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The Rev. Dr. David A. MacLennan of The Brick Presbyterian Church Rochester, New York in The Link Washington, District of Columbia

The basic rules for living we know as the Ten Commandments have parallel codes of law in other religions and societies, but the Ten Commandments have a place and an authority no other code of laws possesses. The Mosaic code has stood the test of the centuries, of differing types of communities, and of various crises. It is not too much to say that the Ten Commandments form the basis of all legal codes in civilized nations. ...

Remember how the passage Exodus introduces the commandments? "God spake all these words." ... A word of God comes to us in different ways, often as God's Spirit inspires or instructs a human being to think His thoughts after Him and to speak or write in His name, in His Spirit. We Christians believe that God is the ultimate source of all life, of wisdom, of power, of goodness, of health and peace and all else that redeems life and keeps it sane and sound. Therefore, we believe that behind the Ten Commandments stands the living God. ...

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