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The Ten Commandments And The Daodejing

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The Ten Commandments and Holiness Code have a lot in common with The Daodejing, despite being written under very different times and different circumstances. The two texts share many of the same ideas and philosophies needed to live a true and uncomplicated life.

The Ten Commandments are a set of rules and principles which are essentially rules of worship and ideologies enacted to give the new community of people who were fleeing from Egypt a set code to live by. God himself delivered the tablets, which had the commandments recorded upon them, to Moses atop of Mount Sinai. The Holiness Code, which follows the receiving of the Ten Commandments, further elaborates upon the Ten ...view middle of the document...

Not making a display of what is desirable leads their hearts away from chaos,”. This is essentially saying that if you do not want super awesome stuff (precious goods) then you will not want to steal it, and this will keep your soul pure and away from the evil that is chaos. The Bible shares this sentiment against greed in the Ten Commandments when the text states “You shall not covet your neighbor’s house. You shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, or his male or female servant, his ox or donkey, or anything that belongs to your neighbor,” (NIV: Exodus, Chapter 20, Verse 17). This part of the Ten Commandments is telling you not to want what you do not have, and what others around you do have. Both the Daodejing and the Ten Commandments warn against greed in order to lead a fulfilling life.

The Daodejing and the Ten Commandments both reiterate the sanctity of life. In chapter 74, the Daodejing speaks against murder in saying “There exists a master executioner that kills/ If we substitute for the master executioner to kill/ It is like substituting for the great carpenter to cut/Those who substitute for the great carpenter to cut/It is rare that they do not hurt their own hands,”. This passage is stating that there is a higher power that manages the lives of others, and that average, every day people should not take matters into their own hands because they should not think themselves to have better judgment than a higher power. Also, when people do take matters into their own hands, people often make a mess of...

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