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[–] [email protected] 7 points 1 month ago

They are, in fact, the worst rules to live by. Ignoring the fact that there are multiple version of them and they're not even the ones the Bible actually calls the ten commandments, here's a brief rundown:

  1. You shall have no other gods before Me. - How is this a good rule to live by? Why does everyone have to worship Yaweh?
  2. You shall make no idols. - Why does this matter?
  3. You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain. - Or this?
  4. Keep the Sabbath day holy. - Or this?
  5. Honor your father and your mother. - What if your mother beats you? What if your father rapes you?
  6. You shall not murder. - Okay, sure, based on your definition of murder I guess one good rule in there.
  7. You shall not commit adultery. - What if your partner is okay with it? Is it still wrong?
  8. You shall not steal. - Not even food to feed your starving children?
  9. You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor. - Okay, sure, lying is usually a bad thing. Not always, but usually.
  10. You shall not covet. - Good luck with that one. Even Elon Musk wants things he can't have.

So other than 'don't murder' and 'don't lie,' which both can arguably have circumstances in which they are necessary, they don't seem like good rules to live by to me.