Jose asked:

Why is there a difference in the ten commandments between the Protestants and the Catholics?

Tim Staples replied:

"The problem is that the Protestant version, which separates the first commandment into two commandments ... Thou shall not make any graven images ... worship God alone. Protestants divide that into two commandments. They have ... I am the Lord thy God worship me alone and secondly thou shall not make any graven images. Well that’s redundant. Because what the first commandment is condemning is idolatry ... worshipping anything or anyone other than God. The problem comes in here because they divide the first commandment into two (and they’ll claim that Catholics are trying to hide the fact that we worship statues which is nonsense, the church condemns the worship of anything or anyone other than God) but the problem with separating those two is when you get down to the bottom you have to scrunch two into one ...

The ninth and tenth commandments say we are not to covet our neighbor's wife or our neighbor's property ... Protestants will scrunch that into one. Now what that does is it places a wife on the same level as property. And we can't do that. If you go to Deuteronomy chapter 5 verse 21, the book of Deuteronomy clearly distinguishes, uses two different Hebrew words for coveting a neighbor's wife and then desiring a neighbor's property ..."


Catholic Answers, "Open Forum for Non-Catholics" (San Diego: Catholic Answers, 2013)

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Show air date: September 9, 2013

Name of show: Open Forum for Non-Catholics

Guest comments by: Tim Staples

Question appeared in show: 50:46

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