Some say morality comes from God. I say morality comes out of a desire to survive. Since God can’t be tested, let’s see how the desire to survive fits in with the “10 Commandments” from the Old Testament of the Bible:
- You shall have no other gods before me — belief-based threat, believe otherwise and you will be stoned to death
- You shall not make for yourself an idol — belief-based threat, believe otherwise and you will be stoned to death
- You shall not misuse the name of the LORD your God — belief-based threat, believe otherwise and you will be stoned to death
- Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy — don’t work yourself to death
- Honor your father and your mother — don’t piss off your parents, they might kill you
- You shall not murder — kill someone and you’ve likely put a target on your own head when their friends and relatives figure out who did it
- You shall not commit adultery — either your significant other will want you dead, or the significant other of the other couple will want you dead (among other more complicated scenarios resulting in someone wanting you dead)
- You shall not steal — the person you steal from will probably want to kill you
- You shall not give false testimony against your neighbor – your neighbour will want to kill you for being a super jerk
- You shall not covet — you’ll probably die because you’re not focused on your own needs, or those who are connected with that which you are coveting will be suspicious and possibly want you dead as a precaution
In other words, all ten commandments can be linked with some sort of risk of death.
Is it certain that these commandments came from God? Or could they have come from understanding what would put your life at risk in society at the time?