The Ten Commandment Moral Or Malicious?


  • There is a movement going on gentle reader. I read about it in the papers, I hear about it in the chat rooms in Yahoo. The believers are in a tizzy about the Ten Commandments from the bible. They argue that our country was founded upon these "moral" laws. They argue that the commandments are the most pure and perfect set of laws ever given to man. Why, they're from god, and you cannot get any more perfect than that, gentle reader. They are pushing to get the list in the schools, in the courthouses, all over. Whether everyone wants it or not. But the question I must ask is this: Are the Ten Commandments really a moral set of rules to live by for today's society? Can you honestly say "yes, they are"? Lets look at the Ten Commandments gentle reader, shall we?

    Taken from the King James Version of the Bible:

    The set most referred to is the set of commandments out of Exodus 20:

    20:1 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 showing 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.

    Pretty cut and dry huh gentle reader? I thought so. BUT, these are not the Ten Commandments. The Real Ten Commandments are found in Exodus 34:28, and Deuteronomy 4:13. The list Moses received from the lord is a very different set than the Christians claim is the Ten. Here below I listed them for you, and you can see that they are not like the list from Exodus 20.

    1. Thou shalt worship not other god. (same)
    2. Thou shalt make thee no molten gods.(same)
    3. The feast of the unleavened bread shalt thou keep.
    4. Six days thou shalt work, but on the seventh day shalt thou rest.(same)
    5. Thou shalt observer the feast of weeks.
    6. Thrice in the year shall your menchildren appear before the lord god.
    7. Thou shalt not offer the blood of my sacrifice with leaven.
    8. Neither shall the sacrifice of the feast of Passover be left until the morning.
    9. The first of thy firstfruits of thy land shalt thou bring unto the house of the lord thy god.
    10. Thou shalt not boil a kid in its mother's milk.

    Very different are they not, gentle reader? But we wanted to look at what the Christians claim is the Ten did we not? Lets get started:


    Pretty cut and dry. Simple. But, in America, this would stop freedom of religion, and in essence establish Christianity as the "official" religion of our country. And we know our constitution does not allow that. If only the Christians would realize this. And it goes against the tolerance that you will hear a Christian cry about, their demand that others "respect" their belief…. "Tolerate my belief but your belief is wrong."


    Okay, so we have to get rid of all those crosses, all those Jesus on the Cross statues, all the angels and other symbols of the Christian religion. Not to mention the little statues in the name of the Ten Commandments. It would also violate our freedom of speech, and put a stop to the registered trade marks of companies.. That coke bottle is an image, whether you call it a god or not.


    Hmm. Violates freedom of speech stops one from criticizing the religion, and pointing out the mistakes of it.


    Keep in mind that the Sabbath is really Saturday, and not Sunday as Christians hold it to be. The Catholic Church changed the day from Saturday to Sunday, and without the backing of scripture. (This has been admitted in the catholic encyclopedia). But anyways, looking at this "perfect law" millions of people everywhere in the world should be killed. Preferred method of course is stoning. Also throw capitalism out the door!!

    Okay the first four "laws" are mainly religious, and on that basis I would say they should be disregarded as moral absolutes which can not work in a multicultural society.


    Hmmmm…well now what if your father is abusive? Or what if your mother is a very "loosely moral" person? What if they both torture and beat you? What if they sexually molest you? The bible is not cut and dry on this one, is it? All it says, in essence, is to honor mom and pop or else. The threat is there for you to read plain as day gentle reader. It would be in your best self-interest to obey them and such, if you would like to continue to live around here. Death or banishment--very moral, huh?

    Number six: THOU SHALT NOT KILL

    Wow! With this one we will always witness the mental gymnastics of the Christian! "Kill" does not really mean kill; it means "murder." Okay, then why use the word "kill"? The King James scribes had the word "murder" at their disposal to use if that is what they believed the verse meant. So, let's take the verse at face value: God doesn't want anyone to do any killing of anything or anyone.
    Now let's look at the track record of the supposed deity that issues this commandment… lots of blood there, and either at his command, or by himself personally (click click!!!!!). The Christian then will say that these commandments do not apply to God, and that people should kill when God tells them to. So, which is it? We shouldn't kill, or we should kill anytime we hear voices?
    Fortunately, God's inconsistency is of no importance to us. Wanton killing of other people is forbidden in all civilizations for no other purpose than it being destructive to society to have people at each other's throats. All civilizations also permit some killing, under certain circumstances, according to their needs and beliefs.


    Now here we actually get into a gray area of life and morals. Is it bad? Is it good? Who is really to say? What is meant by "adultery"? I mean, if both people in the relationship agree to have other partners, is that adultery? What if just one of them wants to bring other partners into the relationship? Is that OK? According to the Bible it is, as long as it's the man bringing home other women. Polygamy is just fine by Bible standards, but any relationship in which a woman has more than one partner is wrong. This is the meaning of Biblical adultery, since a man may have as many relationships as he pleases, as long as he does not get involved with a woman who is someone else's property. This is also something that the New Testament condemns--setting up one standard for men and another standard for women. So, Christians, if they are actually followers of Jesus, should reject the Old Testament commands regarding adultery and instead insist on relationships in which all parties have equal and reciprocal rights and responsibilities to each other.

    Number eight: THOU SHALT NOT STEAL

    Okay, I will agree that this is a good moral guide. And it makes a good law. To protect personal property, and stop others from taking it is a good thing. But, what about the following situations? A young man steals food for his starving family, a homeless lady steals money to pay for her medicine that she so desperately needs, a mother steals a car in order to take her baby to the hospital, the list goes on and on. The above law allows for no exceptions. Period. All these people mentioned above, would be stoned to death for their actions. Just and righteous is it not? But let us not forget when Yahweh ordered his favorite little band of people to kill and TAKE the land and the virgin girls. So obviously, there are exceptions to the rule against theft. Some of us dare to think that the need for food or medicine is a better exception than leave from an imaginary friend.


    Well, we have another good moral guide. And it would make an okay law. And it is a law! You are not to lie in a court of law, nor commit libel or slander. That is what is meant by false witness. Considering the slanderous activity of the religious right in the US during the Clinton administration, it is surprising that these same people would want to draw attention to this commandment.
    This law, by the way, does not forbid lying done as a kindness. It explicitly forbids only lying that is destructive.


    Well okay then throw capitalism away; wanting what others have is biblically wrong!!! WOW!! Also keep in mind that a wife is property. Not my words--the bible's. Obviously, we have a society and economy that would be completely destroyed by slavish obedience to this commandment. If you have a job that is in any way dependent on creating artificial desire for a product (sales, advertising, manufacture), you are violating this commandment.

    Well now that we have those pesky little religious rules out of the way I would offer the following set of commandments as being relevant to our society today, and for the world in general. Before I go into detail as whom they are from, I will list them for you, and you judge for yourself:

    1.Trust good character more than promises.
    2. Do not speak falsely.
    3. Do good things.
    4. Do not be hasty in making friends, but do not abandon them once made.
    5. Learn to obey before you command.
    6. When giving advice, do not recommend what is most pleasing, but what is most useful.
    7. Make reason your supreme commander.
    8. Do not associate with people that do bad things.
    9. Honor the gods.
    10. Have regard for your parents.

    Now, be honest gentle reader, which set of commandments do you feel have a part in today's society? The ten from the Moses and the bible god, or the list given above? Aha, I thought you would say that the list above was more appropriate for today, and tomorrow. The list above was formulated by the man Solon the Athenian. Solon was believed to have been born around 638 B.C.E. and lived to about 558. This is not solid fact; so don't quote me on that. The most impressive thing about this man happened in 594 B.C.E. when he was elected to write and form a constitution for Athens. This constitution was the basis and forming of democracy, as we know it today. I could write an entire article about this man, and not even touch upon the positive impact he has made in the history of our world. Can we honestly say this about Moses and the bible god? Did Moses and his god do the same for mankind that Solon has done? Again, I would say no. But then again gentle reader; do not take my word for it. I would encourage you to find out more about the man Solon, and what he has done for us. Once you have found out, please look and compare it to the works of Yahweh and Moses.



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