Of the Bible’s Ten Commandments, only two (VI and VII) proscribe activities that secular law regards as criminal. It is not illegal in the United States to: have another God before Yahweh; manufacture graven images (for instance, pieces of granite with Scriptural texts described on them); say “God damn it” when you spill the ketchup; […]
The Tenth Commandment sends a message to socialists, to egalitarians, to people obsessed with fairness… to everyone who believes that wealth should be redistributed. And the message is clear and concise: Go to hell.
It is interesting tha the First “Commandment” seems to be a statement, not a commandment. That is probably why, in Hebrew, these words are called “Aseret ha-Dibrot”, the Ten Statements, and not “Aseret ha-Mitzvot, the Ten Commandments.
Nevertheless, the Tenth Commandment – ‘Thou shalt not covet’ – recognizes that making money and owning things could become selfish activities. But it is not the creation of wealth that is wrong, but love of money for its own sake. The spiritual dimension comes in deciding what one does with the wealth. How could we […]
And God spake all these words, saying, I am the Lord thy God, which have brought thee out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage. Thou shalt have no other gods before me. Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in […]
These ye shall eat of all that are in the waters: all that have fins and scales shall ye eat: And whatsoever hath not fins and scales ye may not eat; it is unclean unto you. Of all clean birds ye shall eat. (Deuteronomy 14:9-11)
But it shall come to pass, if thou wilt not hearken unto the voice of the Lord thy God, to observe to do all his commandments and his statutes which I command thee this day; that all these curses shall come upon thee, and overtake thee. (Deuteronomy 28:15)
The Eighth Commandment was not made for bards.
Ye shall keep my statutes. Thou shalt not… neither shall a garment mingled of linen and woollen come upon thee. (Leviticus 19:19)
The first and great commandment is: Don’t let them scare you.