9) Commands (mitzvoth) and interdictions


 

When we look at the commands of the bible in a scientific perspective, it seems that a lot of them make a lot of good sense.

The same way genetic codes determine biologic life, it is possible that genetic codes (although not shown yet) determine also social life. This is what ethologists observe in animal life.

Codification of these social rules (rule = lex > legere > relegere > religion) for a particular social group (the jewish people) introduced customs that not only perdured, but also were recuperated by the great monotheistic religions.

But once codified, how can these social appeasing rules be accepted?

One can imagine Moses, prince of Egypt at the crest of Egyptian science, discovering all those principles with the aid of his stepfather Jethro, and wandering if the practice of all these codes would give a more balanced society?

Let’s assume we are Moses, and we want to convince our contemporary people to follow the principles of the 10 commands.

If we say to our neighbour ” you are not allowed to steal” he could answer: “who are you to judge me? Maybe you have your own interests in telling me not to steal”

We can also say: “Someone you respect tells you not to steal”. But as no human being is 100% trustworthy, laws of men are difficult to apply.

Opposed to that if you say: “not me, but the most perfect and thrustworthy person you can imagine tells you not to steal”, this rule or law becomes thrustfull. So people afraid from god accept laws promulgated by god, the most thrustfull person they can imagine.

And that is why the first 5 rules of the decalog are thus formulated that one is obliged to accept the god of Moses in order to accept the next interdictions:

The god of the first commandment is the one who liberated the jews from Egypt. In the second commandment he can’t be described. In the 3d command even his name can’t be described. In the 4th commandment god is the creator of the world in 6 days and hence the 7th day is a sabbatical. And in the 5th command this has to be accepted by every generation as this command asks to respect the parents.

One can notice that these 5 commands settle the jewish ideal for generations in an indestructible pattern. The demonstration of this is easy to make. If you reverse the commandments everything falls apart: Without god you loose your freedom. If you can see god, you can destroy him. If you can write his name you can erase him. If he didn’t create the world we wouldn’t exist, and if we didn’t respect our parents, we wouldn’t receive the message.

It is not of my resort to judge if “god himself”, or the “divine inspiration” as a result of universal laws coded in our genes and expressing in our deeds are at the origin of the biblical texts. Fact is that the acceptation of a superior autority gives a motivation to religious people to execute (or trying to execute) every day the 613 commands of the bible.

 

 

And the experience results in a difficult achievement. Moses succeeds to convince the jewish people and the Pharao. He succeeds in the acceptance of those codes by people of the lowest descent, people without own will, without hope, slaves, Hebrews (which means coming from the other riverbank, or “migrants”)

 

With those “immigrants” of that era, or slaves, he starts a wonderfull adventure.

Those codes not only seem to work, but they result in the establishment of a nation based on these principles. Moreover they will be adopted by all the monotheistic religions.

And finally, it is not because the biblical story of the creation of the earth in 6 days is not credible anymore that the moral principles sustained by this history are not applicable anymore. Even lay people accept the principles of not stealing, not killing etc…

But yet, if we see what happened in Verdun, Auschwitz, Hiroshima, Cambodia, Rwanda, wouldn’t it have been better that the earth was created in 6 days?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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