The Ten Commandments and Their Impact on Western Civilization Today

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The Ten Commandments and Their Impact on Western Civilization Today: A major Biblical event reverberated throughout history.Episode #11-The Ten Commandments and Their Impact on Western Civilization Today


This week on the History for Christian Teens podcast, we examine a major Biblical event and how it reverberated throughout history. Even now it’s the fundamental legal code of Western Civilization and the common law of the United States. Of course, we are talking about the Ten Commandments.

According to some Bible scholars, it’s thought that sometime around three months after God’s people left Egypt, is when the Ten Commandments were written by God upon two tablets of stone and given to Moses on Mount Sinai. The record of the Ten Commandments can be found in Exodus 20:1-17 and Deuteronomy 5:6-21.

The Ten Commandments, as recorded in Exodus 20:3-17 are:

3 “You shall have no other gods before me.

4 “You shall not make for yourself an image in the form of anything in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the waters below. 5 You shall not bow down to them or worship them; for I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God, punishing the children for the sin of the parents to the third and fourth generation of those who hate me, 6 but showing love to a thousand generations of those who love me and keep my commandments.

7 “You shall not misuse the name of the Lord your God, for the Lord will not hold anyone guiltless who misuses his name.

8 “Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy. 9 Six days you shall labor and do all your work, 10 but the seventh day is a sabbath to the Lord your God. On it you shall not do any work, neither you, nor your son or daughter, nor your male or female servant, nor your animals, nor any foreigner residing in your towns. 11 For in six days the Lord made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, but he rested on the seventh day. Therefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and made it holy.

12 “Honor your father and your mother, so that you may live long in the land the Lord your God is giving you.

13 “You shall not murder.

14 “You shall not commit adultery.

15 “You shall not steal.

16 “You shall not give false testimony against your neighbor.

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

We also explore some historical perspectives and learn that a symbol of the Ten Commandments even hangs today in the United States Supreme Court building above the seat of the Chief Justice as the fundamental legal code of Western Civilization and the common law of the United States.


In conclusion, we learn what the New Testament has to say about the Ten Commandments and their place in our lives as believers today.


Next week- Please join us next time when we learn about a great military leader who trusted God in everything and conquered a prominent city through an unorthodox battle plan.


Resources referenced or recommended for further study:


Scripture references:

  • Exodus 20:1-17
  • Deuteronomy 5:6-21
  • Matthew 6:21
  • Hebrews 10:1-4, 8-10, 15-18


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