Saturday, September 24, 2005

Yo! Self-righteous Christians!

The Ten Commandments originated as a Hebrew text. And don't you forget it! Jesus didn't write the Ten Commandments. St. Paul did not write the Ten Commandments. St. Peter didn't write the Ten Commandments. And God knows, St. Augustine who invented original sin out of whole cloth in the fourth century did not write the Ten Commandments. No pope wrote the Ten Commandments. The Ten Commandments do not come from a Christian text. The Ten Commandments can be found in two different versions in the Old Testament: (Exodus 20 and Deuteronomy 5). All Bible-thumping, Testament-quoting Christians should consult a rabbi about the meaning of the Ten Commandments and why they were given to Moses, before ranting and raving about them as though they were composed by Jesus Christ in 33 AD (or Common Era as Christians have taken to labeling the time before and after Christ's birth). Come to that, let's talk about the third Commandment. That's the one that sanctimonious churchgoers like to throw out when someone says “Goddamn”: You shall not take the Name of Adonai Your God in vain. It means: Don't call upon the Lord in a thoughtless manner because calling upon the Lord is serious and we shouldn't do it lightly. Taking the Lord's name in vain has a deeper meaning: Don't promise (swear) to do something in God's name and then neglect to do it. Cussing is the least of it. The pretentious, proud and falsely pious people who invoke the name of Jesus are more blasphemous and irreligious than cuss words could ever be. Here are some hard facts: Jesus Christ lived and died a Jew. Jesus Christ most assuredly had Semitic features; his looks had more in common with the bin Ladens than with an effeminate bearded Swedish aesthete of indeterminate gender. Jesus Christ did not start a new religion. Jesus Christ wanted to reform Judaism. Political activists started a religion called Jesus Judaism in the first century CE. The name Christian did not come into use until the Fourth Century, Constantine, a pagan from Turkey who became the Emperor of Rome, converted to Christianity in 312 CE and forced his followers to become Christians. Christianity became a major religion because people were threatened with death if they didn't become Christians. Constantine would prosper in the GOP.

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