We hear big talkers such as Sarah Palin state that the laws of this country are based on the Ten Commandments. Is this true?
I learned the Ten Commandments (not the short version) when I was just a child and have never forgotten them and can recite them and so I actually know what they are.
I am not a lawyer and don’t know all the laws of the land but I know enough to know that they are not based upon the Ten Commandments.
The Commandments are actually two parts. When Jesus broke them down he said “to love God with all your heart and your neighbor as you love yourself” (paraphrased) The first 4 commandments are that part about loving God with all your heart. They have nothing to do with loving your neighbor or getting along with him. Nothing to do with respecting those that are in charge of government. They are commandments for a relationship between God and mankind. A government can make a law that no one can own an idol. They can even make a law that no one can worship an idol. But, if someone in their heart and mind worship a deity in the form of an idol…. no government can get in your head and even know if you in your heart and mind hold that idol above all gods. No law of the land can ever serve a function regarding what goes on in our minds. A man’s thoughts are his alone until he speaks what is on his mind and in his heart. A silent man goes ahead and worships as he pleases and no government in the world can stop him.
God says in his commandment that He is a jealous God and desires that we only worship Him. Now that is entirely up to each individual if they hear that voice and obey. No government can make him do other wise. There are no laws on the books about the first three commandments. But….
There are still laws on the books…the Blue laws regarding the 4th commandment. The Sabbath commandment. Now here’s the thing about this. This is God’s law between himself and those that wish to obey him. The law is a worship law and a relationship law between Creator and created. God has not given the governments of any land the right to enforce this law or any of the other first four. But we have in this country and in other countries all over the world laws claiming to be based on the 4th commandment while all along they are not. They are man’s laws enforcing a man made day of worship, the first day of the week.
Now to the next five laws.
These laws are for the good of mankind. They were given by God to man so that men and women would get along with their families and neighbors. If these were kept by everyone the society that would result would be without prisons, without divorce court and perhaps even without courts at all. No Wars. For men would not want to steal the resources that other countries held. No killing either by evil men and women nor by the state. Think of that… no crime for no one would be stealing. Oh and the porno business would cease to exist. No adultry. Children would grow up in intact families. Husband and wives would keep those vows of “until death”. And the old folks homes where parents are dumped to die…. there would be that thing of honoring ones parents and parents would have raised their children with love and kindness so that children would gladly take care of their elderly parents. Oh and no lying! Think of that! No one giving gossip a chance to do it’s vile deeds. The movies? What would they be about and the industry that revels in gossip?
WOW! Seems too good to be true… and it is. Mankind does not keep the commandments of God. And no government can enforce them because God does not enforce them. He does not make anyone love or obey Him and He has not assigned that right to any man.
Then we have the 10th commandment. The law about what one thinks. No government or military in the world can enforce this one. It is all about what is in ones mind and heart. How they are brought up to be satisfied with what they have and not to cherish a thought about wanting what someone else has. It is what the other five are all about. The acts of murder, stealing, adultry, lying, and casting aside ones parents are all started in the mind. The mind that thinks up evil and then acts on it.
Are the laws of the US based on the 10 commandments? No. The laws of this land were based on old English law.
Countries all over the world have laws for the good of society. Most of them have laws against murder, stealing, lying, family law. Even countries that have not recognized any god have these laws.
Why does Sarah Palin and others of her ilk make the claim that the laws of the land are based on the 10?
It is because she and other Christian Supremacists want control of this country to enforce Biblical laws that God has not given them the right to do. They have a twisted take on Bible prophecy that is waiting in the wings to take the world stage when the Rapture does not happen. They believe that they are mandated to take over the world for Jesus and then he will come and reign with them. What blasphemy!