Readers Note: I love God. I do not love man’s words that are called holy books. I do not have respect for the “words of God” that are given preference over being “worthy of God” as people. Most believers feel if they know the “words of God” then they are a good Godly person. I personally feel good Godly people act better and treat people with respect even when respect is not shown. So even a person knowledgeable in ancient dialects and modern translations of “scripture”, when that person is guilty of disrespecting another, that person fails to be good and Godly and is not worthy of respect.
When I was a little girl, I wanted nothing more than to understand God. I didn’t care about following God, I was desiring to know God on a personal level. But I don’t have much history with any churches. My mother’s father was a strict Catholic. When he fell in love with my grandmother, a non-Catholic, he fell away from the church that would not allow his love to be considered a marriage because my grandmother was unwilling to convert. When my mother grew to attend private school that focused on religion, even my mother was personally turned off to the establishment for their harsh and critical views of women and their bodies, while sexual deviancy was a running joke of the Catholic religion.
Needless to say by the time I was born, my family was nowhere near close to being a church going, faith-professing family. We did our thing. We stayed together. As I grew, the desire to understand God grew. During the summers of my middle childhood, my mom had found Church Camps throughout the summer that was basically daycare for children run by a church. There, while the obvious focus was God, we never spent time talking about God but rather on memorizing the all mighty “scripture” (their word for holy words that are so important they must be memorized). Even at a young age I was turned off by the focus on words and not actions. The church talked more about words supposedly written by God than they ever did of God himself. Even more, they talked so much about the words, they never got around to teaching you how to be a good person in the eyes of God.
Except for this following load of nonsense from the Holy Bible, Exodus 20. Apparently following this load will keep you positively situated in the eyes of God. According to many, these words were carved into stone on top of a mountain and handed to a holy man to take to his people as Words of Truth to be followed to the letter. (My mind wonders which letter since they have been translated so many times, but that’s just me)
Anyways, so here are the exact words copied from the KJV of the bible. I find it difficult to even want to copy this garbage because in the translator’s notes of the people responsible for changing this ancient language it was written into the KJV that we know, they mention that they must translate it inaccurately or else King James would have their head. So yeah, even then people were willing to lie about God for their own selfish agendas. How much can you ever really trust men of God to be honest?
So here I sit however many years after it was first written and that many years later that it was translated to the version that is supposedly the same today as it was then just in current words. And all these holy words have been kept by the hands of men. Men who have shown through history just how unholy they truly are, even the ones professing to know the words of God.
KJV Exodus 20
20 And God spake all these words, saying,
2 I am the Lord thy God, which have brought thee out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage.
3 Thou shalt have no other gods before me.
Okay so right out of the gate, the very first commandment is there to tell you that you are not allowed to have any other thoughts than the thoughts that are given to you. The idea behind this is that God is the Creator and that it would be wrong to think of any other than the Creator of all.
Please tell me how this isn’t man being man. The first rule created was to issue an edict that you must follow this and only this. Old men says “These are truth. Now obey.” conveniently placing himself as the one to be followed. And even with his holy words of command, still he couldn’t get his people to be good Godly people. So how powerfully holy were they?
4 Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth.
Here we go again, issuing edicts to control the output of information. You may not engrave any information on anything other than God. If I were to take this the way it speaks to my heart, I would understand it to say that taking photos and writing about things like angels and gods, animals and plants, and fish and the tides would all be breaking this commandment. Any graven image or any likeness. That’s pretty controlling. But apparently God made himself some pretty out of control people so I guess some serious orders needed to be made….
5 Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the Lord thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me;
6 And shewing mercy unto thousands of them that love me, and keep my commandments.
Now wait just one moment here. Not only can I not worship or serve anything other than God, if I do, my God will be jealous. I thought they were going about the business of promoting a perfect God? What kind of perfect God has jealousy issues? The fact that God is uncomfortable in His relationships speaks more lowly of the man writing the words being conveyed as holy than it does of God being less than perfect. Because this commandment here tells you again not to follow your own thoughts but rather follow the orders of men calling themselves holy and if not condemnation will be issued upon you and the generations to come. So basically, taking this commandment, not only is God imperfect by way of being jealous, he is further being told to be imperfect by way of not forgiving people when they make a mistake and of playing favorites among His Creation. So this commandment would make God seem like an asshole. And since the God I know is not an asshole, I fall back to the fact that the man writing these words and cross-promoting them as holy is truly the imperfect one.
7 Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain; for the Lord will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain.
You are not to swear with God’s name. You can not use God’s name as a swear word. You are not allowed to use any words used to describe God in any sort of offensive way. Again, here is man trying to control the words that come out of people’s mouth from the very beginning of our being. One man steps up and claims divine rightmanship and then starts proclaiming how all the things people are doing is wrong. And yet in all his proclamations, not a single one has done anything towards helping a person know how to be a better person. Each commandment has only been an order to not do something.
8 Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy.
9 Six days shalt thou labour, and do all thy work:
10 But the seventh day is the sabbath of the Lord thy God: in it thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates:
11 For in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore the Lord blessed the sabbath day, and hallowed it.
How very interesting indeed that a man looking to control his people would include in his list of commandments something that addressed how often a person should work for God. What a shocker that man is expected to give nearly the whole week to working and only one day to honor God. Almost 86% of the days of the week are supposed to be spent laboring and only one solitary day is given as God’s day. Not a shocker that a man has made the week more about him than he did about God and yet no one calls attention to this glaring deficiency in time given to God. How can you be pleasing God when you spend nearly no time worshiping Him?
12 Honour thy father and thy mother: that thy days may be long upon the land which the Lord thy God giveth thee.
Okay so I am a little different on the commandments. Most people count this line as a commandment and double up on the graven image and worshiping false idols as one commandment. I find it interesting that people do this because even doubling up the graven image commandment and accepting it as one, doesn’t it seem a little odd that nine out of the ten commandments are all issued as “Thou shalt not” and this is the only one that is a direct statement of what you are to do. Does this not seem like a later addition, almost like an amendment? *in my imagination I see the translators having this conversation: “Hey guys, look what I found. If you double these two commandments up here because they are similar, it frees up the space to put in another command. What one do you think would be best?” “Well Frank and I are both having trouble with our kids listening to us. Throw some verbage in their about listening to your parents. That should help make those brats listen.”
13 Thou shalt not kill.
This one I get. This one I agree with. This is one of the first commandments I feel will lead you to be a better person. But I hold myself to a higher standard than just murdering someone, I feel if you murder their spirit or soul with your words than you are guilty of having broken this commandment. Any attack on a person’s wellbeing falls under my umbrella of “kill”. Despite not killing being a well known commandment, still believers of God and truth professors find themselves guilty of having killed people and yet still innocent enough to preach as being holy. Despite being a holy word of God, somehow man can manage to justify his killing as right by God and deserving of honor.
14 Thou shalt not commit adultery.
See, this is where I feel the commandments start to get wonky. Because they are saying the same thing. First you are not allowed to have any other gods. It could be said you are not to commit adultery in your relationship with God. But it was not, because they don’t recognize a relationship with God, rather only as being servants to a higher power. So here is a man stepping in to issue an edict on how all relationships should be handled. Man is very good at overstepping the bounds of propriety on behalf of a God that is unable to communicate with us in any way other than through the works of man. Interesting how that works, isn’t it? God only talks through man, man who is guilty of disobeying God. And yet despite man being guilty of disobeying God, still man thinks himself the holiest of the family of Creation. Man is kind of a walking contradiction, no?
15 Thou shalt not steal.
If this doesn’t just scream, man’s rule, then I don’t know what would. Why exactly would God care about stealing? God created everything. God made everything for man. Every man should have access to everything. BUT that would be in a perfect world. We live in man’s world where man created himself a rule that justified not sharing and not allowing people to get what they need. Man created an unfair rule that allowed unfairness into society and then called it God’s word to validate it as worthy of consideration.
16 Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbour.
Bear false witness. Lie. You are not to be less than honest with people. Again, this is a commandment I can wrap my mind around. But knowing things as I do and having been on the receiving end of some cold truths that I wish I hadn’t been given, I can honestly say that sometimes the truth is better left unsaid. Not lying is good, but total honesty can be brutal. When not wanting to hurt someone (kill their feelings), which is the best way forward – to be honest and hurt them or to lie and save their feelings? Which you decide reflects highly of how kindness has touched your being.
17 Thou shalt not covet thy neighbour’s house, thou shalt not covet thy neighbour’s wife, nor his manservant, nor his maidservant, nor his ox, nor his ass, nor any thing that is thy neighbour’s.
Jealousy. Envy. Two very dirty words, one of which God is guilty of. Now I don’t see the logic behind a jealous God creating people who are capable of not being jealous themselves. I mean, the bible holds that man was created in His image. If man was created in His image, wouldn’t it stand to reason that man would also act just as wrongly? A jealous God will make jealous men. But that’s just the reality of what I see. I can wrap my mind around this being a good commandment though. I understand that when you spend all your time wanting what someone else has, you are spending no time appreciating what you do have. And better people are thankful for what they have and hardly ever down about what they don’t have.
After going through the 10 Commandments I feel sadly disappointed. These rules just aren’t good enough to keep people from being bad people. They just don’t do enough to provide guidance on right and wrong. People are ignorant and will do what they want regardless of the effects on others. Clear cut rules are needed to guide them away from the bad behaviors and onto more positive and healthy behaviors that enhance society, not harm it. So I have gone about creating a list of things that helps me be what I consider to be a better person, one that is worthy of being called a True Follower of God.
These are my own definitions, my own feelings, my own words. And while I felt divinely inspired while writing them I would never be so bold as to say they are the word of God and must be followed or else. But I would say that upon reading, I do believe you will understand more of the God I Love and more about the person I hope to be on His Mighty Behalf. I have opted to call these
My Ten Commitments:
- Thou shall not profit off another being’s needs.
- Thou shall work to provide for the needs of all before fulfilling the wants of the few.
- Thou shall always help when help is to be had.
- Thou shall not make rules that hurt others.
- Thou shall accept total responsibility for the choices that thou has made.
- Thou shall share thy extra.
- Thou shall not profit off thy own gifts, thou shall share freely.
- Thou shall give thyself up for the benefit of others.
- Thou shall be grateful for thy gifts received.
- Thou shall take no more for thyself than thou is willing to give to others.
Rather than interrupting the flow of the Commitments, I will come below to explain my thoughts on each Commitment.
The First Commitment comes because I live in a capitalistic society. Society is full of money making people who are all too willing to take advantage of someone in a weaker position in the name of turning a profit. Basic needs like food, shelter, and sanity all become money making ventures for the greediest of the greedy. And the world has turned because of it. There is no aspect of life that is not beyond the ability to profit off of. And so in a better society, the people would agree that it is wrong to take advantage of someone simply because you are able to. Just because you are able to do something doesn’t mean you should. And just because you can do something, doesn’t make it the right something to be doing. Therefore to turn society in the right direction, it is necessary to take away their ability to make money when someone is in need of something.
The Second Commitment comes because I live in an unjust world where the few take so much for themselves that they leave the many scrambling to have adequate resources to cover their needs. The few are so few in number and yet demand so much that the entire world is basically scrambling to cover their unending greed and corruption. This Commitment makes it possible for the needs of the many to be addressed as more important than the changing wants and passing fancies of the few who hold themselves above the others, always demanding more for themselves.
The Third Commitment comes because I live in a world full of people with much ability to make a difference and for every reason imaginable, they hold themselves above the responsibility of using their advantage to change the system. They are greedy, they are lazy, they are corrupt. The have epic tons of money and power and prestige and still they allow the world to live in squalor while they keep their elite status. Truly the few have shown themselves to be devoid of any common decency because with millions of dollars to their name, they can only give thousands of dollars to help others. Their helping is as little as they can possibly get away with while still being considered charitable. This Commitment makes no excuse for not helping. There is no reason to not help as long as there is still help needed. Help until the need for help is gone.
The Fourth Commitment comes because I live in an unequal system in which favor is granted to those with more and more trouble is given to those with less. Those with more position themselves to be granted power and say over the lives of those with less. Those with more look down upon those with less and therefore create rules and regulations that make life more difficult while exempting themselves from the same expectations. This Commitment would create the idea that one rule works for all in society, regardless of the different labels and distinctions granted to any individual citizen.
The Fifth Commitment comes because I have grown up in a society of finger pointers. Adults everywhere are spending all their time bickering and blaming everyone and their brother as the cause of today’s issues. Each person has their ideas and thoughts and opinions on why he, she, or they are responsible for this, that, and the other. Never taking the opportunity to look inward and accept that the individual is part of the problem too. This Commitment brings responsibility to each individual person, allowing people to accept their mistakes, and grow into a better person in a better society.
The Sixth Commitment comes because of the few of the world I live in. Millions and billions of dollars are being withheld from the majority of society. Rich people have outrageous bank accounts that hold more money than they could ever realistically spend in one lifetime. They have so much money that they created a separate way of being (a corporation) that allows even more massive amounts of money to be accumulated and kept from the whole of society and yet completely accessible to the pockets of the few. The few have so much and yet they look down upon any who would look down upon them for not sharing what they clearly don’t need. Since the elite of the world aren’t expected to share their vast extra, the corruption of keeping what you don’t needs trickles down into every aspect of society, where nearly no people are willing to give their personal items to help comfort someone else in need.
The Seventh Commitment comes from the moral deficiency of those withholding information from those needing it. I live in a society where the best education is withheld until a hefty pricetag has been paid. It starts in kindergarten. Public education in poor neighborhoods is a joke and traumatizes children more than it educates. The rich and the elite have separated themselves from the mainstream and have systemically created different teaching systems that cater more information for the more privileged. This creates a separation in society. You have your educated and you have your undereducated. The educated look down upon those with undereducations. They don’t care that they system favors them, only that they are better. And so they keep giving money to the better schools and continue looking down upon the failing school systems where money isn’t flowing. Even outside the education system, information is withheld until money is outlayed. Doctors won’t tell you what they know is wrong with you unless you have money or insurance. Mechanics won’t tell you what’s wrong with your vehicle unless you pay them hefty sums of money. Lawyers won’t help you prove you’re innocent unless you pay them extreme hourly rates. All over society, labeled educated people are demanding paid for the education they received and are unwilling to share the fruits of their education and skill until money changes hands. That is corruption at its finest.
The Eighth Commitment goes hand in hand with the Seventh. The Seventh states that you should share your gifts freely. The sentiment behind this Commitment comes because there are many people who are unwilling to help others. Creating a commitment that makes it a focus on others and not the self can turn a selfish society around. If everyone is in the habit of helping others, there will always be help to be had when someone is in need.
The Ninth Commitment comes from a society that has never learned when enough is enough. The wealthy keep acquiring more wealth. The privileged keep acquiring more privileges. The poor keep wanting more things. At no level of society is there a group of people who are merrily content with what they have been given. At all times, there is an outward push to obtain more. More money, more power, more prestige, more clothes, more vacations, more more more. Gratefulness is the cure for anyone with a case of the I want mores. When you are grateful for what you have you will find you have need for nothing else.
The Tenth Commitment comes from a corrupt society in which the government officials offer themselves perks and advantages of their job that they are unwilling to offer to the society of workers they are in charge of. Therefore it stands to reason that if one person is willing to give themselves something, then that something should be available as an option for all to be considered for, regardless of situation or designation.
Now I wonder, if we started pushing the Commitments with as much focus and consideration as the Ten Commandments have been given, how do you think society would change?
For me, I believe we’d head in the direction of a place all could be happy in.
Written Post 4:20am on 6/1/2019 by Beautiful Bettie. Inspired after a truth professor boldly proclaims the fallacy of modern churches and then goes about propping up the KJV as words that can be trusted. Just another example of modern man making his beliefs better than others without caring to reconcile the glaring holes in his argument. He’s a cherry picker like the rest of him. Pick and choose the ancient words of nonsense that most clearly support your modern day preaching and go about “translating” the unknowable message of the past for ignorant minds to gobble up like holy food while proclaiming yourself as superior in intellect. Man and his ego never learns, only boasts and preaches.