Ten Commandments or Ten Guidelines Ver. 1.0.1
“The Top Gun National Crises Troubleshooter”, Retired
I have been researching the history of the Israelite Nation and New Testament writings. As a National Crises Troubleshooter of some forty years, I have found it necessary to identify the problem correctly before attempting to solve a problem. In my research I came across a paper published by Diana Baumrind of Cal Berkeley (http://persweb.wabash.edu/facstaff/hortonr/articles%20for%20class/baumrind.pdf, EBSCO Pub. 2003, PP 890-91/). In this paper, the researchers observed two different styles of parents: authoritarian and authoritative parents. In short, authoritarian parents issue commands to their children and authoritative parents act as guides to their children. I applied this information to Exodus chapter 20. I found an authoritative parent.
Authoritarian vs Authoritative Perspectives
This Israelite nation had been given land to build a new nation. They were, according to my NIV Bible, given the Ten Commandments to follow, supposedly to make them a strong nation, economically efficient and stronger than competing nations. An authoritative parent would have given Ten Guidelines to follow, and if they followed these Ten Guidelines, they would become a successful nation. There is a big difference between commands and guidelines – it is a sense of one’s perspective.
Commands Vs Guidelines
Commands leave no room for the intellect of man; commands are to be followed verbatim. A guideline leaves room for the intellect of man and makes them responsible for their own success. Applying this metric to Exodus 20:4-6 gives us a different perspective. “You shall not make for yourself an idol in the form of anything in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the waters below. You shall not bow down to them or worship them; for I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God, punishing the children for the sin of the fathers to the third and fourth generation of those who hate me, but showing love to thousands who love me and keep my commandments.”
The Investigative Process
The historians and archeologists have investigated the history of these Israelites. Historians place the writing of the first five books of the Bible during the time they were exiled in Babylon. Thinking that their nation had come to an end, they were motivated to record their history. The first responsibility of an unbiased investigator is to “separate the facts from opinion.” Applying this time-tested investigative protocol, that has been used since the seventieth century, to Exodus 20:4-6 results in some extra add-on supplemental information. A command is just that – a command. It does not include an explanation of the command or any supplemental information – it is just a command. That given, Exodus 20:6 is out for sure, and Exodus 20:5 is questionable as it gives superfluous information and authority. The word “worship” in Exodus 20:5 does look to have some relevance to the Christian society of the twenty-first century.
Worship Centers in the USA and International
Did the Christian Church not get the message of Exodus 20:4(5)? This writer has noticed that children who became adults and were raised by authoritarian parents tend to see things from an authoritarian point of view, which is that instructions are commands. Children who became adults and were raised by authoritative parents tend to see instructions as guidelines. If these Ten Guidelines were meant to develop a strong nation, economically with a high national operating efficiency, then why do we have so many centers for worship in this nation? Does not worship cause division rather than cohesion?