Happy Sif’s Day
Well, we are coming to the end of the first year of The Grey Wayfarer and I thought I would do some things that are special for the final few days. One thing I have been doing in my spare time is looking at videos of people revising the ten commandments from George Carlin to Atheists like Christopher Hitchens. I have been thinking as my last public hurrah with being critical of Christianity (I am writing a book for publication on this, so from now on when I am a critic of my former faith, I expect to get paid for it), I should do the same. This will be in three parts:
Part 1 – What Needs to Go
Part 2 – Positive Replacements
Part 3 – Further Additions and Final Copy
The Ten Commandments are found in several places. But I like Deuteronomy 5 the best:
# 1 –
‘I am the Lord your God who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery. ‘You shall have no other gods before Me.
Well except this would have been a perfect time to abolish slavery in the whole of Israel as a testimony to its evil. It would have been symbolic of deliverance for the whole nation to be entirely free with no slavery at all. That does not happen as later commandments basically reaffirm slavery as legit and God’s people over and over to be slaves and bondslaves. Bondslavery being condoned as a form of slavery where a person has Stockholm Syndrome so bad they wilfully become a lifelong slave.
In addition, this seems to be god trying to make people worship him instead of showing he is the only god and worthy of respect. It seems egotistical on god’s part and it is. More likely was written by a man who wanted his reign not to be questioned so he basically creates a God that is unassailable then says his reign it divinely appointed. Yeah. goodbye.
#2 – You shall not make for yourself an idol or any likeness of what is in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the water under the earth. You shall not worship them or serve them; for I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children, and on the third and the fourth generations of those who hate Me, but showing lovingkindness to thousands, to those who love Me and keep My commandments.
- This pretty much the most ignored command in all of the ten. I mean go to any Catholic church. But it goes much further than that – no creativity is allowed here which pretty much gets rid of creative thinkers. Great way to keep people dumb and compliant.
- God is jealous but later calls jealousy a sin. No contradiction there. Yeah, right.
- How is it just to punish children and grandchildren and great-grandchildren for crimes their parents committed. Talk about being a bully. No standard of justice that is just would do this. There is also no reverse promise that if one generation is faithful, then the children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren would be blessed.
#3 – ‘You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain, for the Lord will not leave him unpunished who takes His name in vain.
I have literally heard hundreds of interpretations of what this means. and none of them makes sense. Of the commandments, it is the most nonsensical and controversial as far as meaning. Goodbye.
#4 – ‘Observe the sabbath day to keep it holy, as the Lord your God commanded you. Six days you shall labor and do all your work, but the seventh day is a sabbath of the Lord your God; in it you shall not do any work, you or your son or your daughter or your male servant or your female servant or your ox or your donkey or any of your cattle or your sojourner who stays with you, so that your male servant and your female servant may rest as well as you. You shall remember that you were a slave in the land of Egypt, and the Lord your God brought you out of there by a mighty hand and by an outstretched arm; therefore the Lord your God commanded you to observe the sabbath day.
Sounds good on the surface until you read the whole of all the sabbath laws and realize this is more about draconian totalitarian control than rest. One guy is literally killed for gathering sticks on the Sabbath. How is that eye for an eye? More like a scratch being punished by a stick to the eye. Interestingly enough Jesus does contradict this command and it is the only one the disciples and Jesus break even though he tells everyone that not one jot or tittle will pass from the law. Due to conflicting observation and overkill in punishment – Goodbye
#5 – ‘Honor your father and your mother, as the Lord your God has commanded you, that your days may be prolonged and that it may go well with you on the land which the Lord your God gives you.
You have to ask yourself if the man who wrote this had an ironic tone as the punishment, for being a rebellious kid, was death, and it would be your parents that killed you ‘Days might be prolonged’ indeed. Talk about training for someone to be an abject slave to their rulers, you don’t get better than this. The potential for abuse is strong in this one as I have seen it firsthand.
If a parent wants honor they should earn it by being a good parent and quite frankly not demand it because of position but earn it by their character. You chose to have children so you are responsible for them. You shouldn’t have them simply to have servants. Goodbye.
#6 – ‘You shall not murder.
Finally, one we can keep. But every law code has this idea and quite frankly it seems to be what we would call – ‘Duh’. I am glad it doesn’t stop all killing as perhaps someday a just war will be fought and self-defense should have killing allowed.
#7 – ‘You shall not commit adultery.
I am going to say what a lot of other commentators say on this one. There wasn’t something you could have put here that was a more significant issue? Like, say you should not have a slave or another bigger issue.
The punishment is pretty severe here too – death. From painful experience, I can say adultery has its own consequences that are quite sufficient. Another case of “How is this eye for an eye?” Goodbye.
# 8 – ‘You shall not steal.
Another one that is quite frankly – Duh and no real revelation. Law codes older than this one has this in it. Plagiarism at its finest.
# 9 – You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.
Somewhat ahead of its time but not completely as it seems we have another ‘duh’ command here. Lying to get an innocent person in trouble seems to be self evidently wrong. Funny how the three I have kept either don’t require a divine entity to tell you them because it is obvious they are good, or that they seem to be in other law codes before this one already.
#10 – ‘You shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, and you shall not desire your neighbor’s house, his field or his male servant or his female servant, his ox or his donkey or anything that belongs to your neighbor.’
What could be more Orwellian and totalitarian than thought crimes? The second commandment makes you give up creative thought and this one makes you give up thoughts of any kind of desire. Making you content with your lot in life even though it sucks.
It is also misogynist as fuck. ‘Wives as possessions’ is so hot in the bible and the Law of Moses in particular. Property, not people – women equal to cattle is implied. Goodbye.
We have THREE Survivors:
‘You shall not murder.
‘You shall not steal.
‘You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.
So the ones with the moral equivalent of ” Duh, No Shit.” made it.
Hmm. Need to replace seven of these bad boys. In Part Two we will do that.
The Rabyd Skald – Wandering Soul, Bard, and Philosopher. The Grey Wayfarer.