The Ten Commandments are NOT the basis of western morality and are actually irrelevant and immoral according to western standards. They didn’t even
provide a basis for morality for the Israelites. Not only that, the commandments work together to form circular logic for the purpose of breaking
For example, the commandments “Do not Kill,” “Do not steal,” and “Do not bear false witness” apply, unless we’re talking about our
enemies. In that case, we must lie to our armies about how our enemies broke the 1st Commandment, “No other God” in order to kill them and steal
from them. All cultures have done this, and still do this, today.
In the first place, there really was no need for God to write the Ten Commandments in stone, because, as per the biblical mythology of Adam and Eve,
when they ate the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, they were imbued with an innate morality, and knew right from wrong.
All ancient societies held a code of law, of what was the agreed upon morality of their nation.
The purpose of the Ten Commandments was to establish a national God to a brand new nation, the Israelites. They left Egypt and followed Moses to make
a new nation, but wound up wandering the dessert for 40 years and ultimately warring with other established nations to take their land, cities and
their resources, including their young women. They were an mixed group of people who agreed, for all intents and purposes, to all worship the same
That God was Yahweh, or as some call him, Jehovah.
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.
Breaking this commandment was grounds for death among the Israelites and justification to war against their enemies, who honored their assigned
It is a lie to use this commandment to profess that there is only one god. Moses knew this and his people knew this. Therefore, they could only
profess that their god was the greater of the gods.
I believe that we worship the god that we summon. In the case of the Israelites, the god that they summoned and got was the god of jealousy and
In western society we have freedom of religion and freedom from religion. Although religious zealots would like to claim that we do, we have no
national god or gods. People are welcome to believe in the god of their choice or no god(s) at all.
Western society is based on freedom, liberty, democracy and self rule, opportunity and human rights and equality for all.
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.
Designed to keep a nation in ignorance, this commandment condemns map making, the study of geology, astronomy, medicine and a host of sciences that
make the quality of life easier and longer.
Obviously the freedom of expression is highly regarded and rewarded. Universities, libraries and even religious institutions have employed the
scientific studies to better themselves and society.
This commandment has been exploited to keep people in the dark ages, to stifle ingenuity and was largely ignored by the very people attempting to
enforce it, for their own political gain.
8 Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy.
9 Six days shalt thou labor, 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.
This commandment has a nice sentiment, but obliviously was taken too far. Things happen, even on the Sabbath, children were born and women needed
midwives to work, valuable livestock gave birth and still were attacked by predators, needing stewardship, even on the Sabbath. People died and got
sick, bad weather, earthquakes and even volcanoes erupt on the Sabbath. Even Jesus healed people on the Sabbath!
In the 24/7 capitalistic society, there is no Sabbath but the one we keep and practice in our hearts. We may spend our personal Sabbath day mowing
the lawn and BBQing steaks, skiing, hiking, surfing, fishing or going to church. Western society places no importance on what day of the week we
“rest” or what kind of “rest” we allowed to employ.
12 Honor thy father and thy mother: that thy days may be long upon the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee.
This commandment may just be the most sinister of them all. It ensures no intellectual growth or change to the status quo. Whatever a father did,
dictated the future of the son. Farmers stayed farmers, sheppards stayed sheppards, priests sons were priests.
Although, we sometimes saw the fickle hand of fate intervene in the fate of biblical characters, like Joseph, who was sold into slavery by his
brothers, and delivered to Egypt to become an educated and honored man, his fortune could only have been attributed to the laws another culture’s
I am happy to see my daughter learn from my mistakes and call me out on my own hypocrisy and misguided preconceptions. We all want a better life for
our children, and want them achieve greater heights and explore areas where “angels fear to tread” with success.
This law was designed to squash new methods of thought and any resistance to the established traditions, on penalty of death.
13 Thou shalt not kill.
If Cane didn’t know that murder was wrong when he killed his brother, we all were notified when God passed his judgment and punishment on him.
Murder was illegal in Egypt, where the Israelites previously resided. Moses was on the run for having murdered an Egyptian guard, so he knew murder
This commandment was not profound nor was it a new concept to the Israelites. It only affirmed the innate morality that all humans know, as a
national morality. And we know that the Israelites did murder, in their god’s name, to defend and enhance their national status and as a deterrent
to breaking the law.
14 Thou shalt not commit adultery.
A noble thought, but we need to remember that love and marriage were not an exclusive contract in biblical times. Women were given in marriage as
property, and had no say as who they would be forced to spend the rest of their lives serving and pleasuring. Men were allowed as many wives as they
could afford, satisfying their roaming eyes.
In western society love comes first, and doesn’t always abide “till death doth part.” We value the individual’s happiness over the contract
of a loveless marriage.
In biblical times, large families were necessary for the family’s, as well as the community’s success. Today, in western society, we have
children to satisfy our parental urges for love and affection. We don’t rely on our children to support our family units to survive.
These next groupings of commandments were all about desire behavior within a community. But didn’t apply when dealing with their neighbors, who
lived outside of their community and it doesn’t apply to enemies of western societies either.
They provide a framework for duality, hypocrisy and justification for the very acts that they prohibit.
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edit on 9-12-2012 by windword because: to add the 7th commandment and