The Ten Commandments: A Spiritual Perspective
The Ten Commandments, or Decalogue, is a list of religious and moral imperatives that, according to the Torah and the Old Testament of the Christian Bible, were first spoken by God to the Moses on the mountain referred to as Mount Sinai and later re-authored by God and given to or written by Moses in the form of two stone tablets. They are recognized as a moral foundation in Judaism and Christianity and their substance also figures in Islam.
“Who also hath made us able ministers of the New Testament; not of the letter, but of the spirit: for the letter killeth, but the spirit giveth life.”
Rather than just reading the “letter” of the commandments, as do those who take the Bible literally, we suggest for you to read them from the spiritual perspective. Many of the writings explicitly related through the Scriptures, in their many different versions, are the expression of the mentality of the people of the time that wrote them down, not to mention changes in language and emphasis during their frequent translations. Nevertheless, do not forget that these writings refer and pertain to the realm of Spirituality and therefore, we should read them not through a materialistic dead-letter lens, but through the filters of a more mystic and transcendental nature. Our intention here is not to undermine the usual outlook on the “literal” meaning of the scripture, but to bring a different viewpoint on how to interpret their prescription of life.
“The kingdom of heavens is within you.”
How many of us search for the spiritual interpretation of these words, the immortal part of the experience that made them worth preserving for future generations? These things are MYSTICAL, not LITERAL as you have been taught in churches; this is something that may also be applied to the scriptures of many other spiritual systems. What we notice is that, throughout the Bible, including the New Testament, God is mainly concern with the preservation and content of “His Temple.” But what is the Temple? The Body is the Temple of the Holy Spirit. The Temple can be understood as well as our physical bodies and our thoughts, or mental body.
In the case of the 10 commandments, they are mainly recommendations directed to ways to perceive and understand correct actions to situations in our daily lives.
“All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness” ~ 2 Timothy 3:16-17
While the literal implementation of the Biblical 10 commandments can keep you out of trouble with the law, the implementation of the spiritual principles embedded within them will not only create a healthier, happier and more harmonious life but will bring you into syntony with a loving God and the greater good of all.
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