Originally posted by SkipShipman
If there were no 10 commandments, people would follow them anyway, "seeing without seeing, and hearing without hearing."
If there were no 10 commandments, other ethical laws provided by religion or culture would be better known.
There's no magic pouring out of God that inherently tells people right from wrong.
It's not like people and society even follow the 10 commandments anyway.
"Thou shalt have no other gods before me."
What do you spend more time thinking about, God or money?
"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. 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. And shewing mercy unto thousands of them that love me, and
keep my commandments."
Obey God and follow no one but God, with no exceptions, or you and your descendents will suffer.
"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."
This does not mean you can't say "God Damn!" It means that if you say you worship God but do it in words only, you're damned.
"Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days shalt thou labour, and do all thy work: 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: 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."
The week starts on a Sunday. You do not exert yourself in any way on this day. Who follows this?
"Honour thy father and thy mother: that thy days may be long upon the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee."
Sorry, Mom's senile and really cramping my style. Off to the death home, er, cough cough 'retirement home.'
"Thou shalt not kill."
Wow. Pretty clear. Can you get any clearer, God? I mean, can I kill if I do it for my country, or my leader? Oh wait, I can't do that because of
rules 1, 2, and 3. I obey your word, I listen to no one but you, and I do not pretend to obey your word.
"Thou shalt not commit adultery."
Pretty clear. We all know why this causes problems. Followed? Sometimes by some people.
"Thou shalt not steal."
Also, pretty clear. Followed? Not by many, and certainly not by the government.
"Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbour."
Again, this should be perfectly clear.
"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."
This means you can admire someone else and their posessions, but don't be jealous of them. Get off your ass, get work done, and earn things. Pretty
good rule to live by.
Now, we have all these rules, but as you can see in our society and government they're more like guidelines.
It really cracked me up when they wanted to post these in government offices. How about we do that, but put one right in the Oval Office behind the