Don't know how to set up a poll so I'll name two categories. Both of course apply, but what do you think is the PRIMARY purpose? 1) To help us, or 2) To leave us helpless. What say ye? Ten Commandments: 1) Thou shalt have no other gods before me. 2) Thou shalt not make any graven image. Worship false idols. 3) Thou shalt not take thy Lord's name in vain. 4) remember the sabbath and keep it Holy. 5) Honor thy mother and father. 6) Thou shalt not kill. 7) Thou shalt not commit adultery 8) Thou shalt not steal. 9) Thou shalt not lie (false witness). 10 Thou shalt not covet. To me one & two can apply to money, success, sex, excessive alcohol, drugs.... Jesus raised the bar when he said "lust" was adultery of the heart and unwarranted anger is murder of the heart so that makes me 0-10; leaving me helpless. While the TC's (versions exist in other religions; bible says the law of the Lord is written on every heart) certainly are a guideline for living it's primary purpose is to show the Holiness of God that no man (woman) can meet. It's the mirror that exposes our sin. It doesn't help us, it leaves us helpless with nowhere to turn but to the Cross. 1 John 3:4 Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law. Romans 7:7 What shall we say then? Is the law sin? God forbid. Nay, I had not known sin, but by the law: for I had not known lust, except the law had said, Thou shalt not covet. Gal 3:24 Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith.