Ten Commandments are no longer valid.
They are outdated and
outmoded and don't begin to address the
needs of a complex, literate, technological
society or of a civilization of six billion
diverse individuals. OK, some of them,
kill" and "don't steal",
are excellent rules to have on the books.
But these were already rules which were
well received and widely accepted tens of
thousands of years before the biblers hijacked
them. In perhaps the greatest act of revisionist
backdating in history, the xians claimed
that they had actually invented morality
in the form of the 10Cs. Never mind the
Code of Hammurabi, which predated the 10Cs
by centuries, and of which we actually have
an existing copy - carved in stone! Ironic,
huh? Numerous other civilizations - China,
India, Sumeria, Egypt - had written
legal codes thousands of years before the
Jews fled into the desert. All those codes
had prohibitions against murder, theft,
adultery, and fraud. And yet the xians persist with
their demonstrably false claim that they
were first. But,
given that these other codes had long existed,
it appears that their god stole all his
best material. Deception
and stolen material. More irony. And despite
the claims that the ten commandments are
the foundation of our legal system, the
ten commandments are not even the foundation
of the ten commandments.
Fact is that humans
have always had generally accepted, if
loosely practiced and sporadically enforced, moral
codes. Despite the thick coating of superstitious
nonsense, the underlying principles have
always been essentially humanistic in
practice - don't kill people, don't cheat
people, don't steal from people, etc; good ideas with
a fully rational basis and a wide following,
and ideas that far predated Moses' alleged
face to face with godhisownself. It is
when you get religion involved that you get unintelligible
and people-unfriendly laws.
The First Commandment
- No other gods
The 10 Cs were
allegedly given to a man who was alone on a mountain for 40 days
and nights, hearing voices in the clouds and having visions of
bright lights, and who claimed to have spoken at great length,
and in great detail, with the the creator of the universe.
Besides the tablets,
Moses was given explicit
instructions for the construction
of a storage chest, a
table, a lampstand, and
a tabernacle- which required a LOT of curtains
and milled wood, which one would think would
be hard to come by in the desert - with an
alter for burnt offerings, and a large courtyard.
God was also very explicit regarding the fabrics,
colors, and ornamentation
of the priests garments. Likewise in the details
of the slaughtering of sacrificial animals,
the sprinkling of the blood, the handling
of the internal organs,
and the burning of the carcasses. At this
time, godhisownself demanded
that Moses conduct a census and that every
Israelite must pay a "ransom for
his life" [Exodus 30:12, KJV]. Then there was
more detailed instruction
regarding a bronze wash basin,
anointing oil, incense, and
some staff appointments by
name. This all takes 7 full chapters of
Exodus (24 - 31 KJV).
When Moses came down off
the mountain and found a
party going on, he destroyed
the tablets before actually
delivering them. Then, claiming
god said so, he commanded the men to go through the
camp and kill "brother friend and neighbor".
Three thousand were killed.
This rated only two verses -
Exodus32:27-28. The killers
were then blessed. The survivors
were struck with a plague
and run out of town. As a
parting shot, god told Moses that he would not accompany
them to the "land of milk and honey" because
they were "stiff necked" and if he spent
any time with them he would
probably end up killing them
5:7 Thou shalt have none other gods before me.
or worse for 3-4 generations
of your descendents
who had nothing to
do with your problem.
commandment has served as the justification for some of the most horrific
atrocities ever perpetrated against fellow humans over matters of conscience.
This is identical to
the Taliban solution. Were we to enforce this, we would have to kill
approx. 80% of the Humans on the planet.
In the United States, under
the Constitution, this commandment
is not reflected anywhere in
our laws and carries no criminal
Commandment - No graven images
5:8 Thou shalt not make 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 waters beneath the earth:
breaking these first two
commandments, the Alleged Xian Deity (AXD)
promises dire consequences for three
or four generations of your
descendents: (reminds me of Joe Pesci - "I'll
kill your whole fuckin' family!")
Someone, quoting Moses quoting
the AXD continues ...
5:9 Thou shalt not bow down thyself unto 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.
in a similar
A few weeks
As it does
If the AXD is
to do with
Commandment - The lord's name in vain
5:11 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
one is almost completely ignored. I'm not sure I really know what it
24:16 And he that blasphemeth the name of the
LORD, he shall surely be put to death, and all
the congregation shall certainly stone him: as
well the stranger, as he that is born in the land,
when he blasphemeth the name of the Lord, shall
be put to death.
Commandment - Keep the Sabbath
5:12 Keep the sabbath day to sanctify it, as the LORD thy God hath
one too is completely ignored.
35:2 Six days shall work be done, but on the seventh
day there shall be to you an holy day, a sabbath
of rest to the LORD: whosoever doeth work therein
shall be put to death.
not sure, but I think that driving a car to
church technically qualifies one to be stoned
to death by angry mobs of good solid xians.
Commandment - Honor your parents
5:16 Honour thy father and thy mother.
Lev. 20:9 For every one that curseth his father or his mother
shall be surely put to death.
- we would
kill every teenager on the
as it would
is a tad
Commandment - Don't kill
5:17 Thou shalt not kill.
one that everyone can agree
on. It is of some interest
however that it was only
listed as the 5th most important
commandment. I think most
people would list that as
The prohibition against killing
your fellow humans was written
law thousands of years and
in many places prior to the
Commandment - Don't screw around
5:18 Neither shalt thou commit adultery.
For both parties.
20:10 And the man that committeth adultery with another man's wife, even
he that committeth adultery with his neighbour's wife, the adulterer and
the adulteress shall surely be put to death.
is the only form of sex
outlawed, or even mentioned
in the 10 Cs. This may
still be illegal in some
locales in the United
States, but it ain't in
the Constitution and it
ain't federal law.
Commandment - Don't steal
5:19 Neither shalt thou steal.
24:7 If a man be found stealing any of his brethren of the children of
Israel, and maketh merchandise of him, or selleth him; then that thief
laws against theft
long preceded the ten
Commandment - Don't lie
5:20 Neither shalt thou bear false witness against thy neighbour.
19:19 Then shall ye do unto him, as he had thought to have done unto his
this is the first one
without a death sentence.
It calls for fair retribution.
I kinda like this solution.
Written laws against lying
long preceded the 10Cs.
Generally, lying is not
illegal except under oath
or when reckless disregard
for the truth causes injury.
Bear in mind that everyone
who testifies in court
swears, usually on a bible,
to be truthful. Half of
these people will then
lie their asses off.
Commandment - Don't covet
5:21 Neither shalt thou desire thy neighbour's wife, neither shalt
thou covet thy neighbour's house, his field, or his manservant,
or his maidservant, his ox, or his ass, or any thing that is thy
seem to have run out of steam
here. I couldn't find any
direct penalty for covetousness,
but only a general disfavor
and a vague threat of being "smitten".
I don't know why they even
mentioned it if they weren't
gonna go big over it. It
is worth noting that our
entire economy - the biggest
and best in the world - is
built on coveting what everyone
what you did NOT get in the ten commandments was the Golden Rule.
things which did not make it into the 10 Cs
against violence of any sort
including assault, child abuse, or spousal rape
or drug abuse
A couple of these
might be construed by some to have had tangential references in the
xian holy book. The point of this list is to show that as a comprehensive
guide, the 10 Cs fall miserably short of addressing many of the issues
encountered on modern Earth.