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Many faiths have commandments

Those of you who think the Ten Commandments should be displayed on a Sandpoint public park, despite it being unconstitutional, and think it’s a Christian God’s moral laws, should realize that punishment for breaking the majority of them is being stoned to death. And if you add all the curses in the Old Testament (Deut. 28:17-68) and all the sins worthy of death in the New Testament (Romans 1:29-32), all Christians and non-Christians alike would be killed. It’s absolutely nonsensical.

Before Moses, Zoroaster prayed on a high mountain and God appeared in thunder and lightning and delivered to him the Zend Avesta or “Book of Law.” The Assyrian Mises wrote his “laws” on two slabs of stone, the Greek Dionysius was portrayed with holding two stone tables of “laws,” the Crete Minos received his “laws” from God on Mount Dicta, Hammuradi had his “laws” given to him by Shamash, the Son God. So! What’s so unique about the Hebrew account?

Also, Moses painted the Egyptians as heathen and morally inferior when, in fact, the Egyptian-Babylonian culture set Hebrew civilization going and the Egyptians already, by thousands of years, had six of the Ten Commandments in their “Oath of Clearance.”

Gary Garoutte



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