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The Twisted Commandments - Week Four

Jun 1, 2022
by Christopher Atkinson

The Twisted Commandments - Week Four

No Joking Matter

Thou shalt not commit adultery. (Ex 20:14, KJV)

There is an old joke about The Seventh Commandment, "Do Not Commit Adultery."  Moses comes down from Mount Sinai, and announces:......  "I have good news and bad news. The good news is that I got Him down to ten. The bad news is that adultery stays."

The Hardest One?

Many people think that of all the 10 Commandments, this is the hardest one to keep from breaking and for good reason. In our sexually charged society, it’s hard to stay faithful to your spouse. Not impossible, but hard. There are so many temptations and lots of people who see nothing wrong with straying from your spouse. Some even encourage their spouses to do it if only to get it out of their system. Now that’s twisted logic there.

It’s So Easy To Fall In Love

Or so the pop song goes. Men and women alike can be attracted to a good looking co-worker or even boss and before they know it a relationship is started. Unless that spouse has setup boundaries and accountability partners, the affair is started. And if that spouse is in a loveless marriage it is even harder to stay away from being adulterous. But is there a good excuse for going down that road?

Why Is It So Bad?

For starters, it threatens the family and without stable families, a society will crumble. Here is how Dennis Prager in his teaching on this commandment explains it:

Why is adultery prohibited in the Ten Commandments? Because, like the other nine, it is indispensable to forming and maintaining higher civilization.  Adultery threatens the very building block of the civilization that the Ten Commandments seeks to create. That building block is the family -- a married father and mother and their children.  Anything that threatens the family unit is prohibited in the Bible. Adultery is one example. Not honoring one's father and mother is another. And the prohibition on injecting any sexuality into the family unit -- incest -- is a third example.

When the family is stable, children are more secure, women’s emotional and material needs are met and men are more responsible and mature.

And There Is Divorce

While divorce is not inevitable if often does occur when one spouse or even both spouses are unfaithful. And the damage it does to the family as a whole is highly destructive. If the adultery leads to a pregnancy you can see how hard things will be for that child. This is hardly just a causal fling with no repercussions.

Living A Lie

The offending spouse must inherently live a lie to one if not both parties. Think of the thoughts of betrayal and then the lack of trust from an affair and you begin to see how harmful this is. Even if the innocent spouse is unaware of the affair, the guilty spouse can’t keep the charade up without massive harm to their thought life and psyche.

The Evil Commandment

Here is a rendition of this commandment when twisted by the Son of Perdition:

Thou shalt not respect the vows of your marriage. Adultery is an arcane, out-of-date notion that robs you of living life to the fullest. You were made to explore your sexuality in as many ways as you can imagine. It is only wrong if you are denied your desires.

 

The Greatest Commandment?

Thou Shalt Not Steal (Ex 20:15, KJV)

There are some who believe that his commandment sums up all the others. If you think about it, murder is stealing another’s life, adultery is stealing another person’s spouse, and coveting is the desire to steal what rightfully belongs to another. Lying could be considered stealing justice so you get the idea.

Not Specific

This commandment is not specific like the others. Murder is taking the life of an innocent person and honoring your parents is specific. So are all the others, but this one is broad in its scope. Which really covers quite a few things. Slavery is forbidden when kidnapping a person and selling them off to the highest bidder. This is tantamount to stealing the freedom of an innocent person.

That’s Mine!

Just as you shouldn’t steal people, you are forbidden from stealing the property of another. Whether is it their car, their home or any material possession, stealing it is wrong. Our founders were so aware of this fundamental right the 3rd, 4th, 5th, 7th and 8th amendments protected our rights of various forms of property. For you see property is not only physical possessions, but also ideas, works, and even what someone should earn in wages.

Loss Of A Good Name

Damaging a person’s reputation is harsh. This can be done through gossip, slander or libel and in many ways, more hurtful than stealing a person’s possessions. One can restore the material things, but a good name is stolen it is rarely if ever fully restored.

Stealing Someone’s Dignity

Dennis Prager describes this like this:

The act of stealing a person's dignity is known as humiliation. And humiliating a person, especially in public, can do permanent damage to what is perhaps the most precious thing any of us owns -- our dignity.

Loss Of Trust

I tell people that trust is like a bank account. We inherently deposit an amount of generic trust into any person we meet. They can make trust deposits over time and increase that trust. But if they lie to us or deceive us, a great amount of that trust is stolen. And trust is harder to build back up once it’s lost. Steal your trust by deceit by leaving out a key piece of information and it is theft nonetheless.

Stealing Intellectual Property

Whether using software without buying it, downloading music or movies without paying for them or plagiarizing the words of the author, it is stealing just the same. Now I think it is clear how encompassing this commandment can be. Some have said that if just this commandment were obeyed the world would be a much better place.

Another Twisted Commandment

As Satan would have it, his protégé the Antichrist will pervert this commandment as well:

Nothing anyone has is truly their own so let the strong take what they want. It will only make the weak stronger or make us all stronger by making them weaker. I don’t care as long as in the end it’s all given to me as promised by my hellish father.

I Won’t Take This Lying Down

Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbour. (Ex 20:16, KJV)

Some people think this only applies to telling the truth in a court proceeding and while it does apply there, it is applicable anywhere. It is true that to have legal justice people need to tell the truth but in the bigger picture, lies can be quite deadly. In fact, just about any evil in the world can be traced back to a lie believed by the populace.

 

So Many Lies

Dennis Prager once again sheds light on how pernicious a lie can be:

There were slavetraders, Nazis and Communists who were compassionate in their personal lives, but all of them told, and most of them believed, some great lie that enabled them to participate in a great evil. Black slavery was made possible in large measure by the lie that blacks were innately inferior to whites. The Holocaust would have been impossible without tens of millions of people believing the lie that Jews were inherently inferior to so-called Aryans. And Communist totalitarianism was entirely based on lies. That's why the Soviet Union's Communist Party newspaper was named Pravda, the Russian word for "Truth" -- because the Party, not objective reality, was the source of truth

Even Good Causes Lie

There are recent instances where people wanting to help good causes lie to do it. According to an article by noted columnist Thomas Sowell, the total of homeless people in America during the 1980s was not 2 to 3 million as believed:

During the "homelessness" crusades of the 1980s, for example, homeless advocate Mitch Snyder made up a statistic about how many millions of homeless people there were in this country and threw it out to the media, which snapped it up and broadcast it far and wide…Only belatedly did some major media figure -- Ted Koppel on "Nightline" -- actually confront Mitch Snyder and ask the source of his statistic. Snyder then admitted that it was something he made up, in order to satisfy media inquiries. Moreover, homeless advocates defended what Snyder had done and called it "lying for justice."

The actual number was between 250,000 and 350,000 people. Distorting the actual numbers regardless of it is the homeless or the number of women who get breast cancer every year, the good done is exceeded by the trust lost. And allocating resources to these causes disproportionately hurts causes that need the money more.

The Ten Commandments is there to warn all of us that, with very few exceptions, such as the immediate saving of innocent life, no cause is more important than truth-telling.  The Ten Commandments is the greatest list of instructions ever devised for creating a good society. But such a society cannot be created or maintained if it is not based on truth.

Another Perverted Commandment

Thou shalt say whatever you need to in order to accomplish your goal. The ends justify the means every time. The greater good is what counts. And a lie is as good as the truth if you tell enough times.

But I Want That!

Thou shalt not covet thy neighbour's house, thou shalt not covet thy neighbour's wife, nor his manservant, nor his maidservant, nor his ox, nor his ass, nor any thing that is thy neighbour's. (Ex 20:17, KJV)

The previous four commandments tell us to not murder, commit adultery, steal and lie but this one is the one that leads to all four of those acts. And it is the only commandment that prohibits thoughts which sets this one apart in a big way.

Coveting Leads To A Lot Of Evil

When you covet something you don’t have you eventually steal it. When you covet another man or woman’s spouse it leads to adultery. And oftentimes, to accomplish the theft and affairs stealing a life can be justified. And lying to cover all of those actions completes the train of logic connecting these actions to the original motive – coveting.

Not Just Wanting Something You Can’t Have

No, coveting in this commandment means wanting to the point of seeking to own. Lusting after something to the point of acting on the desire is what is meant here. Uncontrolled envy and lust is the formula for trouble when the person then seeks to own the object of their desire.

Just Wanting What Someone Else Has Is Wrong

That is just a thought. And can even be constructive if fulfilled in a good way such as wanting a car that someone owns and then getting a better job to make the money to get it. But when they want the car or home they own, then it is wrong.

And The Lawless One Writes It His Way

Thou shall take whatever your heart desires regardless of who has it because violence and anarchy will only further the need for my rule. I will use your lust to strengthen the need for my rule. And that’s all that really matters.

In the Antichrist’s perverse plan, urging us to be carnal, worldly and without control makes us easy marks for a one world government. So let’s list the twisted commandments to get the full picture:

1) I am your god, Satan who put you into bondage to serve me. Like the Jews in Egypt you will toil for me. You are only free to sin once again.

2) You will have only me as your god. You will make me into a graven image, a likeness of me to worship. You will bow down yourself to me and any image of me for I am a jealous god, and you will give me all your freedom and rights so I can protect you. But if you don’t I will show you no mercy. You will starve before I behead you.

3) You can misuse the name of Jesus and Father God because they are powerless now. Curse using those names all you like. It’s only my name that is important now. If you misuse my name I will not hold you guiltless. I will punish you mercilessly until you bow to me. And I won’t forgive the action. I will always have you on my list of those who I neither trust or reward.

4) Observe no Sabbath day, no day is holy, they are just the same to me. Work as many days as it takes to be successful and do everything you need to do. Never be like this god of the Jews or Christians. What matters is this life so get as much as you can out of it. Time spent resting is wasted time, you can rest later in life once you have squeezed as much out of your work time. And make sure that those under you work just as hard as you. No need to give them any time off. If you are working, so should they.

5) Don’t honor your father and mother. Instead honor only me. Your parents only brought you into this world, but they are not as important as my government. Only we can provide, protect and nurture you consistently. Parents are uneven and flawed, not worthy to be entrusted with so great a responsibility of raising you. You’ll live longer with me in charge.

6) It is wrong to kill anyone or anything unless you’re me. You can and should kill followers of God, who must be removed from earth if only to mock how utterly powerless their god is and how very powerful I am.

7) Thou shalt not respect the vows of your marriage. Adultery is an arcane, out-of-date notion that robs you of living life to the fullest. You were made to explore your sexuality in as many ways as you can imagine. It is only wrong if you are denied your desires.

8) Nothing anyone has is truly their own so let the strong take what they want. It will only make the weak stronger or make us all stronger by making them weaker. I don’t care as long as in the end it’s all given to me as promised by my hellish father.

9) Thou shalt say whatever you need to in order to accomplish your goal. The ends justify the means every time. The greater good is what counts. And a lie is as good as the truth if you tell enough times.

10) Thou shall take whatever your heart desires regardless of who has it because violence and anarchy will only further the need for my rule. I will use your lust to strengthen the need for my rule. And that’s all that really matters.

How Does One Keep The Real 10 Commandments?

“Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh” (Gal. 5:24, ESV)

If you listen to and follow the Holy Spirit, you will naturally obey the 10 Commandments. And you will conversely avoid following the Twisted Commandments. Obviously there will be struggles and times when you aren’t strong, but His grace is sufficient for you. Allow the Holy Spirit to continue the process of renewing your mind and get in the habit of living a righteous life. Over time you won’t be in a place where you can’t sin, but you will be in a place where you don’t want to sin. 

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