The Ten Commandments; the Ethos of God, or the Edict of Man?
The Ten Commandments of YAHWEH, our God as known in the Old Testament:
THE TEN COMMANDMENTS
"THE ETHOS OF GOD"
given by Him according to His infinite wisdom, to GUIDE humankind away from self-destruction;
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"AN EDICT OF MAN"
invented for the CONTROL of civilization?
Definitions from: www.Wiktionary.org
Ethos: The character or fundamental values of a person, people, culture, or movement.
Edict: A proclamation of law or other authoritative command.
The Ten Commandments summarized:
1. People suggest all the time that Religion was developed by man (surreptitiously or not), specifically for the purpose of CONTROLLING the masses, as civilization developed.
2. Well, could not that same argument in some respect befit the purposes of our Creator?
a Does GOD not want to control us or, to be more congenial and respectful - to LEAD us and protect us (certainly enough so that we do not literally self-destruct through folly, vice, or scurrilous and dangerous temptation). Would one not hope that his (our) chosen faith would at LEAST have these values?
b Or, does GOD not want to control us at all, but rather just let us run free and see how well we do, given His Providence, our circumstance, and our use of our blessed wherewithal which He bestowed upon us at birth?
c Or, could there be a figurative middle-ground, where GOD grants and bestows upon us an absolute and never-ending FREE-AGENCY (i.e.: our own wills), tempering us with our own unique wherewithal’s through His never-ending Grace and vested interest?
i. Wills which, through the determined mastery of our OWN agency, must anneal our fledgling spirits, to obtain the rightful Dominion we have been given in order to progress and rise above every adversity and challenge.
ii. Our spirits then must grow in their Dominion, upon a firm foundation, and develop the Power necessary to bridle our tongues and subject our flesh to the desires and choices of our own bestowed wills, which were gifted unto us unselfishly.
iii. Sensibly then, our wills can then be diligently aligned and positioned as ONE with His.
iv. Or, our wills can be NOT thus prudently aligned, and will therefore be considered of a foreign variety unbeknownst to the Gatekeeper, of a spotted, incomplete, and unwanted design orientation, indeed not of God’s own, according to His Word.
v. Could this not be so, while He reserves HIS Sovereignty by giving us RULES to live by - for us each to ultimately be Judged with Mercy AND Justice?
· Judged with an optional advocate Saviour designate - One who can be enlisted as our Redeemer, according to His Word.
· Then rewarded, or sentenced, according to the RULES we have ALL been given?
3. Of course, if we choose NOT to obey or, to be more congenial - to OBSERVE (since we ARE free to choose the thoughts we entertain - and the acts we do) The Ten Commandments, would we not through this abandonment be foolish? Would we not also INEVITABLY self-destruct from such a foolish decision, given our resultant reliance upon wisdom less sagacious, indeed our resultant reliance upon wisdom certainly less than infinite?
4. Does not a faith which espouses the tenets of God, and His Son, and His Holy Ghost witness the Majesty, Fairness and Love of a Supreme Creator? Does it not witness a Heavenly Father who wants us to Believe in Him, Believe in His Son, Believe in His Holy Ghost, and Believe that we can return to Him, treasured as His children, even a peculiar children,Zealous of good works? Even so, as we veritably each develop as unique individuals, we have a place reserved in His Kingdom, which He has prepared for us, according to His Word, if we so incline ourselves.
5. Conversely, does not the assumed notion that these venerable Ten Commandments, recorded in ages past, were the concoction of man, likely invoked as a convenient necessity or a pompous ploy, which therefore because of this, brings about, through dissension, the terrible discord and warring amongst people, the unreasonable and unrelenting controversy amongst scholars, the troubles and plagues of man, and no doubt - abandonment - or change? (God Forbid.)
Which is best, and are there any other ways to live a life with purpose - and without torment, given the WITNESS, and knowledge of the singularity of a precious mortality, linked in sequence with the eternal nature of one’s spirit?
Luke 10: 25-28
¶ “And, behold, a certain lawyer stood up, and tempted him, saying, Master, what shall I do to inherit eternal life? He said unto him, What is written in the law? how readest thou? And he answering said, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy strength, and with all thy mind; and thy neighbour as thyself. And he said unto him, Thou hast answered right: this do, and thou shalt live.”
Concerning torment, and the way to rid oneself of it.
As taken from the Record of Alma 36: 12 – 26
“(12) But I was racked with eternal torment, for my soul was harrowed up to the greatest degree and racked with all my sins. (13) Yea, I did remember all my sins and iniquities, for which I was tormented with the pains of hell; yea, I saw that I had rebelled against my God, and that I had not kept his holy commandments. (14) Yea, and I had murdered many of his children, or rather led them away unto destruction; yea, and in fine so great had been my iniquities, that the very thought of coming into the presence of my God did rack my soul with inexpressible horror. (15) Oh, thought I, that I could be banished and become extinct both soul and body, that I might not be brought to stand in the presence of my God, to be judged of my deeds. (16) And now, for three days and for three nights was I racked, even with the pains of a damned soul.
(17) And it came to pass that as I was thus racked with torment, while I was harrowed up by the memory of my many sins, behold, I remembered also to have heard my father prophesy unto the people concerning the coming of one Jesus Christ, a Son of God, to atone for the sins of the world. (18) Now, as my mind caught hold upon this thought, I cried within my heart: O Jesus, thou Son of God, have mercy on me, who am in the gall of bitterness, and am encircled about by the everlasting chains of death. (19) And now, behold, when I thought this, I could remember my pains no more; yea, I was harrowed up by the memory of my sins no more.
(20) And oh, what joy, and what marvelous light I did behold; yea, my soul was filled with joy as exceeding as was my pain! (21) Yea, I say unto you, my son, that there could be nothing so exquisite and so bitter as were my pains. Yea, and again I say unto you, my son, that on the other hand, there can be nothing so exquisite and sweet as was my joy. (22) Yea, methought I saw, even as our father Lehi saw, God sitting upon his throne, surrounded with numberless concourses of angels, in the attitude of singing and praising their God; yea, and my soul did long to be there. (23) But behold, my limbs did receive their strength again, and I stood upon my feet, and did manifest unto the people that I had been born of God.
(24) Yea, and from that time even until now, I have labored without ceasing, that I might bring souls unto repentance; that I might bring them to taste of the exceeding joy of which I did taste; that they might also be born of God, and be filled with the Holy Ghost. (25) Yea, and now behold, O my son, the Lord doth give me exceedingly great joy in the fruit of my labors; (26) For because of the word which he has imparted unto me, behold, many have been born of God, and have tasted as I have tasted, and have seen eye to eye as I have seen; therefore they do know of these things of which I have spoken, as I do know; and the knowledge which I have is of God.”
A law given, and a punishment affixed
"But there is a law given, and a punishment affixed, and a repentance granted; which repentance, mercy claimeth; otherwise, justice claimeth the creature and executeth the law, and the law inflicteth the punishment; if not so, the works of justice would be destroyed, and God would cease to be God."
"But God ceaseth not to be God, and mercy claimeth the penitent, and mercy cometh because of the atonement; and the atonement bringeth to pass the resurrection of the dead; and the resurrection of the dead bringeth back men into the presence of God; and thus they are restored into his presence, to be judged according to their works, according to the law and justice."
"For behold, justice exerciseth all his demands, and also mercy claimeth all which is her own; and thus, none but the truly penitent are saved."
"For intelligence cleaveth unto intelligence; wisdom receiveth wisdom; truth embraceth truth; virtue loveth virtue; light cleaveth unto light; mercy hath compassion on mercy and claimeth her own; justice continueth its course and claimeth its own; judgment goeth before the face of him who sitteth upon the throne and governeth and executeth all things."
Bible Dictionary; Jehovah
The covenant or proper name of the God of Israel. It denotes the “Unchangeable One,” “the eternal I AM” (Ex. 6: 3; Ps. 83: 18; Isa. 12: 2; Isa. 26: 4). The original pronunciation of this name has possibly been lost, as the Jews, in reading, never mentioned it, but substituted one of the other names of God, usually Adonai. Probably it was pronounced Jahveh, or Yahveh. In the KJV, the Jewish custom has been followed, and the name is generally denoted by LORD or GOD, printed in small capitals.