Saturday, September 24, 2005

The Hypocrisy of Sin

Have you ever asked somebody to follow a rule that you don't even try to follow? It's happened to all of us at one point or another.

Christians out there: Most of you probably consider the Ten Commandments a basic guideline of Christianity. But have you actually tried to follow it? Take a look:

The 3rd commandment:

"Thou shalt not take the name of the LORD thy God in vain: for the LORD will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain."

Have you never said "Jesus Christ!" in you life? Many Christians haven't, I'm sure, but plenty have.

The 4th commandment:

"Keep the sabbath day to sanctify it, as the LORD thy God hath commanded thee.

Six days thou shalt labour, and do all thy work:

But the seventh day is the sabbath of the LORD thy God: in it thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, nor thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thine ox, nor thine ass, nor any of thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates; that thy manservant and thy maidservant may rest as well as thou."

How many Christians actually make an effort not to work on Sunday? Is this commandment less important than any of the others?

The 5th commandment:

Honour thy father and thy mother, as the LORD thy God hath commanded thee; that thy days may be prolonged, and that it may go well with thee, in the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee.

Have you ever dishonored your parents?

The 8th commandment:

"Neither shalt thou steal."

Perhaps some people have never stolen something purposefully in their life, but most people have. Stealing a pencil or a stick of gum is still stealing whether somebody notices or not.

How about the 9th?:

"Neither shalt thou bear false witness against thy neighbour."

Does any Christian never lie? You can’t accidentally lie, can you?

And the 10th?:

"Neither shalt thou desire thy neighbour's wife, neither shalt thou covet thy neighbour's house, his field, or his manservant, or his maidservant, his ox, or his ass, or any thing that is thy neighbour's."

Do Christians really have NO desire AT ALL for something they don't have?

It really isn’t difficult to follow the 10 commandments, though it might take a little bit of work. But wouldn’t it be worth it to enter heaven? Of course nobody wants to not lie, steal, covet or work on a Sunday. God doesn’t even want to. How many times has God killed somebody? (Hosea 13 is my favorite example) Does God ever lie? Does God really not work at all on Sunday?

You have to be a hypocrite to expect people to even TRY to follow the 10 commandments. But this is a post for the Atheists as well as the Theists: The next time you tell somebody to obey a rule, ask yourself if you have even TRIED to obey it. It’s not that hard. It just takes guts.

(cross-posted at my blog)

9 Comments:

At 9/24/2005 3:52 PM, Anonymous Tanooki Joe said...

Accusing Christians of hypocrisy won't phase them. That's because they already believe it. Christianity assumes that everyone is inherently bad, and that no one is good. Even people who don't do bad things are bad, because even thinking about sinning is a sin, because in the Christian worldview thought is equivalent to action. Only God's mercy can save you. If you say this to a Christian, they will probably say something like "Yes, I am a sinner, but God will forgive me, because He is loving."

 
At 9/24/2005 3:54 PM, Anonymous Tanooki Joe said...

Stupid comment thingie -- cutting off rest of my comment.

That's why Christianity, especially the kind that believes in salvation by faith alone, is a completely bankrupt moral system -- it lets you think of yourself as a good person without actually having to be one.

 
At 9/24/2005 4:20 PM, Blogger Kele said...

What's even better is that only two of those can be found in American law (don't kill or steal) and the tenth is what helps drive our economy.

 
At 9/24/2005 7:27 PM, Blogger Pyro_Shark said...

Due to popular demand, I removed "Thou shalt not kill" from my blog post. I wasn't aware that that was a mis-translation.

 
At 9/24/2005 8:12 PM, Blogger Mesoforte said...

The no "Don't take the lord's name in vain" doesn't actually mean cussing.

During the time these were supposedly written down, the Jews had migrated into Egypt, where they learned of the a belief that everything had a secret name. If that secret name was spoken, one could have control of that particular thing.

The reason this commandment was included is that the founders of Judaism didn't want people going around uttering Yahweh's sacred name, commonly referred as Jehovah today, though the actual word is lost in translation. They didn't want people controlling Yahweh.

That's prety much it.

 
At 9/24/2005 8:37 PM, Anonymous diehardlax45 said...

yes the ten commandments are stupid and outdated, as long as you dont kill anyone or steal like, a billion dollars, and your just bascially a good person, i dont think god would really care if you followed all the rules carved into some piece of rock
-joe

 
At 9/26/2005 3:26 PM, Blogger Advocate of the Browns said...

A comment on the "JESUS CHRIST!" thing. The majority of the christian population probably doesnt know God's true name: Jehova.

 
At 9/26/2005 4:42 PM, Blogger Aeger said...

Oh, so that's what Monty Python's life of brian was talking about, I never got that.

 
At 9/26/2005 4:57 PM, Blogger Advocate of the Browns said...

Stupid Non-Christian. Don't you know anything about idiots?

 

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