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The Ten Commandments Made Easy
A rose by any other name is still a pretty flower.
Ten Commandments not really!
Seems like ten commandments does not fit in with everything else being 12. Ten commandments does not even really mean ten commandments. Ten commandments definitely does not mean twenty commandments. And ten commandments does not mean a shorthand version of the commandments. Breaking them "in your heart" is not a condemnation type sin in general.
This article proposes that if we look at the ten commandments as rules of life and society in a loving "service to humankind" sort of way, they are far more positive and helpful than looking at them in other ways.
You see there is a school of thought that generally sees God as someone who puts down rules as benevolence and not as a punishing dictator. Concepts like the Sabbath instantly become a rule for man's benefit made for man and not man for the Sabbath.
So let us look at them that way and let us just use AKJV as the "translation" or perhaps one of two hundred others. So Pick another to apply it to but watch out there are some subtleties that make common parlance not really applicable to when they were installed for man. For instance; bearing false witness is not at all the same as lying to a police officer about seeing the speed limit sign that is covered by bushes.
(note: The commandments are not listed here and "made easy" is to point out that they should be easy but that is not a prerequisite for them being applicable)
I just love this tune, I hope you play it while reading my humble work of adoration.
Let us talk about some don'ts.
Hey you there do not kill people. It is really wrong and a bad thing to do. If you have never done it then good for you. If you ever find yourself questioning it, find someone who has done it and ask them about it. You can find them in prisons. They are either total psychopaths or they will tell you about the horrors of having done it. Especially find a drunk driver who did it once. Chances are very good they would give an arm or even their own life not to have done it. Yet people drive intoxicated or totally distracted all the time. That alone would be sinful at the least. But take a life because of it and normal people do not need to die themselves to find out what hell is. So this suggestion is very well founded.
Don't touch that! Or otherwise do not steal.
Have you ever had someone steal something of yours that you really cared about. It is a gut wrenching injustice. For some reason it feels like a horrible violation of your own space. I had my car broken into and some (lack of) valuables taken. I scrubbed my car clean as it felt dirty just to have a thief be there in my place touching my stuff. Perhaps it is weird, but still.......
Please do not steal or take stuff that does not belong to you. Especially do not steal another's peace of mind, that is very valuable to all of us.
Just do not covet other peoples things and status, especially not their people.
It is not healthy to go around wishing for other stuff or folks. It is hard enough to just take care of all the great things we have. The real commandment on this has a whole bunch of people and things not to covet. But it is easy to break down, "do not covet". Coveting really interferes with finding happiness in the here and now. It puts us in a place of living in the future rather than the here and now. Mindfulness is totally destroyed with covetousness.
Why not enjoy something like this nice music rather than something that is not yours to enjoy.
Love the one you are with!
Check these out, they are just obvious.
Do not commit adultery.
Come on folks. If I can live by this one so can you. Just live within the bounds of common courtesy and dignity. Sex is not worthy of violating a marriage in any way. Be right of mind and look beyond sick immediate gratification. I am not saying that love does not change and this is not about divorce or anything like that. If someone is married let them be "married" to only one. Life is hard enough not to hurt others without thought.
Honor your mom and dad.
They may not be perfect and there are exceptions for abandonment and abuse. But those are exceptions resulting from gross violations of human dignity. So in general love your parents and give them the honor that you would want from a child.
We all hate liars, do not lie.
Tell the doggone truth. Do not hurt with the truth when it can be avoided but never avoid the truth. The biblical notion is really about bearing a false witness to hurt another unjustly. You see they used to just count up witnesses and decide a matter. Most of us lie out of ignorance and we should not. Gossip is the leading offender. We should know what we say is true or not say it. We should not speak ill without good proof and we should never lie to avoid consequences of our actions. Stay between the lines of truth.
Do you just naturally abide?
Are you just about normally inclined not to violate the commandments?
Show all children tender mercies by living in accord with good.
Now the rest are about God.
This one is easy. And I say this much to the chagrin of many a Christian. Love your god with all your heart mind and soul.
Let me try to get these into one sentence. Pick a God and love that God and only have one, never put money or other stuff ahead of that God and never ever suggest that your God condemns another and rest, by all means rest a day a week.
For my atheist friends pick a God. Maybe science or philosophy or humanism or nature but chose and stay true.
As for Christians, this is truly the greatest and most important commandment of the all. Chose God and love Him like nobody's business. If you do this the rest will fall into place.
Ain't no fool or proud man been perfect. Though I can claim it. And so can you.
I talk too much and I walk too much but I walk the talk I give. Believe me it takes a lot of walking because there is a lot of missteps to get them right on the path to a destination worth having.
I hike and I walk miles and miles. Many times I set out without a destination or goal. I just walk and when I walk I try hard to walk right. This is not always easy as often I want to crawl or just meander. Sometimes my head is so much into an eagle floating above that I walk a mile and do not know where I am.
My point is that I walk right. Where that takes me is not always my call or yours. I just walk right.
That there be the ten commandments. Destination is irrelevant and how I get there is optimum in importance.
Walk in my steps and if they are wrong go your own direction.
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