Monday, 14 September 2009

Something Old, Something New, Something polled and where did God go?

In June this year, over 1,000 adults and 11 to 16 year olds were quizzed, by EA (the games company!) on their knowledge of the Ten Commandments and their opinions on their relevance to modern society.

Apparently (?) the majority of Brits (well, the 1000 polled!) believe that six of the Ten Commandments are still relevant today
Around two thirds of the population question the relevance of the remaining four. Using both traditional and modern wording these four include:
• Remember the Sabbath day and keep it holy / You shall remember and keep the Sabbath day holy (only 30 per cent of Brits believe this to still be relevant as people increasingly use Sunday as a day to work and shop)
• Thou shalt have no other gods before me / You shall have no other Gods but me (only 34 per cent of Brits believe this to still be relevant as Brits increasingly adopt other religions and beliefs)
• Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image / You shall not make for yourself any idol, nor bow down to it or worship it (only 34 per cent of Brits believe this to still be relevant as Brits increasingly idolise and ‘worship’ celebrities)
• Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain / You shall not misuse the name of the Lord your God (only 38 per cent of Brits believe this to still be relevant as the name ‘God’ is so often used to express irritation or unfairness)

Many 11 to 16's didn't understand the traditional wording of several of the Ten Commandments:
• Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image (only 16 per cent claim to fully understand the meaning)
• Thou shalt have no gods before me (only 24 per cent claim to fully understand the meaning)
• Thou shalt not covet thy neighbour’s wife. Thou shalt not covet thy neighbour’s goods (only 25 per cent claim to fully understand the meaning)
• Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain (only 26 per cent claim to fully understand the meaning)
• Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbour (only 27 per cent claim to fully understand the meaning)
• Remember the Sabbath day and keep it holy (only 29 per cent claim to fully understand the meaning)

So, Sims have put this together and come up with this:
The Modernised Commandments
(ranked in order of importance to the 'British public')
1. Do not kill
2. Do not steal
3. Do not cheat on your partner with another person
4. Do not envy others
5. Respect your parents
6. Do not accuse a person of something they did not do
7. Respect all people regardless of race, religion or sexuality
8. Do not commit acts of terrorism
9. Respect and protect the planet
10. Do not be motivated by greed

[No. 11? Go and buy Sims 3]

One striking observation - in stark contrast to God's laws, in these 'polled laws' there is nothing at all about how we relate to God.
Or is there?

ALL Hail Demos, god of the people and 'the' collective will.
Sola Demos Gloria.

2 comments:

Marc Lloyd said...

I'm not sure any of us fully understands the meaning of the 10 commandments!

Tim said...

I agree.
Especially if we include an experiential understanding of them!