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The Book of Jodah

Updated on May 16, 2017
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John is a Christian but feels that all religions have both positives and negatives. He prefers to live by his own code of ethics.

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The Book of Jodah

The Christian Bible has the Ten Commandments, and other religions and belief systems have set guidelines that their followers should try to adhere to in the living of their lives. Even atheists and agnostics need some sense of direction and focus.

The following alternative Commandments from "The Book of Jodah" are my own guide that I try to follow in my life. (Well, maybe not No. 11, but I thought it sounded good.)

The Ten Commandments
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Another Eleven Commandments

1. He who seeketh the sun shall also find shadows. There are two sides to every situation, always try to see the positive one.

2. Those who have excess but fail to share shall suffer famine of the soul.

3. Don't flee from your tormentors. Pity their jealousy and bask in their envy.

4. Stand up for what you know is right, even if it isn't popular. Never compromise your beliefs.

5. Protect the weak and innocent from oppression and the unjust.

6. Fear no evil and be bold in the face of adversity.

7. Be truthful. But truth without tact can be hurtful, so always use your discretion.

8. Always find time to read. There is power in the written word.

9. The meek shall inherit the Earth. So, always be humble in everything you do.

10. Fight the good fight. Finish the race. Stay strong in your faith, and above all, love unconditionally.

11. Set your compass towards the sea. Solve the ocean's riddles and you will find the answers you seek.

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Have you read the Bible?

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Read Between the Lines

Some say The Bible's out of date,

And written in the past,

Just relevant in days of old

And never meant to last.


But the scriptures offered guidance,

And set some structured rules

That man could choose to follow,

Or ignore if they were fools.


How to treat your fellow man;

To be generous and give;

When challenged turn the other cheek;

Advice on how to live.

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All religions differ

In one way or the next,

But many values are the same,

And written in their text.


When you read between the lines

The messages shine through.

You see that they are relevant

For today's world and to you.


So, whether you're religious

Or an atheist is fine,

But it's good to have some ethics

To keep your life in line.

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The Gospel of Judas (not Jodah)

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      John Hansen 5 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Shauna, I think we have a lot in common in regard to how we view Life, God, and religion. Glad you like my commandments. Enjoy your week.

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      Shauna L Bowling 5 months ago from Central Florida

      John, I love your 11 commandments. They are good words to live by. I agree: we all need a set of ethics to guide us through life. I, too, am a Christian - even went to Catholic school, but I choose to have a relationship with God my way, not necessarily the way others choose. I describe myself as spiritual rather than religious.

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      John Hansen 5 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Thank you, Lawrence. They may not replace the Ten Commandments, but they can certainly be used in addition to them. Have a great day.

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      Lawrence Hebb 5 months ago

      John

      I really enjoyed this. Some good 'rules for life' here.

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      John Hansen 5 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Thank you, GalaxyRat. It is good that you try to follow the Ten Commandments. Blessings to you.

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      GalaxyRat 5 months ago from The Crazy Rat Lady's House

      Thanks. Those are good "Commandments" for life. I try to follow by the Ten as much as I can, but I like your list.

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      John Hansen 5 months ago from Queensland Australia

      That is a good approach, Tamara. Seel the Lord's guidance and it is amazing how you will be directed to a relevant section/verse in the Bible. Thanks for reading.

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      Tamara Moore 5 months ago

      Very cool poem, Jodah! I find that when I pray before I read from The Bible, The Lord opens my heart and soul to allow me to fully understand. It's a very rich experience. Lovely poem!

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      John Hansen 6 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Thank you so much, Debangee.

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      DEBANGEE MANDAL 6 months ago from India

      A perfect spiritual hub.I appreciate your faith in the Lord.Well done!

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      John Hansen 6 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Thanks for reading and the kind comment, Flourish. a poll is a good idea and I may add one, though I wish I had thought to do it when I first published as I probably have already had most of the views this hub is going to get.

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      FlourishAnyway 6 months ago from USA

      This is a fine set of rules to live by, John. A growing number of people are rejecting labels as you do. Your poem is nicely written as well. It would be interesting to add a poll about whether readers have read the Bible or how often, if ever, they refer to it.

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      John Hansen 6 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Hey, Mike. Good point..commandments, followers, a name starting with "J". Now to choose 12 apostles. Volunteers..anyone?

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      John Hansen 6 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Thank you, Diana. Glad you found it informative and enjoyed it.

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      mckbirdbks 6 months ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

      Hello John - You have the commandments, you have the followers. Who knows where this could lead?

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      Diana L Pierce 6 months ago from Potter County, Pa.

      It is a history lesson and a poem all in one hub. I enjoyed it very much. Good job.

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      John Hansen 6 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Hi Paula, you are right that over time most of these commandments become second nature. I still slip up now and then and that disappoints me. But I try to learn from those mistakes and do better next time. Is the "Commandments for Mothers" still published here at HubPages. I would like to check that out. Your humor is always infectious. Cheers.

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      John Hansen 6 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Thank you for reading "The Book of Jodah", MsDora. Glad you enjoyed the message and approve of my commandments.

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      Dora Weithers 6 months ago from The Caribbean

      I like the message in the poem: maintain your morals whether or not you're religious. I tried to find a favorite in the commandments, but each one is a ten. The Book of Jodah is an essential read.

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      Paula 6 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      Jodah.....I really love the Book of Jodah. It's filled with truth & love and all that I believe in & try to follow as well. Just knowing you here, as a fellow-writer, I'm sure that you seriously follow your own suggestions! Once you get the "Hang" of it, it should become second nature. All it involves is being an honest, giving & kind individual. If anyone finds it much too difficult, that's a sign to try to avoid them! LOL.

      I wrote something similar, several years ago but they were Commandments for mothers and it was written with humor beginning to end. I believe it was one of those "special" times, I needed to cheer myself up when all 4 boys were home. Well, actually, it was a bit more than making myself laugh. As I recall, I was desperately trying to save my sanity!! LOL Thanks Jodah....very nice! Hugs, Paula

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      John Hansen 6 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Glad you think so, Larry. Cheers mate.

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      John Hansen 6 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Linda, as long as you try. None of us are perfect (though some pretend to be). Glad you enjoyed this.I don't think HP did going by the extremely low score.

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      John Hansen 6 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Yes, that one would solve most problems, except for the masochists out there :) I certainly care about all those things you mentioned.

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      John Hansen 6 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Thanks, Clive. Wmm..Moses, well I have never parted the waters but I have a white beard and have seen burning bushes.

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      John Hansen 6 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Thank you, MizB. I have been called a lot of things too :) Yes, have moved into town but I am missing all the creatures already.

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      John Hansen 6 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Thank you, Manatita. much appreciated. Yes, "bask in their envy" had me a little worried and I almost changed it..but the fact that they were tormentors made me feel ok with it. I just meant that you should not fear and worry about the torments, just understand they do it because of envy.

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      John Hansen 6 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Chitrangada, you are always so generous in your comments. I think everyone should follow a set of general rules for life. Glad you liked the poem.

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      John Hansen 6 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Thank you for the kind comment, Venkat. If more people thought like you the world would be a better place.

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      Larry Rankin 6 months ago from Oklahoma

      Very interesting philosophy.

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      Linda Lum 6 months ago from Washington State, USA

      John - All wonderful words to live by. I try every day, and I stumble. But I see each new day when I awake as a wiping of the slate and a chance to try once again. Thank you for the poem and a beautiful article.

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      Dana Tate 6 months ago from LOS ANGELES

      Hello, John. If people treated others as they themselves would want to be treated, that would take care of many, if not all, the commandments.

      I have always thought of you as a person who loves:

      1. God

      2. Family

      3. People

      4. Animals

      God Bless.

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      clivewilliams 6 months ago

      Very useful commandments. Are you sure you arn't Moses in disguise?

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      MizBejabbers 6 months ago

      Words of wisdom for all, John. I think my atheist daddy would have agreed with your words. I've been called everything from pagan to a true follower of Christ so there you go. Your poetic words are lovely and carry some great thought, too, my friend. I noticed you've mentioned moving. Closer to town away from poisonous frogs and spiders?

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      manatita44 6 months ago from london

      For me that was a beautiful piece!! So well written and I commend it highly. Just one small thing that threw me: 'bask in their envy?'

      The poetry is quite clever. Peace.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 6 months ago from New Delhi, India

      Great hub and great commandments!

      In fact they should be followed by everyone as the general rules of living.

      Your poem as always is so beautifully expressed!

      Thanks for sharing!

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      Venkatachari M 6 months ago from Hyderabad, India

      Very nice post, John. I appreciate your 11 commandments most of which match with my own opinions. The world would be better if all follow these instructions. Thanks for putting them so nicely.

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      John Hansen 6 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Haha Mel. I have a lot of strings to my bow. Glad you enjoyed.

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      John Hansen 6 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Thank you, Bill? Your support is appreciated. It is already Friday here.

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      Mel Carriere 6 months ago from San Diego California

      Amen. I didn't know you were prophet and scribe, as well as Aussie Outback Poet. Wonderful epistle and a lovely Psalm to go along with it.

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      Bill Holland 6 months ago from Olympia, WA

      It's pretty hard to argue with any of those, John, so I won't even try. :) Have a spectacular Thursday.

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      John Hansen 6 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Thank you, Louise. Glad you liked the commandments and the poem. Yes, we need to read.

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      Louise Powles 6 months ago from Norfolk, England

      I like the commandments you posted. I like the one about finding time to read. I love reading, and it's a big part of my life. I love the poem too.

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      Ann Carr 6 months ago from SW England

      Yes thanks, John, the move was fine in the end! We're now still finishing off all sorts but at our own pace. Roll on the sunshine!

      Hope yours went well too.

      Ann

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      John Hansen 6 months ago from Queensland Australia

      I appreciate that generous comment, Tim. Good sense, practical, and inspiring...good words. Thanks.

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      Tim Mitchell 6 months ago from Escondido, CA

      Awesome Jodah! The poem is inspiring and the prose offers good sense and practical ideals. I am glad I discovered this in the feed today.

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      John Hansen 6 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Thank you, Nell. Glad you enjoyed and agree with my thoughts.

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      John Hansen 6 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Thank you for your thoughts, ThreeKeys. When I first joined HubPages I was very guarded in regard to what I shared. Now, I take the more personal approach and it seems to be appreciated as readers like to know what makes you tick.

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      Nell Rose 6 months ago from England

      That was great John! Love your commandments and the poem too, and yes you are so right!

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      Threekeys 6 months ago from Australia

      Jodah I admire you for sharing something that I consider very private. Its funny....just yesterday I realized that to protect oneself and to get to know another healthily, our boundaries, our defininteness, our "yes's" and "no's" need to be relayed to others. And those boundaries stem from our inner guidelines in how we approach our lives and relate to others. I know we know that but somehow its like I just relearnt that yesterday. Your inner code is inspiring. I also enjoyed your poem, Jodah.

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      John Hansen 6 months ago from Queensland Australia

      I like your words, Eric, and was looking forward to getting your comments on this one. You didn't disappoint. I think your intellect is way above mine but I certainly enjoy any conversing we partake in, My Friend.

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      Eric Dierker 6 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      This is the stuff where we can enjoy our intellect and rejoice in our faith. We can create and no just repeat. Our Christianness is meant to be worshiped. Yes "OUR's". I find this refreshing and so wonderfully true to form from a very good friend.

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      John Hansen 6 months ago from Queensland Australia

      I agree totally, Ann. The Christian church is guilty of as many atrocities as any other, so the I am Holier than thou attitude doesn't sit well. I have also had personal experience with a lot of hypocrites who call themselves Christian, so no longer follow blindly all that is preached by "men." It is up to us to use our discernment as to what is right and wrong. All is good here now. Finally finished moving. Hope yours went well.

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      Ann Carr 6 months ago from SW England

      Great philosophy, John. I like your commandments and your poem sets it all out well too. Like you, I consider myself a Christian but I do have a few issues with the 'set' attitude and some who profess to be acting in the name of religion, whichever one it is.

      I'm trying to catch up - slowly, slowly!

      Hope all's well with you and yours.

      Ann