GOD’S COMMANDMENTS VS MAN’S COMMANDMENTS

Publicado: 5 de abril de 2008 em Geral

 

The Ten Commandments, supposedly dictated by god to Moses, are merely ten of the many commandments given to the Jews. The Bible has many other commandments. A few examples follow:

  • You may possess slaves, both male and female as long as they are purchased from neighboring nations. (Leviticus 25:44)
  • You will put to death anyone who works on the Sabbath. (Exodus 35:2)
  • You will put to death anyone who blasphemes God. (Leviticus 24: 16)
  • He who kills a man shall be put to death. (Leviticus 24:21)
  • You will not wear mingled clothes-for example wool and linen together-for that is an abomination. (Deuteronomy 22: 11)
  • If your testicles are crushed or your male member is cut off, you shall not enter the assembly of the Lord. (Deuteronomy 23: 1)
  • If you do not have the tokens of virginity when you marry , the men of the city may stone you to death. (Deuteronomy 22:20-21)
  • Death by burning is prescribed for any priest’s daughter who is a harlot. (Leviticus 21:9)
  • Death is prescribed for anyone who sees his sister naked. (Leviticus 20: 17)
  • Let a woman learn in silence with all submissiveness. I permit no woman to teach or have authority over men; she is to be kept silent. (1 Timothy 2:11-12)
  • Whoever sacrifices to any god, save the Lord only, shall be utterly destroyed. (Exodus 22:20)
  • Everyone who curses his or her father or mother shall be put to death. (Leviticus 20:9) And on and on and on.

God’s commandments are not and never were the basis of human laws and morality. Humans create laws and moral codes for the benefit of humanity, not for the benefit of god.
There are commandments and rules throughout the entire Bible, which need to be updated and revised. You too can find the outdated laws if you read the Bible with thought and logic.
Let us now look at the Ten Commandments of the Judeo-Christian faith, which are held in such reverence and awe.
Frequently it is said, "The Ten Commandments are the best rules for human behavior that have ever been written." However, we would have no difficulty in coming up with better commandments. The Ten Commandments of Jehovah, the Jewish God, were passed on to the Christians. Omit the "thees" and "thous" for readability.
The Ten Commandments Jehovah ordered the Israelites to follow in Exodus 20 were:
1. To have no Gods other than Jehovah.
2. To make no graven image or likeness.
3. Not to take the name of Jehovah in vain.
4. To rest every seventh day and call that day holy.
5. To honor your father and mother .
6. To never commit murder.
7. To never commit adultery .
8. To never steal.
9. To never swear falsely or give false testimony.
10.To never envy people or covet what they have.
As you evaluate these commandments, you can see they are a mixture of religion and morality. In terms of morality, Benjamin Franklin was willing to throwaway all of the commandments which were not applicable to man. So am I.
Those religious commandments, which were ordered so god would be treated with reverence and respect, could be easily excluded, as they have nothing to do with man’s relationship with man-i.e. morality.
Commandments one through four have little to say in today’s world. They are simply evidence of god’s insatiable desire to be loved, respected, and adored. The first commandment is silly if there is only one god. With far-flung nations and vastly different languages, people in different communities would refer to the same god by different names. How do we know that Allah was not the same as Jehovah? If there is only one god, why is god worried about other gods? Can we tell it, "Hello! There is nobody else."
If we follow the second commandment, we will have to destroy a significant part of art. The Taliban in Afghanistan did just that by destroying priceless images of Buddha. We are hypocritical in this area as we come up with euphemisms to get around this command.
As to number four, what doctor, politician, clergyman, or mother can rest the seventh day of the
week?
Now what can we say about the other six commandments? We can agree they have some relevance to morality and the world today, but they need to be brought up to date. In fact, they would have been improved upon long ago if people did not keep insisting that god wrote the Bible.
The fifth commandment, to honor your father and mother, is fine if you have an honorable father or mother. However, if your mother were a drunken, drug-addicted woman who dropped you at an orphanage, it would be hard for you to honor her. Or suppose your father was one of those males who when asked why he fathered so many illegitimate children and then failed to support them responded, "I can’t help it ‘cause my sperm is so strong."
The sixth commandment, to never commit murder, is workable, but only if you know the difference between killing and murder. All societies have justified killing in war, self-defense, and to protect their family and property .We should keep that commandment to protect our kith and kin. The anti- abortionists shouting murder should look up the definitions and learn the difference between murder and abortion. They should consult a zoology book and learn the difference between a sperm, egg, fertilized egg, morula, blastula, embryo, fetus, and child. I must admit a certain pessimism concerning this, as they have their marching orders from god and are not subject to reason or logic.
Number seven, never to commit adultery, can be improved upon. Once again we must define our terms before we discuss them. Adultery is defined as sexual intercourse between a married man and a woman not his wife or between a married woman and a man not her husband. That is a very limited aspect of human sexuality. By that definition, oral sex, masturbation, and even sex between unmarried couples are not addressed. We certainly need better guidelines concerning the full range of human sexuality.
Number eight, not to steal, speaks for itself.
Number nine, not to swear falsely or give false testimony, needs to be kept around.
Commandments six, seven, eight, and nine have been in every society since the inception of mankind. They predate Christianity by eons.
Number ten, not to envy and covet, is impossible and against man’s basic instincts. Envy and covetousness are the backbone of our capitalist system. Both envy and covetousness are frequently worthwhile and lead to activities that will satisfy acceptable needs and desires. In many instances, envy leads one to strive and work toward a worthwhile goal. It may even stimulate one to become a better person. The problem comes when envy and covetousness get out of hand and lead to antisocial behavior such as stealing.
So my friends say, "Okay John, if you’re so smart, why don’t you come up with a better set of commandments?" And I have.
I begin with a caveat. These commandments do not come from on high. They are not delivered on gold plates, tablets of stone, or written in concrete. They are subject to changes and amendments. They should be discussed frequently and changed as technology advances and society changes. So here goes with the first edition of the commandments according to man:
1. You will accept responsibility for all of your actions.
2.You will honor and respect those individuals who have nurtured, cared for, taught, and been kind to you.
3. You will not commit murder.
4. You will not steal.
5. You will not lie
6. You will be charitable with those assets which are not necessary for your health and well-being.
7. You will use your sexuality in such a manner as not to hurt yourself or others.
Since seven is my lucky number and I believe I in luck, I will stop here. I will leave it to the reader to, pick them apart, criticize them, and come forth with better commandments.
For those of you who do not want to accept my seven commandments, may I suggest that the first ten amendments of the Bill of Rights be placed on public walls?
If it were not for our Founding Fathers who recognized my right to freedom of expression, some religious nut would have put me in jail for writing this book! The religious fanatic would have claimed that I violated the third commandment.
god.com by Dr. John A. Henderson.

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