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Seriously People, If You’re Going to Put up a 10 Commandment Monument, Learn to Spell!

Three years into the making, Oklahoma’s Capitol building unveiled a monument of the Ten Commandments on the north side of the grounds Thursday.  With misspellings.  The 6-foot tall monument reads “Remember the Sabbeth day, to keep it holy.” Further down, the stone script appears to spell “maidservant” with a U instead of a V.  The problem didn’t seem to worry Oklahoma State Representative Mike Ritze, who paid $10,000 of his own money to see the monument’s creation.

Geesh.  Did they get Joel Watts to carve it???  Via Tom Bolin on the facebook.

Take That Angry Atheists

In some places in this country freedom of religion still exists in spite of your efforts to make atheism the state religion.

A display of the Ten Commandments and other documents made their debut Monday at the Cocke County Courthouse.  A Tennessee court ruling made that possible, classifying the rules of Judeo-Christian tradition as historical documents.  The display includes the Ten Commandments, the Bill of Rights and the Declaration of Independence.  The idea to put up the display at the courthouse came from Sheriff Armando Fontes. He says he thought of it about a month ago, soon after the new state law went into effect.  Sheriff Fontes had a small ceremony to unveil the display. A large group filled the second floor lobby where the display is located.

Put That in Your Pipe and Smoke It, ACLU

The Appeals Court in Florida

Ten Commandments

Ten Commandments (Photo credit: Russell Heistuman)

… ruled in favor of a Florida county courthouse’s Ten Commandments display, sending the case back down to a lower court that had ruled against the display last year. The Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Wednesday that the suit by the American Civil Liberties Union against Dixie County over its five-foot tall Decalogue display lacked legal standing.

What gave the ACLU the impression it had a right to file suit?

The ACLU had sued on behalf of an individual named in court documents as “John Doe,” who lived in North Carolina and had claimed that the presence of the Ten Commandments had inhibited him from purchasing land in Dixie County.

That’s right, the Tarheel sued because he wanted to buy property but the mere presence of the Ten Commandments must have burned his skin and eyes and driven him insane…

What prattishness.  What a country of whiny crybabies we’ve managed to produce.  I think I’ll go to North Carolina and sue some random town because they have a sign that offends my genteel sensibilities.

Angry atheists can only be described, as they are by the Psalmist, as fools.  And they manage to prove the Psalmist right at every turn.

To Whom Should the Church Distribute Aid?

Zwingli suggested…

… on September 8, 1520, that the public alms should hereafter be given only to those who had been investigated, and could show actual need. One test of the “worthiness” of the applicants for relief was their ability to repeat the Lord’s Prayer, the Ave Maria, and the Ten Commandments!  (Emil Egli, Actensammlung, No. 132, pp. 25–31.)

So if the poor were unable to recite the most basic statements of Christian faith, they were deemed unworthy of church assistance.  If you think about it, it makes a good bit of sense.  The Church should be careful in its disbursement of funds and not cast ‘pearls to swine’ so that monies collected to aid the poor not be used to buy inappropriate and wicked things.

Church history.  It’s a treasure trove of fun facts.

An Addition to the Dead Sea Scroll Exhibit in New York: The 10 Commandments Fragment

The New York Times reports

Discovery Times Square – the crowd-pleasing exhibition space on West 44th Street that is now the host to “The Dead Sea Scrolls: Life and Faith in Biblical Times” – announced that it planned to briefly add a new scroll to the show, one of the oldest and best-preserved manuscripts of the Ten Commandments.

The show, which opened Oct. 28 and will continue through April 15, brings together hundreds of artifacts drawn from archaeological explorations by the Israel Antiquities Authority and from the historic discovery of the scrolls in 1947 by Bedouins in caves near the Dead Sea. The Ten Commandments scroll – which dates from 30 B.C. to 1 B.C. and was discovered in 1952 – will be added to the show from Dec. 16 through Jan. 2. Like many of those on display, the scroll is extremely sensitive to light and humidity and can be shown for only a limited amount of time.

Such things are always worth seeing if one can.  Chris Tilling and I saw it in San Diego when it opened there during SBL (because Bob Cargill provided us tickets).  It was excellent.  I suspect the NY edition is as well.

The Seventh Commandment…

And its meaning according to the London Confession of Faith of 1689-

139  What are the sins forbidden in the seventh commandment?

A. The sins forbidden in the seventh commandment, besides the neglect of the duties required, are adultery, fornication, rape, incest, sodomy, and all unnatural lusts; all unclean imaginations, thoughts, purposes, and affections; all corrupt or filthy communications, or listening thereunto; wanton looks, impudent or light behaviour, immodest apparel; prohibiting of lawful, and dispensing with unlawful marriages; allowing, tolerating, keeping of stews, and resorting to them; entangling vows of single life, undue delay of marriage; having more wives or husbands than one at the same time; unjust divorce, or desertion; idleness, gluttony, drunkenness, unchaste company, lascivious songs, books, pictures, dancings, stage plays; and all other provocations to, or acts of uncleanness, either in ourselves or others.

That pretty much covers it…

More ‘We Hate the 10 Commandments Because We Hate Morality’ Stupidity

Civil liberties groups have sued the school board in Giles County, Virginia, demanding that a Ten Commandments plaque be removed from a high school hallway. The board says it’s simply part of a display of historical documents, including the Declaration of Independence, but the federal lawsuit by the ACLU and others calls that a “sham” excuse and says the plaque is up “with the primary aim of advancing religion,” reports the Roanoke Times.

Absurd.  The only reason these groups are opposed to the 10 Commandments appearing in public is because they want to ignore morality and do what they please without being reminded that there is such a thing as evil.  Buffoons.

Be Sure Not to Violate the First Commandment

And how do you do that?  By avoiding the sorts of sins listed in the Westminster Confession-

Q. What are the sins forbidden in the first commandment?

A. The sins forbidden in the first commandment are,

Atheism, in denying, or not having a God;

Idolatry, in having or worshipping more gods than one, or any with or instead of the true God;
the not having and avouching him for God, and our God;

the omission or neglect of any thing due to him, required in this commandment;

ignorance, forgetfulness, misapprehensions, false opinions, unworthy and wicked thoughts of him;
bold and curious searching into his secrets;

all profaneness, hatred of God;

self-love, self-seeking, and all other inordinate and immoderate setting of our mind, will, or affections upon other things, and taking them off from him in whole or in part;

vain credulity, unbelief, heresy, misbelief, distrust, despair, incorrigibleness and insensibleness under judgments, hardness of heart, pride, presumption, carnal security, tempting of God;

using unlawful means, and trusting in unlawful means;

carnal delights and joys;

corrupt, blind, and indiscreet zeal;

lukewarmness, and deadness in the things of God;

estranging ourselves, and apostatizing from God;

praying, or giving any religious worship, to saints, angels, or any other creatures;

all compacts and consulting with the devil, and hearkening to his suggestions;

making men the lords of our faith and conscience;

slighting and despising God and his commands;

resisting and grieving of his Spirit, discontent and impatience at his dispensations, charging him foolishly for the evils he inflicts on us;

and ascribing the praise of any good we either are, have, or can do, to fortune, idols, ourselves, or any other creature. (WC 1:105).

Quite a list, isn’t it. Take care to be diligent to avoid them all. That way you’ll keep the First Commandment.