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The Roman Catholic Church: Ten Commandments Distortion!

This is what the Roman Catholic Church states is the “Ten Commandments”…check this out.

1. I, the Lord, am your God. You shall not have other gods besides me.
2. You shall not take the name of the Lord God in vain
3. Remember to keep holy the Lord’s Day
4. Honor your father and your mother
5. You shall not kill
6. You shall not commit adultery
7. You shall not steal
8. You shall not bear false witness
9. You shall not covet your neighbor’s wife
10. You shall not covet your neighbor’s goods

Notice the hocus pokus?

Let us now look at the actual Ten Commandments with emphasis on the NASB.

EXODUS 20: 3-11 (NASB)

1. “You shall have no other gods before Me.

2. “You shall not make for yourself an idol, or any likeness of what is in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the water under the earth. 5 You shall not worship them or serve them; for I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children, on the third and the fourth generations of those who hate Me, 6 but showing loving kindness to thousands, to those who love Me and keep My commandments.

3. “You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain, for the Lord will not leave him unpunished who takes His name in vain.

4. “Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy. 9 Six days you shall labor and do all your work, 10 but the seventh day is a sabbath of the Lord your God; in it you shall not do any work, you or your son or your daughter, your male or your female servant or your cattle or your sojourner who stays with you.11 For in six days the Lord made the heavens and the earth, the sea and all that is in them, and rested on the seventh day; therefore the Lord blessed the sabbath day and made it holy.

5. “Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be prolonged in the land which the Lord your God gives you.

6. “You shall not murder.

7. “You shall not commit adultery.

8. “You shall not steal.

9. “You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.

10. “You shall not covet your neighbor’s house; you shall not covet your neighbor’s wife or his male servant or his female servant or his ox or his donkey or anything that belongs to your neighbor.”

Now the biggest difference if you missed it is the second commandment. There is really nothing surprising here at all. If the Roman Catholic Church really took God’s commandments seriously it would use the real commandments, however they would not be able to have ALL THE IDOLS they currently use! I know many Roman Catholics that have Jesus STILL ON THE CROSS! The Roman Catholics also use Mary as an idol. I will do an article soon on that again.

The Roman Catholic Church is simply EVIL. I will also say for the record that there are Christians within the RC Church, The EVIL is within the Churches leadership.

God Bless

Brian Mason


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8 responses to “The Roman Catholic Church: Ten Commandments Distortion!

  1. Thank you for your comments. If you are interested I would like to address your lengthy comment a bite at a time.

    The Catholic Bible is accuratelly translated from the original Hebrew version.”

    I guess it is really a matter of symantics as to saying that the Roman Catholic Church has removed a commandment as much as simply omitting a command.

    The commandments ass written in the Hebrew Decalogue are Old Testament death penalties if transgressed:

    1 Polytheism

    2 Idols

    3 Swearing

    4 Sabbath

    5 Obedience to parents

    6 Murder

    7 Adultery

    8 Theft

    9 False Witness

    10 Coveting.

    Of course I agree with your statement that the OT as well as the NT were not written with separation and such divisions that were put in later, this is for certain. However when you read the full second command it reads:
    “ You shall not make for yourself any likeness of what is in heaven or above or on the earth beneath or in the water under the earth. You shall not worship them or serve them; for I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children, on the third and fourth generations of those who hate me…

    I understand why the RC’s don’t want that part in and that is obvious by the rampant idolatry in the apostate Roman Catholic Church. Also please define your tern “THE CHURCH” as the Roman Catholic Church does not resemble the church of the NT.

    Thank you and God Bless

  2. 62peppe ⋅

    The Catholic Bible is accuratelly translated from the original Hebrew version.

    The Bible, in the original text, has no punctuation and numbering of the verses. Therefore, the division of the Commandments is conventional and depends from which of the 3 traditions it referes to:
    1.The eastern christian tradition based on the book of Exodus, which consideres the prohibitions of desiring the woman and the property of others as one comandment, and so the prohibitions of having more than one God and of worshiping idols are considered two commandments.
    This tradition was adopted by the Orthodox Church, and later by most of the protestants.

    2.The agostinian western christian tradition based on the book of Deutoronomy, which consideres the prohibitions of desiring the woman and the property of others as two comandments, and so the prophibitions of having more than one God and of worshiping idols are considered one commandment.
    This tradition was adopted by the Catholic Church, and later by the lutheran protestants

    3.In the jewish list of the 10 commandments the first is “I am the L-rd, your G-d…” and the second is the Prohibition of Improper Worship which combine the prohibition to worship other gods and that of making idols like the first commandment of the catholic list.

    The conspiracy theory of the Catholic Church to have altered the 10 commandments to be able to use the images is a lie for 2 reasons.

    The first reason is that the Lutheran church, which does not allow the use of images, uses the same 10 commandments of the Catholic Church.

    The second reason is that the Orthodox Church is among the churches that consider the prohibition of the idolatry of the images as the third commandment, and it has never had any problem in using images because the veneration of saints and the use of images as a means of religious teaching isn’t idolatry.

    So the questions are:

    Why the Catholic Church is accused of having “cleared” the commandment of not worshiping idols , while the Orthodox Church, which specifically mentions this prohibition, uses images exactly like the Catholic Church?

    Why did the Protestant Lutheran church adopt the division of the 10 Commandments of the Catholic Church, despite not using the images?

    Should the jews be accused of having removed the second commandment and split the first like the catholics who are accused of having removed the same commandment and split the 10th?

    The contradictions in this conspiracy theory are evident. It is pure fiction, like the Da Vinci Code.

    In this regard, it is useful to bear in mind that the same synagogues in the first centuries after Christ had not infrequently images. Very interesting is the site of Dura Europos , of the 3rd century AD , in Syria, where were found both a synagogue, which was totally covered with frescoes representing scenes from the Old Testament, and an ancient house-church, which was also painted.
    There is no biblical evidence that it is forbidden to use images as a mean of religius teaching or to honor people with statues. If yow make a statue of George Washington to honor him and remind his example you don’t worship him as a God. If I ask you to pray God for me I am not worshipping you as God , ans so it is if I ask a saint to do the same.


  3. They have distorted many of the commandments, Jesus will judge them, not Mary.

  4. Lisa ⋅

    not only do they worship Idols but their own catechism which they speak so highly of states that Saturday is the Sabbath, but that they think that they have the authority to change God’s commandments!

  5. The RCC’s corruption brought the reformation to begin with. I too was in the RCC and thankfully I was snatched out of it. Some posters will argue “divisions, revisions…etc”. They will argue that the church states that they condemn idol worship of pagan god’s, and that is the Biblical stand which is utter nonsense! Just go into a RCC and witness the idols, graven images and sorcery that takes place! It is absolutely sinful. I don’t even want to go into the treasures that the Vatican withholds in its vaults!

    This is an article I did on “Mary the Mother of God”?

    God Bless


  6. Thanks for your reply!

    First the link you gave me should be read as it is printed; A Traditional Catechetical Formula leaves out the second commandment! As you put it “We just divide the commandments differently than you Protestants do”. Yes the division left out the commandment on idolatry!

    You also say that Mary is not an idol? WHAT? When I see followers bending down in front of Mary statues, kissing them and saying that Mary is not an idol? Where do YOU get that Mary is not an idol? I know the “canned response” to that will be “we don’t worship, we venerate”. Well you show me one follower kneeling in front of a statue “venerating” and one follower “worshiping” can you tell the difference? Mary is a Goddess to the RCC.

    Therefore, we can “entrust all our cares and petitions to her” (CCC 2677), “give ourselves over to her now” (CCC 2677), “pray to her” (CCC 2679), and have devotion to her (CCC 971). She was “taken up body and soul into the glory of heaven” (CCC 974). When speaking of the Church, “we can find no better way to conclude than by looking to Mary,” (CCC 972). In her, the church is holy (CCC 867). “Mary is the Church’s model of faith and charity” (CCC 967). Finally, in paradise the church gathers “around Jesus and Mary” (CCC 1053).

    So even if through the throngs of CCC’s you have quoted, then at best the RCC is contradicting itself, what is it?
    God Bless


  7. As a recent born again, I cannot believe almost all my life I have been breaking one of the commandments which was ironically one of the 10 commandments followed by the RC church. And to make matters worse, the look/resemblance of these statues portraying a particular saint or lord Jesus himself is most of the time never identical. Hmmm should definitely make one wonder ?

  8. sarahrachel96b ⋅

    Wait wait wait wait where are you getting this??? That just isn’t true. You know that verse numbers weren’t added to the Bible until like the 16th century, right? And the Catholic Church has been reading the Bible for a whole lot longer than that! We just divide the commandments differently than you Protestants do. The one about idolatry is included in the first one about not having other gods, just like you include the one about coveting your neighbor’s wife in the one about coveting your neighbor’s goods. We just divide them differently. The Catholic Church doesn’t leave out idolatry (we are just as much against idolatry as you are!), it’s just that you took a simplified list meant for children to memorize.

    Look here at the Catechism, it has everything you have and shows how they are divided:

    It also says:

    2066 The division and numbering of the Commandments have varied in the course of history. The present catechism follows the division of the Commandments established by St. Augustine, which has become traditional in the Catholic Church. It is also that of the Lutheran confessions. The Greek Fathers worked out a slightly different division, which is found in the Orthodox Churches and Reformed communities.

    And it talks all about idolatry in there too!


    2112 The first commandment condemns polytheism. It requires man neither to believe in, nor to venerate, other divinities than the one true God. Scripture constantly recalls this rejection of “idols, [of] silver and gold, the work of men’s hands. They have mouths, but do not speak; eyes, but do not see.” These empty idols make their worshippers empty: “Those who make them are like them; so are all who trust in them.”42 God, however, is the “living God”43 who gives life and intervenes in history.

    2113 Idolatry not only refers to false pagan worship. It remains a constant temptation to faith. Idolatry consists in divinizing what is not God. Man commits idolatry whenever he honors and reveres a creature in place of God, whether this be gods or demons (for example, satanism), power, pleasure, race, ancestors, the state, money, etc. Jesus says, “You cannot serve God and mammon.”44 Many martyrs died for not adoring “the Beast”45 refusing even to simulate such worship. Idolatry rejects the unique Lordship of God; it is therefore incompatible with communion with God.46


    2129 The divine injunction included the prohibition of every representation of God by the hand of man. Deuteronomy explains: “Since you saw no form on the day that the Lord spoke to you at Horeb out of the midst of the fire, beware lest you act corruptly by making a graven image for yourselves, in the form of any figure. . . . “66 It is the absolutely transcendent God who revealed himself to Israel. “He is the all,” but at the same time “he is greater than all his works.”67 He is “the author of beauty.”68

    2130 Nevertheless, already in the Old Testament, God ordained or permitted the making of images that pointed symbolically toward salvation by the incarnate Word: so it was with the bronze serpent, the ark of the covenant, and the cherubim.69

    2131 Basing itself on the mystery of the incarnate Word, the seventh ecumenical council at Nicaea (787) justified against the iconoclasts the veneration of icons – of Christ, but also of the Mother of God, the angels, and all the saints. By becoming incarnate, the Son of God introduced a new “economy” of images.

    2132 The Christian veneration of images is not contrary to the first commandment which proscribes idols. Indeed, “the honor rendered to an image passes to its prototype,” and “whoever venerates an image venerates the person portrayed in it.”70 The honor paid to sacred images is a “respectful veneration,” not the adoration due to God alone:

    Religious worship is not directed to images in themselves, considered as mere things, but under their distinctive aspect as images leading us on to God incarnate. The movement toward the image does not terminate in it as image, but tends toward that whose image it is.71

    So no Mary is not an idol! And I would rather remember what Jesus did for me and how he suffered and died for me than pretend it’s just a symbol! You really need to get your facts straight mister before you go around calling other people’s beliefs evil!

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