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

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?