This is posted on another Universalist discussion group. I wanted to see what people here think too.
I’m currently in discussion via email with what my pastor would call a “Sabatarin Judaizer”
thinkredink.com/. I heard one of his radio broadcasts on a local station.
Anyways, here’s my question:
Are the 10 Commandments considered the most important out of the 613, Scripturally speaking? Or even culturally speaking back in the time they were written?
I’m reading through lists of the 613 Mitzvot (Commandments).
Seems like the 10 Commandments are just a part of all those, and in some cases way down the list, so to speak. And I know Jesus said the Greatest Commandment of all was:
Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. - Matthew 22:37. Which isn’t one of the Ten Commandments.
I think the Bible pretty much says if you break any one of the 613 laws, you’re basically as guilty as if you broke all of them. (Matthew 5:17-19)
And I can see we Christian Gentiles in no way obey all 613. I don’t even understand what a lot of them are talking about due to cultural significance.
Especially regarding the Sabbath, people go on about Paul saying let no one judge you regarding a Sabbath, and in Acts they broke bread on the 1st day, The Lord’s Day.
But isn’t all of that moot? If we’re not keeping all 613 Commandments, isn’t that just as bad as breaking one of the 10 Commandments? Or do the 10 take precedence?