What is the Third Commandment?

Introduction

The questions and answers below are copied from different catechisms. Please see the note at the end of each question for the reference.


Which is the third commandment?

The third commandment is , "Thou shalt not take the name of the thy God in vain: for the will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain." (Exodus 20:7)

What is required in the third commandment?

The third commandment...

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What is the Second Commandment?

Introduction

The questions and answers below are copied from different catechisms. Please see the note at the end of each question for the reference.


Which is the second commandment?

The second commandment is, "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. Thou shalt not bow down thyself to...

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What is the First Commandment?

Introduction

The questions and answers below are copied from different catechisms. Please see the footnote at the end of each question for the reference.


Which is the first commandment?

The first commandment is, "Thou shalt have no other Gods before me." (Exodus 20:3)

What does God forbid in the First Commandment?

God forbids us to have other gods (idolatry) (Isaiah 42:8 1; Matthew 4:10; 1 Corinthians 8:4;...

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Why Are The Ten Commandments Numbered Differently?

The Ten Commandments are found in Exodus 20:1-17 and Deuteronomy 5:4-21. In my research on catechisms, I was not a bit surprised that all of the catechisms I've reviewed  have sections on the Ten Commandments. I did get confused, however, when I found there are different ways to number the Ten Commandments. None of the commands given by God to the Israelites through Moses has been removed, but they are separated differently.

Traditional...

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What are the Ten Commandments?

How did God give His Law?

When God created people, He wrote the Law on their hearts. Later he arranged the Law in Ten Commandments, wrote it on two tables of stone, and made it known through Moses. (Romans 2:14-15)

Bible narrative: God wrote His commandments directly for the Israelites (Exodus 19-20; 31:18). There are three kinds of laws in the Old Testament: the moral law, which tells all people their duty toward God and other people;...

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What do Catechisms Teach?

My last article, What are Catechisms?, briefly described the purpose of using catechisms: to teach Christian doctrine in a way that's easy to understand.

Some of the catechisms are obviously related, such as Martin Luther's Small Catechism and Large Catechism (both 1529), and the Westminster Shorter Catechism and Larger Catechism (both 1647). Other catechisms may build on an existing catechism, such as...

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What are Catechisms?

The word catechism comes from the Greek word κατηχέω (Katecheo; Strong's G2727), meaning "to instruct" or "to teach". Catechisms are used primarily in reference to teaching Christian doctrine, although they may be used in other contexts.

Κατηχέω is used several times in the Greek New Testament:

  • Luke 1:4 (ESV) - that you may have certainty concerning the things you have been taught
  • Acts 18:25 (ESV)...

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How Many Languages Have Part of the Bible?

Most people don't realize there are many languages in the world. English, Chinese and Spanish showing up in the top five isn't surprising. Would you have guessed Hindi is number three and French is number five? Arabic, Bengali, Russian, Portuguese and Indonesian round out the top 10. There are far more languages in the world than that. In last week's article, How Many Languages Exist?, I used the estimate of 7,139 languages, from...

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How Many Languages Exist?

In 1999, a UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) resolution recommended February 21 be celebrated as International Mother Language Day. International Mother Language Day was first observed in 2000, but not formally approved by the United Nations General Assembly until 2002. This resolution is not unique, as there has been a significant effort to preserve all languages.

  • 1999: UNESCO proclaims 21 February...

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Why do Christians Sing?

For some people, singing is simple entertainment, a distraction from everyday life. For many people, singing is a pleasurable experience, but it also has positive effects on life. It can help us temporarily forget events we may be worrying about. Singing can improve memorization skills, as we learn the words to a song. Singing with a group of people improves socialization skills, whether it's a duet or a large congregation. Singing causes people to...

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