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The 10 Commandments - What Should #11 Be?

from imaginationx - Monday, June 30, 2008
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As many of you know, the Ten Commandments are a set of moral guidelines that were believed to be written by God, and given to Moses in the form of two stone tablets.  Much has changed in the world since these criteria were established, and many new acts of deviance and evil have risen. This begs the question, what should the 11th Commandment be?


As many of you know, the Ten Commandments are a set of moral guidelines that were believed to be written by God, and given to Moses in the form of two stone tablets.   Many Christian and Jewish believers alike have since revered these historic commandments as a compass towards eternal life.

Much has changed in the world since these criteria were established, and many new acts of deviance and evil have risen.  There are new habits and addictions that could not have even been imagined in Biblical times.  This begs the question, what should the 11th Commandment be?

To recap for those of you who may have missed Church last Sunday:
1. Thou shalt have no other gods before me.
2. Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image.
3. Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain.
4. Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy.
5. Honour thy father and thy mother.
6. Thou shalt not kill.
7. Thou shalt not commit adultery.
8. Thou shalt not steal.
9. Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbor.
10. Thou shalt not covet.

So here we are, with our Ten Commandments.  From where I’m seated, it seems like there may be quite a bit missing from the list.  With a list like this, I’d be pardoned for even my College years. So once again the question is before us, what should the 11th commandment be?

Drug Use
Speaking of the college years, our first option is the use of drugs.  We’re not talking about sipping the sacred wine, or even puffing on the holy herb here and there. We are talking about drug abuse, the type that is often a precursor to many of the other sins already set in place by the original Ten Commandments.  Let’s focus on the actual drug use, and not the events which may follow.  Drug abuse is defined by the Treatment Solution Network as “Habitual use of drugs to alter one's mood, emotion, or state of consciousness”.  One could argue that an altered perception of earth would not be the way God intends men to live. Others may say that the Lord would not want men to destroy themselves with such fruits of temptation. Still others may argue that drug abuse only affects the person involved, and does not pertain to religion any way whatsoever. Should the compulsive use of drugs to alter ones perception be deemed a sin in the eyes of the Church?

This has been a hot topic now, particularly with the rise of the internet in modern culture.  The Ten Commandments read “thou shall not commit adultery”. This certainly leaves a lot of room for interpretation, and much room for debate.  It seems that looking at Pornography was never mentioned, probably because there was none at the time.  Some will argue that this may already addressed with “thou shall not covet thy neighbor’s wife”.  Thy neighbor’s wife however represents a real person, and not a digital or photographic image as is the case with pornography.  Should admiring a nude person photo be seen as the next biggest sin in the eyes of the Church?

Not far from Pornography, you’re bound to find a handful of this one.  We will treat this separately however, as it does represent a different action.  Even the most holy of men must have been tempted on those lonely hot nights in Bethlehem. Many of the churches today will preach that masturbation is wrong, and the modern day equivalent of Adam and Eve tempted by the apple. If it was not intended for by God, how come it was not in the original 10 Commandments? Should having sex with oneself merit the 11th evil on the list of Commandments?

In the original Ten Commandments, it is said that “thou shall not covet thy neighbor’s wife”. Nowhere however does it state that one should lust after children. It seems like it’s only been the recent past that children can no longer Trick-Or-Treat by themselves on Halloween, or play in the yard without being watched by a parent. The internet combined with Dateline has brought more attention to the evil that lurks behind even the most trustworthy looking individuals. Those predators that lust after children are looked down upon as the dredges of society, and even at the bottom of the food chain in places such as prison. They are the lowest of the low, the real life boogie men of a modern age. Should this be deemed the 11th Commandment in the eyes of the Church?  My personal opinion is that we should change the sixth commandment to “Thou shall not kill, unless they touched a child”.

We know there many more that could have been added to this list, but wanted to offer up the blatantly obvious.  We felt these would top the list, but look forward to your comments.  It will be interesting to see what many of you think would make a good 11th commandment.

Titus Faulk
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from scorpion
Monday, July 28, 2008 - 10:03

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from scorpion
Monday, July 28, 2008 - 10:02

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from SeanSwede
Sunday, July 27, 2008 - 09:54

The 11th commandement should be "thou shallt not play World of Warcraft"
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from Jedran
Friday, July 04, 2008 - 07:49


What makes you think that we need the ten commandments or that we need to add an eleventh one? Do you feel you did something wrong in your college years?

Since we already have (generally speaking in most countries) laws that cover all of the actions that are mentioned in your article, why do you feel that they must be condemned by a religion? Is human nature such that we can't desist from doing something unless we believe that there is a supernatural force that would punish us for doing it?

I don't believe in sin but I respect the law.
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from george carlin on the 10 comandments
Friday, July 04, 2008 - 02:27


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from mornin's reveille
Friday, July 04, 2008 - 02:25

"feck you i won't do what you tell me"


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from GOD sayeth thus
Thursday, July 03, 2008 - 10:14

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Thou shalt not join a cult. C'mon. How stupid are you people? I'm God. Here are your commandments. None of these commandments ever mention joining a cult or attending mass or comparing cars and dresses and ties at church.

Thou shall have no cult gurus before me. I told you I'm a jealous insecure whiney God. I don't even want you worshipping graven images. What makes you think I'd want you to worship sick old men or women? Warren Jeffs? David Berg? I mean please, if you're gonna worship something other than me, please raise the bar a bit. Worshipping Carmen Electra is ok. I'll allow that much.

Thou shalt not masturbate to me. Again, a big PLEEAAZZUH!! What am I? God! That's right! GOD!! The almighty, omnipotent, omnipresent bigwig. Sure, I'm just a tad bit lonely and need your company. I'm not THAAT lonely umkay? If I wanted you whacking off to me, I'd put my photos in a sleazy magazine, or just put an ad on craigslist. DO NOT MASTURBATE TO YOUR GOD. That's just sick, ok?

Thou shalt not make revenue in my name. Look. I made earth. I made copper, and bronze, and gold, and all things shiny out of a booger from my left nostril, umkay? I don't need printed paper money? What makes you think I'm gonna use money you humans made? What am I gonna go shopping for? So please you idiots, I don't ask anyone to gather money for me. If someone claims he's collecting on my behalf, he's an imposter and a fraudster, and he's taking my name in vain. Don't give the dude money. How stupid are you guys? I feel sorry for banishing you guys over the tree of knowledge. It evidently didn't give you guys anything, so I shouldn't have punished you.

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from fragiletiger
Thursday, July 03, 2008 - 01:39


How can you equate Masterbation with Pedophilia?

Does God seem a little self centered to anyone? A bit needy and insecure?


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from cheeks
Wednesday, July 02, 2008 - 20:46

Thou shalt not eat Spam or any other canned meat which thou canst not identify.
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from exfamily
Wednesday, July 02, 2008 - 14:39

Thou shalt not kill or harm another human being based on their religion, race, or sexuality.

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from GetReal
Tuesday, July 01, 2008 - 23:27

i know its rude to hijack this article without even reading it, but it is my birthday for 35 more minutes, soooooooo if anyone wants to celebrate me in the chatroom please do come !!!
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from steam
Tuesday, July 01, 2008 - 17:39

Note the list of rules the church refers to as the "Ten Commandments" are not the ones God considered important enough to write in stone on the tablets. Those rules have a few overlaps regarding no other Gods for instance, but drop rules like no murder for more important stuff like don't cook a goat in milk.
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