Did the Catholic Church Change the 10 Commandments?

Posted By on June 14, 2019

Some Protestants like to charge the
Catholic Church with changing the Ten Commandments in order to keep the
idolatrous practice of having statues in His places of worship. They argue that
Catholics omitted of the second Commandment in Exodus 20 which forbids
the making of graven images. But is this true? No, and here are some reasons why.
First, it's important to note, as the Catechism of the Catholic Church does in
paragraph 2066, that the division and numbering of the Commandments has varied
throughout the centuries. The division in numbering that the Catholic Church
follows, as well as the Lutheran Confession is that of st. Augustine,
which differs slightly from the division worked out by the Greek fathers which is
found in the Orthodox churches and Reformed communities. But concerning the
Commandment in question: Like Agustine, we see it merely as an extension of the
first: "You shall have no other gods before me."
In light of the context, it seems that Augustine was right; for immediately after
God prohibits the making of graven images, he says in verse 5: "You shall not
bow down to them or serve them." The prohibition is against idolatry, not the
making of images in an absolute sense. If the Commandment were a prohibition
against making images, then God would have contradicted himself when he
commanded Moses in Exodus 25 to make two gold cherubim and put them over the mercy
seat on the Ark of the Covenant. But that's absurd. Finally, among those
communities that have as their second Commandment the prohibition to make
graven images they also combine the prohibition of coveting your neighbor's
wife and goods as one commandment. But folks, a man's wife is not a man's
property. That these are two distinct Commandments–which is how the Catholic
Church have used them–is made clear in the list found in Deuteronomy chapter
five. So the Catholic Church didn't change the second Commandment; and more
importantly, it's not guilty of idolatry in having statues it its places of
worship. If you want to learn more about this topic and
others like it, visit our website at Catholic.com. And also don't forget to
check out CatholicAnswersSpeakers.com to learn how you can bring me out to
speak at your event. For Catholic Answers, I'm Karlo Broussard. Thanks for watching.

Posted by Lewis Heart

This article has 37 comments

  1. Hello karlo.if you would be so kind as to look at this real fast,and if you still say the catholic church never changed the TEN COMMANDMENTS, you are not in touch with reality.

  2. Only difference is that God didnt command them to worship the cherubims. And also, people who pray to statues are still abolishimg commandments, dont matter how you wanna put it.
    Also, the ten commandments never claimed the 10th one to claim a woman its main property…. either way man has thought themselves to be wiser than God himself in tryin re-arrange the law, dont matter how God put it, what makes anyone think they can re-arrange it?

  3. I notice that we have people less than honest on the comments page. One begins "I am a Catholic I just want to ask why they remove the ""Thou shall not make unto thee any graven image …." He is no Catholic because he would have put "we" rather than "they" AND he would know that Catholics have not left anything out it is only that the protestants have changed the numbering 500 years ago.

  4. The Catholic church even admits to changing God's law
    In the Catechism of the Council of Trent,

    "The Church of God has thought it well to transfer the celebration and observance of the Sabbath to Sunday!"
    –p 402, second revised edition (English), 1937.  (First published in 1566) The Catholic church change the fourth Commandment and it's quite obvious.

  5. There are a few things I'd say here: 1st. Know who YOU are, and WHOM you serve. No man can serve 2 Masters. He will love one and hate the other. 2nd. So as it is clearly stated in the video, he points out that the DIVISION in numbering of the commandments that Catholic church follows is that of the St. Augustine, NOT GOD. So, there is a clear answer. He also pointed out that the commandment THEY follow CHANGED over time. The Lord says in Malachi 3:6 6 For I am the Lord, I CHANGE NOT; therefore ye sons of Jacob are not consumed. Here is how that commandment reads EXODUS 20:

    4 Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth.
    5 Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the Lord thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me;

    Deuternonomy 5 says the same thing:

    8 Thou shalt not make thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the waters beneath the earth:

    9 Thou shalt not bow down thyself unto them, nor serve them: for I the Lord thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me

    It looks like 2 separate "Thou shalt not's" in my opinion in BOTH places. What do you think? Check BibleGateway.com or your Bible itself. Choose whom YOU will serve.

  6. How can commandments vary, how can there be any division in numbering? Weren't 10 commandments passed down directly from God? Weren't they literally carved in stone? Are you claiming that St. Augustin "improved" upon the work of God? Do you honestly see no problem in this?

  7. You extend your long winded words are empty. If you live for 12 weeks after reading this then the is with you if you die within 12 weeks you were following Satan the pope

  8. The big question is.. Do the Roman Catholics bow down to these images or not? Honestly.. I see them do more than just that.. Please enlighten me..

  9. Why change the Old Testament at all, if it does not matter? There is always a reason why someone would make a small change like that. You can see the original Hebrew to see which is correct.

  10. What is the pope vi audience hall about? And that hideous statue supposedly of Jesus…..can you explain that? Huh


  11. What about the 9th commandment that you Catholics refuse to acknowledge? “Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbor” what about that one huh? Explain that blasphemy

  12. Funny why only Catholic have this sketchy version of the ten commandments that is contrary to what the Jews believes.
    Hmmn… maybe Catholic knows better that them. Maybe it was the Catholic who received the Law and not the Jews.

  13. Well done Karlo. I also like to point out that when the bible was first written(w/o chapters and verses) there were 13 different imperatives. All the folks who added chapters and verses and numbering later had to compress several of them to equal 10. I like how you pointed out how the last 2 were compressed by certain sects. They should be separate as a wife and goods are definitely different. God bless you

  14. "It's made clear in the list found in Deuteronomy chapter 5."
    Is it? I mean, it is not even as though they are in different verses. I can see why you would want people to read the version in Deuteronomy, rather than Exodus, though. In the latter the supposed 10th commandment is split into two parts, with the 9th between them.

  15. Everyone who watch this remember the devil used his smooth tongue to deceive Eve into eating the fruit that was for bidden listen to him the way he tries to sweet talking it saying a man’s wife isn’t his property so he can butter you up to disguise the fact that what the Catholic Church is doing is wrong

  16. Worshiping Mary or saints is Idolatry!!! You shall have no other God's before Me God said!!!
    Worshiping anyone or anything except God is considered idolatry.
    Bowing down before any person or images can be considered idolatry!.
    Leviticus 26:1 You shall not make for yourselves idols, nor shall you set up for yourselves and image or sacred pillar, nor shall you place a figured stone in your land to bow to it; for I am the am the Lord your God.
    Mary is not the mother of God! God existed from all eternity past. God has no beginning or end. Mary was the mother of Jesus Christ who was both the Son of Man and the Son of God. Mary needed. Christ to save her and forgive her sins just as any man or woman does.
    She may be blessed among women but was never meant to be praised nor to be worshiped.
    Luke 11:27 Blessed is the mother that bore you and nursed you.
    28 but He-(Jesus) said, "Blessed rather are those who hear the Word of God and keep it."
    Christians need no intercessors but have direct access to God the Father through Christ Jesus.
    Christians should never pray to Mary or thru her or any saints as such beliefs or practices have no biblical scriptural basis or precedent.
    I Timothy 2:5 For there is one God and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus.
    There are no biblical references to the appointment of any pope to be the head of the church.
    Peter was not the rock upon which Jesus would build His church or the first Pope but rather instead His testimony and profession of faith that Christ was the Son of the living God. Peter's revelation of Christ which was revealed to him by God the Father. And as being directly the inspired by God the Word of God. Ephesians 2:19-20 household of God -(church) having been built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ Himself being the chief cornerstone. The Word of God is the only foundation of Christ's church and not any man or man made doctrine. I Corinthians 3:11 For no other foundation can anyone lay than that which is laid, which is Jesus Christ. Christ is the foundation of the church not the pope.
    Christ, the Word of God that was made flesh and dwelt among us is alone the foundation of the church.

    Christ is the head of the church and not the pope.
    Ephesians 5:23 …Christ is the Head of the church; and He is the Savior of the body.
    There is no such thing as papal infallibility-Ecclesiastes 7:20 Surely there is not a righteous man on earth who does good and never sins.
    It is some of the Catholic church doctrines that are in error being directly in contradiction of the scriptures. The holy scriptures are never wrong and have all absolute authority over any man made doctrines, traditions, beliefs, or religious creeds.

  17. https://youtu.be/JevjYaVvyU4

    The ten commandments are written in stone from God himself.

    Maybe there comes the saying it is written in stone.

    The arc is always use as excuses but no body say that the are was in the holy holy and only the high priest was allowed to enter once a year. In side the are was the Stone table with the 10 commandments, Arons staff and holy oil.


  19. The next time a Protestant tells me he covets my prayers, I will remind him he's breaking the 10th commandment! 🙂

  20. But you do pray to Mary? What? Mary is a person like us. Why pray to her? Idolatry is idolatry. Repent and return to Jesus

  21. Rubbish, the Catholic church removed the second commandment so it could justify itself in making graven images.

    "You shall not make for yourself a carved image, or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth . You shall not bow down to them or serve them, for I the Lord your God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children to the third and the fourth generation of those who hate me, but showing steadfast love to thousands of those who love me and keep my commandments" (Deuteronomy 5:8-9)

    Instead you have both added to the first commandment and taken away words from the second, doing that which he strictly prohibited

    " You shall not add to the word which I am commanding you, nor take away from it , that you may keep the commandments of the Lord your God which I command you" (Deuteronomy 4:2).

    Tell me Catholics, which of the apostles or disciples of Christ made statues and images of him or other dead saints throughout scripture, and prayed or interceded with them. Tell me where in scripture you see anything about "going to mass", or where does it say that a "priest" has the power to turn a piece of wafer into the actual body of Christ. Do you really believe that you are eating the actual body of Jesus during Eucharist, and if so then do you really believe Jesus wanted his disciples to take his words literally when he said "Eat my body and drink my blood"? Don't you know that when you do this you are making a mockery of God!

    Repent Catholics, turn away from your vain religion, pick up your bible and read it properly, do the things that are commanded in it and seek the truth of God like your lives depend on it, because surely it does.

  22. At 40: you say you follow a different "arrangement" of the ten commandments. From Augustine. But I thought PETER was the first pope and his teachings should be followed.

  23. Great video. This is what we need Clear concise explanations of what and why Catholics believe and Worship only God in the way we have done for 2000 years and will always do. Meanwhile Protestantism will keep reinventing itself. Is it 40 000 or 50 000 versions ?? The lies of the protestant hate preachers are being highlighted for what they are.


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