Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbour.
- Exodus 20:16
Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest,whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report: if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.
- Philippians 4:8
Thou shalt not covet thy neighbour's house, thou shalt not covet thy neighbour's wife: nor his manservant, nor his maidservant, nor his ox, nor his ass, nor any thing that is thy neighbour's.
- Exodus 20:17
Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for He hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.
- Hebrews 13:5
How is a person's life enriched if he is free from television possession and film and video entertainments?
The cleverness, courage, and excitement of the thief and his crime is often shown as "exciting" in today's television programming. Any portrayal of stealing that does not present it as a sin and a crime is breaking the eighth commandment.
9. Television breaks God's ninth commandment by its frequent portrayal of numerous forms of lying.
A hero is frequently presented as clever and impressive as he lies his way out of a tight spot in today's television programs.
Comedy often uses exaggeration and truth distortion to achieve its "humor."
Advertising often powerfully presents less than or more than a true picture of its products. Any portrayal designed to deceive is a transgression of the ninth commandment.
10. Television breaks God's tenth commandment by its largescale promotion of covetousness.
The continual portrayal of good looks, athletic talent, glamorous scenes, material richness, and flawless heroic performance generates a widespread promotion of covetousness.
Television's powerful sight-and-sound advertising industry continually seeks to convince people that they cannot be happy or content without purchasing their products. This promotes a covetous spirit, the opposite of a contented spirit, in our society. Covetousness and its promotion are transgressions of the tenth commandment.
The previous twenty factors present a clear warning against modern television programming and its viewing. "Abstain from all appearance of evil" (I Thessalonians 5:22). "For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of