Covet My Ass
It’s All in Your Head
First, for those who don’t know or are unsure of what it means, to covet is to wish, long, or crave for something, especially property belonging to another person.
The very cornerstone of obedience, ethics, and morality for Jews and Christians is found in the old testament by way of god’s 10 commandments, the big no-no’s.
This was it folks. God laid down his written law to mankind in this one document, and 5,000 years later he has yet to amend it. (There are some passages in the New Testament reaffirm the commandments, but none are changed and none are added.)
This being the case, the all-knowing sky god really blew it. He blew it big time with his inclusion of coveting in the sacred list of 10 things you’re not allowed to do.
While any sane person acknowledges that there is absolutely nothing wrong with coveting, I could at least be able to make my peace with its inclusion if there were just a few commandments that made sins of FAR more repugnant acts, like rape and child abuse.
God Loves Rape
Quick question, and please answer honestly.
You’re an unmarried male adult. Which of the following would you consider to be the greater offense for you to commit: fantasizing about banging your neighbor’s hot wife or raping their 8 year old daughter (who at 8 is obviously unwed)?
Well, guess what. The first is a sin and second one isn’t – at least not according to god’s crystal clear and perfectly literal 10 commandments.
Now panicky knee-jerk Christians are quick to rationalize the aforementioned problem away by claiming that the act of rape (for two unwed people) is actually the sin of adultery. Nice try and an A+ for effort, but I don’t cater to such profound intellectual dishonesty.
When confronted by this argument, Christians are quick to conjure up their “biblical definition” of the word (Matthew 5:27-28). See this for what it is: scrambling to get around the problem of rape. But if they had a clue they’d know that the real biblical definition of the word doesn’t help their argument. In fact, it destroys it.
Christians will also quote other scattered chapters and verses to make sin of those despicable and repugnant acts that trivialize harmless impure thoughts (i.e. act of coveting). But this still doesn’t get them out of the logical inconsistency and appalling gap in proportion.
Of the 10 commandments, only 6 of them govern human behavior towards other humans. I’ll refer to these as the “others affecting” commandments:
- Honoring Parents
Killing and stealing are the only two that are crimes as defined by the laws of man. (Spare me the “perjury is a crime” crap. Perjury pertains to making false statements about material facts to obstruct justice while under oath. You could lie all day, every day, and you will have broken no laws anywhere.) The other four are petty and trivial in the grand scheme of things. (Yes, that’s right. Petty and trivial.)
Honoring one’s parents should come from respect, and respect must be earned. No one is deserving of respect “just because.”
I don’t condone infidelity in any way, shape, or form. I only want to say that mutually consensual sex between two people (one or both of which are married) is petty when compared to the most heinous of human acts.
And lying definitely has its place in society. If you think about it, most lies are told to spare hurt feelings and protect ourselves and others from embarrassment. There is nothing wrong with lying unless such deception is used to take advantage of people or obstruct justice. (Isn’t it odd that there are no commandments against those shameful acts?)
Christians try to rationalize coveting as being a sin by arguing that such thoughts lead to sinful acts. This is complete bullshit. Not only is coveting completely harmless, but in today’s world it’s actually necessary. Coveting your neighbor’s shit is what stimulates the economy and keeps college enrollment up. It’s called Keeping up with the Joneses.
And as far coveting your neighbor’s wife, I’ve wanted to bang plenty of my neighbor’s wives and I’ve never raped any of them. And why isn’t there a commandment warning women not to covet their neighbor’s husband? Hmmm.
Remember, this is the all-knowing, omni-benevolent god we’re talking about. This divine muttonhead dedicated at least 50% of those “others affecting” commandments (that’s 3 of 6) to relatively trivial offenses (coveting, lying, adultery) yet completely ignored FAR greater crimes for inclusion. This is doubly absurd in consideration of the fact that a thoroughly benign crime of thought is on the list.
Know What Matters to God
Nearly 17% of god’s finger-waving no-no’s (regarding our behavior toward one another) pertain entirely to our thoughts, yet rape, pedophilia, and child abuse get no mention – but you can’t even just think about fucking that sweet piece of ass who married that idiot neighbor of yours.
On the upside, you can have forced sex with an 8 year old girl – but if you tell your parents to shove it where the sun doesn’t shine (Exodus 3-12) or lie about your age (3-16), then straight to hell you go…forever.
Something more inane you can’t even comprehend.
I’m inclined to think that rape and child abuse just weren’t much of an issue when the power-hungry control freaks who authored the bible first compiled the list of commandments. Panicky Christians might try to argue the same and use it as a rationalization to demonstrate why god didn’t include these repugnant acts in the list, but that won’t work either. You see, god is allegedly eternal, and so is his word. God is all-knowing and the bible was written for all mankind, for all time – and that includes future generations.
If any of what Jews and Christians claim is true of god’s authorship of the commandments, this only gives credence to my assertion that the big guy totally missed his mark. And that just doesn’t mesh with the alleged omnipotence and omniscience of this god.