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The Twisted Commandments - Week One

Jun 1, 2022
by Christopher Atkinson

The Twisted Commandments - Week One

Iconic Moments In History

We can all think of moments that changed the course of history, politically, socially, geographically and spiritually...... The moon landing in 1969 comes to mind for me. The Berlin Wall coming down would be another that I vividly remember. The explosion of the Challenger space shuttle is right there as well. Although I was too young to know it’s significance, the assassination of President Kennedy would be on many peoples lists. But one trumps them all even though none of us were there to see it.

Moses On The Mountain

Then it came to pass on the third day, in the morning, that there were thunderings and lightnings, and a thick cloud on the mountain; and the sound of the trumpet was very loud, so that all the people who were in the camp trembled…Now Mount Sinai was completely in smoke, because the Lord descended upon it in fire. Its smoke ascended like the smoke of a furnace, and the whole mountain quaked greatly…Then the Lord came down upon Mount Sinai, on the top of the mountain. And the Lord called Moses to the top of the mountain, and Moses went up. (EX 19:16, 18, 20, NKJV)

Moses spent a lot of time on Mt. Sinai, receiving God’s instructions, not just the Ten Commandments. It was quite a sight really. God came down to the top of Mt. Sinai in a cloud with thunder and lightning. The place was so charged that God told the people they couldn’t even touch the mountain lest they died. This was the defining moment for Israel. This would be the covenant that set them apart as the children of God. It would be the time when a nation was born, a nation that would be a blessing or curse to the rest of the world. Literally.

God Speaks

We are so prejudiced by the rendition of the giving of the Ten Commandments in Cecil B. DeMille’s movie of the same name that we forget the actual biblical account. In the Bible, the people could actually hear as God spoke them. So when they rebelled and built the golden calf it wasn’t because they were ignorant. They were indeed stiff necked as noted throughout the Old Testament.

Now That We Know The History

Now that we have a greatly abbreviated version of the story, we need to realize just the importance of these commandments. They were so radically different than the standards of morality in the world up to that point that they provided a stark contrast to how people treated each other. Think of it, the western civilization that put in place universal human rights, inspired women’s equality, ended slavery and created a parliamentary democracy all would have not developed without the Ten Commandments.

More Than Still Relevant

Many people today believe that the Ten Commandments aren’t relevant in our modern world. We’ve outgrown them they say. We’ve moved beyond them and although they had their time, we can govern ourselves just fine on our own. But how true is that? Have these supposedly astute critics looked around lately? Last time I checked, there are still murders, people steal, lie, cheat on their spouses. I’d say that we need them more today than ever before. If followed, none of these behaviors would happen.

John Lennon Should Have Written A Song About Them

Imagine there's no heaven, It's easy if you try, No hell below us, Above us only sky, Imagine there's no countries, Nothing to kill or die for, And no religion too, Imagine all the people

Living life in peace...Imagine no possessions, No need for greed or hunger, A brotherhood of man…

Lennon meant well. And I’m sure a lot of people who love this song really believe that the world would be a better place if his communistic vision came to be. But he didn’t need to look that far for a better way. Imagine a world where there is no murder or theft. In such a world there be no need for armies or police or weapons. Men and women and children could walk anywhere day or night without any fear of being killed or robbed. Imagine if no one coveted what belonged to their neighbor, or children obeyed their parents? Sound familiar? It should. That would be a world where everyone lived by the Ten Commandments.

They Are From God

And God spoke all these words…(Ex 20:1, NKJV)

While it is true that the Ten Commandments will work even if followed by an atheist, it is vastly important that we know these commandments came from God. Why you ask? Well, they would devolve into the Ten Suggestions if not from Him. God gives them an importance mainly because He enforces them or at the very least we know that He is watching people who disobey them. You can believe that say, murder is wrong on your own, but you won’t really know it is wrong unless a higher power gave the command.

Without God, Right And Wrong Are Only Personal Beliefs Or Personal Opinions

This is the big reason that we need a higher authority to tell us that murder is wrong, that stealing is wrong, that adultery is wrong, that obeying your parents is right. Without His authority, anyone can just say that stealing is OK if your motives are pure. Or that it isn’t wrong at all. In fact we have recent history of leaders who rationalized that murder isn’t always wrong and millions of people have died as a result. In his summary of the estimates in the Black Book of Communism, Martin Malia suggested a death toll of between 85 and 100 million people have died under communism.

And Then There Was Nazism

In a 13-year study completed in 2013 by Washington's Holocaust Memorial Museum, the estimate of people killed by Nazi Germany was between 15 and 20 million. According to the article reported in an issue of The Business Insider those who heard of the study were shocked:

“The numbers are so much higher than what we originally thought," Hartmut Berghoff, director of the German Historical Institute in America, said in an interview after learning of the new data. "We knew before how horrible life in the camps and ghettos was but the numbers are unbelievable.”

All because people disagreed that all murder is wrong. Now do you see why it’s important that they came from God?

The World Would Be A Better Place

It is true that if the Ten Commandments were followed, the world would be better. Even non-religious people agree on this whether they think God gave them or not. They just make sense. But we do need to take a closer look at each of them, because there are a lot of incorrect interpretations of them that make them seem less important. And to do that, we need to learn a little Hebrew.

Our Overall Purpose

I suppose now would be good time to tell you what in the world we’re doing in this teaching. While the idea of the Antichrist having his own version of the Ten Commandments, and trust me, we will explore them, is the stated topic, we need to know the real meaning of the original ones to contrast with false ones. You will leave with a greater understanding of God’s Top Ten than most. And I think you’ll be surprised by this deeper understanding. I believe your life will be better for it as well.

Credit Where Credit Is Due

I should also point out the information on the Ten Commandments is heavily drawn from an online course from Prager Univerity and can be found here: www.prageru.com/courses/. I will also be drawing from other books which I will site as I go, but there is a wealth of information at the Prager University site. Please check it out. You may not agree with all of it, but it will challenge you to think which is never a bad thing.

The First Commandment Or Statement

I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage.  (Ex 20:2, NKJV)

In the original Hebrew and according to the Jews themselves, they are ten statements. Which actually makes us look at them a little differently. In this case the first statement is verse two listed above. This first thing to note is what we noted earlier and that is God who gave these to us. Again, this makes a huge difference.

Treat Others Well

Why? Because God set you free so you can. All of these commands concern how you treat your fellow man or they flow to that point. They have what is called ethical monotheism at their base. This basically means there is one God and the ethics come from Him. Not rocket science really, but living them out is another story.

God Wants Us To Love His Children

So many religions pre and post Ten Commandments are all about how you treat a god. Whether it be bringing sacrifices to it or feeding it or showing your worthiness by self-humiliation or degradation. But in these commandments God is telling us how to treat those He created as a way of loving Him. It is simple and Jesus put it this way:

Master, which is the great commandment in the law? 37 Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. 38 This is the first and great commandment. 39 And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. 40 On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets. (Matt 22:36-40, KJV)

Brought You Out Of Slavery

God is saying that He freed you so do these nine things for me. Pretty simple, right? And it also a reflection of how much God hates slavery and how important God values freedom. Such a view was so important the Founders of America based their entire view of America on the belief that God wants us to be free. They even put part of a scripture from Leviticus 25:10 on the Liberty Bell, "Proclaim liberty throughout all the Land unto all the Inhabitants thereof." 

 

The Commandments Create A Free Society

According to Dennis Prager:

“But there is one other equally important lesson about freedom imparted by the opening statement of the Ten Commandments: what freedom means. The Giver of the Ten Commandments is, in effect, saying: "I took you out of slavery and into freedom, and these Ten Commandments are the way to make a free society. You cannot be a free people if you do whatever you want." Freedom comes from moral self-control. There is no other way to achieve it.”

He went on to say that:

“And fourth and finally, by telling us that He liberated the Hebrew slaves, God made clear that He cares deeply about human beings. It is impressive to create the world. But what most matters is not only that there is a Creator, but that the Creator cares about His creation.”

And What Is The Antichrist’s Opening Statement? It’s My Way Or The Highway

And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads: 17 And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name. (Rev 13:16,17, KJV)

Well, this infernal character wants the exact opposite for the world. He demands He be worshipped and as a way of proving it, he demands that we give up our freedom to him. He enslaves the world, takes away their freedom or he kills them. Not much of a choice if you ask me. And yet, because people value safety over freedom, they will comply.

And He Will Be Watching

Just as God watching adds added strength to adhering to the Ten Commandments, so also will Satan’s savior. His morality will not be based on love but fear. And he will have the technology to watch and track everyone. We see how this could happen even now. With microchips and GPS tech already in place, the whole world can be subjugated very easily and very quickly. And with satellites able to view even the top of a pinhead from space, no one will be able to hide.

Satan’s Opening Command

It could easily read like this:

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.

And it will only get worse from there as we will see in the coming lessons.

 

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