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The 10 Commandments in the 21st Century

How relevant are the Ten Commandments today? BBC Radio Stoke's Lamont Howie has been exploring the words, laws and precepts that govern our daily lives...

In a new series for BBC Staffordshire, Lamont Howie has been exploring the relevance of the Christian Ten Commandments in the 21st Century - while comparing the words, laws and precepts of other significant World faiths.

At a time when many seek to divide faith's beliefs, Lamont finds a cohesive approach to the fundamental laws that govern our daily lives.

This series includes contributions from:
The Roman Catholic Archbishop of Birmingham, The Most Reverend Vincent Nichols;
The Anglican Bishop of Lichfield, The Right Reverend Jonathan Gledhill;
The Secretary General of the Muslim Council for Britain, Dr. Abdul Bari;
Sikh scholar, Jagraj Singh;
Buddhist author, lecturer and scholar, Dr. Robert Bluck;
Hindu Priest, Kripa Moya Dasa;
Rabbi YY Rubinstein.

last updated: 23/06/08
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Surely if you get rid of commandments 1, 3 and 4, which all depend on whether or not you believe in God, the rest is just common sense which should be taught to all people from a very early age whether they are brought up as a christian or not. I respect christianity as I respect any other religion or belief. However the opinion that christianity is solely responsible for providing morales is ridiculous. In fact I think that this lack of willingness people seem to have to look beyond their own beliefs is responsible for the majority of conflict in society.

The 10 commandments can be reduced to 2 Love God and your neighbour.For the last 50 years we have ignored Christianity and its moral standards and everyone has done his own thing. It is hardly surprising that society has collapsed.previous politicians told us there is no such thing as society which led to a self first society

Tracy Pace
I think it is wonderful that people are being encouraged to share God, that really speaks of love and is the holy spirit in action!

Neil B
Human nature hasn't changed so the divine 10 commandments are as relevant today as they ever were.It's good to study them backwards though because if you don't covet, you're unlikely to steal, commit adultery etc etc (think about it)

Ralph Watson
All are relevant but are ignored causing most of the present day's troubles,crime 7 terrorism etc.

I believe for the most part the 10 Commandments are relevant whatever time it is. However, society has changed and many do not take on board some of the most relevant commandments. Just look at the news, it is unbelieveable what people are capable of committing.

It is my belirf that the 10 commandments are the word of God just like the rest of the Bible and so they carry as much significance and meaning today as they did when they were first introduced to us. Having said that I believe we disregard the commandments because we feel that they are not something we have to follow. One cannot be able to say that they have followed every commandment for their whole life because, lets face it, we have a natural ability to sin whether we are aware of it or not.

Susan E Mottram
I think that the 10 commandments are relevant in every age. We choose to ignore them because they appear to challenge our freedom, whereas in reality they set us free to love the Lord our God and each other. The problem with modern society is that we have let the idea of "every one for themselves" take over. We should not forget that we are interdependent upon each other and we certainly are incapable of doing things in our own strength, we all need God the Father to guide us.

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