For some it’s an annual 4 day Autumn weekend, mass exodus to the coast.
For others, it is the EXODUS
It’s that Holy time of the year for Jews and Christians, Passover and Resurrection rituals reminding the faithful of a power stronger than death. Revolutionary leaders such as Martin Luther King and Gandhi have drawn from these ancient beliefs to alter the fate of the future. The original set of Commandments were the moral compass for the refugees that were escaping slavery and dreaming of a better place.
Although Jews, Moslems and Christians are keen to point out their differences, the ‘top ten’ applies to them all.
“I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, from the house of slavery.”
2. NO IDOLS
“You shall not recognise other gods before Me. You shall not make for yourself a carved image, or any likeness of what is in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the water under the earth.”
“You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain, for the Lord will not leave him unpunished who takes His name in vain.”
“Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days you shall labor and do all your work, but the seventh day is a Sabbath to the Lord your God; you shall not do any work, you or your son or your daughter, your male or your female servant, your animal or your stranger within your gates.”
“Honor your father and your mother, so that your days may be prolonged in the land which the Lord your God gives you.”
“You shall not murder.”
“You shall not commit adultery.”
“You shall not steal.”
“You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.”
“You shall not covet your neighbor’s house; you shall not covet your neighbor’s wife or his male servant or his female servant or his ox or his donkey or anything that belongs to your neighbor.”
“We must learn to live together as brothers or perish together as fools” Matin Luther King
For Christians there was an add on.
A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.”
“The true measure of any society is how it treats it’s most vulnerable members” Gandhi