Monday, April 13, 2009

From Leviticus to the U. S. Code

In the Old Testament books of Moses, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy, the laws were laid down from God to Man. The Israelites found them somewhat difficult to follow. So God called Moses aside to the mountaintop and spoke. "Can't follow those? Here, take these two tablets and pray to me in the morning" and reduced it all to ten simple Commandments.
Somewhat later, God sent his son Jesus down to Earth. Jesus reduced it all to one simple Golden rule. "Love thy neighbor as thy self" or whatever your individual religion's translation may be. In any event the meaning is the same: Treat others as you would be treated.

Now comes the United States Government, 70,000 pages of Federal Regulations and still adding. Thou shalt not steal defines the line where stealing is no longer stealing depending on what the meaning of is is.

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