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"Thou Shalt Have No Other Gods Before Me"

There was a nice letter to the editor yesterday in the Raleigh News and Observer, our major local paper here:

Many who support the religious monument in the Alabama Supreme Court building argue that the Ten Commandments are really just basic moral virtues that any civilized society would share. "Thou shalt not murder." "Thou shalt not steal." What could be wrong with that?

What is wrong is that there is more to the Ten Commandments than generic moral common sense. The first commandment says, "Thou shalt have no other gods before me." I do not have a problem with the state telling me not to murder or steal. I do take offense when a cultural elite tries to use the authority of the courts to tell me what god I should worship.

Yahweh is not my god, nor is he the god of millions of other Americans. When a building used by a court of law houses a commandment to worship a specific god, it sends a message that those who do not worship that god do not respect the law.

The monument in Alabama is an affront to patriotic Americans whose love for their country and respect for the rule of law is shaped within spiritual traditions other than the Judeo-Christian one...

The author is absolutely correct: to display a set of religious commandments that start with the order, "Thou shalt have no other gods before me," represents not only official sanctioning of a particular religion, but disapproval of all others as well. That's unacceptable.


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Well, I understand what your saying, but why don't they just take, "In God We Trust" of the money, of " One nation under God" Out of the pleage? It's not like they're making those people read the monument, now are they? Do they make those people stand up and say the pleage? I don't think so. If you don't want to read the commandments sent by OUR God! Then don't, they don't have a guard standing there saying " You MUST read these commandments". You won't get arrested for not saying the pleage. Must I go farther? But, the thing is, you'll get SUSPENDED if you bow your head and pray! Well all I can say is, this country won't get any greater if we take those things out! BELIEVE ME! O'well, all I can say is, " God Help America" or should I say, "God Help Yhis World."
God Bless You all : }

John, would you have a problem with a judge placing a stone monument of the Koran in a courthouse?

I have an yes/no answer.No because I wouldn't read it. But I see where you're going. And understand. I'm going to stop here because I don't want to offend anyone. Not trying to be offensive.

The USA is historically based on a Christian ethos, and continues to be culturally/ politically based on Christianity. So it follows your legal system will reflect that religious base too. As an individual you might not like it, but a nation will always pursue a utilitarian approach to its people. For the Americans, that means if you don't like it, move to a place which best reflects your personal philosophy.

Paul, that sounds suspiciously like a bumper sticker, "America: Love It or Leave It". My attitude is, "America: Love It or Change It".

Even if I were to agree with your philosophy, it would seem that it's only a matter of time:

76.5% (159 million) of Americans identify themselves as Christian. This is a major slide from 86.2% in 1990. Identification with Christianity has suffered a loss of 9.7 percentage points in 11 years -- about 0.9 percentage points per year. This decline is identical to that observed in Canada between 1981 and 2001. If this trend continues, then by about the year 2042, non-Christians will outnumber the Christians in the U.S.

Thanks Frank for posting this just found by me this morning from a Google search for the words" "no other gods" in quotes and the plural, at page 1.

I had written an e-mail letter on this subject last Saturday, just printed out today, and this is my follow-up to this Exodus 20:3 with the emphasis on both the words: before and gods in the plural, NOT: (1) so much as after-god(s), or what Dorothy might have said of: who are those "men" behind the curtain? getting into the trinity of God with a capital letter G, or as Herbert W. Armstrong said, [I think from watching him (and his son, Garner Ted) years ago on T.V. & read in The PLAIN TRUTH magazine], of some elohim being a council of gods, with "the" God, or Lord of lords, over the "god of this world" II Corinthians 4:4; see also Ephessians 2:2 for "the prince of the power of the air" with a great website over at http://philologos.org
029.htm (p.1,#3 at Google for: prince power air), who "Plays a Mean HAARP" See also:" "Beelzebub the prince of the devils" in Matthew 12:34; BUT for to continue this plurality: (2) the dictionary defines a "god" as "one that is worshiped or idealized", and God as for "both faith and worship", compare the word faith, with (a) bad faith, synonyn: of deceipt, v.s. (b) good faith: of honesty; thus I think the moral of the story that of putting the proper label on the god of this world of not to worship, but that you can as your choice, remembering that there is no or bad faith there, the proper way to go I think is to idealize or repect him as an idea, but not as an idol, the idea being that he has his place in the Grand scheme of things that are fore-ever, ever, and ever-after. Yours truly, "MrTideman".

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