It’s the ultimate battle between magic and religion or pagans and Christians, or atheism and theology.
So, let’s have it.
I don’t think the ten commandments are a clear enough set of rules to live by and should include a rule to guard against sloth, greed, gluttony and lust and it wouldn’t hurt to add ‘do no harm’ either.
What do you think?
Here they are:-
I am the Lord your God: you shall have no other gods but me.
You shall not make for yourself any idol.
You shall not dishonour the name of the Lord your God.
Remember the Sabbath and keep it holy.
Honour your father and mother.
You shall not commit murder.
You shall not commit adultery.
You shall not steal.
You shall not be a false witness.
You shall not covet anything which belongs to your neighbour.
Versus the pagan way,
Do no harm and guard against the seven deadly sins, of lust, greed, gluttony, sloth, wrath, pride and envy.
The ten commandments were taken, from a current Church of England site. To me, these represent only five ‘life rules’, essentially missing out many important factors for people to follow a healthy, happy and fulfilled life. I looked around and made sure it the same ten commandments for all Christian churches and it is.
Thankfully all our countries have laws, both common and criminal so this a debate about upbringing and life lessons rather than changing any laws in any countries or judgement of how others lead their lives. I’m talking about a code which produces great humans who are kind to each other and look after their environment and themselves.
Of course, it is extremely important to add that there are elements of opportunism and corruption across every organisation.
There are many different folk who believe in God and have their own moral codes
There are different types of pagans, for instance Wiccan is an American Christian mixture of paganism which bares zero similarities to me.
My kind of pagan is more Druid, It’s an earthy, caring, herbal and creatively based faith that I never called a faith to my children.
I don’t believe in the Wiccan ‘Power of Three’ as this is just from religion, copying the father, the sun and holy ghost.
It seems to me with our lazy, overweight and arrogant current civilizations many people do seem to have lost their way. I agree with my religious friends regarding the minority of evil acts which continue regardless of the heartache and destruction that they cause to others and our lands, oceans and skies. We must do all what we can to stop this if it’s our control and declare an interest to stop it if not.
Many people that I’ve spoken to were surprised that the ‘love thy neighbour’ commandment from when they were children is not part of the ten commandments – I must admit they weren’t as I remembered them.
It seems every one’s faith is their interpretation? If it were down to a simple set of rules to live by which of these two set above would lead to a healthy, happy society?