Is it really necessary to display the Ten Commandments just outside the Philippine Supreme Court building? Are the Ten Commandments the epitome of all our morality?
Most Christians are familiar with the Ten Commandments, and even atheists like me won’t miss it. OK…if you’re not too familiar with it…
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
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:
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.
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.
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.
12 Honour thy father and thy
mother: that thy days may be long upon the land which the LORD thy God giveth
13 Thou shalt not kill.
14 Thou shalt not commit adultery.
Thou shalt not steal.
16 Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy
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.
Christians believed that the Ten Commandments remarkably display infinite wisdom and is a morally perfect code beyond criticism.
Yet the Decalogue is not a perfect moral code, nor at all superior to the religious and legislative codes of other ancient civilization. The first 5 ( Exodus 20: 2- 11) possess no moral value whatever. It is obvious that they are simply religious emanations from obsolete priestcraft. The last 5 ( Exodus 20:12-17 ) bears the same relation to natural morality.
Exodus 20:5 – 7 is a strange commandment that claiming to be coming from an “all-good” and “all-powerful” God. It is worthy to note why an “all-powerful” being will be “jealous”. Also, this make the Hindu god Brahma more sensible when He (Brahma) said, “Those who worship other gods worship me because I hear them, and correct their mistakes.”
Exodus 20:12 Now that’s a good commandment, but I have never learned that long-live persons have been more dutiful to parents than others.
Exodus 20:13 Yet the so-called “holy people” were killing all the time, in His own commands! Thus, violating this commandment.
Exodus 20:17 Here, a wife is treated as a mere property – same as a servant, an ox or a donkey.
The Bible is, for the most part, a crude literature of people who lived long ago and it emits the dissipated deeds and opinions of self-profess priests and prophets. Looking at the Ten Commandments, I may say that finer principles of morality are neglected.