24 July 2006

The Ten Commandments: Paul couldn't name them all either

Last month on the Colbert Report, Rep. Lynn Westmoreland (co-sponsor of a bill requiring the display of the Ten Commandments) couldn't name them. Which, as I noted in a previous post, is no big deal since Jesus couldn't name them all either.

And neither, apparently, could Paul. Here's what he said about them in Romans.

Thou shalt not commit adultery, Thou shalt not kill, Thou shalt not steal, Thou shalt not bear false witness, Thou shalt not covet; and if there be any other commandment, it is briefly comprehended in this saying, namely, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. Romans 13:9

So Paul listed only five, and then (like Jesus), threw in one that isn't in the Big Ten. And notice again that only the secular commandments are listed. Nothing about which god to worship, making images, the Sabbath, or taking God's name in vain.

So maybe there are only five or six commandments. If so, Westmorland (according to his office) did better than Jesus or Paul! Congratulations Lynn. You're a Peach.


Baconeater said...

George Carlin has it down to 2 commandments.

Check this out. The first video is very funny but the google on scroll down a bit talks about the commandments.

Very funny stuff.

Anonymous said...

Insightful post, Steve. - Ba`al

Jesus Lied For You said...

Paul couldn't name them all because there were more than 10 given. This ought to be included in the contradiction section of the SAB.

Ten Commandments (Exodus 20:2-17)

1) I am the Lord thy God. Thou shalt not have strange gods before me.
2) Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain.
3) Remember thou keep the Sabbath Day.
4) Honor thy Father and thy Mother.
5) Thou shalt not kill.
6) Thou shalt not commit adultery.
7) Thou shalt not steal.
8) Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbor.
9) Thou shalt not covet thy neighbour's wife.
10) Thou shalt not covet thy neighbour's goods.

Ten Commandments (Exodus 34:14-26)

1) Thou shalt worship no other God.
2) Thou shalt make thee no molten gods.
3) The feast of unleavened bread shalt thou keep.
4) Six days thou shalt work, but on the seventh day thou shalt rest.
5) Thou shalt observe the feast of weeks.
6) Thrice in the year shall all your menchildren appear before the Lord God.
7) Thou shalt not offer the blood of my sacrifice with leaven.
8) Neither shall the sacrifice of the feast of the passover be left until the morning.
9) The first of the firstfruits of thy land shalt thou bring unto the house of the Lord thy God.
10) Thou shalt not seethe a kid in his mother's milk.

Anonymous said...

These 10 commandments are supposed to be wrapped up in 2(love the Lord your God and love your Neighbor as yourself) in the NT. Odd thing is why didn't it just have those 2 to begin with?