2011/03/26 – Do the 10 Commandments Support Equality?

13 Moses, Eleazar the priest and all the leaders of the community went to meet them outside the camp. 14 Moses was angry with the officers of the army—the commanders of thousands and commanders of hundreds—who returned from the battle.

15 “Have you allowed all the women to live?” he asked them. 16 “They were the ones who followed Balaam’s advice and enticed the Israelites to be unfaithful to the LORD in the Peor incident, so that a plague struck the LORD’s people. 17 Now kill all the boys. And kill every woman who has slept with a man, 18 but save for yourselves every girl who has never slept with a man. [1]

Thus spoke Moses, the man who is said to have received the 10 Commandments from the LORD. Apparently in battles he was pitiless, cruel and susceptible to hand out murder and sexual assault against children. Yet, Moses has had the honor of handing down the moral imperatives and instructions of Judaism and Christianity. It is clear that either Moses brought down from Mount Sinai  the wrong set of commandments or God just didn’t have it that day when He allegedly wrote them with His finger on the living rock of Mount Sinai. The Human Being has not been able to live effectively by these “laws.”Maybe they are the wrong laws to begin with, or at least most of them. So let’s review:

1) I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery; 3you shall have no other gods before me.

Since you’re making such a big deal out of why we shouldn’t have “gods before you” due to the fact that you brought one tiny segment of the human population out of many, many more who are enslaved out of slavery, I have to ask: why didn’t you make a commandment against slavery in the first place? I mean, in human terms, being enslaved to another is a more pressing concern than worrying about which god to sacrifice a bull to. You brought your people out of slavery, that’s good… but I would have been more impressed if you brought everyone out of enslavement. Or was that too much of a workload for you?

2) You shall not make for yourself an idol, whether in the form of anything that is in heaven above, or that is on the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth. 5You shall not bow down to them or worship them; for I the Lord your God am a jealous God, punishing children for the iniquity of parents, to the third and the fourth generation of those who reject me, 6but showing steadfast love to the thousandth generation* of those who love me and keep my commandments.

What fun is there being a God and not be able to jealously and vindictively punish the innocent ‘to the third and fourth generations?’ God just wants His respect. He’s a big man deserving of respect. He’s kinda twisted, so the most important thing you can do is only worship God. It’s like your worship is a drug for the Big Guy and He goes ape if he can’t.

3) You shall not make wrongful use of the name of the Lord your God, for the Lord will not acquit anyone who misuses his name.

This is very important. If you misuse the name God, it’s a problem. I don’t know why, though, but it gives the LORD fits! I mean, if somebody mispronounces or curses your name, what more appropriate response can there be, than to hold a grudge for eternity?

4)Remember the sabbath day, and keep it holy. 9For six days you shall labour and do all your work. 10But the seventh day is a sabbath to the Lord your God; you shall not do any work—you, your son or your daughter, your male or female slave, your livestock, or the alien resident in your towns. 11For in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that is in them, but rested the seventh day; therefore the Lord blessed the sabbath day and consecrated it.

God is so awesome… he even demanded a day of rest for slaves! Slaves! Make sure you sleep in on Sunday. Not because God wants you to have a day off, but because He wants you to go to church and pray to Him. And you can’t do that when you’ve been forcibly abused by others to do their work for them.Evidently, Universal Equality was against the Divine Plan “God” had in mind. Uh, oh.

5) Honour your father and your mother, so that your days may be long in the land that the Lord your God is giving you.

This is the first commandment I don’t have a lot of problem with, although there are parents that don’t deserve respect. So as a blanket rule, this one sucks as well. Why don’t we honor children by bringing each one into this world where they don’t have to struggle with poverty or cruelty, LORD? What an awesome commandment that would be. Then maybe Moses wouldn’t have found it necessary to kill all those children for no good reason.

6) Thou shall not murder.

Oh, my. But what about the murders that your slave Moses committed? Those are all right? I guess murder isn’t a crime unless it’s done on behalf of the LORD.

7) You shall not commit adultery.

I get this one. You probably shouldn’t commit adultery because one is deceiving another and that’s not cool. This is the first commandment that deals with honesty and some form of equality. Which reveals how weak this document really is in terms of social agreements and relationships between people.

8) You shall not steal.

Has this one ever been followed? Most people steal because they don’t have enough. Money creates thieves when there’s no Equality. You can’t expect people to accept scarcity when some people have too much. God should have seen that one coming.

9) You shall not bear false witness against your neighbour.

10) You shall not covet your neighbour’s house; you shall not covet your neighbour’s wife, or male or female slave, or ox, or donkey, or anything that belongs to your neighbour.

Alright. Again these last two has all to do with honesty. And greed. And deceit… which is created by want, desire, scarcity and sinister intentions. One shouldn’t lie about others, but we all lie so much and have so much invested in them that it’s always going to be a problem until we equalize people’s economic lives into one of dignity and fulfillment for all. This can be done with Equal Money, and only then will these commandments make sense.

[1] Numbers 31:13-18 (New International Version, ©2011)

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