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Are the Ten Commandments that wonderful?

(I promise these won’t ALL start with ‘right then’!)


Right then, let’s look at the Ten Commandments –

ONE: ‘You shall have no other gods before Me.’

Number one is basically about how insecure God is, it says nothing at all about how we should treat each other

TWO: ‘You shall not make for yourself a carved image–any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth.’

…and again, another useless commandment, telling us not to make sculptures of living things. Pointless.

THREE: ‘You shall not take the name of the LORD your God in vain.’

….and yet more insecurity from God – so far 1/3rd of these commandments have been totally useless for teaching mankind anything of value!

FOUR: ‘Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy.’

…*sigh*, this is starting to get repetitive! It’s all ‘Me! Me! Me!’ with God, isn’t it? Another pointless commandment which does nothing to help mankind.

FIVE: ‘Honor your father and your mother.’

Why? Just because they’re our parents? What if your parent is an idiot? Or a racist? Or Fred Phelps? This commandment is another dud

Half way through and God, in his ONLY ten commandments has told us NOTHING of use.

Let’s see how it continues….

SIX: ‘You shall not murder.’

Right, finally! It’s about time that something like this was in here (though why it’s seen as less important than the top five is beyond me). But wait a moment!! Other primates show a distaste towards members of their groups that kill other members! Hang on, does that mean ‘don’t murder’ is part of a basic, evolved, morality?

It’s a bit rich though, that God should tell the Hebrews this just before ‘Operation: Promised Land’ kicked in….which involved a whole lot of God commanded killing.

SEVEN: ‘You shall not commit adultery.’

God and his obsession with sex again. Beyond causing a bit of a rift in a social group, this is hardly ground breaking stuff.

EIGHT: ‘You shall not steal.’

As with murder, theft is treated with distaste by other primates, and even human babies. It’s basic, evolved morality.

NINE: ‘You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.’

Don’t lie, it’s reasonable, but unrealistic. We all lie every single day, society would collapse if we didn’t. Whether it’s a work colleague saying they’ve almost finished a report they’ve not started, a husband telling his wife she doesn’t look fat in a new dress, or a fundamentalist Christian claiming there’s no evidence for Evolution – everyone lies every day.

TEN: ‘You shall not covet your neighbor’s house; you shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, nor his male servant, nor his female servant, nor his ox, nor his donkey, nor anything that is your neighbor’s.’

Number ten is just *rubbish* – don’t envy your neighbour?? Why is this even in the list? It’s like God ran out of things to say and was pulling the last few out of his ass. And, again, he told the Hebrews not to covet what others have shortly before their violent invasion of ‘the Promised Land’

So, there we have it, the Ten Commandments, far from being an amazing guide book on how to live, reflect the insecurities of a sex obsessed deity, whilst telling us nothing we didn’t already work out for our selves.

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  1. Not to mention that there are 613 commandments, not 10 analysis of 10 commandments can you change this blog to take Name/Url for comments?

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