Wednesday, January 25, 2006

The Ten Commandments

Holtz says that the first four of the Ten Commandments "indicate an insecure god afraid of losing his authority." They are better understood as sensible rules for honoring the omniscient, omnipotent, omnipresent, omnibenevolent Creator of the universe who deserves of worship. Holtz says that the other three commandments forbidding adultery and covetousness, and prescribing honoring of parents, "should in a free society only have the force of good advice." Good advice is what one would expect to come from a benevolent deity. The nature of morality is absolute, i.e. adultery is not right under any circumstances. Experience demonstrates that taking these three commandments as guidelines rather that strict rules is very detrimental.