Are the Ten Commandments Still Relevant Today?

We have all heard of the story of how God revealed the two tablets of stone to Moses on Mount Sinai over 3500 years ago. The Ten Commandments were a set of principles that were essential in helping people live with the spirit of the law in guiding their decisions, behaviours and actions. 

Are the Ten Commandments still of value to us today?

If we look around the world today, it looks like we have lost our moral compass. Many are confused in determining what is right or wrong and in deciding what is the right course of action to take. In this day and age of  technology and communication, you would think that with all the wealth of information available to us at our fingertips, we would know better. However, with social media’s lack of substantive values, scruples, and integrity, it looks like we have moral bankruptcy on our hands.

Our society seems to have violated our consciousness as well as our ability to make wise decisions. Our virtues like truthfulness, courage, forgiveness, kindness, integrity, respect, patience, endurance, fidelity, and compassion have been replaced with violence, cruelty, self-righteousness, material possessions, manipulation, pride, greed, anger, lust, envy, and gluttony. Our fundamental truths and ethics has taken a back seat to false and empty promises. 

Now, more than ever, we could use a reminder on how to live our lives more peacefully with ourselves and with our neighbours. The moral guidebook is like a code of conduct that can help us gain insight and establish healthy boundaries about what is acceptable and what is not. Along with a sense of duty and honour, we need to do the right thing, not just pay lip service to what we think we know. 

As human beings, we are prone to making mistakes. As we become aware of our flaws, we need to commit to becoming a better version of ourselves. And above all, remember not to put anything above your faith. Trust that faith, hope, and love are fundamental to leading your true life. Know that you are always being guided and that you are never alone. We are all part of the divine nature of God. Choose to live a virtuous life.

Our virtues need to be revived, as they are a necessary component of our personal well-being and the health of the whole world. By cultivating them into the fabric of our daily lives, we can build a more fulfilling and happier life with better communication, acceptance, and understanding between us and our fellow men, women, and children. As we navigate through our journey with better focus and decisions, our spiritual guiding tools will not only make an impact in our lives but also in those of our families and within our community.

It’s time to dust off those tablets and review the deeper spiritual aspect of life as you learn to integrate and open up to the grace of God. Make the time to establish and maintain a personal relationship with yourself, one another, and God. Don’t just talk the talk; walk the walk.

Antoinette Giacobbe M.A.