These ten commandments, given by God to Moses in the form of two stone tablets, are a central element in what is referred to as "The Law," also referred to as the Pentateuch (the first five books of the Bible: Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers and Deuteronomy).
Due to the inherited sinful nature of human beings (passed down from Adam and Eve), it is quite impossible for any human being to keep all ten commandments for an entire life.
Some have used this fact to proclaim that since we have no chance of obeying them perfectly, then what's the point of even trying?
But the Bible says (1 Timothy) the law was made for sinners, not the righteous, and also that there are none righteous, no, not one (Romans 3).
So what does that mean?
It means that it is the law that exposes the sin of Mankind.
So if the law, the perfect way to live given to us by our Creator, is how we should be instead of how we are, and it's impossible for us to obey it one hundred percent of the time, what hope do any of us have?
This is why Jesus, the Son of God, died on the cross, paying the penalty of our sins, which is death.
When the Bible speaks about repentance and following God, it's referring to a genuine desire to seek after and please the Lord. If a person truly seeks to please God, he or she will accept Jesus as their Lord and Savior, because there is no other name by which any of us may be saved from eternal damnation.
Faith without works may be dead, but faith without completely trusting the Lord is false. Good works done in our own name instead of God's are merely done to make us feel good about ourselves, not to glorify the Lord.
Why do some of us love the Lord? Because he first loved us. (1 John 4:19)
1 And God spake all these words, saying,
2 I am the LORD thy God, which have brought thee out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage.
3 Thou shalt have no other gods before me.
4 Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth:
5 Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the LORD thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me;
6 And shewing mercy unto thousands of them that love me, and keep my commandments.
7 Thou shalt not take the name of the LORD thy God in vain; for the LORD will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain.
8 Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy.
9 Six days shalt thou labour, and do all thy work:
10 But the seventh day is the sabbath of the LORD thy God: in it thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates:
11 For in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore the LORD blessed the sabbath day, and hallowed it.
12 Honour thy father and thy mother: that thy days may be long upon the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee.
13 Thou shalt not kill.
14 Thou shalt not commit adultery.
15 Thou shalt not steal.
16 Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbour.
17 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.