Which 10 commandments? A guide for Christians. Part 1.

So, we literally have Christian groups in the US stumbling over themselves to violate the first amendment to our Constitution, and erect statues of the “10 Commandments.”  They have been told by their preachers that these are the big-cheese rules that god gave Moses, to stand above all other law.

Considering how important Christians SAY these rules are, they’re obviously completely unaware of what they really are.  This is probably because the Bible is the most under-read book in history.  But lucky for my Christian readers, I’ll tell you what the 10 commandments really are.  Ready?

The 10 Commandments (Exodus 34):

11 Observe thou that which I command thee this day: behold, I drive out before thee the Amorite, and the Canaanite, and the Hittite, and the Perizzite, and the Hivite, and the Jebusite.  12 Take heed to thyself, lest thou make a covenant with the inhabitants of the land whither thou goest, lest it be for a snare in the midst of thee:  13 But ye shall destroy their altars, break their images, and cut down their groves:  14 For thou shalt worship no other god: for the Lord, whose name is Jealous, is a jealous God:  15 Lest thou make a covenant with the inhabitants of the land, and they go a whoring after their gods, and do sacrifice unto their gods, and one call thee, and thou eat of his sacrifice;  16 And thou take of their daughters unto thy sons, and their daughters go a whoring after their gods, and make thy sons go a whoring after their gods.  17 Thou shalt make thee no molten gods.  18 The feast of unleavened bread shalt thou keep. Seven days thou shalt eat unleavened bread, as I commanded thee, in the time of the month Abib: for in the month Abib thou camest out from Egypt.  19 All that openeth the matrix is mine; and every firstling among thy cattle, whether ox or sheep, that is male.  20 But the firstling of an ass thou shalt redeem with a lamb: and if thou redeem him not, then shalt thou break his neck. All the firstborn of thy sons thou shalt redeem. And none shall appear before me empty.  21 Six days thou shalt work, but on the seventh day thou shalt rest: in earing time and in harvest thou shalt rest.  22 And thou shalt observe the feast of weeks, of the firstfruits of wheat harvest, and the feast of ingathering at the year’s end.  23 Thrice in the year shall all your menchildren appear before the LordGod, the God of Israel.  24 For I will cast out the nations before thee, and enlarge thy borders: neither shall any man desire thy land, when thou shalt go up to appear before the Lord thy God thrice in the year.  25 Thou shalt not offer the blood of my sacrifice with leaven; neither shall the sacrifice of the feast of the passover be left unto the morning.   26 The first of the firstfruits of thy land thou shalt bring unto the house of the Lord thy God. Thou shalt not seethe a kid in his mother’s milk.  27 And the Lord said unto Moses, Write thou these words: for after the tenor of these words I have made a covenant with thee and with Israel.  28 And he was there with the Lord forty days and forty nights; he did neither eat bread, nor drink water. And he wrote upon the tables the words of the covenant, the ten commandments.

You may think I’m pulling your leg here, but this is the only place the phrase “the ten commandments” appears in the bible, other than later in reference back to this section.  The 10 commandments the Christian’s like to pretend are the 10 commandments aren’t called the 10 commandments.  They just happen to be the first of over 600 commandments god gave Moses on an earlier journey up the mountain.  But these are the commandments that the Bible explicitly calls “the ten commandments.”

So, if these are “the ten”, how do we break all these paragraphs up?  I’ll give it a go:

God giving Moses a reason he should give a shit?: 11 Observe thou……..

Is this a commandment or more preamble? 1?)  12 Take heed to thyself, lest thou make a covenant with the inhabitants of the land whither thou goest, lest it be for a snare in the midst of thee:  13 But ye shall destroy their altars, break their images, and cut down their groves:

Part of above?  Start of the commandments? 1 or 2?)  14 For thou shalt worship no other god: for the Lord, whose name is Jealous, is a jealous God:  15 Lest thou make a covenant with the inhabitants of the land, and they go a whoring after their gods, and do sacrifice unto their gods, and one call thee, and thou eat of his sacrifice;  16 And thou take of their daughters unto thy sons, and their daughters go a whoring after their gods, and make thy sons go a whoring after their gods.

Maybe continuation of before, but could be separate? 1, 2 or 3?)  17 Thou shalt make thee no molten gods.

2, 3, 4?)  18 The feast of unleavened bread shalt thou keep. Seven days thou shalt eat unleavened bread, as I commanded thee, in the time of the month Abib: for in the month Abib thou camest out from Egypt.

3, 4, 5?)  19 All that openeth the matrix is mine; and every firstling among thy cattle, whether ox or sheep, that is male.  20 But the firstling of an ass thou shalt redeem with a lamb: and if thou redeem him not, then shalt thou break his neck. All the firstborn of thy sons thou shalt redeem. And none shall appear before me empty.

4,5,6?)  21 Six days thou shalt work, but on the seventh day thou shalt rest: in earing time and in harvest thou shalt rest.

5,6,7?)  22 And thou shalt observe the feast of weeks, of the firstfruits of wheat harvest, and the feast of ingathering at the year’s end.

Is this part of the previous one?  5,6,7,8?)  23 Thrice in the year shall all your menchildren appear before the LordGod, the God of Israel.  24 For I will cast out the nations before thee, and enlarge thy borders: neither shall any man desire thy land, when thou shalt go up to appear before the Lord thy God thrice in the year.

6,7,8,9?)  25 Thou shalt not offer the blood of my sacrifice with leaven; neither shall the sacrifice of the feast of the passover be left unto the morning.

7,8,9,10?)   26 The first of the firstfruits of thy land thou shalt bring unto the house of the Lord thy God.

This is part of the previous verse, but may be a completely different commandment? 8,9,10,11?) Thou shalt not seethe a kid in his mother’s milk.

Back to god giving instructions?: 27 And the Lord said……. the ten commandments.

So, yeah, it’s pretty confusing to figure out what the “ten” are.  But the more important bit is, it’s not the supposed 10 commandments the Christians are publishing AT ALL.  I don’t see Christians stumbling over themselves to give the firstborn of anything up to god.  I don’t see Christian farmers taking the first of their crop to church.  And I don’t think many of them have even heard of the “feast of weeks.”  I thought it was especially funny that of his “most important rules to mankind”, he had to make sure he put in there not to boil a baby goat in it’s own mother’s milk.  Not only random, but what about another goat’s milk?  Is that okay, then?  Just weird.

So can we quit pretending that they actually care about the real “Ten Commandments.”  They’re just latching on to a baloney tradition.  And what about the 10 that they think are the 10?  That’s part 2.

The Spartan Atheist

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8 thoughts on “Which 10 commandments? A guide for Christians. Part 1.

  1. The Feast Of Weeks Definition: “The first week in June of each year when atheists gather together to dance naked under the stars; poison the wells of Christians, and eat Christian infants until their bellies burst.”

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  2. I’ve been addressing this point for months. Absolutely nothing is as they say it is. It’s a complete shell game with no prize. Oh,and btw, god works in mysterious ways.

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    1. LOL! Wait until I finish part 2. It gets more ridiculous.

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      1. As it should. You know what drove me from faith was taking a long break from the explanations and I just observed. Had never read anything atheist, but in the end, line by line, nothing was as it was said. Total whitewash from top to bottom. They have played human emotion and psychology perfectly.

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  3. And it has been stated that the OT was a JEWISH book. The commandments that Christians revere and try to follow (and good luck with that one) are Jewish LAW. It has nothing to do with Jesus or Mary or turning the other cheek or anything else. The OT in its original form was a code of behavior for a society of people who were not far from savages.
    And good Christians, many of whom refuse to deal with Jews even now, not only cling to the OT (when it suits them) but revere a Jewish man. Im sure people like my grandmother were convinced that Jesus was really not Jewish, he was Catholic, and just pretending to be Jewish. ..

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    1. And besides all that, Judy … the “Old Testament” isn’t “relevant” to Christianity. Everything that’s anything is all in the NEW Testament. Or so say the Christians. When convenient.

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      1. When convenient. I grew up Catholic, and the OT was rarely mentioned, except for the psalms. We were not encouraged in Bible Study, and at our confirmation the priest gave each of us a shiny black leather(ette) new bible. New Testament only. I was seriously disappointed.

        And yet notice how often they haul out the Adam and Eve thing, and the flood, and that god forsaken ark and anything else that conveniently serves their purpose…

        Cherry pickers, one and all

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