The Ten Commandments: God’s Blueprint for Life, Love, and Liberty

Dr. Vern Steiner
Instructor
Dr. Vern Steiner
The Ten Commandments: God’s Blueprint for Life, Love, and Liberty

Up and down the centuries, from ancient times to the present, the greatest threat to abundant life, authentic love, and actual liberty is the determination by humans to seek these blessings on their own terms instead of God’s. Such disregard for God’s Law is everywhere evident in the modern Western world and its culture of death (some lives are expendable), narcissism (it’s all about me), autonomy (I’ll make up my own rules), and evasion (it’s not my responsibility).

In a world that is hell-bent against God’s designs, the Church has a choice: It can cave to the cultural currents and cease to have a relevant voice for righteousness and transformation, or it can renew its calling and commitment to radical discipleship by honoring God’s timeless manifesto for life, love, and liberty.

While it is true that the Ten Commandments are one of the “Four Pillars” of the Catholic faith (alongside the Creed, the Seven Sacraments, and the “Our Father”) and that many Christians resort to these sacred words in their examination of conscience, it is also true that “familiarity [often] breeds contempt”; their nearness can promote a superficial acquaintance and stifle ongoing conversion. Thus, the rationale for this course.

After an introductory session designed to draw us into a renewed appreciation for the Ten Commandments (and to expose some of our ignorance concerning them), this course will delve deeply into each one––examining its precise meaning, tracing its thematic development throughout the Bible, observing its perfect expression and embodiment in Christ, and exploring its significance and application in Church and world today. Students can expect many Aha! moments at the wonder and magnitude of God’s blueprint for protecting life, promoting love, and preserving true liberty.

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