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  1. E.A. Blair
    April 28, 2014

    It was my understanding that the fifth is more accurately rendered into English as “You shall not murder”, which creates a loophole for all kinds of “justifiable” killing, as in wars, capital punishment, or when a sociopathic deity tells you to do it.

  2. James Smith
    April 28, 2014

    Perhaps the inconsistencies and outright lies in these commandments are the source of the hypocrisy that accompanies religion?

  3. Michael John Scott
    April 28, 2014

    The ten commandments is just more nonsense made up by ancient desert dwellers. I agree with Dr Fulton that a few have potential but that depends on interpretation. Good read.

  4. Norman Rampart
    April 28, 2014

    You forgot the 11th commandment…’Thou shall always ensure Norman’s glass of vodka is filled to the brim’

    See? Religion isn’t all bad! 😉

  5. Marsha Woerner
    April 28, 2014

    One big mistake that’s made by Christians is that they think “their 10 Commandments” hold the same place in their religion as to the 10 Commandments of Judaism. For one thing, Judaism is totally based on interpretations, and doesn’t deny it. I think that a big difference between Orthodox, Conservative, and Reform, and to some extent Reconstruction Is a when the interpretations are allowed or required to stop, and was allowed to make them! The Talmud – an important book interpretations, is widely followed by a great number of the Orthodox. The Reconstructionist has their own set of interpretations. The most liberal and resilient, in some sense, is that of the Reform. According to one interpretation, the 10 Commandments is really more of a group of 10 sets of Commandments, it being that there are 613 commandments that are all equally important:
    http://www.dummies.com/how-to/content/the-ten-commandments-according-to-the-torah.html And And, yes, the original Hebrew does say “murder”, “kill”. But then for the 10 Commandments, it’s all interpretation anyway, just like for the rest of the Tanach (“old” testament).
    (then there’s the Chasidim, but there are whole different set of crazies…)

    • Michael John Scott
      April 28, 2014

      Christians are so very American Marsha. They are under the impression they’re the best in everything and they couldn’t be further from the truth.

  6. Jess
    April 28, 2014

    Wait, I thought there were originally 15 commandments. Ah come on, you didn’t think moi would let that pass by didyas? As always, Mel or the Python boys to the rescue of the ridiculous notion some dude in the sky is sitting up there making rules as he goes along.

    • Michael John Scott
      April 28, 2014

      Hey yeah! And everyone knows Monty Python has a lot more credibility than the Jeebs, not to mention Mel Brooks who would be the boss of the Jeeb’s daddy.

  7. Bill Formby
    April 29, 2014

    Mark, just as many religious zealots do today, I think you fail to consider the era of the Ten Commandments and what was going on during that time. Most notably the Jewish high priests and leaders were trying to establish social order among a people who were escaping from years of slavery. The rules that were being handed down were as much about living in a a maintained social order with a minimal about of problems as anything else. Actually, given the approximate time frame of the Bible that is true with much the the “thou shalt nots” and “thou shalls” in the Old Testament”. The need during that time, in that particular area to impose leadership and social order was in important to maintain control of the population, to maintain constant growth of the population, and in some cases maintain health of the people as they knew it then. Keep in mind that at this point mankind was still emerging from the Ancient Times of over 5 or 6000 thousand years ago. Possibly even longer. Unfortunately, we have idiots who are still trying to apply the same logic today that was in existence then.

  8. Mark Fulton
    April 30, 2014

    I agree with everything you’ve said….just can’t fit all that in one article

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