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My quick take on the Ten Commandments

  1. I am the LORD your God who brought you out of the land of Egypt, from the house of slavery. You shall have no other gods before Me: How about if I just don’t have any gods at all?
  2. Do not make an image or any likeness of what is in the heavens above: I don’t plan on it, but if for some reason I feel like it, I don’t see what the problem would be.
  3. Do not swear falsely by the name of the LORD: I don’t swear much to begin with, unless I’m trying to be funny, but I don’t think it’s wrong.
  4. Remember the Sabbath day and keep it holy: I call it Sunday Funday.
  5. Honor your father and your mother: Okay, I do think this is good advice.
  6. Do not murder: I don’t like the idea of personally killing people.  But I think it’s okay to kill really bad people, and also food.
  7. Do not commit adultery: Okay.
  8. Do not steal: Okay.
  9. Do not bear false witness against your neighbor: Yeah, you’re right, lying is bad, unless you’re trying to throw your neighbor a surprise party.
  10. Do not covet your neighbor’s wife: Yeah, not sure why there’s a whole commandment for this, especially since it overlaps with number 7 quite a but, but I suppose there’s no point in this.

So, of the holy ten, #6-10 seem to be pretty good advice.  That’s a 50% Enjoymentland approval rating.  So, it has some use, I guess.  Which, since I read somewhere that 60% of people can’t name even 5 of the Ten Commandments, it seems like the general consensus is that they’re sort of out-dated as well.  The ones that are obvious, and which pretty much exist in any moral guidebook (lying, stealing, killing, cheating, being nice, etc) are also in every other religion, so it seems like there’s no point in sticking with these 10 over going with someone else’s, especially considering all of that wasted stone tablet space that could’ve been used for something else.

7 Responses to “My quick take on the Ten Commandments”

  1. just fyi: In the Codex Sinaiticus, it does say, “Do not bear false witness against your neighbor unless you are throwing your neighbor a surprise party.”

  2. As for your point about “a whole commandment about this one…” It’s only the 10th commandment by itself depending on how you count them. I was a (former) Christian for several years before I realized Catholics count them a completely different way.

    Also, it may be good to think of idols in a more general, metaphoric sense. I.e. don’t have something in your life (an image, idea, vow) that you hold to be most important before either god, your goals, yourself, your love for family etc. Drugs could be an idol. The vow, “No one will ever hurt me like that again” could be an idol – keeping you from close friendships, etc.

  3. For good consideration and as an inducement for God to bring out of the land of Egypt, from the house of slavery _________________________ (Worshipper), the undersigned Worshipper hereby agrees not to directly or indirectly compete with the business of the God and its successors and assigns during the period of worship and for a period of _____ years following termination of worship and notwithstanding the cause or reason for termination.

    The term “not compete” as used herein shall mean that the Worshipper shall not own, manage, operate, consult or be employed in a business substantially similar to, or competitive with, the present business of the God or such other business activity in which the God may substantially engage during the term of worship.

  4. Why is it good to think of idols in the more general metaphorical sense? I don’t think it was intended that way. In any case, God, my goals, myself, my love for family, etc all (except for the case of God itself) are all idols in that sense. How do you draw the line between things that are really important to you and are “okay” and things that aren’t okay? It seems arbitrary, and the law would have to be severely rewritten in order to make this distinction more clear.

  5. w/r/t redundancy, check out the last 3 of the Vatican’s “new” social sins:

    1. Bioethical violations such as birth control
    2. Morally dubious experiments such as stem cell research
    3. Drug abuse
    4. Polluting the environment
    5. Contributing to widening divide between rich and poor
    6. Excessive wealth
    7. Creating poverty

    http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=20601102&sid=aizloDFbRPRM

  6. Good thing these are from the old testament and Jesus brought us the new covenant so we don’t have our souls depending on unforgiving laws, huh?! John 1:17 Pick up a Bible before you dis Christianity. Ya dip.

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