All Judeo-Christians know the ten commandments. They think that those are the most important values in the Hebrew torah. They also think that Jealous (A.K.A. Yahweh or Jehovah) made them for everyone to observe. That is not true. Those commandments were initially made for the Hebrews to follow, not for the rest of the people. They were never given to the Egyptians or the Canaanites, for example.
That idea, too, came from Nicaea. It was Constantine’s bishops who gave them that sense.
Let us analyze them:
20:3 Thou shalt have no other gods before me. 20:5 Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the LORD thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me; 20:6 And shewing mercy unto thousands of them that love me, and keep my commandments.
No surprisingly, Jealous (A.K.A. Yahweh or Jehovah) chose this to be the first commandment. He had to eliminate his rivals. So powerful were the other gods that he was very jealous of them.
20:4 Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or 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.
All of the other gods were images copied from nature: the sun, a calf, etc. He wanted to be different. Nobody had to have an idea of what he looked like. That was left to peoples’s imagination. As always, the catholic church breaks god’s commandments. It portrays god as a bearded old man. That is against this mandate.
20:7 Thou shalt not take the name of the LORD thy God in vain; for the LORD will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain.
Jealous (A.K.A. Yahweh or Jehovah) wanted his name to be so sacred that nobody could say it except when praying.
20:8 Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy.20:9 Six days shalt thou labour, and do all thy work: 20:10 But the seventh day is the sabbath of the LORD thy God: in it thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates: 20:11 For in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore the LORD blessed the sabbath day, and hallowed it.
Jealous (A.K.A. Yahweh or Jehovah) wanted everybody to remember that he created the world in just six days, although it took him a bit longer to make two slabs of rock.
The real purpose behind this commandment was to remind the Hebrews that they were not slaves anymore thanks to god. And as free men, they did not have to work all the time.
20:12 Honour thy father and thy mother: that thy days may be long upon the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee.
Of all the commandments, this has to be the best. Well done Jealous (A.K.A. Yahweh or Jehovah).
20:13 Thou shalt not kill.
This is the commandment that told me all of these tales were written only for the Hebrew people, and not for everybody else. If killing was so bad in the eyes of Jealous (A.K.A. Yahweh or Jehovah), why did he kill the innocent children in Egypt? Why did he let Moses kill almost three thousand of his own children because of the calf of gold Aaron made?
Here are some more examples:
10:2 And there went out fire from the LORD, and devoured them, and they died before the LORD.
Why did he kill Aaron’s sons? The next passages are even more interesting:
31:1 And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying,
31:2 Avenge the children of Israel of the Midianites: afterward shalt thou be gathered unto thy people.
31:7 And they warred against the Midianites, as the LORD commanded Moses; and they slew all the males.
Jealous (A.K.A. Yahweh or Jehovah) sought vengeance, and everybody thinks he is pious. And the children of Israel slew all the males. That means they killed children, teenagers, and elders. But that was not enough for Jealous (A.K.A. Yahweh or Jehovah).
Read the next passages:
31:15 And Moses said unto them, Have ye saved all the women alive?
31:17 Now therefore kill every male among the little ones, and kill every woman that hath known man by lying with him.
Moses was shocked when he learned that his soldiers had not massacred the women and the babies, so he ordered them to kill every baby boy and all mothers. Thou shalt not kill?
But wait! That is not all. Let us keep on reading:
2:34 And we took all his cities at that time, and utterly destroyed the men, and the women, and the little ones, of every city, we left none to remain:
6:21 And they utterly destroyed all that was in the city, both man and woman, young and old, and ox, and sheep, and ass, with the edge of the sword.
The passages where the children of Israel slaughter men, women, babies, children, and elders are endless. I will not cite them all because I think I have already made my point. I will only quote one more because it is crucial for my argument:
17:49 And David put his hand in his bag, and took thence a stone, and slang it, and smote the Philistine in his forehead, that the stone sunk into his forehead; and he fell upon his face to the earth.
17:50 So David prevailed over the Philistine with a sling and with a stone, and smote the Philistine, and slew him; but there was no sword in the hand of David.
17:51 Therefore David ran, and stood upon the Philistine, and took his sword, and drew it out of the sheath thereof, and slew him, and cut off his head therewith.
And when the Philistines saw their champion was dead, they fled.
Thou shalt not kill? However David beheaded Goliath. Was he punished for breaking the sixth commandment? No. On the contrary, he was rewarded with the promise that only his descendants would be kings of Israel.
My theory about this commandment is that it was not worded the way it is written in the bible now, because it does not make sense. Thou shalt not kill. And there are more killings in the bible than in a slaughter house.
I am sure the bishops in Nicaea deleted some words to pretend the commandments were meant to all, not only to the Hebrew.
The sixth commandment probably read:
Thou shalt not kill thy neighbour.
When the bible says neighbor, it means a fellow Hebrew. Now the commandment makes sense! They will not kill a fellow Hebrew, but the children of Israel could kill men, women, babies, children, and elders from other nations since they were not related to them.
All of the massacres in the bible have sense now. Jealous (A.K.A. Yahweh or Jehovah) wanted his children to inherit the land, and in the process, he wanted to terminate all the human beings he had not created. They and their gods were his rivals. He was jealous of those gods. They were so powerful that their feats made his children easily forget everything Jealous (A.K.A. Yahweh or Jehovah) had done for them.
That makes me wonder what those gods did in the eyes of the Israelites to make them forget all the marvelous deeds Jealous (A.K.A. Yahweh or Jehovah) performed on their way to Canaan? The answer is nothing. They could not do anything extraordinaire. In fact, no god could, including Jealous (A.K.A. Yahweh or Jehovah). As I said before, if he had done anything of the sort, the Israelites would have never doubt his power.
All of the commandments are rules to foster the good relationships among the Hebrew.
20:14 Thou shalt not commit adultery.
20:15 Thou shalt not steal.
20:16 Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbour.
20:17 Thou shalt not covet thy neighbour's house, thou shalt not covet thy neighbour's wife, nor his manservant, nor his maidservant, nor his ox, nor his ass, nor any thing that is thy neighbour's.
These commandments are teaching the Hebrews the things they should do to live in peace. That was not anything new. All civilizations had rules for their societies. Babylonians needed rules, so King Hammurabi issued the Hammurabi Code, the first body of laws in human history.
In fact, all ancient cultures had their own laws. That was a natural need. When Moses decided to make the commandments, he was just doing the obvious, not the extraordinaire.
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