Each parent knows very well the difference between rules designed for the benefit of the parent and those designed for the benefit of the child. God's rules fall into the latter category. As Creator of the human race, God know full well how human society will work best.

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Let's view the Ten Commandments in this same light, as rules designed for our benefit. Jesus underscored this principle when He said, "The Sabbath was made for men, and not man for the Sabbath" (Mark 2:27).

The Bible is a most realistic book. It assumes human beings will be tempted to lust after a neighbor or covet someone else's property, to work too hard, to strike out in anger at those who wrong them. It also assumes humanity will bring disorder to whatever we touch. Each of the Ten Commandments offers a shield of protection against that disorder. We have the freedom to say no to our sinful inclinations. By doing so, we avoid certain harm.

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Taken together, the Ten Commandments weave life on this planet into a more meaningful and structured whole, the benefit of which is to allow us to live as a peaceful, healthy community under God

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