Food for Thought-Moral Calculus:Understanding the 10 Commandments

One of the functions of Calculus is to provide a means for determining the variations in an object’s (or substance’s) acceleration or deceleration at any given moment.  How fast did the car break before it hit the other car?  How fast did the swimming pool fill or drain with water?  With the right numbers, Calculus can help you answer those kinds of questions.

The 10 Commandments are also a type of Calculus question.  The question at hand was this:  How fast would a society decelerate into total anarchy, violence, disorder, and chaos without some degree of structure and order?  At what rate rate per second would chaos replace order?

That are approximately 613 commandments (laws) in the Hebrew Bible.  We have come to focus on ten out of six hundred.  Why?  Because (though many are repeated in some form or another in the other 613) these 10 steps create the basic outline for a functioning, civil society.  These 10 ideas provide a moral equation which results in a paradigm of basic human decency and compassion.  The 10 Commandments are not about God.  They have everything to do with how we live with each other, how we treat each other, and what or who will be our God.  We will choose the idolatry of every bright and shiny thing under the sun or will we be in relationship with the one who made us?

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