There are many “10 Commandments” on the web and all are good ones. Google “Atheist 10 commandments” and check them out. If you’re religious, you would probably agree that many of these commandments are good and moral rules that everyone should live by, just as you would by following the same commandments from other holy books. But let’s examine them more closely.
The Atheist’s Ten Commandments
1. Thou SHALT NOT believe all thou art told.
2. Thou SHALT seek knowledge and truth constantly.
3. Thou SHALT educate thy fellow man in the Laws of Science.
4. Thou SHALT NOT forget the atrocities committed in the name of god.
5. Thou SHALT leave valuable contributions for future generations.
6. Thou SHALT live in peace with thy fellow man.
7. Thou SHALT live this one life thou hast to its fullest.
8. Thou SHALT follow a Personal Code of Ethics.
9. Thou SHALT maintain a strict separation between Church and State.
10. Thou SHALT support those who follow these commandments.
Why are Moses’ 10 commandments ridiculous?
The first four are God just pushing his weight around. The following six can be found in any religious book and even on 5000 year-old Egyptian hieroglyphs. Plus, in each instance of the six, the bible has contradicting verses. See ‘Contradictions’ page (coming soon)
ONE: ‘You shall have no other gods before Me.’
How wrong is this one? Everyone of any rational thought knows that there are many religions and many Gods.
TWO: ‘You shall not make for yourself a carved image–any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth.’
OK – there are so many idols in the Christian religion – I just don’t get it.
THREE: ‘You shall not take the name of the LORD your God in vain.’ This is such a small part of life (cursing). Why do you think it should stand proud as one of these laws? Does cursing really harm anyone?
FOUR: ‘Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy.’
If a real Christian was put to death in the past – why are so many working on the Sabbath?
FIVE: ‘Honor your father and your mother.
This is a good one – except if your parents are some of the few who mistreat their children. ‘
SIX: ‘You shall not murder.’
What? You bet I will if there is danger to my family or loved ones!
SEVEN: ‘You shall not commit adultery.’ Ok – this one is fine.
EIGHT: ‘You shall not steal.’ Another good one
NINE: ‘You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.’ Don’t lie? Aren’t there good reasons for lying? Maybe to protect the innocent and your family?
TEN: ‘You shall not covet your neighbor’s house; you shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, nor his male servant, nor his female servant, nor his ox, nor his donkey, nor anything that is your neighbor’s.’ There is only one God
The Ten Commandments from Exodus 20:2–17. Notice the differences.
Verse 2: I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery;
Verse 3: Do not have any other gods before me.
Verse 4: You shall not make for yourself an idol, whether in the form of anything that is in heaven above, or that is on the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth.
Verse 5: You shall not bow down to them or worship them; for I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God, punishing children for the iniquity of parents, to the third and the fourth generation of those who reject me, – (WOW)
Verse 6: But showing steadfast love to the thousandth generation of those who love me and keep my commandments.
Verse 7: You shall not make wrongful use of the name of the Lord your God, for the Lord will not acquit anyone who misuses his name. (does that mean that anyone who has said “Goddammit” shall not go to heaven?)
Verse 8: Remember the Sabbath day and keep it holy.
Verse 9: For six days you shall labor and do all your work.
Verse 10: But the seventh day is a Sabbath to the Lord your God; you shall not do any work—you, your son or your daughter, your male or female slave, your livestock, or the alien resident in your towns.
Verse 11: For in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that is in them, but rested the seventh day; therefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and consecrated it. (right!…….)
Verse 12: Honor your father and your mother, so that your days may be long in the land that the Lord your God is giving you.
Verse 13: You shall not murder.
Verse 14: You shall not commit adultery.
Verse 15: You shall not steal.
Verse 16: You shall not bear false witness against your neighbour.
Verse 17: You shall not covet your neighbor’s house; you shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, or male or female slave, or ox, or donkey, or anything that belongs to your neighbor.