife:
||"If a man finds a young woman who is a virgin, who is not betrothed, and
he seizes her and lies with her, and they are found out,
||then the man
lay with her shall give to the young woman's father fifty shekels of
and she shall be his wife because he has humbled her; he shall not be
permitted to divorce her all his days.
Further proof that woman belongs to man is found in Numbers 31, when God
commands the genocide of the Midianites:
||Now therefore, kill every male among the little ones, and kill every
who has known a man intimately.
||But keep alive for yourselves all the
young girls who have not known a man intimately.
The key words being "keep alive for yourselves" in reference to virgin
||Wives, submit to your own husbands, as to the Lord.
||For the husband
head of the wife, as also Christ is head of the church; and He is the
of the body.
||Therefore, just as the church is subject to Christ, so let
the wives be to their own husbands in everything.
Since Christ is God, a wife must treat her husband like a god, submitting
his every command and desire.
As for slavery, God makes clear that a slave is his master's property,
with which the master may do what he pleases:
||"And if a man beats his male or female servant with a rod, so that he
under his hand, he shall surely be punished.
||Notwithstanding, if he
remains alive a day or two, he shall not be punished; for he is his property.
||And as for your male and female slaves whom you may have--from the
that are around you, from them you may buy male and female slaves.
||Moreover you may buy the children of the strangers who dwell among you,
and their families who are with you, which they beget in your land; and
shall become your property.
||And you may take them as an inheritance for
your children after you, to inherit them as a possession; they shall be
permanent slaves. But regarding your brethren, the children of Israel, you
shall not rule over one another with rigor.
Slaves are commanded to treat their masters as if they were God, even if
the masters are cruel:
||Bondservants, be obedient to those who are your masters according to the
flesh, with fear and trembling, in sincerity of heart, as to Christ;
1 Peter 2:18:
||Servants, be submissive to your masters with all fear, not only to the
and gentle, but also to the harsh.
If the heretic Abraham Lincoln had read these verses, maybe he wouldn't
torn America apart over slavery in the 19th century. And we wouldn't have
the unbiblical 13th Amendment in our Constitution, which, in defiance of
God's Word, forbids slavery.
God takes sin so seriously that He demands that animals be ritualistically
slaughtered before he will forgive the transgressions of men:
||"And it shall be, when he is guilty in any of these matters, that he
confess that he has sinned in that thing;
||and he shall bring his trespass
offering to the LORD for his sin which he has committed, a female from the
flock, a lamb or a kid of the goats as a sin offering. So the priest shall
make atonement for him concerning his sin.
||"If he is not able to bring a lamb, then he shall bring to the LORD, for
his trespass which he has committed, two turtledoves or two young pigeons:
one as a sin offering and the other as a burnt offering.
||And he shall
them to the priest, who shall offer that which is for the sin offering
first, and wring off its head from its neck, but shall not divide it
||Then he shall sprinkle some of the blood of the sin offering
the side of the altar, and the rest of the blood shall be drained out at
base of the altar. It is a sin offering.
||And he shall offer the second
a burnt offering according to the prescribed manner. So the priest shall
make atonement on his behalf for his sin which he has committed, and it
shall be forgiven him.
Having the Bible in our schools will teach children a great respect for
and for life, as evidenced in the above scripture quotes. We must not
to bring back God's word. Who knows what could happen if our country
continues to turn its back on God?
Copyright © 2001 by the author
Originally written: 2002-FEB-24
Latest update: 2004-AUG-08