Pretty old but I thought i might as well put it up. Remember to take note of commandment 2, any non-believers and believers out there. I done this with a christian friend of mine and came out conforming to the commandments more than him strangely enough 0o. oh well, all a bit of fun.
The ***** of this one is a little misleading, or at least cryptic. I am of course not a good Christian in the sense that I believe that Jesus was half man, half ***, but I do believe I am a good Christian compared to a lot of Christians.
It's not that I don't believe that the teachings of Jesus wouldn't make this a better world if they were followed. It's just that they are rarely followed.
Gandhi summed it up really. He said, "I like your Christ, I do not like your Christians. Your Christians are so unlike your Christ."
I have always felt this way, even when I believed in ***, and in a weird way I feel I am still a pretty good "Christian" who doesn't believe in ***.
So many Christians think that because they believe in the right ***, they are automatically good and have a one-way ticket to everlasting life. Dare I say it but I suspect this is their main reason for believing. I've heard so many "believers" say, "Well, since there is no way of being sure whether there is a *** or not, it's better to believe in *** than not, because that way, if you're wrong it doesn't matter and if you're right you get everlasting life." Win:win.
This is of course Pascal's Wager, which ******* that *** if he exists would reward blind faith above logic and living a good life as an atheist.
To the Christians' *** by the way, it's just as bad to believe in the wrong *** as no *** at all. The idea of other **** is of course ridiculous to Christians. Supernatural poppycock. As if there was ever a Zeus; stupid, ancient, unenlightened superstition. And even if there are other **** (which of course there aren't) then the Christians' *** is the best. *******, smartest...just better. He would laugh at Zeus and call him a Greek bender. (I doubt that *** is racist and ********** but the Bible isn't clear. Some bits go on about love and equality and others say you shouldn't trust certain types and that laying down with a man as you would with a woman is punishable by death and is a bit sick and evil.)
So remember. If you are *** you are "******* for Satan" basically. (That would make quite a good T-shirt.)
Jesus was a man. (And if you forget all that rubbish about being half ***, and believe the non-supernatural acts accredited to him, he was a man whose wise words many other men would still follow.) His message was usually one of forgiveness and kindness.
These are wonderful virtues, but I have seen them discarded by many so-called ***-fearers when it suits them. They cherry pick from their "rulebook" basically. I have seen such cruelty and prejudice performed in the name of Christianity (and many other religions for that matter) that it makes me wonder if there has been a bit too much selective reading and reinterpretation of the doctrines.
*** or not, if I could change one thing for a better world, it would be for all mankind to adhere to this little gem: "Let he who is without sin cast the first stone." I ****** you, no more stones would ever be thrown.
So maybe we should go back to basics to find out where it all got confused...
The Ten Commandments
The Ten Commandments are found in the Bible's Old Testament; Exodus, Chapter 20. They were given directly by *** to the people of Israel at Mount Sinai after He had delivered them from slavery in Egypt:
"And *** spoke all these words, saying: 'I am the LORD your ***.'"
So let's take the test. How many of these have you broken?
"You shall have no other **** before Me."
I definitely do not. Excellent. I get one point.
"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."
This basically means don't make or worship a religious statue or bow to it thinking that it's holy. Tick. Another point to me.
"You shall not take the name of the LORD your *** in vain."
I never do. But let me explain something. Most people think that The Third Commandment means that they shouldn't use his name as a swear word, e.g. shouting, "Oh ***!" when they stub their toe instead of, "Oh ****!"
This is not the case (although I love the idea that *** would rather them shout "****" than "***". That makes him cool in my book. But no.)
The commandment could equally be, "You shall not take the name of the LORD your *** in 'vanity'," e.g. when your enemy is hurt or defeated saying, "that's ***'s wrath," or when you win an award saying, "thank ***." This is using his name in vanity. It's suggesting that you KNOW that *** helped you win that award because you deserved it more, or because he was on your side. It's always tickled me that *** would have a favourite actor at The Golden Globes.
Anyway I get another point. I think most non-atheists will lose a point here.
"Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy."
Before we score this we need to discover what it really means when *** commands us to keep the Sabbath day holy. In understanding our answer, and the true intent of ***'s word, it doesn't matter what day of the week we celebrate the Sabbath. There were no calendars when *** created the heavens and the earth so we don't know what day he started and *****. Don't let the "day" become more important than the "intent".
If we look at the portion of The Ten Commandments which refers to this, Exodus 20:8-11, it seems to be very specific;
8 "Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy. 9 "Six days you shall labour and do all your work, but the seventh day is a sabbath of the Lord your ***; in it you shall not do any work, you or your son or your daughter, your male or your female servant or your cattle or your sojourner who stays with you. 10 "For in six days the Lord made the heavens and the earth, the sea and all that is in them, and rested on the seventh day; therefore the Lord blessed the sabbath day and made it holy. 11 "The Lord blessed the Sabbath day and made it holy.
According to the Bible, *** commanded us to keep it holy. But what does that really mean? Work is basically referring to that which we do to earn a living, or in working around the house, or any labour we participate in daily. So, if we never worked at all would that mean every day was holy? No. This absolutely is not being holy. In various places in the Bible we are told of our need to work, for in our work we honour ***. So...basically you have to work for the equivalent of six days a week with a day off.
I do this. I get another point.