"I am the lord, thy god, thou shalt have no other gods BEFORE me"
Notice the emphasis. Could God have possibly meant that He simply didn't want to be superceded? That he was okay with being one of many so long as no others took precedence OVER him?
I realize that idol worship is also in the Ten, but idol's are not gods, idols are objects, and object worship is pretty much universally bad (think of the worship of money). Could this be what God meant all along, that He has other equals but as long as you don't put any other gods above him that it's all good?
Answer by SabrinaMBowen at 9:57 PM on Jul. 11, 2010
Well, there has been controversy regarding the Ten COmmandments because the original Hebrew version doesn't say that. First of all the First Commandment in Judaism is "I am Hashem, your G-d, Who has taken you out of the land of Egypt, from the house of slavery" (Ex 20:2). It doesn't sound much like a commandment, so that's probably where later translators of the OT make the mistake of assming this wasn't the first commandment. But it is, it's the commandment to believe in G-d.
Not to have other gods is actually the SECOND commandment. And it doesn't say "before me". Exodus 20:3 "You shall not recognize the gods of others in My presence". Because G-d is omnipresent, that's always. We are ALWAYS in G-d's presence. This prohibition also includes worhipping idols and/or using idols as a way to worship G-d.
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