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Posted by on Jul 4, 2013 in Featured Inc, humor, secularism | 50 comments

10 Awkward Facts about the Ten Commandments

Context: Catholicvote’s “Top 10  Awkward Facts About the Atheist Monument”
See also Hemant Mehta’s rejoinder.

Charlton Heston

10 Awkward Facts about the Ten Commandments (for American Catholics)

10. There aren’t ten. And there is no agreement on which ten of the many are “the” ten. The phrase “ten commandments” appears in Exodus 34 and in Deuteronomy 10, which is a reference but not a list. The strange thing is that the line about Moses writing on the (new) tablets “the ten commandments” is preceded by a list of totally different orders, such as “you shall keep the feast of the unleavened bread”. The familiar list is given earlier in Exodus 20, except that it is never there called “the Ten Commandments” and there is no mention of tablets until 11 chapters and 600-some commandments later.

Also, Exodus 20 gives thirteen specific orders, not ten. The same list is repeated in Deuteronomy 5, yet again not called “Ten Commandments”. Wikipedia offers this helpful table showing how seven different Abrahamic faiths carve up the “Ten Commandments”.

The 10 what now?

 

9. The First Amendment of the US Constitution is a requirement to break the First Commandment. Or, at least to create a society based on doing so. Cherishing the founding fathers and the Constitution means openly endorsing the right of every person to blatantly violate God’s numero uno law. Awkward, if you think the Godly Commandments are the moral basis of rightful behavior a la murder, lying and so on.

8. Catholics have to pretend Exodus 20 doesn’t really mean it when it says “no carved images”, because this:

Seem pretty graven to me.

Seem pretty graven to me.

7. In reply to God’s “You shall not take the Name of the LORD your God in vain” suggestion,  the founding fathers said,  Remember our “Screw C1 amendment? The very first one we thought of? We’re also going to trash this commandment under the same amendment. That’s right, we aren’t even giving each commandment its own “piss off”, we’re doubling up.” Don’t sweat it though, if anyone asks, we’re a ‘Christian nation’ (except Tripoli, if they ask, we’re totally not).

6. America is now largely dedicated to avoiding “keeping the Sabbath holy” in any way. I used to work retail and I can tell you this: Sunday is by far the busiest day of the week, every week, without fail. Then of course, there’s this popular Sunday activity where we actually require God to work and work for us:

By fixing the game in our favor. Kind of awkward, but only if you think “beating the spread” isn’t a form of holiness.

5. The Decalogue takes a strong stance on slavery, by insisting that humans that don’t belong to you should not be coveted, and should not work during the Sabbath- after all, slaves working on Sunday would be downright immoral.

4.  While giving the commandments, God mentions that he is a “jealous” god. Jealousy is the fear of losing affection or position. In this part of the Bible God’s fear, anger, empty threats and emotional outbursts make him seem like a pathetic loser stalker instead of the almighty Creator. Maybe he should have started with creating himself some confidence or by uttering “let there be well-adjustedness.” That would have been good.

3. God’s petulant threat to prevent people from not liking him anymore is to swear that four generations of their children will suffer for de-friending Him. Although it is rarely articulated, American law is based on the idea that people are responsible for their own actions, not anyone else’s (and not those of their parent’s). American jurisprudence seems ungodly in just about every word.

2. God says thou shalt not steal just a few chapters before he explains how he’s going to help the Jews invade every single neighboring nation to murder them and take their land and possessions. To be fair to American Catholics though, this is a past-time the founding fathers also enjoyed.

1. As noted above, every single word and each commandment in God’s legal top-10 list is ignored, deliberately violated, or considered a silly relic by Americans except for two: murder and stealing. But according to the historical and anthropological record, every society on earth, including those existing well before the Old Testament was dreamt of, has proscribed murder and stealing. That makes the 10 C’s as useful and relevant to American government and law as a placemat at Denny’s, but at least Moons over My’Hammy doesn’t come with a side of slavery.

  • Bridget Gaudette

    Fantastic!

    • http://debunkingchristianity.blogspot.com/ John W. Loftus

      Yep, nice one Ed!

  • jg29a

    Regarding your clip: high school football isn’t usually played on Sunday.

    Does typically violate the Jewish Sabbath, though. ;-)

  • SmilodonsRetreat

    Murder is allowed if it’s those unholy abortion doctors. And gays… and atheists (at least according to some internet trolls). And allowing people to die in the belief that prayer is better than doctors is fine (I consider it murder). And not American, but Western European… let’s not forget the crusades in which thousands of white, Christian men, traveled to the Holy Land to free it from the evil Muslims by utterly destroying every last one of them. That’s fine.

    Personally speaking, I would consider tithing a form of stealing as well. When an 80-year-old woman doesn’t buy her medication because she’s giving that money to the church… well, I don’t know whether to call it stealing or brainwashing. Either way, it’s despicable.

  • DWdrummer

    But murdering in the name of God and spreading his holy message is absolutely allowed. Even encouraged. Thanks to God we have had millions upon millions of deaths in his name.

  • frakken

    thou shalt not speak the Lord’s name in vain is the most misunderstood of all the commandments. It actually means not to speak his PROPER NAME for his name is too precious and holy to be uttered lightly or in vain. it’s not a big deal to say “god dam it”. that’s actually permitted. What would be considered a sin would be to say “Jahova dam it”.

    This is an example of one of those things lost in translation and skewed over time due to so many rewrites of the bible over the ages. Just like it also doesn’t say in the Bible Moses parted the red sea. it’s become a popular misnomer . It says then Moses stretched out his hand over the sea, and all night the lord drove back the sea with a strong east wind and the waters receded to each side, and turned it into dry land.

    Today we call these storms! This is something that happens all the time.

    • bullChit

      Why stop there, everything in the bible either didn’t happen the way it is written or is explained through natural means. No supernatural activity requires no supernatural being, there is no god.

    • http://www.facebook.com/joe.bauwens Joe Bauwens

      But ‘Jehova’ isn’t a name either; its Egyptian for ‘foreign god’ (literally ‘god of the hills’, but the Egyptians, who lived in a valley, called all foreign gods this). I think that some Jews still claim their rabbis have a secret name for god that no-one else knows, but I’m hazy on this.

      • frakken

        good point, which reminds me, Jesus’ name isn’t “Gee-zuz. it’s actually pronounced Ye-shuah. The J in Judaism is pronounced as a “yeh”.

        • Eric Davis

          Actually, there is NO J in Judaism. It was always a Y (letter is pronounced “Yod”). The only reason why we see a J in a lot of places in the Bible, is because the first Christian Bibles to be printed mass production style were done in German, thanks to Johannes Gutenberg. His Bible borrowed from the Vulgate, with a Latin Old Testament and Greek New Testament. The Germans who translated it so the common people could learn to read it, did not make an exact translation. They made it more of a transliteration, where they kept the sounds of the words the closest possible German equivalent. The German letter that produces the Y sound is a J. Then, the first English translations of the Bible borrowed from the German text, and kept the J spellings, but started pronouncing them as English J’s.

          Ergo, the etymology of the name Jesus:
          1 – Hebrew/ Aramaic = Yeshua or Yehoshua (depending on text)
          2 – Greek = Iesous (pronounced: Yeh-soos [hard S]. Greeks keep the basic transliteration, but add the US to the end of every masculine name)
          3 – German = Jesus (pronounced similar to the Greek rendering)
          4 – English = Jesus (Jee-zuz)
          3 – German =

          • Anthony Edwards

            Kneel before Yod? All of this is interesting. Is not making a secret of the name of God limiting the ability of man to sin, or is it the intent to speak the name of God? Or are we all evil all the time? The fourteenth century is over.

          • Lisa Salerno

            all this makes it sound like god is “he who must not be named”. Therefore, god is Voldemort.

      • yak_haemet

        Jehovah isn’t Egyptian for ‘foreign god’, at least not in the context being used. Jehovah is a (possible) vocalization of the Tetragrammaton יהוה .(YHWH) You see, in Hebrew, they do not write vowels. Their letters are consonants, so you have to know what vowel is being pronounced. (this is shared with Arabic) YHWH is what the Jews believe to be their gods spoken name. How it is pronounced has been lost long ago. Other possible pronunciations include Yahweh, Jahweh, Jahveh, Yahveh, Yehovah, and Yehowah. There are others, but I don’t want to include all of them, as that would be tedious.

        • mike_93

          Actually the reason no one knows the “pronunciation” is because no one spoke hebrew in the ancient world. It’s all BS. The biblical creation, the flood, all of it. Moses never existed, there was never an exodus. No Solomon, or temple. They have yet to find a single shred of any evidence corroborating anything in the bible. It’s all just fairy tales.

          • Toby Evans

            Actually, there are really random tidbits that are true. For instance, there really are pillars of salt at Sodom, Israel. Of course, they are natural evaporite mineral deposits, not women who defied the will of God. There really was a pharaoh called Ramses II, etc. The tidbits aren’t the “morally relevant” bits, not central to the story but they are there. Everything that actually figures into the plots of the stories is made up. Some of the stuff that seems randomly thrown in there ends up actually being true.

          • frakken

            Caesar Augustus was also mentioned in the Bible. So to say that the bible is 100% fairy tale would be incorrect. However there are silly and absurd Hebrew tales of King Solomon that tell of stories of fantastic magic fly carpets the size of a city that could fly him anywhere in the world in a couple of hours which are so bizarre that alone they seem to discredit everything in the Hebrew bible just by association.

            But I have no reason to doubt that at the very least there could have been a wise man named Jesus who was a powerful public speaker and had devoted followers. That’s not difficult to imagine. I’m sure things have gotten distorted greatly over the centuries, but I can at least accept that likelihood that at the very least that much might be true.

          • Toby Evans

            frakken, I agree about the “miracles” just being bizarre and impossible, not at all impressive to the postindustrial mind. There is lots of foolishness in the Bible, too, though, and I don’t mean stuff that’s impossible. I mean stuff that regardless of whether its possible, is just wrong. We have morally evolved since the Bronze age and a lot of the morality in the Bible is just so backwards from start to finish. It makes me suspect that if you find a pearl of wisdom, it must be something that was “interpreted to make more sense”.

    • MoriyaMug

      This is actually referring to invoking God to no useful purpose… which is what “in vain” means. You don’t swear an oath to God without following through on it. That’s all “taking the Lord’s name in vain” has ever meant.

    • Kirsty Thomson

      As i understand Yahweh is gods first n sacred name

    • Kirsty Thomson

      As i understand Yahweh is gods first n sacred name

  • Frank Kavanagh

    Why catholics? My understanding is that protestants believe most of this rubbish too. Is it that we are really protestant atheists here, propagating traditional protestant hatred

    • http://www.facebook.com/joe.bauwens Joe Bauwens

      Some protestants don’t do the plaster saints thing; though finding any that don’t worship the images on a dollar bill could be interesting.

  • TheDaleks

    Also, right wingers never hold back violating the 9th commandment. GOPFOX News makes an industry of it.

  • Kevin Starkey

    The ‘sabbath’ from the 10 commandments is Saturday, not Sunday; just saying.

  • George Mirshell

    10 awkward things about the 10 awkward things about the 10 commandments.

    10. Christians are not numerologists. There’s nothing magical about the number 10. Nobody really cares if the injunction to monotheism is construed as 1, 2, or 3 separate commandments. They’re all saying the exact same thing.

    9. In no way does the 1st Amendment require breaking the 1st Commandment or endorsing people who do. Just because there’s no law against something, doesn’t make it right. Just because something is right, doesn’t mean there has to be a law against not doing it. This is super-basic critical thinking in a non-totalitarian society.

    8. Obviously no graven images refers the previous commandments on monotheism and is a prohibition against idols. It’s not a prohibition against carving in general.

    7. You’re still on the same mental error as 9. The only government ordained by God was the government of Israel — the American government is a non-religious institution and an authority in secular matters only, as every founding father knew. You seem to be fighting a straw man.

    6. The point of this is to give people a day off so they don’t die of exhaustion. This, we do.

    5. The decalogue does not endorse or condemn slavery. What strong stance are you talking about?

    4. The biblical meaning of jealousy is just exclusivity: no rivals. This is a call to monotheism. It doesn’t refer to psychological insecurity. The US government jealously guards its right to use violence against its citizens. No one else is allowed to do it. You are deliberately conflating the biblical meaning of this word with modern psychobabble.

    http://etymonline.com/index.php?search=jealous

    3. See 9 and 7 yet again. American civil justice doesn’t claim to exercise all the rights and prerogatives as God.

    2. It’s possible to prohibit stealing of someone’s legitimate property, and at the same time claim that another person is on your land illegitimately. If someone is occupying your house, you can kick them out, and still not believe in stealing. You can disagree over who “owns” the house without invalidating the concept of theft.

    1. Surely you jest. Perjury is obviously against the law. Covetousness is generally regarded as bad taste at least, and the basis of much suffering at worst. Most people pay lip service to respecting their parents. Yes, every commandment has been broken at one time. But just because each commandment is not made into its own law, and just because non-Christians acknowledge many of the same truths, doesn’t mean they aren’t relevant.

    • Sieben Stern

      your #8 is wrong – Exodus 20:4 (D-R) Thou shalt not make to thyself a graven thing, nor the likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or in the earth beneath, nor of those things that are in the waters under the earth.

      Saying ‘idol’ is a translation dependent on the version of the bible you read. It IS to prevent idolatry, by prohibiting the carving of -anything-.

      and for #6 – yes but it was the godless libtard unions that gave it to us legally and the free market right wing fundies that want to abolish it. No one really keeps the sabbath holy, and we all deserved to be stoned. Exodus 31:14

      FULL DISCLOSURE – tomorrow I will be creating graven images and it’ll be the sabbath. I recommend the medium sized river rocks for my stoning.

    • Sieben Stern

      your #8 is wrong – Exodus 20:4 (D-R) Thou shalt not make to thyself a graven thing, nor the likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or in the earth beneath, nor of those things that are in the waters under the earth.

      Saying ‘idol’ is a translation dependent on the version of the bible you read. It IS to prevent idolatry, by prohibiting the carving of -anything-.

      and for #6 – yes but it was the godless libtard unions that gave it to us legally and the free market right wing fundies that want to abolish it. No one really keeps the sabbath holy, and we all deserved to be stoned. Exodus 31:14

      FULL DISCLOSURE – tomorrow I will be creating graven images and it’ll be the sabbath. I recommend the medium sized river rocks for my stoning.

    • Sieben Stern

      your #8 is wrong – Exodus 20:4 (D-R) Thou shalt not make to thyself a graven thing, nor the likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or in the earth beneath, nor of those things that are in the waters under the earth.

      Saying ‘idol’ is a translation dependent on the version of the bible you read. It IS to prevent idolatry, by prohibiting the carving of -anything-.

      and for #6 – yes but it was the godless libtard unions that gave it to us legally and the free market right wing fundies that want to abolish it. No one really keeps the sabbath holy, and we all deserved to be stoned. Exodus 31:14

      FULL DISCLOSURE – tomorrow I will be creating graven images and it’ll be the sabbath. I recommend the medium sized river rocks for my stoning.

    • Sieben Stern

      your #8 is wrong – Exodus 20:4 (D-R) Thou shalt not make to thyself a graven thing, nor the likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or in the earth beneath, nor of those things that are in the waters under the earth.

      Saying ‘idol’ is a translation dependent on the version of the bible you read. It IS to prevent idolatry, by prohibiting the carving of -anything-.

      and for #6 – yes but it was the godless libtard unions that gave it to us legally and the free market right wing fundies that want to abolish it. No one really keeps the sabbath holy, and we all deserved to be stoned. Exodus 31:14

      FULL DISCLOSURE – tomorrow I will be creating graven images and it’ll be the sabbath. I recommend the medium sized river rocks for my stoning.

    • Sieben Stern

      your #8 is wrong – Exodus 20:4 (D-R) Thou shalt not make to thyself a graven thing, nor the likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or in the earth beneath, nor of those things that are in the waters under the earth.

      Saying ‘idol’ is a translation dependent on the version of the bible you read. It IS to prevent idolatry, by prohibiting the carving of -anything-.

      and for #6 – yes but it was the godless libtard unions that gave it to us legally and the free market right wing fundies that want to abolish it. No one really keeps the sabbath holy, and we all deserved to be stoned. Exodus 31:14

      FULL DISCLOSURE – tomorrow I will be creating graven images and it’ll be the sabbath. I recommend the medium sized river rocks for my stoning.

    • Sieben Stern

      your #8 is wrong – Exodus 20:4 (D-R) Thou shalt not make to thyself a graven thing, nor the likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or in the earth beneath, nor of those things that are in the waters under the earth.

      Saying ‘idol’ is a translation dependent on the version of the bible you read. It IS to prevent idolatry, by prohibiting the carving of -anything-.

      and for #6 – yes but it was the godless libtard unions that gave it to us legally and the free market right wing fundies that want to abolish it. No one really keeps the sabbath holy, and we all deserved to be stoned. Exodus 31:14

      FULL DISCLOSURE – tomorrow I will be creating graven images and it’ll be the sabbath. I recommend the medium sized river rocks for my stoning.

    • Sieben Stern

      your #8 is wrong – Exodus 20:4 (D-R) Thou shalt not make to thyself a graven thing, nor the likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or in the earth beneath, nor of those things that are in the waters under the earth.

      Saying ‘idol’ is a translation dependent on the version of the bible you read. It IS to prevent idolatry, by prohibiting the carving of -anything-.

      and for #6 – yes but it was the godless libtard unions that gave it to us legally and the free market right wing fundies that want to abolish it. No one really keeps the sabbath holy, and we all deserved to be stoned. Exodus 31:14

      FULL DISCLOSURE – tomorrow I will be creating graven images and it’ll be the sabbath. I recommend the medium sized river rocks for my stoning.

    • Sieben Stern

      your #8 is wrong – Exodus 20:4 (D-R) Thou shalt not make to thyself a graven thing, nor the likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or in the earth beneath, nor of those things that are in the waters under the earth.

      Saying ‘idol’ is a translation dependent on the version of the bible you read. It IS to prevent idolatry, by prohibiting the carving of -anything-.

      and for #6 – yes but it was the godless libtard unions that gave it to us legally and the free market right wing fundies that want to abolish it. No one really keeps the sabbath holy, and we all deserved to be stoned. Exodus 31:14

      FULL DISCLOSURE – tomorrow I will be creating graven images and it’ll be the sabbath. I recommend the medium sized river rocks for my stoning.

    • Anthony Edwards

      If the bible can be interpreted to mean anything but what it says; for instance that the sabbath (and not some random Wednesday, and sometimes Thursday) are a day of rest, then the book is not the unerring word of God.

      • George Mirshell

        If you’ve ever heard of the New Covenant interpretation, this is sometimes invoked as to why we observe Sunday and not Saturday, why we wear clothes woven from two materials, etc.

        http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_Covenant

        Clearly it’s necessary to apply an interpretation to a work as comprehensive as the Bible – after all people have been doing it since the Trinitarian vs Unitarian debates of the 4th Century.

      • George Mirshell

        If you’ve ever heard of the New Covenant interpretation, this is sometimes invoked as to why we observe Sunday and not Saturday, why we wear clothes woven from two materials, etc.

        http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_Covenant

        Clearly it’s necessary to apply an interpretation to a work as comprehensive as the Bible – after all people have been doing it since the Trinitarian vs Unitarian debates of the 4th Century.

      • George Mirshell

        If you’ve ever heard of the New Covenant interpretation, this is sometimes invoked as to why we observe Sunday and not Saturday, why we wear clothes woven from two materials, etc.

        http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_Covenant

        Clearly it’s necessary to apply an interpretation to a work as comprehensive as the Bible – after all people have been doing it since the Trinitarian vs Unitarian debates of the 4th Century.

      • George Mirshell

        If you’ve ever heard of the New Covenant interpretation, this is sometimes invoked as to why we observe Sunday and not Saturday, why we wear clothes woven from two materials, etc.

        http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_Covenant

        Clearly it’s necessary to apply an interpretation to a work as comprehensive as the Bible – after all people have been doing it since the Trinitarian vs Unitarian debates of the 4th Century.

      • George Mirshell

        If you’ve ever heard of the New Covenant interpretation, this is sometimes invoked as to why we observe Sunday and not Saturday, why we wear clothes woven from two materials, etc.

        http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_Covenant

        Clearly it’s necessary to apply an interpretation to a work as comprehensive as the Bible – after all people have been doing it since the Trinitarian vs Unitarian debates of the 4th Century.

        • Anthony Edwards

          Right. Exactly. So because of something I interpret as being a “new covenant” I can re-interpret the entirety of the Bible, even though Matthew 5:17-19 tells me that “not one jot of the law shall pass until heaven and earth…” basically are gone.

          So yes. I can interpret the bible however I want in spite of one command, because there is another that I can interpret differently, and therefore not be seen as “the least by those in Heaven.”

          Even though Heaven and Earth have not passed away.

          So yes, it is absolutely necessary to apply a different interpretation or we would be stoning people, killing our neighbors and living the Amish life.

          You know, like Jesus would do.

    • John Kirby

      THank you!

      • Anthony Edwards

        For what? He just gave you another reason to ignore your bible while claiming you believe in it.

  • Richard Sutherland

    What I would like to know is, if the Ten Commandments are the Word of God, where are those tablets? Did they get lost? How could anyone be so careless as to lose the “word of God?” It just doesn’t make sense. Perhaps they never existed.

  • Richard Sutherland

    What I would like to know is, if the Ten Commandments are the Word of God, where are those tablets? Did they get lost? How could anyone be so careless as to lose the “word of God?” It just doesn’t make sense. Perhaps they never existed.

  • Richard Sutherland

    What I would like to know is, if the Ten Commandments are the Word of God, where are those tablets? Did they get lost? How could anyone be so careless as to lose the “word of God?” It just doesn’t make sense. Perhaps they never existed.

    • John Kirby

      I forget, but I knew that they were in the ark of the Covenant with Aarons staff that budded and I think Joeseph’s ashes.

  • jaronstirling

    Of course, since the mythical “God” was the one who, supposedly, set forth these Commandments in stone with its own “hand”, we can then assume that it considers slavery to be “moral” to begin with.

    Not to mention abuse of ALL forms against ANYONE. Even by one’s own Parents. Indeed, one MUST honor and obey one’s Parents, even if they abused you in ANY form.

    And needless to say the mythical “God” DID indicate that it was “moral” to murder/kill. After all, IT mass murdered children (the first born sons of Human and beast alike), among many OTHER murders, including mass murders. If the mythical “God” ITSELF considers murder to be “moral”, then how can its followers and leaders of the various religions NOT consider the SAME to be true?

  • Geronimo

    Bring on “LUTHER 2″ to complete Part Deux of the reformation, and demolish the entire panoply of abracadabra fantasies about god(s) or “deities”. No sane person needs this rubbish. It seems only to lead to war, killing, and fascist absolutism, so let US, the people of reason and reality, do away with it; all and replace it with humanistic science and humanistic love & peace. I’m so tired of pedantic and deluded literalists trying to argue about how long Aaron’s rod was, whether the earth is 4k or 6k years old–whether Adam or Eve did the gardening. I am no longer interested in the deluded ramblings of a bunch of pastoralists in the bronze age. Can we please focus on the NOW and the FUTURE of our race; and persuade humans to improve the quality of THIS life. For this is the only one there is. GC

  • John Kirby

    Oh my gosh this guy is totally wrong about everything.
    1 + 9. Americans are not necessarily Christians, and if we follow are freedom of religion ammendmant, the government does not really have the right to say that we have to follow the Christian rule.
    2.Did you ever think that maybe God was doing this for a reason?
    3. That is because in Exodus, God made a covenant with the Jews. They agreed into it, agreeing that they would follow him and not stray away from him.
    4. WHen God says that he is a jealous God it is like a boyfriend saying that they are jealous of their girlfriend dating another boy. It is not sin, but showing way of love.
    5-6. When God says to not work on the Sabbath he is basically saying he wants us to spend time with him. Jesus healed a man on the Sabbath, yet he is the Son of God.
    7. Honestly I don’t even understand #7, but if you knew my age you’d understand why.
    8. Tell me one religion where nobody makes mistakes
    10. If you actually take the time to stud it, the ten commandments are actually a ‘marriage contract’ between God and the Jews. If you compare the parts of a marriage contract and Exodus ?30? they each have the same basic parts. So the ten commandments are rules of a conditional covenant, while the whole bible is God’s love story to us.
    All this information is from a reliable resource and sorry I could not get into greater detail, but you only have so much time and space. If you want to learn more, purchase a bible and I encourage you to study it on your own and with some help from the internet. I assure you you will not end with nothing. :)