Think you know the 10 Commandments? Think again.
One doesn’t have to look far when searching through the Bible’s skeleton closet to find some major inconsistencies, outright absurdity and downright cruelty. However, even I thought I knew about the 10 Commandments. Most people know the 10 Commandments to be as follows:
ONE: ‘You shall have no other gods before Me.‘
TWO: ‘You shall not make for yourself a carved image–any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth.‘
THREE: ‘You shall not take the name of the LORD your God in vain.‘
FOUR: ‘Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy.‘
FIVE: ‘Honor your father and your mother.‘
SIX: ‘You shall not murder.‘
SEVEN: ‘You shall not commit adultery.‘
EIGHT: ‘You shall not steal.‘
NINE: ‘You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.‘
TEN: ‘You shall not covet your neighbor’s house; you shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, nor his male servant, nor his female servant, nor his ox, nor his donkey, nor anything that is your neighbor’s.‘ (Source: http://www.allabouttruth.org/10-commandments.htm)
Although this list is well-known and considered the “official 10 commandments”, nothing in the context surrounding this list ever mentions the words “Ten Commandments”. There is a list in Exodus though that does mention this somewhat official phrase, Ten Commandments. Although, this list will be a shock to some as it is a list that most people wouldn’t follow (because it has very little to do with morality or the workings of today’s society, some perfect being eh?). So, without further ado, here is the ONLY list called the Ten Commandments, in the Bible:
Exodus 34: 14-27
1 Do not worship any other god, for the LORD, whose name is Jealous, is a jealous God.
2 “Be careful not to make a treaty with those who live in the land; for when they prostitute themselves to their gods and sacrifice to them, they will invite you and you will eat their sacrifices. And when you choose some of their daughters as wives for your sons and those daughters prostitute themselves to their gods, they will lead your sons to do the same.
3 “Do not make cast idols.
4 “Celebrate the Feast of Unleavened Bread. For seven days eat bread made without yeast, as I commanded you. Do this at the appointed time in the month of Abib, for in that month you came out of Egypt.
6 “The first offspring of every womb belongs to me, including all the firstborn males of your livestock, whether from herd or flock. 20 Redeem the firstborn donkey with a lamb, but if you do not redeem it, break its neck. Redeem all your firstborn sons. “No one is to appear before me empty-handed.
7 “Six days you shall labor, but on the seventh day you shall rest; even during the plowing season and harvest you must rest.
8 “Celebrate the Feast of Weeks with the firstfruits of the wheat harvest, and the Feast of Ingathering at the turn of the year. [b] 23 Three times a year all your men are to appear before the Sovereign LORD, the God of Israel. 24 I will drive out nations before you and enlarge your territory, and no one will covet your land when you go up three times each year to appear before the LORD your God.
9 “Do not offer the blood of a sacrifice to me along with anything containing yeast, and do not let any of the sacrifice from the Passover Feast remain until morning.
10 “Bring the best of the firstfruits of your soil to the house of the LORD your God.
“Do not cook a young goat in its mother’s milk.”
Then the LORD said to Moses, “Write down these words, for in accordance with these words I have made a covenant with you and with Israel.” Moses was there with the LORD forty days and forty nights without eating bread or drinking water. And he wrote on the tablets the words of the covenant—the Ten Commandments. (Emphases added) (Source: http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Exodus%2034&version=31)
What exactly is the prohibition on cooking a young goat in its mother’s milk doing on what is supposed to be the most profound moral list in all history? Did god forget the first list? (mentioned above). There are some similarities but they have far more striking differences; and if this god is supposed to be perfect, this shows he isn’t. For he can’t even remember a list of ten things he is commanding to his supposed chosen people. It seems more like it was written by an ancient Joseph Smith; or better put, it was written by insecure, men concerned chiefly with themselves and about no one else. The rest of the Old Testament is a tribute to the old adage “history is written by the victors”. But I digress. Being that the real 10 commandments are laughable at best, I am not at all surprised that the early Jewish theologians claimed the first of these lists (again the first mentioned) to be the “official” 10 Commandments. So let’s put these in 10 in the courthouses of America and see how seriously people take Judaism and Christianity.
Written by Joel
Metro State Atheists.