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The 10 commandments – a critique

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I think we all know what the 10 commandments are. You don’t have to be a Christian to know them. And honestly, when you take them at face value, there is nothing particularly “Christian” about them. The 10 commandments are a list of religious do’s and dont’s which could be found, in one form or another, in many religions and certainly in the “big three” monotheism’s. A good half of the commandments would even strike a non-religious person as “desireable” in order to live a peaceful and satisfying life.

I am not going to dispute the commandments as such, but rather pose some questions which are inevitably brought up by such a list of “rules”. And even, there are only a couple which really cause me to question. Others fall more simply into the category of “if you don’t believe that, you can’t call yourself a Christian”.

Here are all 10 commandments together.

  1. I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery. You shall have no other gods before me
  2. You shall not make for yourself an idol in the form of anything in Heaven above, the earth beneath or the waters below.
  3. You shall not misuse the name of the Lord your God
  4. Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy
  5. Honor your father and mother
  6. Do not kill
  7. Do not not commit adultery
  8. Do not not steal
  9. Do not bear false witness against your neighbor
  10. Do not covet

Written by Philoman

March 16, 2010 at 8:59 pm

Posted in Bible, God, Religion

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