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Christian 10 Commandments

The Commandments Delusion

The Christian 10 Commandments are a set of moral benchmarks against which we can measure our own behaviour if we wish to. They have the effect of increasing awareness of moral standards which we may otherwise not be aware of. Attempting to obey the 10 Commandments as a way of working a ticket to a better position in our next life isn't going to work because (1) they are too demanding for most people to obey, and (2) they are irrelevant for that purpose

As we pass through this life we may discover that we would like to be able to obey the 10 Commandments but that is not the same as trying to obey them in order to satisfy the demands of a religion

The Christian Commandments have a close similarity to the Hebrew Law of Moses and to the earlier seven moral laws of Noah known as the Noahide Laws. Here they are as they are often written

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At the time the Law was given to the Hebrews the 12 tribes were a loosely knit group of slaves working in Egypt under the leadership of Moses and Aaron. The first 2 commands above suggest the existence of various extraterrestrials (ET), referred to as Gods, and that Yahweh was establishing itself as the spiritual master of the Hebrew people

To modernise the Commandments we may like to replace 'donkey' with 'SUV', and perhaps modify 'his' to 'his/her', but the rest could pretty much apply to any time or generation

Social Behaviour Benchmarks

So can the Commandments be obeyed in their entirety?

They probably can be obeyed by highly advanced spiritual humans, but not by normal people. Whilst they look fairly easy to obey at first reading when we drill down into the deeper requirements they become so demanding that applying them in daily living is practically impossible

You Shall Not Kill Command

Consider 'You shall not kill'. This commandment is normally taken to mean that murder is wrong and we must not cause the death of anyone by violent means. That sounds reasonable and many people will have no problem with the command, especially if they think they could be a victim of violence, but take that command a step further and consider 'You shall not kill' to include the intended death of an animal, a hope, an inspiration, or even a thought. This understanding means that we shouldn't kill anything at all, not an ant, a fly, nor someone's belief or their aspirations!

At this level of thinking you shall not kill is a prohibition that involves many aspects of our physical world and an extension that merges it into the spiritual dimension of aspirations and thoughts. What appears to be a simple directive is actually extremely demanding. So how about the next Commandment that states that demands that 'You shall not steal'?

You Shall Not Steal Command

This Commandment can mean stealing possessions, ideas, affection, happiness, taking honey from a beehive, or even milk from a cow! Expanding the example of stealing from a cow is revealing. To get milk from cows commercially involves confining the animals, killing or separating calves from the cows, and taking the cow's milk

The Commandment to not steal is broken at every point because we steal the cow's freedom, its calf, its milk and even its feelings when we create sorrow for the animals

Perhaps with the exception of monks and nuns, we are unlikely to think about the consequences of stealing milk or honey. Normal people don't check their daily activities for such trivia, which is perhaps unfortunate because the world would be a more pleasant place to live in if people were to show more respect for the Creation's lower life forms

Don't Commit Adultery

Concerning adultery Yeshua used the same spiritual principle to explain that the intention, or thought, to commit adultery is just as serious as actually having committed the act [1]

James commandments for empowerment  James


Notes

Acknowledgement: www.thestairwaytofreedom.org

[1] "... You have heard that it was said: Do not commit adultery. But I tell you this: anyone who looks at a woman to satisfy his lust has in fact already committed adultery with her in his heart" Matthew 5:28

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