The ten commandments of dating my daughter
The biologic fact of fatherhood and motherhood does not in and of itself warrant honor.
Until very recently parenthood was not a matter of choice.
Adultery, the subject of the seventh commandment, again raises the question of an absolute ban.
For the most part fidelity in marriage is a sound rule, making for happiness; but some marriages may outlast affection. Until relatively recent times Christian marriages were not dissolvable except by death, so the ban of divorce coupled with the ban of adultery obviously created great distress.
One is reminded of the comment of Napoleon, who really had religion figured out: “How can you have order in a state without religion?
For, when one man is dying of hunger near another who is ill of surfeit, he cannot resign himself to this difference unless there is an authority which declares, ‘God wills it thus.’ Religion is excellent stuff for keeping people quiet.” In general, to bear false witness is construed to mean “don’t lie,” and that is a valuable moral precept, except again it is stated in absolute terms.
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Covetousness may be nonproductive and unpretty, but to make a big, bad deal out of it is ridiculous.It still is a mandatory, not optional, happening for many of the world’s people.Why should any child be commanded to honor, without further basis, parents who became parents by accident—who didn’t even plan to have a child?“Honor your children” would have been a compassionate commandment.
Commandments six through nine—thou shalt not kill, commit adultery, steal or bear false witness—obviously have merit, but even they need extensive revision.
This nontract is available at the FFRF shop Critics of the Christian bible occasionally can score a point or two in discussion with the religious community by noting the many teachings in both the Old and New Testaments that encourage the bible believer to hate and to kill, biblical lessons that history proves Christians have taken most seriously. One version, in Exodus 20, differs slightly from the Deuteronomy version, while a third, in Exodus 34, is wildly different, containing commandments about sacrifices and offerings and ending with the teaching: “Thou shalt not seethe a kid in its mother’s milk.” This is the only version referred to in scriptures as the “ten commandments.” In essence, the first four commandments all scream that “the lord thy god” has an uneasy vanity, and like most dictators, must resort to threats, rather than intellectual persuasion, to promote a point of view.