Interesting survey on how the Ten Commandments are viewed today compares Yanks to Brits

Interesting survey on how the Ten Commandments are viewed today compares Yanks to Brits

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A new study has found that regardless of whether one is religiously affiliated or not, the Ten Commandments are still highly regarded as a code for moral living.

VIDEO: Dennis Prager on what the Ten Commandments have wrought.

In a 2018 national study on “Honesty in the Digital Age in the U.S.” released on Wednesday found that more than 90 percent of respondents said that the commandments about murder, stealing, and lying are important principles to live by. In comparison, only 49 percent of respondents said that it was necessary to “keep the Sabbath Day holy.”

The study, produced by Deseret News and conducted online via YouGov, also offered a comparison to 2017 responses from the United Kingdom and found that while at least half of Americans think it is still important to live each of the Ten Commandments, only six of the ten are seen as still important in the U.K.

Across the board, each individual commandment received higher support among female respondents than males, with the prohibitions on stealing, murder, and adultery receiving the highest support.

While Evangelical Protestants polled the highest in terms of offering the most support for the Ten Commandments-with Mormons coming in a close second -U.S. Catholics were on par with the national average, ranking slightly above the national average on several specific commandments, including support for honoring the Sabbath day and the commandment not to have false idols.

Among Catholics, however, remembering to keep the Sabbath Day Holy – commonly known as “Sunday obligation” – received the lowest support among the Ten Commandments, with only 59 percent of respondents saying that it is important.

By contrast, 95 percent of Catholics responded that it was wrong to steal, 94 percent of Catholics said it was wrong to commit murder, and 90 percent of Catholics said it was important to heed the commandment to honor one’s father and mother.

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  1. One of the most compelling speeches given on the Ten Commandments was given by journalist Ted Koppel. His take, in a nutshell, was that the Ten Commandments were not the Ten Suggestions, as most people might live them. His point, to the graduating class at Duke University in 1987, was that breaking any of the Ten Commandments will have consequences. (See Cal Thomas, The Death of Ethics in America.) More recently, I saw it described by Australian John Anderson interviewing Dr. Jordan Peterson, when he said that in essence, every atheist lives remarkably like a Christian. Could be the ultimate deception! Living something that you deny. Go figure.

  2. “Keeping the Sabbath day Holy” is still a commandment of God. The problem is, no one really knows what Yahweh means by this. What day is the Sabbath? Such a question will be immediately answered with a flourish of ignorance as “Sunday, but it used to be Saturday”
    The ancient Israelites did not use the names of pagan gods to denote the days of the week, for one. Also, since they were primarily an agriculturally-driven society (God put Adam in the garden to TEND it) the beginning of the year is based on an agricultural event, not a moon phase or particular length of sunlight day. After the Pentacost (50th day) Sabbath the counter starts again at 1 for the week which would actually advance the regular ‘Sabbath’ day in the week. So, depending on what time of year it is, the true Sabbath day could be any day.

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