What Can You Steal?

You shall not steal- Exodus 20:15 I was having trouble deciding how to approach this because in looking up the meaning of the word steal, I saw that it meant to take without permission or legal right without any intention of returning, and I had to think about what that really means. First there is…

What God Hath Joined

You shall not commit adultery- Exodus 20:14 adultery |əˈdəlt(ə)rē| noun voluntary sexual intercourse between a married person and a person who is not his or her spouse: she was committing adultery with a much younger man. ORIGIN late 15th cent.: from the obsolete noun adulter, from Latin adulter ‘adulterer,’ replacing an earlier form avoutrie, from…

What is Murder?

“Do you want me to kill you?” These are the darkest words a mother may ask her own child, when she sees them suffer. My son seemed so angry during puberty as he became an adult. He was violent as he never was before. It is a very painful time for autistic people. It is…

The Root of All Evil

Money may not be truly evil, but interest, especially compound interest is a leading candidate. What better, more efficient mechanism has man created to keep the rich getting richer off the poor getting poorer at an ever increasing rate. For only the rich can lend and only the poor must borrow. Here is where legal…

Honor All Parents

“When you’re a child you think your parents know everything, when you are a teenager you hate your parents for not knowing everything, when you forgive your parents for being human, then you are an adult.” – my daughter I love her so much for that. It helped me learn to forgive myself. I was…

A Day of Meditative Worship

The Quran itself says: “O you who believe! When the call to prayer is proclaimed on Friday, hasten earnestly to the remembrance of God, and leave aside business. That is best for you if you but knew” (Quran 62:9). When I was young and wondering why Islam celebrates Friday as a holy day, I had…

Community Matters

What about celebrating the Sabbath as a day to come together in your community? That is important too. In fact the best argument for why religion is still vital, is the need for people to be a part of a community. In Louisa May Alcott’s novel Little Women, Sunday afternoon was when the ladies would…

A Day of Rest

Is the Sabbath best spent as a day of rest, community or worship? And why do the three major Abrahamic religions, Judaism, Christianity and Islam each celebrate it on a different day? Is a three day weekend necessary to show respect to all? Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy. Six days you shall…

Take the Name

When I first began to write, it was difficult to decide what term to use for God. The word means so many different things to different people, and I find it distasteful to have to use it so often. Yet the more I played with different terms, Lord, interdependent web of life, a higher power,…

No Idol Worship

Comparing two versions of the Holy Bible, New Kings James and New International Version, I find that the second commandment varies greatly in meaning. The former states: “ You shall not make for yourself a carved image-any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is…

No Other Gods

Many’s the time I questioned God on this one. ”I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage. You shall have no other gods before Me.” Exodus 20:2-3 See my problem here is that he is not quoted as saying that “there are…