The 11th Commandment: Thou shall not pollute

A timely news for the Christian world’s Holy Week…

The Vatican is moving with the modern times and adding “eco sin” to its list of new social sins (e.g. contraception, experiments such as stem cell research, drug abuse, excessive wealth, creating poverty, etc..)

According to this Reuters article, the Vatican is joining the green movement by installing solar cells on its buildings and hosting a conference on the effects of global warming and climate change.

Other Christian groups, such as the Southern Baptists church, said they have engaged in study, reflections and prayer related to environmental and climate change issues.

Hopefully a divine intervention will soon come to help scientists find an efficient, economic and ethical solution to prevent earth’s slow destruction…without eliminating mankind.

One Response to The 11th Commandment: Thou shall not pollute

  1. qazi63 20 March, 2008 at 3:25 pm #

    Which Ten Commandments?
    By Jim Myers/M.A. Qazi
    This article on ABC News
    There is a great deal of talk going on now about putting the Ten Commandments in our public schools. The only question is — “Whose Ten Commandments are they wanting to put up – Islamic, Jewish, Catholic, or Protestant?”
    We should keep in mind that these were not products of the same time period. The Jewish Ten (10) Commandments were around many centuries before the Roman Catholic Church came into being in the late 4th century CE (AD). In Christianity the Roman Catholic version was the only version for over 1000 years. Remember, it wasn’t until the 16th century CE (AD) that the first Protestant churches were established. The Islamic Ten Commandments encompass all three (3) versions and is the final complete law for the mankind.
    As you examine the four (4) different versions of the Ten Commandments ask yourself the following questions:
    (1) What are the differences between them?
    (2) What changes did the Catholic Church make to the Jewish version?
    (3) Why would the Catholic Church make those changes?
    (4) What changes to the Catholic version did the Protestants make?
    (5) Why would they have made them?
    (6) Is the Protestant version more similar to the Catholic or Jewish version?
    (7) Which version would Jesus have known?
    Surah Al-Israa’ (17: 22-39)
    Set not up with Allah any other god (O man) lest thou sit down reproved, forsaken.
    T3. Thy Lord hath decreed, that ye worship none save Him, and (that ye show) kindness to parents. If one of them or both of them to attain old age with thee, say not “Fie” unto them nor repulse them, but speak unto them a gracious word.
    24 And lower unto them the wing of submission through mercy, and say: My Lord! Have mercy on them both as they did care for me when I was little.
    25 Your Lord is best aware of what is in your minds. If ye are righteous, then lo! He was ever Forgiving unto those who turn (unto Him).
    26 Give the kinsman his due, and the needy, and the wayfarer, and squander not (thy wealth) in wantonness.
    27 Lo! the squanderers were ever brothers of the devils, and the devil was ever an ingrate to his Lord.
    28 But if thou turn away from them, seeking mercy from thy Lord, for which thou hopest, then speak unto them a reasonable word.
    29 And let not thy hand be chained to thy neck nor open it with a complete opening, lest thou sit down rebuked, denuded.
    30 Lo! thy Lord enlargeth the provision for whom He will, and straiteneth (it for whom He will). Lo, He was ever Knower, Seer of His slaves.
    31S Slay not your children, fearing a fall to poverty, We shall provide for them and for you. Lo! the slaying of them is great sin.
    32 And come not near unto adultery. Lo! it is an abomination and an evil way.
    33A And slay not the life which Allah hath forbidden save with right. Whoso is slain wrongfully, We have given power unto his heir, but let him not commit excess in slaying. Lo! he will be helped.
    34 Come not near the wealth of the orphan save with that which is better till he come to strength; and keep the covenant. Lo! of the covenant it will be asked.
    35 Fill the measure when ye measure, and weigh with a right balance; that is meet, and better in the end.
    36 (O man), follow not that whereof thou hast no knowledge. Lo! the hearing and the sight and the heart–of each of these it will be asked.
    37 And walk not in the earth exultant. Lo! thou canst not rend the earth, nor canst thou stretch to the height of the hills.
    38 The evil of all that is hateful in the sight of thy Lord.
    39 This is (part) of that wisdom wherewith thy Lord hath inspired thee (O Muhammad). And set not up with Allah any other god, lest thou be cast into hell, reproved, abandoned.

    Jewish Catholic Protestant*
    I I am the Lord your G-d who has taken you out of the land of Egypt. I, the Lord, am your God. You shall not have other gods besides me. You shall have no other gods but me.
    II You shall have no other gods but me. You shall not take the name of the Lord, your God, in vain. You shall not make unto you any graven images.
    III You shall not take the name of the Lord your G-d in vain. Remember to keep holy the Lord’s Day. You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain.
    IV You shall remember the Sabbath and keep it Holy. Honor your father and your mother. You shall remember the Sabbath and keep it Holy.
    V Honor your mother and father. You shall not kill. Honor your mother and father.
    VI You shall not murder. You shall not commit adultery. You shall not murder.
    VII You shall not commit adultery. You shall not steal. You shall not commit adultery.
    VIII You shall not steal. You shall not bear false witness. You shall not steal.
    IX You shall not bear false witness. You shall not covet your neighbor’s wife. You shall not bear false witness.
    X You shall not covet anything that belongs to your neighbor. You shall not covet your neighbor’s goods. You shall not covet anything that belongs to your neighbor.

    Pay close attention to the newspaper articles or news reports about this issue. See which set of Ten Commandments they want to put up. Are they supporting the Jewish, Catholic, or Protestant version?
    Whose version should be displayed? By the way, what do you think about the way that the words of the Bible can be manipulated by theologians? The words are the same; it’s just how they are combined. Of course the problem is that the different religious authorities tell their followers that their version is “God’s word – God’s will.”
    Feel free to make copies of this article and share it with your friends. Why not take it to your church or synagogue and make it a discussion topic? E-mail your online friends and share it with them too!
    By the way, you may want to check out more than just the differences between the Ten Commandments – make sure you add the other Bibles to your collection.
    *”Lutherans, oldest of the protestant denominations, agree with the Roman Catholic version, and NOT the
    “Protestant” version.” [E-mail from Mr. Hellmers received on 08/27/03] If you have additional information please send it to us — “Our beliefs are large enough to include all the facts.”]
    If the Ten Commandments are so different –
    how many more differences are there?
    Maybe you need to add one or two more Bibles to your collection.
    Order them today!
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    Jewish Catholic Protestant



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