THE TEN COMMANDMENTS: GREAT PROOFS OF
have been God's moral compass for believers
for thousands of years. The spirit of
these ten divine commands has had a
significant influence on the development of morals and ethics
in the Judeo-Christian world. Yet
atheists do not see in them any evidence of divine. One of their
cherished views is that the Ten Commandments
are part of a "deceitful plot" conceived by "priests-magicians" to
"dominate and enslave the primitive people over whom they ruled."1
Could that be the case? Are the Ten Commandments a human creation
crafted by cunning humans so as to control and deceive the masses,
or are they a supreme manifestation of God's love for humanity?
History, psychology, and logic strongly support the view that the
Ten Commandments were conceived by a divine,
loving, all-wise Mind, and that they are strong proofs of God's
"THOU SHALT HAVE NO OTHER GODS BEFORE ME"
In the sea
of ancient polytheistic societies, it was totally counter trend to
conceive of, and assert, a monotheistic religion. Culturally, and
psychologically, it would have been much more logical, and prudent
for priests obsessed with power and influence
to go along with the trend of the times and the desire of the masses.
History shows that ancient peoples, be it
Canaanites, Egyptians, Greeks, Babylonians or Assyrians,
treasured their many gods. Psychologically, it
was much more reassuring to have several gods to turn to, and get help
from, as opposed to just one.
orcing ancient peoples to give up on the power and protection of
their many familiar gods and to
trust in one god would have created profound anxiety, anger and
powerful resistance. Any sensible human being would have known this, and
would have thought long and hard before going on such a dangerous crusade.
The masses and
the priestly classes' aversion to monotheism became very
evident in Ancient Egypt where Pharaoh Akhenaton, for a brief while,
tried to force monotheistic sun worship upon his people. History tells us
that within a short period of time he was
overthrown, and all his efforts at elevating monotheism were totally erased.
Therefore, given the fanatical attachment that ancient peoples had to their
many gods, trying to elevate one god to the exclusion of all the others
would have been nothing short of suicidal.
Some priests, at the most, might have attempted
to elevate their favorite god above all others, but it is inconceivable that
they would have attempted to abolish the worship of all other gods,
as the first commandment demands, or that they would have
Throughout the ages, humans
have created a multitude of gods, and they
would have been perfectly happy to continue creating some more.
Ancient Israel was not an exception. In fact, for hundreds of years,
God's chosen people consistently tried to adopt
the polytheism of the surrounding nations and "it often claimed the mass of
The true God insisted that following illusions was not for them, and
He intervened firmly,
and at times dramatically, when they went after other gods.
The one true God persevered,
generation after generation,
in asserting His primacy and sovereignty upon an
unwilling and polytheism-bent nation. The same God
finally punished Israel for their unfaithfulness with the tragic expulsion
from the Holy Land which lasted up to
just decades ago.
Few people fully understand how revolutionary the introduction of this
commandment truly was. Up to Moses, human beings, with the exception of the
few that God had revealed Himself to, had been slaves to beliefs in horrific
beings who had to be continually appeased in manifold ways, including child
sacrifice. The manifestation of the One true God marked the beginning of the
end of all the ancient gods. Joy
Davidman eloquently captures this dramatic
overturn in her book Smoke on the Mountain.
belief in one God slew a host of horrors:
demons, evil djinns of sickness,
blighters of the harvest, unholy tyrants over life and death; belief
in God destroyed the fetishes,
the totems, the beast-headed bullies of old times. It
laid the axe to the sacred trees watered by the blood
of virgins, it smashed the
child-eating furnaces of Moloch, and smashed the gem-encrusted statues of
divinities half-heartedly served by Greece and Rome.4
Unlike Pagan gods, the God of
Israel was neither cruel nor immoral. He insisted on faithfulness to Him
only, but He also demanded righteousness and love toward one's
The old gods fought among themselves, loved and
hated without reason, demanded unspeakable
and meaningless flatteries. While they were worshipped, a moral law was
impossible, for what
pleased one deity would offend another.
If you wife ran away from you it wasn't
the monthly sacrifice to Ishtar; just offer
a double sacrifice,
and you'd get two wives
prettier than the old one.
Then came the knowledge of God. An almost
unimaginable person -- a single being, creator of Heaven
and Earth, not to be bribed with golden
children burned alive; loving only
righteousness. A being who demanded your whole
The first commandment was, therefore, the grand opening to a brand-new era
that was to last perennially, and that would bring about freedom from
psychologically oppressive and socially destructive ideas that had enslaved
humanity for generations. Seeing this awesome revelation as simply the
and naive attempt by religious leaders to assert
their brand of religion is both simplistic and illogical.
Non-idolatrous monotheism was
simply too grand in scope for humans to conceive, too revolutionary for the
masses to accept and too dangerous for priests to implement.
first commandment, the Almighty introduces Himself to all as the first step
toward the healing of minds and human relations and, most of all, toward
healing the breach between man and his Creator.
"THOU SHALT NOT MAKE UNTO
THEE ANY GRAVEN IMAGES"
are tangible and, therefore, reassuring. Worshipping
only a spiritual,
invisible Being would have been psychologically
very difficult to accept by a primitive, unsophisticated,
idol-worshipping society -- if it was only asserted by a priestly class.
The God of the Bible insisted
that his people had to do the inconceivable: abandon the natural tendency to
worship what can be seen and worship what cannot be seen.
Therefore, all the idols that had been central to the worship of generations
had to be destroyed, without exception.
This expectation would have been exceptionally difficult
to swallow by ancient peoples. Scholars of the
ancient world know that to
the ancients idols were
"an essential part of life, "6 because they "regarded their idols as
objects through which communication with the deities could take place."7
them they also had a way of controlling the "unseen forces,"8
and, thus, felt some
control over their lives. Williams informs us that,
idols of ancient men were a way of putting
existence in order and, hence, of achieving
sanity. By creating idols and images of the deities they could place these
forces at arms
length so that they could be
addressed and placated. Through this objectification,
thought himself able to chart his own
course upon the sea of subconscious, social, and cosmic
powers which surrounded
Given this reality, it it not surprising to read in the book of Exodus that,
while in the wilderness, the Israelites
insisted that Aaron make them "visible" gods that they could relate
to and be led by. The Bible tells us that "The people gathered together to
Aaron and said to them, Come make us gods that shall go before us." Aaron
did not hesitate and quickly made them a golden calf as a tangible
representation of the God who brought them out of the land of Egypt
(Genesis 32: 1, 4). This was the entrenched way of thinking of
ancient peoples, and it had become the way of thinking of the Israelites as
well. Imagining, therefore,
that a priestly class would deprive the masses of their tangible
means of communication with their various gods is ludicrous and unthinkable.
knew the power of idol worship. All great temples of the past were showcases
for attractive, impressive or intimidating statues. Idols were very powerful
in reinforcing the power and influence of the priestly class. The idols in
the temples were a reminder for the people that the gods had representatives
who were to be feared, respected and supported, if they were to be blessed
and protected. Why would
priests ever think of getting rid of such a "proven" source of control for a
cunningly contrived "false"
and ethereal god that people could not tangibly
relate to? Would it not have been wiser of them to
reinforce the worship of their new god with idols? Such would have
definitely been the cunning way to go -- but they did not. The reason
they did not is because getting rid of idols, and worshipping what could not
be seen, was not a human propensity.
Artisans favor idol worship because it is lucrative. Pilgrims and devout
people gladly buy statuettes of their favorite god to bring home, and be
blessed by. The abundance of this trend is supported everywhere in the
Middle East, and elsewhere in the world, by archeologists who continually
unearth small idols used by people to get protection and blessings from.
Museums abound with small and large idols of known and unknown gods. Some
religions still today encourage this tendency.
In the book of Acts, we see a
dramatic example of the masses' fanatical attachment to idolatry, when Paul
preached Christ and monotheism in Ephesus (Acts 19). Local artisans who sold
great numbers of idols to visitors were incensed at the possibility that the
new religious ideas would have brought about the demise of their profession.
We read that the artisans met and discussed the danger of
losing their lucrative source of wealth. At the prospective of the great
financial loss "they were full of wrath," and stirred up the crowds against
Christians (V. 24-29). Religious leaders were
angrier than artisans
at the thought that their supremacy could have been threatened. Artisans,
priests and the masses had no intention of allowing
foreign ideas to creep in and take the idolatrous Diana worship from them
What a noble idea it was to worship a Being that no sculpture or picture
could ever represent. What a revolutionary concept it was to abandon the
reassurance of tangible gods for One that is, yet cannot be seen.
History, culture, psychological habits and needs,
entrenched religious ideas and commerce, all cooperated against the rise and
assertion of non-idolatrous monotheism.
Yet, it emerged; yet it survived; yet it prevailed. The reason for this is
simple: the invisible God is, and He prevailed
over lies and deceit.
"THOU SHALT NOT TAKE GOD'S NAME IN VAIN"
true God uses one more opportunity to assert Himself, by stressing
the need to show respect for the One who created and sustains
humans. God's name represents the Almighty. Lack of respect for His
name will inevitably lead to lack of
respect for Him and for His ways. This commandment is meant to
elicit complete, and well-deserved awe for the origin of life. If
God exists, and if He were to manifest Himself to humans, would He
not demand complete respect? He has the right to expect total
reverence and submission. And so He did.
But there is more. God knew that people would have used His name to support
false oaths and ideas. God demanded that His name never be used to support
falsehood and deceit (Leviticus 19:12). "The Israelite who speaks the name
of the Lord must act in truth, for the Lords name is truth."10
He also demanded that his name not be used to support the magical
thinking of the time when the names of gods were thought to have magical
powers.11 Thus "The third commandment came crushing down on the heads
of the black magicians. The Lord was a Lord of righteousness; He was not to
be invoked for evil deeds."12
This new idea
stood in contrast to the well entrenched habits of the times when the names
of gods were commonly used to accompany magic formulas and to strengthen
curses against enemies.
Jay Williams, in his book Ten Words of Freedom emphasizes another
critical and enlightening dimension of this commandment: the cultic
The verb "nasa,'" which is here translated "take,"
connotes more than simply to use. It is a verb which is used to
mean "lift up your hand," "lift up your voice," or "lift up your prayers."
Often it is employed in cultic situations. To lift up the name of God might
well mean to worship God in the cult. In effect the commandment says, if you
use the name of God, be sure you mean what you say. It is directed
against the priest of Yahweh who lifts up Gods name in order to
further his own ambitions, against the elder who parades his religion in
order to win friends and influence people, against the theologian who has
become so accustomed to the name of God that it rolls off his tongue without
thought or reverence.13
Obviously, the phrasing of the commandment
reflects firm and high
the part of religious leaders before all others. Why would
conniving, deceitful, power-hungry priests ever place exceptionally
high moral demands on themselves? The focus of
priests magicians would, logically, have been that of controlling
the masses by placing parameters around them not themselves. This
commandments sets limits around all, worshippers and priests, as
only a righteous God would intend.
The source of this commandment is not human but divine. The God who
enunciated it is a God of total righteousness who demands the
same of all His followers
-- especially those who represent Him.
Therefore, believing that humans concocted this
commandment to control the masses is incongruous and illogical. Once
again, this is also a strong proof of God's reality, His love for
what is just and true, and his concern that righteousness prevail
among His people.
"REMEMBER THE SABBATH DAY TO KEEP IT HOLY"
Before God thundered the Sabbath commandment, humans had no
God-imposed, cyclical, weekly pause that would restore them spiritually,
mentally and physically. No doubt, there were "almost universal customs of
keeping days of rest,"14 but it's difficult to know to what extent
they were kept, or how they were kept. Some have speculated that the Sabbath
finds its roots in the Babylonian "Dies Nefasti" that were kept on the
seventh, fourteenth, twenty-first and twenty-eighth days of some months.
This hypothesis is weakened by the fact that the Babylonians had "five-day"
week cycles, and by the fact that Babylonian tablets indicate that work
projects had no interruption on the seventh day.15 The Sabbath was a
day of rest and joy,16 while the Babylonian "Dies Nefasti" were days
of prohibitions, especially for kings17.
Any supposed similarity with the Akkadian "shappatu/shapattu" holds little
weight, as it was the fifteenth day of the month, the day of the full moon.18
This day is now believed to have been a propitious day in which the king
sought to appease the gods, but there is no evidence that it was a day of
cessation of work.19
Most probably, the presence of cyclical days of rest in Middle Eastern
societies may have been what had survived of the original Sabbath keeping as
commanded by God to Noah and his sons. Their descendents may have kept
the Sabbath for generations until transformations in meaning and approach
Ideas will evolve over time, if they are
not channeled and reinforced by a consistent, authoritative and reliable
source. Humans slowly moved away from the principles taught by the
patriarchs and from the weekly Sabbath. What remained centuries later were
simply vestiges of the original.
several aspects make
the Sabbath rise high above any other human-devised
festive days. The Sabbath was to remind Israel that Yahweh, who
created all things, and who had delivered them from Egypt, was their savior
and God. The Sabbath also taught them that they
had to set aside sacred time to "reconnect" with God
weekly so as to maintain a strong spiritual relationship. The keeping of the
Sabbath was to
also be a day that celebrated the dignity of man,
the epitome of Gods physical creation.
Among all living beings, man was given the
privilege of knowing God and of enjoying a special relationship with Him.
This physical being also had the special opportunity to meet with His
Creator weekly, so as to be instructed in His ways
grow in the knowledge of Him.
Furthermore, the Sabbath was to be a day of joy,
not a gloomy day of bad omen, as celebrated by the Babylonians. It was
especially a day of joy for the weak and the oppressed, such as servants,
slaves and animals (Exodus 20:10, Deuteronomy 5:14). God demanded that
masters allow their servants and slaves to rest as well. This
was not an "only-if-you-see-fit" principle.
It is a divine command from the highest power of all who
showed deep concern for all: master and slave; man and animals.
Can we see how
benevolent that is?
Forcing everyone to stop and rest; commanding families to rest together a
full day a week and be recharged; stopping all
trade and commerce so as to give everyone, rich and poor, master or slave, a
chance to be refreshed physically, mentally and
spiritually, is both revolutionary and powerful in impact.
Author, Samuel H. Dresner effectively emphasizes the equalizing power of the
Sabbath: "Although one Jew may have peddled onions and another may have
owned great forests of lumber, on the Sabbath all were equal, all were
kings, all basked in the glory of the seventh day. . . On the Sabbath there were neither banker nor clerk, neither
farmer nor hired hand, neither rich nor poor. There were only Jews hallowing
Thus, on one special day the
proud were humbled and the lowly were given a chance to taste equality. All
had to submit to God's injunction and all had to appear before their Creator
as beings of equal worth.
In relation to the great benefits of the Sabbath,
scholar, Samuele Bacchiocchi, captures the worth of the Sabbath eloquently
in the following reflection: "The Sabbath (gives) a chance to our souls to
catch up with our bodies to give a chance to our
souls, through worship and meditation, to be enriched with new moral and
spiritual values. This spiritual renewal that comes to us on the Sabbath
through worship and meditation enables us to turn a new page in our life, to
start a new week with a fresh provision of divine wisdom and grace.21
The Sabbath is, without doubt,
a gift from God to all humans--no one excepted--for
their mental, physical, and social well being. As Christ reminds us
in the New Testament: "The Sabbath was made for
man" (Mark 2:27). The Sabbath was made at creation for
all of mankind. It was intended to rejuvenate humans physically, mentally,
and spiritually. It was made for our benefit not
to limit our potential. This is, undeniably, a
manifestation of divine love.
Yet, though enormously beneficial, many people would have resented this
imposition. How many greedy people would want to be told to limit their
gains? How many masters would appreciate being told that their slaves had
"rights"? How many would naturally go along with a concept that would take
both power and riches from them? The rich and powerful
are obsessed with maintaining their power and wealth. The proud have no use
for impositions that steal power and control from them.
Cunning priests who would want to endear themselves to
the powerful of the land would absolutely not take power and wealth away
from them, as doing so would have invited a certain backlash.
and glaring aversion to anything that interferes with commerce can be
seen clearly in today's
The Sabbath is seen by many leaders in commerce as an enemy of financial
In a competitive world the welfare of workers is secondary
Industry has no use for pauses in production. Working
on the Sabbath increases production by one-seventh, a quantity that is
simply too hard to resist. Many business
people want money coming in continually, again to
increase profits. A great many of them are pushing
for 24/7 commerce and, unfortunately, they are getting their way at
the expense of people's mental, and physical health.
The true God
conceived the Sabbath rest for the benefit of all of humanity,
rich and poor, master and slave. To God, humans
have primary value before gain and wealth. God wants humans to embrace His
special day of rest so as to enrich the quality of their lives, to
strengthen their families, and to add to their physical and mental health.
The Sabbath commandment yells out that there is a Being who not only
exists, but who also cares deeply
about His creation.
"HONOR THY FATHER AND THY MOTHER"
Loving one's parents and respecting them should be natural. Most people in
all societies do.
Entrenching respect for one's
parents in a code of conduct may not seem particularly divine at all. Yet, a
close analysis reveals that a divine mind is clearly behind this commandment
God demanded that parents be given the highest esteem
(Reverence), (Leviticus 19:3). The punishment for
not adhering to this commandment was stoning.
Obviously, parents are very important
to God. After a lifetime of suffering and
sacrifices, God wants parents to be treated with
the highest dignity by their children. This,
unfortunately, is not what is happening in our society. An ever-increasing
number of elderly people are
unnecessarily being given over to old age homes to be looked after by
strangers who do not always have their best interest at heart. It is also a
very sad reality that the number of elderly who are being abused daily
is scandalously high. Only in New York State, in the year 2000, the number
of elderly who received assistance because of abuse was over 6000.22
To God this is
totally unacceptable, and He made this known through the fifth commandment.
God knew all too well
that, though most people would have treated the elderly with dignity,
some would not have done so. Thus, He demands
honor for parents and commanded that transgressors be killed if
they did not obey. The ones who feel that
the death penalty is too
harsh a punishment for parent abuse, might want to put themselves in the
shoes of the elderly who are being beaten regularly by their own children,
or those who are callously killed by their children who cannot wait for
their inheritance. God knew that such revolting events
were quite possible and put in place a powerful, and effective, preventative
Another aspect that shows God's authorship of this commandment is the fact
that parents are mentioned as deserving of reverence "above" other authority
If the Ten Commandments had been conceived by priests,
they would have stressed "their own" dignity above
that of parents, so as to reinforce their power and control. A
priest-conceived code would have, logically, stressed the primary importance
of the priesthood. They would have received primary emphasis in place of, or
at least together with, parents--but they did not. Neither priests,
nor kings, found a place within the Ten Commandments, because to God
they did not have the same importance as parents. Respect for kings and
priests was emphasized in the book of the law, but not in the "Great Code."
Parents are of great worth to God. God showed His love and concern for
parents by entrenching a commandment in the Great Code that would elevate
them to a position of great honor. Cunning, power-hungry, psychopathic
priests would have had no concern for parents, as it would not have been of
any benefit to their aims. If anything, they would have entrenched in the
Ten Commandments respect and honor for themselves, but such was not the
This commandment is clearly from
a loving God.
"THOU SHALT NOT KILL"
ancient world was a fierce world. Self-control and rational thinking were
not necessarily stressed or taught. Pride was
taught and nurtured. Offended males would react
violently and vengefully; escalation would, no doubt, regularly
ensue, and death would often follow. God
made it evident to Israel that the time had come
for self-control and respect for the lives of others. Killing another human
being out of anger, pride, greed, etc. would be no
longer tolerated. Penalty: death.
As the other commandments, this one
also went against the culture and the psychological mental sets of
the times. Historians tell us that other major legal codes of the time did
not regard murder as a crime of concern to the State. It is worth noting
"Neither the Code of Hammurabi
or the Middle Assyrian Laws have any general provisions on murder... murder
was not treated as a crime but as a matter for the relatives of the
deceased." 23 Protecting the honor of the family was a duty of the
family, as was getting revenge for the murder of a
And so they did.
Within Middle Eastern societies of the time, murder must have been very
common. The wounding of the family's honor could not be by-passed and
forgotten, if the respect of the community was to be retained. Alcohol abuse
must have abounded, as well as the mortal
conflicts that often ensue from drunkenness. Knives and swords were not
forbidden, and, therefore, their use must have been quite common.
If this were a man-invented
the people of ancient Middle Eastern societies
would have resisted it and, eventually, would have
heavily modified or abolished it, as it interfered with
common and normal habits and expectations of the times. If an
all-powerful God stood behind it, it would have stood and become an
authoritative, unchangeable commandment -- and it did.
"THOU SHALT NOT COMMIT ADULTERY"
Adultery abounds in our society, and it abounded in ancient
societies as well. Men, in ancient times,
as many men in today's societies, had no
compunction about lusting after married women, and they had no
scruples about taking advantage of them, if possible. God, being a
moral Being concerned with family unity, and with preventing
psychological traumas in betrayed mates and children, commanded:
"Thou shalt not commit adultery."
Objective and moral
minds see the critical value of this commandment. The family unit is
of great importance, if a society is to remain healthy and strong.
Bonded, loving families make for healthy minds and
have an anti-deviant effect on the minds of future adults. 24,
25 Psychologist, D. Myers, tells us that
"Compared with those who grew up in intact two-parent families, children of
divorce grow up with a diminished feeling of well-being. As adults they are
more likely to divorce and less likely to say they are very happy."26
God knew of the devastating impact that adultery, and ensuing divorce, would
have had on
society and on individuals, and intervened
to keep it from happening.
Sex-crazed societies of the past, where temple worship often entailed sexual
relations with priestesses and temple prostitutes, would have had no
use for a human commandment that would forbid
sexual freedom--if humans had concocted it, that is.
No human in his right mind would have interfered
with the sexual freedom desired by the masses, especially in the Middle East
where sexual perversions abounded (Deut. 18: 9-14). God intervened because
He could see the
serious problems that follow when a society stops valuing
the importance of keeping sex within a marriage relationship.
Since the Sixties, the Western world has adopted a
mentality toward sex and the results have been disastrous.
Up to the sixties, men were the ones that
tended to betray their wives.
The trend now is for both men
and women to explore the excitement of having an affair. Such an
irresponsible and hedonistic approach to marriage has made
virtually tens of millions susceptible to
incurable venereal diseases. Irresponsible
sexuality not only brings devastation in the lives of the guilty but also of
poor innocent mates who end up being infected with deadly disease through no
fault of their own.
The scourge of AIDS is presently decimating Sub-Saharan Africa. Whole
nations run the risk of almost disappearing within
the next twenty years because of sexual irresponsibility and because
marriage infidelity is rampant.
The same scourge is spreading through the rest of the world and will
continue to, in spite of superficial and
partially effective “safe sex” campaigns.
The commandment forbidding adultery was meant to
spare untold suffering for hundreds of millions who will die excruciating
and needless deaths. It was also meant to spare hundreds
of millions of innocent children the agony of seeing their parents
die and be left to fend for themselves in horrendous circumstances.
When God entrenched
this commandment in the The great Code, He gave mankind a gift that the many
have never appreciated. It was meant to protect the family unit; it was
meant to protect children from the psychological anguish of seeing their
families fall apart; It was meant to spare millions the agony of incurable
venereal diseases and the certain premature death that follows diseases such
as AIDS. A
loving, Divine Mind who
deeply concerned about
humanity uttered this commandment.
"THOU SHALT NOT STEAL"
Humans have taken what is not theirs since time began. Most stealing is
secretly. A man can
steal secretly, in great abundance, and for long
periods of time, and yet
retain a semblance of dignity
speaks to these
types, and to all of us, with total authority:
warns all who steal in secret that He is watching and that they,
will have to answer to the "All-Seeing Ruler" (Ezekiel 22:29-31).
Why would dishonest, conniving priests ever be concerned with
all-too-common human tendency, given their own
unscrupulous, deceitful and greedy
propensity? Why conceive and
impose a high standard of honesty they,
themselves, would not abide by? It is
incomprehensible that some atheists would
actually believe that
dishonest priests would even think of entrenching such
the Great Code, especially, given the fact that making it a
part of the Ten Commandments would
automatically bring about serious
consequences (on themselves as well)
God was fully aware of the fact that greed and envy would have led many to
take from others what was not their own. God knew that the powerful of
society could have and would have taken from the weak and the poor. The
Creator was very concerned with protecting the property of those who had
worked very hard to own their possessions (Be it rich or poor) who might
have lost what they owned because of evil-minded criminals. Thus, He
prohibited stealing with a powerful, authoritative commandment and ordered
that thieves be punished severely.
God conceived this commandment because He is a
God of justice.
cares deeply for innocent victimswho often have their life savings snatched
arrogant, callous criminals.
TheCreator wants human beings to live in
societies where respect for
other's property abounds and where, as a result,
peace of mind abounds as well. He is a Father who
wants his children to show
respect for one
and to treat othersas they want to be treated.
He wants the very best for all of us. Such
the wish of callous,
manipulative priests, but of a very loving God.
SHALT NOT BEAR FALSE WITNESS"
We live in a
world where one must continually watch one's back. Trusting anyone
is a risky affair. All humans have known, or will know the
disillusionment of believing in someone and then finding out that
he, or she, had been lying all along. Every year millions of mates
find out that their "loving" husbands or wives had been cheating on
them for long periods of time, while feigning faithfulness.
Seemingly trustworthy business people finally shown their true
colors, after having cheated people of their life savings.
to look at lying as a mild transgression. It is an easy way to cover
up inappropriate behavior while maintaining a semblance of
integrity. The mind can easily rationalize lying. After all, some
say "It protects betrayed partners from being hurt;" "It insulates
family, friends and relatives from disillusionment;" "It
builds the egos of people who crave praise;" "It helps to
steal from the undeserving rich and powerful," and "It helps protect
citizens from unfair tax laws."
where truth is not treasured is a society where anxiety abounds; it
is also a society where suffering abounds as well. Recent
events in the USA are proving this to be an undeniable reality.
Leaders in top corporations have deceived millions of investors into
thinking that all was well and encouraged the buying of new shares
when the reality was the very opposite. The end result has been
devastating losses that have shattered the dreams of a comfortable
retirement for thousands of people.
knew the horrible consequences of lying. He knew that a society that
condones lying would, in time, become an unlivable society where the
most cunning would rule. Thus, in His love for humans --
the weak in particular
-- He asserted that lying was an extremely serious sin, that it was
unacceptable, and that it would be punished severely.
who wanted to endear themselves to the masses would have never
condemned a culturally common and seemingly harmless human
tendency to such a high degree, as they would have been judged to
be both unrealistic and ludicrous.
Cunning priests would have
done their best to please the masses, not to irritate them by
condemning seemingly minor human foibles, and by declaring them to
be capital sins.
Humans would never
elevate honesty to such a level of importance. Humans would never
make lying an offence of the highest magnitude. God did, because He
knows the devastating societal and psychological consequences of
deceit, and because He has the best in mind for all of humanity. We
have God to thank for this magnificent commandment, not man.
SHALT NOT COVET"
Sins start in the mind. Before adultery, stealing and some killing, comes
lust. Lust is an illicit and
obsessive desire for what is not ours. Before
adultery comes an obsessive lustful desire for another man's wife. Before
stealing comes the desire for another man's property. To take another woman
or to steal another person's property, some people are willing to kill.
God, who created the human mind,
knows its dynamics better than anyone else. He knows the steps to sin. Lust
is step one before a multitude of sins (James 1:14-15). In His great wisdom,
He concludes His Commandments with a preventative command: "Stop the thought
and you'll stop the action. " Grand, indeed.
Believing that cunning priests would be at all concerned about human motives
and the control of sinful thoughts is both inconceivable and absurd. Only a
Divine Mind could have conceived the need to deal with causes rather than
just effects. Only a divine mind could have had such a deep understanding of
the human mind, and its deep and dark ways of operating. Only a Divine, and
a Righteous Mind, could have put into effect such a brilliant, and effective
this essay we have looked at some of the reasons that support the idea that
the Ten Commandments are great proofs of God's existence and that they are a
powerful expression of divine love for humanity.
They were conceived by the Creator to prevent humans
from following false gods, and they are meant to prevent behaviors that,
eventually, bring about havoc and turmoil in any society.
A close analysis also reveals that they were
meant to protect the weak, the powerless and the righteous from the abuse of
those who have power, and those who are callous and insensitive toward the
rights of others.
The atheists' assertion that the Ten Commandments
are a part of a plot by conniving priests-magicians to deceive and control
the masses is, therefore, baseless and blind. The time has come to, once again,
re-assert the divinity, nobility, dignity, holiness and great benefits of
these God-enunciated commandments,
and to combat the arrogant and dangerous efforts
of people who are trying to undermine them and
who want society to tumble evermore toward degradation and
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Davidman, Joy, Smoke on the Mountain.
Philadelphia: The New Westminster
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Samuel H. Dresner, The
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