Which of the Ten Commandments is most important?

BY CAREY KINSOLVING Modified: October 22, 2012 at 1:22 pm •  Published: October 22, 2012
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According to one email I received, the Fifth Commandment is "Humor thy father and mother." Although humor may help at times, the word is "honor."

Alyssa, age 8, says honoring your parents is especially important "because if you don't, it will get you into trouble."

I assume you're speaking from experience, Alyssa.

Taylor, 10, agrees with Alyssa but for a different reason. "If you did not obey your mom and dad, they would stay mad at you, and God would not like that."

Nor would you, Taylor.

Adam, 11, has a practical reason for honoring parents: "You'll live longer." You probably won't find this in medical journals, but the Bible guarantees it in Deuteronomy 5:16 and Ephesians 6:2-3. Psychiatrists' offices are filled with adult sons and daughters who have unresolved conflicts with parents.

Laura, 7, has another idea about the greatest commandment. "You shall not lie is the most important because you can get someone else into trouble," she says. "Your best friend could go to jail," adds Kaitlin, 7.

How many attorneys would be looking for another job if people told the truth? Although justice in a court of law is often imperfect, the court of heaven is always in session. "A false witness will not go unpunished, and he who speaks lies will not escape" (Proverbs 19:5).

Not only could a person go to jail for someone else's lies, but someone could die if falsely accused of murder, which brings up another of the Ten Commandments. Annastasia, 8, says the commandment forbidding murder is the greatest because "you will not only hurt that person's family, you will hurt God."

According to Scripture, we are created in God's image. God is deeply grieved by murder because of its total disregard for the value of his image in another human being.

Robby, 10, says if murderers or terrorists rule, "there will be no happiness in the world because there would be nobody in the world.

It would be a sad place." Murder ruins the lives of children, says Kristy, 10. "A daughter or son could never know their mother or father."

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