The 10 Commandments, Beatitudes, and Works of Mercy

Out of the 613 commandments in the Old Testament, the Ten Commandments are the most well-known, obviously because they are so much more important than the others. Disobeying a commandment is a sin, but I think that some are worse than others. Many people say that all sins are equal; after all, killers and liars supposedly end up in the same place. But I think its easy to see that the Ten Commandments are more important to God than the others. Why else would He have made such a big deal out of them? Besides, I doubt that people would be denied Gods favor just because they didnt keep kosher or something like that, which is one of those 600 or so commandments that werent in stone. There are still others who say that these ten are commandments, and the others are just good deeds. That still doesnt work, because in the Torah, its the same word. Another interesting thing about the Ten Commandments is how different religions divide them up. In the Torah, its not exactly clear where each commandment starts and ends. Some Reformed Jews divide them differently from Orthodox Jews, and in Catholicism its different from both ways. The Ten Commandments are important in my life, and I think everyones life. How would we know right and wrong without them?I think the Works of Mercy would be commandments, too. In our textbook, the word must is used when talking about them, not should. I guess it means that you must to really be Christian. Theyre all very important. Most of them I, and probably many other people, did without knowing that they were called works of mercy.

The Beatitudes are also rules of a sort, even though their not saying right out that you have to do them. Theyre telling the way to be blessed, the way to get to heaven, and are saying right out that people who dont follow them dont get to heaven. Some dont really make sense, and some I dont totally agree with, but others are absolutely true. I think the best one is, Blessed are the clean of heart, for they will...
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