Rome's Perversion of the Ten Commandments
It can plainly be seen that Rome entirely omits the Second Commandment and splits the Tenth into two!
Professor Arthur Noble
They shall go to confusion together that are makers of idols. (Isaiah 45:16)
In the mathematics of the Church of Rome, ten minus one equals ten! This is neither a miracle nor a conjuring-trick, but a blatant and purposeful deception as well as a conscious perversion of the Word of God. It is achieved by deleting the second commandment and making the tenth into two.
In order to excuse the gross idolatry on which her system of worship is founded, the Church of Rome must delete the Second Commandment, which forbids the worship of images:
"Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or the likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth: Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the Lord thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me; And showing mercy unto thousands of them that love me, and keep my commandments." (Exo 20:4-6)
Of course, when challenged, the self-professing 'Holy Mother Church' vehemently denies that she practises image-worship, but consider the following from §1161 of the Catechism of the Catholic Church which reinforces the doctrine of the Seventh Ecumenical Council of Nicea (A.D. 787) on images:
"Following the divinely inspired teaching of our holy Fathers and the tradition of the Catholic Church [Note: there is no mention of following the divinely inspired teaching of the Bible] [
] we rightly define with full certainty and correctness that, like the figure of the precious and life-giving figure of the cross, venerable and holy images of our Lord and God and Saviour, Jesus Christ, our inviolate Lady, the holy mother of God, and the venerated angels, all the saints and the just, whether painted or made of mosaic or another suitable material, are to be exhibited in the holy churches of God, on sacred vessels and vestments, walls and panels, on houses and on streets."
To designate an image as 'venerable' and 'holy' is blasphemy. The word 'venerable' is derived from the Latin word venerare meaning 'to worship'. Moses was commanded by God: "Ye shall make you no idols nor graven image, neither rear you up a standing image, neither shall ye set up any image of stone in your land, to bow down unto it: for I am the Lord your God." (Lev 26:1) God calls idols "abominations" (Deu 29:17). No one or no thing but God is to be worshipped. Accordingly, Jesus, when tempted by the Devil to worship him, said: "Get thee hence, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve." (Mat 4:10)
To bow down to statues and pray, to light candles, to worship a wafer which is a piece of dough, to venerate the relics of 'saints', to kiss crucifixes and adore 'sacred' images or icons of a Madonna all that is contrary to the teaching of the Bible; yet even the Pope bows down to images of Mary. No wonder Rome banned and burned the Bible and those who preached from it, for her whole system of deception is too easily exposed in light of God's Word.
In fact, she even goes so far as to corrupt her own version of the Bible by deleting the Second Commandment from it, and then proceeds to detract attention from her fallacy by telling her adherents that they are too stupid to understand the Bible without a priest to interpret it for them.
When a comparison is made between the Ten Commandments as set out in the Bible and as formulated by the Church of Rome, the deception becomes clear:
The Bible (KJV)
(Exodus, chapter 20)
The Church of Rome (RSV*)
Thou shalt have no other gods before me.
You shall not have other gods besides me.
Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth. Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them.
You shall not take the name of the Lord, your God, in vain.
Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain.
Remember to keep holy the sabbath day.
Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy.
Honour your father and your mother.
Honour thy father and thy mother.
You shall not kill.
Thou shalt not kill.
You shall not commit adultery.
Thou shalt not commit adultery.
You shall not steal.
Thou shalt not steal.
You shall not bear false witness against your neighbour.
Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbour.
You shall not covet your neighbour's house; you shall not covet your neighbour's wife
Thou shalt not covet.
You shall not covet anything that is your neighbour's.
It can plainly be seen that Rome entirely omits the Second Commandment and splits the Tenth into two! In order to avoid any possible accusation of not having addressed the forbidden practice of worshipping grave images which is even mentioned in her own Bible she tucks away a reference to it in a sub-section (Catechism, §2112-2114) of her commentary on the Biblical First Commandment, defining idolatry as the 'condemnation of polytheism' (belief in many gods) and 'false pagan worship', whilst claiming that ''the Christian [read: 'Roman Catholic'] veneration of images is not contrary to the first [read: 'second'] commandment, which proscribes idols"; for "whoever venerates an image venerates the person portrayed in it" (§2132). Good try! The Bible, on the other hand, says: "God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth." (John 4:24)
The extent to which the Church of Rome can even officially corrupt the Ten Commandments is evident from the book Growing in Christian Morality by Julia Ahlers et al., which bears the Nihil obstat seal of the Vatican certifying publications to be free of 'doctrinal error'. In this book the ninth and tenth commandments according to Rome show a slight variation from the version used in the Catechism, reading "You shall not covet your neighbour's house" and "You shall not covet your neighbour's wife" respectively. The authors of this book even know that the Roman version of the Commandments is deceitful, for they admit: "These are the Ten Commandments, from Exodus, chapter 20, in the traditional way they are enumerated by Catholics." (Emphasis ours.)
*The Church of Rome even corrupts the already corrupted RSV!