The Decalogue

The Decalogue (δεκάλογος), or more commonly known, the Ten Commandments, is allegedly a source of ethics from YHWH, and presented to Moses who wrote it onto the Book of the Covenant. In Jewish tradition this is apparently the second presentation of laws to Moses and the Torah lists 613 mitzvah. Most of them are what’s required to adhere to Rabbi expectancy, but some do list some ethical requirements,like do not perform incest or have sexual intercourse with animals. What’s interesting is it condemns men having sex with other men, but lesbianism is perfectly acceptable.

The Ten Commandments is clearly an except of the mitzvah, and seems to focus on obeying God more than being ethical. Much of the 613 mitzvah is complete nonsense, like don’t sacrifice an animal to god that’s been castrated, but some of it openly encourages violence, or completely avoids the subject of ethics, and I will select a few.

* The court must not let the sorcerer live

* The courts must carry out the death penalty of the sword

* The courts must carry out the death penalty of strangulation

* The courts must carry out the death penalty of stoning

* The courts must carry out the death penalty of strangulation

* Canaanite slaves must work forever unless injured in one of their limbs

* To destroy idols and their accessories

* Not to let any of them remain alive

* Destroy the seven Canaanite nations

* The rapist must marry his victim if she is unwed

Out of 613 commandments from the Torah, and 10 from the Old Testament, not once does it mention ‘child abuse‘, be it physical or sexual. Not once does it mention that it’s not permissible to own slaves. Not once does it mention equality, be it racially, sexually or culturally. A good portion of the commandments from the Torah is about sacrificing animals, especially lambs. As a supporter of animal welfare that doesn’t sit well with me whatsoever.

The Ten Commandments are seen, especially in Catholicism as divine positive law, and if you follow them and you’ll be judged as being righteous by god, and will be rewarded by an eternity in Heaven, but disobey them and you will face dire consequences. They are as follows:

1: “I am the Lord thy God, thou shalt not have any strange gods before Me.”

2: “Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain.”

3: “Remember to keep holy the Sabbath day.”

4: “Honour thy father and mother.”

5: “Thou shalt not murder.”

6: “Thou shalt not commit adultery.”

7: “Thou shalt not steal.”

8: “Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbour.”

9: “Thou shalt not covet thy neighbour’s wife.”

10: “Thou shalt not covet thy neighbour’s goods.”

So other than stroking God’s overinflated ego, the rest are essentially don’t have sexy time outside of marriage, don’t murder, but I guess killing in defence is okay, and that’s why so many Christians in America have more weapons than Rambo, and don’t be jealous of some else’s property. Other than the killing part, where’s the alleged moral guidance?

2 thoughts on “The Decalogue

  1. This “merciful and just” gawd lost me when he sicked 2 she bears on 42 kids and had them ripped to shreds and devoured for the “crime” of making a joke about Prophet Elisha’s bald head. I mean couldn’t he have just had his parents send them all to bed without their matzos balls or taken away their dradles for a coupe of weeks?

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