nupuppylover (nupuppylover) wrote in bible_babble,

Reading Assignment Number Three

Dear Babblers,

I'm sorry for the delay in the posting of this assignment, but both your moderators are wading deeply into the bogs of Recitalville. :)

At any rate, our next assignment is the portions of Scripture stating the Ten Commandments, namely Exodus 20:2-17 and Deuteronomy 5:6-21. Romans 13:9-10 and Mark 12:28-31 are also helpful.

Questions to consider for this reading include

1. What do the Commandments mean in general and specifically in our lives now? Is that meaning different than it was in the time of Moses several thousand years ago? For the non-Christians in the group, to what extent do you feel compelled to follow the Commandments as basic rules of ethics? For our Jewish Babblers, what meaning do the Commandments hold for you?

2. Some -- perhaps many -- denominations consider violating one of the Ten Commandments a mortal sin, punishable by damnation and requiring confession to a priest or fellow human. What are your thoughts on this?

3. St. Paul and St. Mark highlight loving God and loving others as our top priorities in trying to live by the Commandments. Do you agree or disagree and why? (For "bonus points", look up other references to the Commandments by searching or another resource, and give us your thoughts on how other passages provide insight.)

4. Anything else?

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