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2011-12-08

No, Iím not skipping anything. In Exodus 20, the bible jumps from God telling Moses to head back down the mountain, to God issuing the Ten Commandments (which takes place back up on the mountain). Now, there isnít much of an explanation for this gap, so we have to assume that Moses grabbed Aaron and they both went back up Mt. Sinai and thatís when God started talking to them. You know, when nobody else was around to see it happen.

God gives Moses his new law, and since Godís law is perfect, there shouldnít be any ambiguity at all, and everything should be concise and easy to understand, no room for interpretation, right? Well, not according to religious people. For one thing, they canít even agree on how to break them apart.

But this problem spawns from the bible itself. There are no instructions for how to separate each commandment. Using the verses doesnít help; the numbers werenít part of the earliest writings, and it spans seventeen verses anyway. Actually, the very idea of the ďTen CommandmentsĒ wouldnít make sense to an early Israelite because it wasnít until the 1st century CE that we have any evidence of anyone actually breaking them into the Decalogue.

Youíll soon see that it could have just as easily been the Nine Commandments, or the Eleven Commandments, itís all about how they are grouped. Why not nine or eleven? As the good Reverend Carlin once said:

Because ten sound official; ten sounds important! Ten is the basis for the decimal system, itís a decade, itís a psychologically satisfying numberóthe top ten, the ten most wanted, the ten best dressed. So having ten commandments was really a marketing decision! It is clearly a bullshit list.

Because there are no instructions for how to group them, every major offshoot of Judaism has attempted their own renumbering process. They tend to agree on the separation of seven of them: saying Godís name in vain, remembering the Sabbath, honoring your parents, not killing, not committing adultery, not stealing, and not lying. However, the remaining three are a mangled mess across the various denominations.

However, even if the the religions canít agree on the divisions, at least they all agree that they should be followed. Except for the Muslims. While they believe in Moses and stone tablets of Godís law, their scripture doesnít say what was written on the tablets, and therefore they donít agree with their divinity.

The movie does a great job displaying Godís fiery finger which burns the laws into the face of Mt. Sinai, but they do this while the laws are being spoken, not well after like it occurs in the bible. Also, thereís something incredibly ridiculous thatís left out of the movie, but weíll cover that when we get to it.

 

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Willy Galleta writes:

 

Finally, the ten morals of doom! This is gonna be worth watching. Yes, sir.

Richard writes:

 

I had that very reaction when I was looking at an online bible. I was on the page before, then god started talking about these orders. I stopped and blinked, clicked the back button, clicked the next button again just to be sure I did not hit the wrong button, frowned and shook my head, hit the Previous button, then the next again.

Then came the verbal "How can people believe this shit?"

Samael writes:

 

Imagine how all this must go over when he returns to the priests. "Okay, I talked to God and he was about to have all you guys come up on the mountain and see him with me, but then I remembered that the mountain will kill you, so I talked him into just letting my brother come with me. Turns out he's immune to the glory of God too! Saved your lives, yo. On the plus side, I have some new laws for you to follow or be smited!"

 

Oh the irony!