To order or to direct, to ordain or to charge, to demand or to impose – all these mean to command. If man can and does command others as his subordinates, God can and does command man as His creatures. If man may not question the commands of his superior, much less may man question the commands of God his Lord. If man may refuse to obey the commands of his superior, this is because the superior being but man may be wrong. If man must obey the commands of God, this is because He is always right.
The Ten Commandments were given by God for the obedience of man. And the obedience of man to the Ten Commandments is for the common good of humanity, for the public welfare of human society. When man presumes to be god, acts with inhumanity to man by doing away with human loves, by trampling upon human dignity, by violation human rights – all these are downright violation of one or more of the Ten Commandments. And the predictable and pitiful victims of all these atrocities and anomalies are infallibly men, woman, and children themselves.
You shall have no gods beside Me.
You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain.
You shall keep holy the Sabbath day.
You shall honor your father and your mother.
You shall not kill.
You shall not commit adultery.
You shall not steal.
You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.
You shall not covet your neighbor’s wife.
You shall no covet your neighbor’s goods.
The following basic and salient truths are always noting and remembering. That the Ten Commandments come from God. That the Ten Commandments are about God and man. That the Ten Commandments about man. That the Ten Commandments of God are enough to rule the world, to govern humanity. That this is precisely why the violation of one or more of the Ten Commands destroys families, causes social disorder and/or makes a country miserable. That the Ten Commandments are intrinsic in the human heart, ingrained in the human mind, intrinsic to the human conscience.
The Ten Commandments are imperative upon people of every race, color and creed – the People of the Philippines well-included – for their own good, more specifically in terms of accepting the truth, observing justice and enjoying peace.