The 10 commandments show those who are under the law the basics for good living. But what do they mean to us today? What are they telling those who are under the law to do? Did Jesus take them away?
In our English Bibles the word wine occurs about 230 times. And in addition to about a dozen commands to be “sober,” some form of the word “drunk” occurs more than 70 times as in Paul’s list of sins including “envy, murders, drunkenness,” (Gal. 5:21). Words for hard liquor also appear.
God officiated the first marriage by creating one woman for Adam, and in establishing marriage He stated that “a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and they shall become one flesh” (Gen 2:24). And the nearly balanced birth ratio of boys and girls provides evidence that God designed human beings for monogamy. However, the Bible has many references, negative, neutral, and even positive, to polygamy. Why then do Christians stand almost unanimously against a man simultaneously having two or more wives?
Abortion, as we know it today, may have not been commonplace in biblical days. Regardless, there were ways people could hurt or even kill an unborn child. God knew this, so he put forth laws in the bible to protect unborn children from violence.