Do you believe that God wrote the 10 Commandments or was it Moses who wrote them to keep his people in check?


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Ray Dart Profile
Ray Dart answered
An excellent question. It is interesting to see how religion is used all over the world as a mechanism for keeping the populace "in their place". Particularly in the more extreme dictatorships of the middle East. Whether that was Moses' intention, who knows - a lot of the commandments are more about being a decent human being than being actually proscriptive.
If I covet my neighbours ox (I have no idea where he keeps it right now.) does that really affect the way I live my life?
Honouring ones parents is a good thing though - I must remind my kids.
Stealing and murdering? - I'm guessing that they were probably frowned upon before Moses walked back down the mountain, the same goes for "bearing false witness".

The Old Testament contains many laws/rules enforced by Judaism, that are nothing to do with the 10 commandments. I think they may have more bearing on "people control".
thanked the writer.
Hilary Newton
Hilary Newton commented
I agree, i do believe in god however maybe the commandments were infused by god+he was the conduit that physicaly wrote them wich you could say is a miracle in itself,
Tony Newcastle
Tony Newcastle commented
Good answere, Ray, as always.
I hope you are not thinking of coveting your neighbour's ox?
Apart from bringing down the wrath of God upon your head, I don't think the National Farmers Union would approve....
Lee Goodall Profile
Lee Goodall answered
Lets see what the bible says......All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof,
for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.  (2 Timothy 3:16)

God instructed him what to bring to the people, all the bible was under direct result from what God had told them to write
Tony Newcastle Profile
Tony Newcastle answered
This is a very shrewd question.
By today's lax standards,the host of rules and petty restrictions in the first five Books (the Pentateuch) of Moses seem overly fascistic and domineering.
However,the Bible does state that Moses received the 10 commandments from God,on Mount Sinai,and he wrote them down.
In a later era, at the Time of Christ,Jesus has said,in the NEW Testament,that people should honour Moses's commandments,and love their neighbours,and love God above all.
So: My reading of it is that Moses never took any credit himself for writing down God's commands to men.He was merely the message-bringer.
millicent williams Profile
A great question and it looks like I have missed the best parts (comments) I believe Moses or someone with great forethought decided to create a set of rules for people to follow and given the backing of God! People would follow them.It certainly helped to keep folk in check.
irwin lawrence Profile
irwin lawrence answered
No Mosses did not wrote it . 10 commandments was written by God for his people like you and me. I think you are confused by reading Exodus 34:28. So please read Exodus 24:12 and your doubt will be cleared.
Take care.
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Tony Newcastle
Tony Newcastle commented
Did God tell Moses that women should wear burqas? Or did Moses come up with that silly idea himself???
Tony Newcastle
Tony Newcastle commented
BTW, Exodus 34:28 says that Moses was up on the mountain with the Lord for 40 days and 40 nights.
If Moses had taken an exercise book and a pen with him, I think he could have done the whole job in about half-an-hour.
Hilary Newton
Hilary Newton commented
Plenty of time to think about what he would do to keep the people in check i think,
Chris S. Profile
Chris S. answered
No doubt in my mind that it was humans who wrote it.
Same as the Bible... And all of it is behavioral checks.

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