The 10 Commandments Exodus 20:1-17 KJV (AV7)
(part of Gods Program)
1. God spoke saying: I am the Lord your God.... You shall have no other gods before me.
2. You shall not make for yourself any graven 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 yourself down to them nor serve them, for I the Lord your God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children to the third and fourth generation of those who hate me and showing mercy to thousands of those who love me and keep my commandments.
3. You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain, for the Lord will not hold those guiltless who take His name in vain.
4. Remember the Sabbath day to keep it holy. Six days shall you labor and do all your work, but the seventh day is the Sabbath of the Lord Your God. In it, you shall not do any work: You nor your son nor your daughter, your servant nor your maid, nor your cattle, nor your visitor who is within your gates.
For in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, the sea and all that is in them, and He rested on the seventh day. Therefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and hallowed it.
5. Honor your father and your mother so that your days may be long upon the land which the Lord your God has given to you
6. You shall not murder
7. You shall not commit adultery
8. You shall not steal
9. You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor
10. You shall not covet your neighbor's house and you shall not covet your neighbor's wife nor his manservant nor his maidservant nor his ox nor his ass nor anything that is your neighbor's
The 12 Steps
1.We admitted that we were powerless over our addiction, that our lives had become unmanageable
2. We came to believe that a power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity.
3. We made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God as we understood Him.
4. We made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves.
5. We admitted to God, to ourselves, and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs.
6. We were entirely ready to have God remove all these defects of character.
7. We humbly asked Him to remove our shortcomings.
8. We made a list of all persons we had harmed, and became willing to make amends to them all.
9. We made direct amends to such people wherever possible, except when to do so would injure them or others.
10. We continued to take personal inventory and when we were wrong promptly admitted it.
11. We sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with God as we understood Him, praying only for knowledge of His will for us and the power to carry that out.
12. Having had a spiritual awakening as a result of these steps, we tried to carry this message to addicts, and to practice these principles in all our affairs.
The 12 steps are a good set of rules to go by for some help as long as we understand that they are words of men not Gods words. Unfortunately in order to try to please everyone, 12 step programs in my opinion are being "polictically correct" and they've replaced God with a "higher power". For some what is this "higher power?" Is it something other than God?
This clearly breaks the first commandment. So many people are seeking the blessing of recovery from addictions and the devil has used deception to take their focus off God, as if there actually was a higher power. The devil is a lie. How can one truly recover by breaking the 1st commandment?
Could being politically correct be the cause of such a high rate of people relapsing after leaving drug and alcohol treatment centers? What higher power are they trusting in? God gives each of us free will to make decisions for ourselves. He is also a jealous God, and our decisions effects us and others. Although some of our decisions may effect others in different ways. Accepting Christ as our savior (or not accepting Him) will only effect the outcome of our individual salvation.
Each of us must decide for ourselves to seek God and study His word. He has given us a way to learn about His will for us but it's up to us to educate ourselves. We can not afford to just believe what other people tell us for our souls are truly at stake. We must get into the habit of studying Gods word for ourselves so that we can develop a personal relationship with God, instead of just trying to live off the Christ in others. The Christ in your pastor will not get you into heaven. It maybe working out good for him but, you've got to get your own. The good news is that there's more than enough Christ vs to go around.
So the question remains: 10 vs 12, which do you believe is greater?