Defamation Of God
previously stated, my aim is to defend Our Father against
defamation of His character and morality by challenging every
falsehood and unjust accusation wherever those insults may
appear, even if certain cherished beliefs are inadvertently
total honesty I must confess that I know nothing about
God. No one truly does, not even the Clergy. And what's more,
they know that they don't know. I'm not saying they
don't believe but belief is not knowledge. While I may not
know about God, I do know what the meaning of God stands
for. God is kind, wise, patient, loving, just, merciful, and
compassionate. To me, that description exemplifies the true
meaning of God.
affronts to the Almighty's character and integrity appear
in a book that is supposed to venerate Our Creator. The following
Files reveal some of the countess libelous examples that are
found in the Bible.
of the greatest Patriarchs of Scripture is Abraham with whom
God makes the first sacred covenant. Jehovah is portrayed
as a very insecure Personality in this sequence of Genesis.
Although Abraham has always proven his loyalty to the Lord,
God decides to put him through a cruel and heartless test.
Abraham's beloved son Isaac is the pawn in this drama that
pits a father's love for God against that of his only child.
Though Abraham has done everything the Lord asked of him,
even circumcised himself on Jehovah's command, Jehovah still
seems uncertain of his loyalty. He orders Abraham to bring
Isaac to a sacred sacrificial altar and murder him. Agonizing
over the deed he must perform, Abraham brings Isaac to the
appointed spot and prepares to slay him before God. The child
is petrified as his father raises the dagger overhead. Just
as he is about to plunge the blade into the lad, God stops
the test by revealing that He only wanted to know how much
Abraham loved him. Who chooses to believe that the Lord is
so insecure that He must torment his most devoted servant
in such a heartless manner? Does this behavior sound like
the Creator of the Universe or that of an immature schoolboy?
Ask yourself if this story doesn't defame the image of God?
David (whose symbol is the Jewish Star) watches Bathsheba
sun bathing on her roof and has her brought to his palace
where they carry on an adulterous affair. Upon learning that
he has made her pregnant, he conspires to have her husband
return from the war to sleep with his wife. Uriah is too devoted
to His King and chooses instead to return to the front lines.
David orders his Generals to place him into the thick of battle
and has Uriah slain. Now David can have Bathsheba all to himself
and Jehovah is furious with him for what he's done. We wait
for Divine Retribution and here is how it comes. When the
child is born, God punishes them by killing their baby plus
seventy thousand of David's innocent subjects. The two adulterers
receive no chastisement and Uriah's murder goes unpunished.
Does anyone believe that God would mete out this kind of justice
for such a diabolically premeditated crime? Does it make the
deed okay because it appears in the Bible? Consider this for
a moment; no one knows who wrote this tale during antiquity
yet many believe it. One murder is quite enough but the writer
turns God into a mass murderer who kills the baby and thousands
of David's people that had nothing to do with Uriah's death
or with the adultery. Shall we just accept the word of these
unknown authors or give God the benefit of the doubt?
is a pious slave who is very solicitous of God's laws. Among
those is the injunction that the Ark is most holy and must never
be touched. One day, as Uzzah is following the procession, the
Ark starts to topple. Instinctively, Uzzah grabs it to stop
it from falling and God immediately sends forth a "holy
fire" and immolates the poor slave. Would the Lord kill
a man for trying to save a holy object? Is the Creator of the
universe no more rational than that? Let the punishment fit
the crime but Uzzah was merely trying to save the Ark. If you
had a neighbor with such a short fuse who murdered someone for
a reason like that, what would you do? I'd call the authorities
or move. Better yet, I'd just deny that God ever did such a
Give God Credit For Wisdom
a scene in Genesis that doesn’t give The Almighty much
credit for brains. He praises Abel for being a shepherd and
has no respect for Cain being a farmer. What sense does that
make? Surely God understands sibling rivalry. Well, the remark
hurts Cain so deeply that he murders his brother in a jealous
fit of rage. Then the boy fears that someone will try to slay
him for his crime so God puts a mark upon Cain to protect him
and swears vengeance on anyone that tries to kill the lad. Seriously,
would God make such a statement when only three people exist
in the world? Would Adam and Eve try to kill their only son?
The writer sure let that one get away from him because who’s
left to slay Cain? Would the Lord even take part in such an
inane conversation in the first place? Is this not an insult
to Our Father’s intelligence? Many believe that Moses
was the author of this story but how could he know all these
details since he wasn’t born until later in the next book?
As the story continues Cain is driven out of Eden by Jehovah
and goes to live in the “Land of Nod” where he meets
a nice girl and starts a family. Where did these other people
Re-examine This One
Sodom and Gomorra, the Bible tells us, God can only find one
righteous person living in two large cities so he chooses
a man named Lot. God is so furious that Lot is the only one
without Sin that He goes on a rampage and sets both cities
ablaze and all the men, women and children burn to death.
Does that sound like something God would do and is Lot really
worth saving? Since God believes he is it must be so, right?
Well, God turns Lot’s wife into a pillar of salt for
looking back at the fire so in order to continue the family
name, Lot’s daughters get pop drunk and both get pregnant
by him and that must be okay with God since He believes that
these people are the only righteous ones in both cities. I
hope it’s becoming clear why I defend the meaning of
God against the vilification of His intelligence and morality.
Do you think the Bible treats God with respect? The faithful
will undoubtedly be angry with me for showing that the Bible
defames the Almighty but I hope they will remember that I
am defending Him. I feel no resentment towards anyone that
chooses to believe these stories because their parents probably
also did; I just fail to understand how that makes them virtuous
and righteous people.
and the Exodus
wandering in the desert for forty torturous years Moses guides
his tribe towards the land of milk and honey. God Himself
leads the way taking the form of a cloud pillar by day and
a huge fire at night. Canaan lies before them and as they
prepare to enter, the Almighty tells Moses that he alone will
not see the Promised Land. Moses may watch his people go in
but he must stay behind because he failed to sanctify the
Lord’s name to his tribe forty years earlier. Are we
to believe that God would be so cruel to his most devoted
servant? Can anyone accept that the Lord held a grudge for
forty years because Moses failed to sanctify His name before
an exhausted band of wandering Jews? Does the Bible endow
Our Creator with admirable qualities befitting God?
sure we all know that Joshua fought the battle at Jericho,
his trumpeter blew three blasts on the trumpet and the walls
came tumbling down. The bible tells us that God joined the
fight and hurled huge rocks down from Heaven killing more
of Joshua’s enemies with those rocks than Joshua’s
entire army combined. Is scripture telling us we are not all
Bible states that because the first two humans disobeyed God,
He brought death into the world. Five million year old fossils
clearly show that creatures have always died and always will.
Death is a natural appointment -- merely nature acting without
intent. God never created death as a punishment or caused
women to bring forth their babies in pain as scripture claims.
Every creature experiences discomfort during birth and the
good Lord is not that heartless. The Old Testament maligns
the meaning of God and deprives us of a loving image. There
is no doubt in my mind that Scripture defames the essence
the fifth and final book of Moses called Deuteronomy, God
becomes so angry at man for being disobedient to Him that
He let’s go a barrage of the vilest curses imaginable.
If you read Chapter 28 in its entirety, your senses are sure
to be shocked. All the plagues and failed harvests that He
wishes for man, that will bring starvation and disease are
bad enough, but in verse 53 Jehovah says, quote: “You
shall eat the fruit of thine own body, the flesh of thy sons
and daughters”. And in verse 57, “The young one
that cometh from between her feet-and toward her children
which she shall bear, she will eat them—that thou mayest
fear this glorious and fearful name, THE LORD THY GOD.”
Unquote! This is blasphemy! The one book that was designed
to honor and protect God destroys the most cherished symbol
of mankind. A tyrannical, power mad, dictator may feel such
vindictive emotions but surely not a wise and loving God.
Is it now clearer why I deny that any deity would be so unworthy
of the homage that man pays? The righteous people generally
become enraged at the slightest affront to their Lord and
yet they venerate a book that claims He utters the words I’ve
just quoted. It certainly is their right to believe these
stories but are they defending God or has blind fear robbed
them of their reason?
since we’re still on Deuteronomy let me add one thought.
It is widely held that Moses wrote Deuteronomy, yet the chapter
ends with Moses being buried somewhere in the mountains. The
significant phrase is this: “‘nobody knows where
his sepulcher is unto this day”. How could a dead man
write that sentence?
that were not enough of an insult to our intelligence, the
Bible also contains “God given laws” on how to
treat slaves. These laws are attributed to the Lord, who Scripture
claims gave them to man. What is so ironic is that most of
these “laws” deal with Hebrew slaves. So the great
biblical miracle of parting the Red Sea let the Jews escape
bondage in Egypt only to be sold as slaves in their own land.
These laws “given by God” (says the Bible) are
cruel and heartless and continue to defame our Father. God
never created any of these inhuman “laws”. They
were obviously written by slave owners for their own greedy
you’ve ever read compares with the meticulous instructions
for the treatment of slaves as those found in the “good
book”. If you think the South was rough on those oppressed
people before the Civil War, wait till you read the laws that
existed in biblical times. The height of irony is that most
of these laws applied to Hebrew slaves. Here are some “God
given” laws pertaining to slaves and slave ownership
that appear in “Holy Writ”. The following passages
are quoted verbatim:
1. If a man buys a manservant, he owns him for seven years.
The slave must work in any capacity that his owner dictates.
After six years of labor he will go out free. In the event
his owner gives him a wife and they have children, he gets
freedom but his wife and children remain property of the owner.
If a man buys a manservant and a maidservant and they have
a family during their debenture, they go out free but their
family remains the master’s property. If, after six
years of servitude, the slave comes to his master and says,
“I love my master, my wife and my children and I want
to stay with them and I give up my freedom”, he then
he belongs to the master for the rest of his life. Then he
must be marked to show all that he is his owner’s property.
The marking is accomplished in the following manner. The law
instructs the master to take his slave to the door and fasten
him to the doorpost with an awl through his ear and the slave
is now his forever.
If a man sells his daughter as a maidservant, she shall not
be freed as other slaves are. If the new master takes her
for his wife and she fails to please him in bed, he may take
her to a strange land and sell her there. But he will have
no further say over her because he has dealt with her deceitfully.
If a man smite his servant or his maid with a rod and they
die, he will surely be punished. But if either of them continues
to live for a day or two, he will not be punished for they
are his money.
Now, here are a few laws that applied to everyone, not merely
to slaves. The Bible writers claim that Jehovah Himself calls
these laws “Judgments”.
1. If a man hurts a woman so that she miscarriages, he earns
her husband’s wrath and pays whatever price the judges
He that smiteth his father or his mother shall surely be put
He who steals a man and sells him will surely be put to death.
Note: If he kidnaps someone and doesn’t sell him (?)
If two men work together and one strikes the other with a
stone or his fist, he shall not be put to death but “keepeth
his bed. (?)
If a master strikes his slave’s eye and he or she dies,
let him go free for his eye’s sake.
If a thief steals his neighbor’s property and no one
sees him do it, then he must take the oath of the Lord and
receive no punishment.
Note: Suppose he’s lying?
If a man entices a maid to sleep with him, he must marry her.
If he refuses, he must pay the going price of a virgin’s
Do not allow a witch to live.
Note: God believes in witches? Scripture claims that God created
these laws. Can we blame the pious people of Salem?
to the Bible, all of God’s laws come to us from one man
named Moses Levi. Moses was over one hundred years old while
he trekked through the desert for forty years leading a tribe
of Hebrews known as the Levites. Scripture tells us that he
was on Mount Sinai forty days and nights without food or water
as God wrote the Ten Commandments and when he came down he wasn’t
too weak to smash them in a fit of rage. Those that believe
this must accept that the leader of a wandering band of Jews
chatted “face to face” with the Almighty on a great
number of occasions. The Pope who leads millions of Catholics
never made such a claim. The Bible further states that the Ten
Commandments, and other “laws” that are scrupulously
observed by both Jews and Gentiles alike, were handed over personally
by God to one man just to teach his tribe. Believers without
question have accepted this story for four thousand years.
While the Clergy is highly respected in most societies, many
people have no idea that Moses was responsible for its existence.
During antiquity Moses had to act as judge and jury in solving
problems for his tribes. Seeing him so overworked, his father-in-law
Jethro, suggested that he empower other tribal priests to
act as judges and relieve him of some of the load. Voila!
That’s how the Clergy was born. As the realization sets
in that it was Moses alone who gave us all of God’s
laws, we may begin to see “men of the cloth” in
a different light. Clergymen enjoy a unique position in many
societies and they will be with us so long as we continue
to believe a one hundred and twenty seven year old man named
Moses Levi. By modern standards Moses might be regarded differently.
He killed three thousand of his own tribe in one afternoon
for worshipping the Golden Calf. Of course he said that God
ordered him to do it.
“Pentateuch” comprises the five books of Moses,
which is the first section of our Bible. In Genesis we learn
of the great flood that destroyed everything on Earth. After
creating the universe in seven days, God was dissatisfied
with the outcome. The Bible says He felt that humans were
inherently evil and the land corrupt. Displeased with mankind,
as well as the animals, He claimed that “all flesh”
was evil. He grieved with remorse and said he was sorry he
had created man and threatened to destroy every living thing
on earth. He ordered Noah, who was then six hundred years
old, to build an ark that would hold two of each creature
He had made. Then God unleashed the worst flood in history
and drowned every man, woman and child--and the animals as
well. The words used by the biblical authors in describing
God’s anger are chilling and make the Lord seem monstrous.
“I will destroy all life that is in the land”.
All in whose nostrils is the air of life, etc.“. The
words are terrifying, especially when the Bible tells us that
God said them.
Since no Bible writers were around during that flood and no
one alive today was there either, let’s give God the
benefit of the doubt and use common sense. Isn’t any
evidence required of the authors who write these tales?
must have come from Africa, tigers from India, Kangaroos from
Australia and Pandas from China but apparently they made the
journey or they wouldn’t be here today. One hundred and
twenty-five thousand different animals exist on earth and both
the Queen Mary and Queen Elizabeth Ocean liners couldn’t
hold them but Noah’s little craft carried two of each
safely through the deluge.
At this point you may be tempted to become cynical but before
doing so, please remember that our ancestors were not in possession
of the knowledge that we have today.
sure the biblical authors weren’t intentionally dishonest
since they reported what they believed was true-but they weren’t
very enlightened either. When they claimed it took God seven
days to create the earth we can overlook their lack of knowledge.
When they stated “He made the sun on the third day”,
they had no idea that the world couldn’t exist without
it. When they casually mentioned, “He also made the
stars” they didn’t know that the sun was a star.
They were also convinced that the sun revolved around the
earth, a theory that would have to wait for Copernicus to
disprove. Neither is it hard to understand that they thought
the earth was flat because centuries later, Columbus’s
crew thought the same thing. Bishop Usher calculated that
from Adam and Eve’s arrival the world was six thousand
years old. How could the good Bishop even dream that Earth
came into being almost five billion years ago? When biblical
writers reported that Methuselah’s lifespan was nine
hundred years and that a man lived for months in the belly
of a whale, it was understandable for them to make such mistakes
because Science hadn’t yet arrived. Were it not for
the scientific method, we too, might still believe such “facts”.
So, should we also blindly believe the things they wrote about
Garden of Eden episode begins on a very tender note.
animals are friendly; the lion lies down with the lamb and
everything is so loving, until God planted the “The Tree of Knowledge
of Good and Evil” in the midst of the garden. When the
two newly created humans ate some fruit, God became enraged
and put a curse upon their heads. He vowed that henceforth man
would toil by the sweat of his brow and woman would bring forth
her young in pain. The authors of the bible added that because
of this infraction, death entered the world. We have all heard
that Adam and Eve caused “Original Sin” and yet
from these first two humans came all the people in the world.
Seems like incest and interbreeding are not as evil as eating
fruit. Those who believe that Adam and Eve sired the entire
world’s population usually shrug and say, “Well,
how else could they do it in those days”?
come from monkeys
come from incest
tale about the Tower of Babel tries to explain how the many
languages of the world came into being. It seems that men built
a tower clear up to Heaven, which God saw as a serious threat
to His domain. In order to prevent the workers from reaching
Him, the Lord confounded man’s speech so the builders
couldn’t understand each other and that brought the whole
project to a halt.
In the book of Moses called Exodus, Moses pleads with the Egyptian
Pharaoh to “Let my people go” but before the King
can respond God “Hardens his heart”. Each time the
Pharaoh seems to show compliance to release the Hebrews, God
re-hardens his heart. God is so angry at Pharaoh for having
a hard heart that He sends plagues of frogs, flies, lice and
hail storms that destroy all trees and plants and swarms of
locusts that devour what remains, starving thousands of innocent
citizens. While all this is going on everything is calm in Goshen
where the Hebrew live. God sends Moses to tell the Hebrews to
slaughter a lamb and smear it’s blood on the doors so
He can recognize their homes from those of the Egyptians’
when He will ‘pass-over’ the houses that night.
Then He murders the first born of every Egyptian family, turns
the Nile and all the water in Egypt to blood and kills their
animals but all is well in Goshen where the Hebrew live. Finally,
the Pharaoh releases the Hebrews and as they leave God tells
them to borrow gold, silver, jewels and raiment from their Egyptian
neighbors and “despoil them”. Are we to believe
that the Lord said “Thou Shalt Steal?”
At last they are out of Egypt and wandering aimlessly in the
desert and God re-hardens the Pharaoh’s heart to make
him give chase. Why would God act like a traitor and try to
foil their escape? Did the writers want to set the stage for
the great miracle of parting the Red Sea? They wrote that God
let the Hebrews walk across the sea floor, then closed the waters
on the pursuers and sent the Egyptians to their deaths-“to
get honor upon them so they will know I am the Lord”.
Why is that so important to Him; doesn’t He know that
He’s the Lord? Does He have to go to such extremes just
to be secure and feel certain that He’s God? The answer
is clear. During antiquity people believed in many gods and
the authors of these stories were merely reflecting their own
Does anyone besides me see that this whole scenario is libeling
the image of our Creator? Is this not the most blatant defamation
of God’s character and morality? Do the scripture writers
present the Lord as a role model that will inspire man to
Versions of Creation?
not only maligns God it also bears a good deal of responsibility
for the difficulty that women have encountered in trying to
achieve equality with the males. This becomes apparent the
moment we begin to read the Old Testament. The book of Genesis
reports the arrival of the first two humans beings. After
creating the universe, God creates Adam and Eve simultaneously
and gives them equal dominion over the earth. So far it looks
like Creation is off to a great start. But then it quickly
becomes apparent that different writer has taken over because
this author tells the story of Creation all over again.
peculiar enough but whoever is writing the text now has a
very different slant on things. The first version of Creation
seemed eminently fair to both sexes but now things begin to
change. This time Adam is created first and Eve is treated
as an afterthought. She’s not even created the same
way that he was; this time Eve is fashioned from one of Adam’s
ribs. This seems to make her a part of man and not a separate
entity in her own right. Jehovah even remarks, “I shall
call her wo-man because she was “taken out of man”.
He announces that henceforth, her duty shall be to her husband.
If it weren’t for that second writer, women might have
been spared a lot of grief. We all know the rest of the story,
Adam blames Eve for making him eat the “apple”
(which many scholars claim is symbolic for fornication) and
now all of mankind will have to suffer on her account. And
so, Eve becomes the scapegoat for “Original Sin”
because her husband was too chicken to accept some of the
responsibility. Because of this infraction, Jesus will now
have to be sacrificed in order to forgive mankind for Eve’s
“Sin”. Shall we call God a chauvinist or is it
more likely that the Bible writers were anti-female? Besides
if God had anything to do with writing the Bible why would
there be two different versions of Creation?
Another example of gender discrimination occurs as rules are
spelled out about what is “clean” and “unclean”
by biblical standards.
a woman gives birth, she is “unclean” and must
leave the village and live on the outskirts until once again
she becomes “clean”. If the child is a male, she
must remain away for one week. If the child is a female, she
must stay outside the village for two weeks. Of course the
writers claim that God ordered this discrimination. I understand
that a great taboo existed against blood at the time but is
there any difference with either sex following the birth of
The Old Testament treats men with respect while women are frequently
referred to as harlots and whores. Patriarchs are lauded but
very few females are given admirable status in scriptural narratives.
Delilah betrays the beloved Samson by having his eyes put out.
Cunning Salome orders the decapitation of John the Baptist.
Males that meander receive no Divine punishment. But wives that
are declared unfaithful are taken into the village and stoned
to death. These are just a few examples of lady Icons that appear
in the Bible. In fact, one sparkling “role model”
of the Old Testament is Jael, heralded as a heroine and praised
for the brutal murder of a tribal enemy. After seducing him
she waits until he falls asleep on her lap. Then she drives
a metal spike into his temple.
The highly prized females of the Old Testament are always the
virgins. Whenever the armies of Moses conquer a city, they kill
all the men, women and children and spare only the virgins.
Moses tells his army that “God ordered it that way”
for the soldiers. As Moses lay dying, at one hundred and twenty
seven years of age, his ministers gather the most beautiful
virgins in the land to dance around his deathbed in the vain
hope that they can revive him. Try as they may, the Bible reports,
quote: “Moses could gat no heat” unquote.
one of the worst slights to females is barely noticed, occurring
in the most revered tenet of religion, “The Ten Commandments”.
The tenth commandment reads, “Thou shalt not covet thy
neighbor’s wife nor his house, his servants, his ox, his
ass, nor any thing that is thy neighbor’s”. With
one brief sentence the Bible reduces woman to a piece of property.
Passages like these have undoubtedly played a role in depriving
women of the equality they have always sought and truly deserve.
Common sense should tell us that the good Lord had nothing to
do with this slight to the ladies!
sense is not very common.
I now ask the reader to understand that I am not critical of
the Bible in its entirety for there is much that is good to
be found within its pages. I am taking issue only with those
portions that denigrate the Lord’s character, wisdom and
the very core of the Judaic-Christian Religion stands The “Ten
Commandments”. Almost one third of the world’s population
recognizes them as rules of moral behavior. For centuries Kings
and Queens, as well as Popes, have abided by their authority.
Both Jews and gentiles alike believe that Moses received them
from God on Mount Sinai. The Bible claims that God Himself wrote
them in stone with His own finger. The Commandments have continued
to wield a powerful influence over mankind throughout the course
of history. Even Jesus Christ lived by their principles.
investigation of the Ten Commandments reveals some discrepancies
that may not have been explored before. I invite you to come
on an interesting journey and if you have access to a Bible,
why not follow along to be sure that no liberties are taken
with biblical text. Let’s begin with the second book
of Moses entitled “Exodus”.
we find the Hebrews being led out of Egypt by Moses. In Chapter
20: 1through 17, the voice of the Lord is heard speaking to
the children of Israel. The sentence begins, “And God
spake these words” etc. Here, Jehovah clearly speaks
the Ten Commandments, as they are known to the world. The
biblical word spake is significant because Scripture clearly
tells us that God spoke the commandments aloud. You’ll
recognize them as those that the Clergy has consistently taught.
20 1-17: God’s voice is heard
34 verses 1through 28 finds God and Moses on Mount Sinai.
Moses has just smashed the first set of tablets that God had
given him. Please note: the following quote is verbatim.
the Lord said unto Moses, Hew thee two tables of stone like
unto the first: and I will write upon these tables the words
that were in the first tables which thou brakest”. God
then supplies a duplicate set and gives them to Moses but
when we read what is written, these are completely different
from the commandments that we all know! These are laws that
deal with tribal morality, indigenous to the culture of that
period. You can find them in Chapter 34 Verse 11 through 28
that begins: “Observe thou that which I command thee
this day.” You may read them at your leisure but for
now I offer a truncated version below:
shalt make no molten gods.
shalt worship no other God. Thou shalt eat unleavened bread
for the month thou camest out of Egypt.
shalt not make covenants with inhabitants of the land lest
thou go whoring after their gods.
days thou shalt work, but on the seventh day thou shalt rest.
shalt not seethe a kid in its mother’s milk.
Note: The above summary is not a verbatim quote because these
verses contain far too many Commandments to list here.
Which set of commandments would you say carries greater authority,
the ones that God spake or those that He just gave to Moses?
If my analysis is accurate, it would seem to indicate that
the commandments which the Clergy has consistently taught
for the last four thousand years are the wrong ones!! If you
read them carefully you will notice that these Commandments
deal exclusively with an antiquated life style. These laws
were extremely important to the tribes of Israel but have
no relevance to modern life. At the time, a taboo existed
prohibiting the making of covenants with strangers (aliens).
Although one other Commandment may seem odd, it was considered
highly immoral to cook a lamb in its own mother’s milk.
be certain that no error has been made, see “Deuteronomy”
Chapter 10, verse 2. Here God reaffirms that He will write
the same words in the duplicate set that were in the original
set which Moses broke.
biblical writers have created a real dilemma. How could such
a discrepancy have gone unnoticed for so long? Since God clearly
gave Moses two duplicate sets but the Clergy keeps quoting
those that God spoke, which ones should we follow? How can
we now determine what conduct is morally right and what behavior
is morally wrong? The original purpose of God’s laws
was to define morality for mankind so how can we return to
those sound family values that the Church always talks about,
if we don’t know what they are? It was not very long
ago that our own government was seriously considering posting
the Ten Commandments in every school, classroom and workplace
in America. Our leaders believed it would act as a catalyst
to improve our moral values but which set would they have
posted? The basic question that remains is this; did God create
these Commandments or are they a product of the Bible writers?
Let’s examine the Commandants that God allegedly spoke
and evaluate them.
Commandment: “I am the Lord thy God, which
have brought thee out of the land of Egypt, out of the house
The Bible writers claim that once the Jews were finally free,
God hardened Pharaoh’s heart once again so he would
chase after them. Does this not libel Him as a traitor to
the children of Israel and the Exodus?
2nd Commandment: “Thou shalt have no
other gods before me. Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven
image or likeness of anything that is in the heaven above
or that is in the earth beneath or that is in the water beneath.
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; and showing mercy to thousands
of them that love me and keep my Commandments”.
authors have ascribed a frailty to God; human weakness of
hatred, rage, vengeance, jealousy, paranoia, insecurity, and
spite-qualities most degrading to the meaning of The Lord.
Did God create man or has man created God? And can you imagine
“The Father” becoming deeply disturbed by the
making of images? How can the Catholics resolve this dilemma
when their temples are filled with “graven images”
depicting the events of Christianity? And notice that God
is constantly jealous of other gods. Doesn’t the Almighty
know that He is the only one? The Bible defames the Father
by portraying Him as an extremely insecure and disturbed Supreme
Commandment: “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.
must confess ignorance on this one. How can a name be “taken
in vain”? If I say “God bless you” am I
taking Jehovah’s name in vain? If I say “God damn
it” am I guilty of taking His name in vain? If I suddenly
realize that DOG spelled backwards is GOD does that qualify
to make me guilty?
Commandment: “Thou shalt keep the Sabbath Holy”.
people have gone to extremes to observe the fourth commandment.
In order to comply, they have created a self-imposed impotence
upon themselves. Many pious Jews scrupulously observe the
dietary laws of keeping meat and dairy dishes separated. Some
families own a second set of cutlery and flatware and never
mix the two in order to keep them “kosher. Orthodox
Jews must not light their stoves or ovens on the Sabbath.
They generally arrange for a gentile friend or neighbor to
ignite their appliances for them. They are not allowed to
drive or use elevators on the Sabbath, which is very curious
since neither autos nor elevators existed in olden times.
The taboo extends to a host of prohibitions that would otherwise
be considered hardships. Perhaps the origin of these practices
stems from a biblical passage where a man was stoned to death
for picking up sticks on the Sabbath. God is actually quoted
as saying, “Whosoever does any work on the Sabbath shall
be put to death”. What would that do to our economy?
Extremely orthodox Jewish couples consider sex unclean and
make love through a hole cut in the bed sheet. This fanatical
observance takes place any day, Sabbath or not. Would any
god deign to sanction such a practice?
Commandment: “Honor thy father and thy mother;
that thy days may be long upon the land which the Lord thy
God giveth thee.”
fifth Commandment, “Honor Thy Father and Thy Mother”
creates a multitude of difficulties. It’s one thing
to show respect for parents but quite another to legislate
a child’s emotions. Many parents should never have had
children in the first place. They have no idea what a child
is or what its needs are. In their ignorance, they frequently
create life-long problems for their youngsters. This becomes
obvious when headlines report children running away from home
or even murdering their parents. Young girls frequently become
pregnant because of parental reluctance to discuss sexual
matters. Scripture bears some responsibility on this issue.
It’s incredible to realize that we are required to pass
a competency test in order to drive a vehicle but need no
lessons on how to raise a child.
Commandment: “Thou shalt not kill”.
sixth Commandment, “Thou Shalt Not Kill”, presents
a worthy sense of morality but extremists who bomb abortion
clinics and kill its doctors readily circumvent this injunction
by professing they are doing God’s will. If the good
Lord weren’t constantly killing people in the Bible
this Commandment might make more of an impact on mankind.
You know the old saying, “Do as I say not as I do.”
Commandment: “Thou shalt not commit adultery.”
comment on this one because the Bible contains so much adultery,
that it’s a case of the pot calling the kettle black.
What’s more, it’s no business of scriptural writers
to pry into the affairs of men and blame it on God.
Commandment: “Thou shalt not steal.”
eighth law “Thou shalt not steal” is universally
accepted because nobody relishes losing his possessions. However,
God Himself ordered the Hebrews to “despoil” the
Egyptians of gold, silver, precious stones, perfumes and incense
and used all the booty in the construction of His first tabernacle.
(So says the Bible)
Commandment: “Thou shalt not bear false witness
against thy neighbor.”
ninth commandment is constantly abused wherever the oath is
required. Having suspected criminals take the oath in a court
of law is foolhardy. Using the Bible to insure the veracity
of testimony is even more absurd. Prisons are filled with
sanctimonious liars. Nevertheless, it’s surprising how
many gullible jurors give added weight to an oath sworn on
the Bible. Even elected officials are sworn into office on
that book and some of them are far from truthful.
Commandment: “Thou shalt not covet thy neighbor’s
house, thou shalt not covet thy neighbor’s wife, nor
his manservant nor his maidservant, nor his ox nor his ass
nor any thing that is thy neighbor’s.”
commandment makes the wife a piece of property and devalues
they needed so many laws to keep people honest in the old
days there must have been an awful lot of cheating
back then. Although laws of conduct were needed in a barbaric
society, a code of ethics remains a necessity even today.
In my opinion our current society appears no less primitive
in its behavior than did the tribes of Moses. “God’s
laws” didn’t work then and it’s highly unlikely
that they will now. We have seen that some of the rules deserve
merit while others are nothing more than pure superstition.
However, the value of the commandments is not the issue, the
ones that are recognized by the world, is. If you have verified
the verses indicated, you will agree that no liberties were
taken with biblical text. The discrepancies cited could be
found by anyone that does not feel intimidated by Scripture.
It seems inconceivable that we have been teaching the wrong
Commandments for four thousand years or since the Clergy identified
I have no prejudice towards any faith, in fact I favor religious
observance for I sincerely believe that people have a need
to worship. I also admire the many churches and synagogues
for their help in welcoming new arrivals to the neighborhoods
where they can meet and make friends. Besides providing a
meaningful social life for adults and children alike, much
splendid charity works wouldn’t be accomplished without
their efforts. It is only the Bible’s portrayal of God
that I find offensive, not the book in its entirety, for there
is also much that is good to be found within its pages.