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Why the Ten Commandments are for atheists, too The First Commandment      There is a natural divide between the first three and the last seven commandments.  While seven through ten take aim at how people should treat each other, the first three are much more concerned with humanity's relationship with God. Because of this, these are commandments that atheists and agnostics would typically have little interest in.  However, after some reflection (even prayer), it becomes clear that these three can help lead anyone, believer or nonbeliever, in a positive direction.      Let's have a look... I, the Lord, am your God … You shall not have other gods besides me. I live in Wilmington, Delaware. About ten years ago, there was a frightening pattern of violence in our city that had been sparked by drug deals and territorial strife. I opened the newspaper one Sunday and read an interview with a terribly depressed woman who had lost several of her relatives to the violence.
Why the Ten Commandments are for atheists, too The Second Commandment: You shall not take the name of the Lord, your God, in vain.    "Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will make me go in a corner and cry by myself for hours." -Eric Idle                Words matter. A man is hanging a picture.   His hand slips and his finger shifts in front of the hammer.   Instead of hitting the nail, he hits his thumb.   “ Jesus Christ!” he shouts.                 He could have said a lot worse.   I have actually had this discussion with nonbelievers who see absolutely no reason why they should refrain from using such expressions.   Their attitudes usually soften when I point out that such language might offend people.   They also usually concede that such expressions should not be used around children.                 But can we look beyond expressions of anger or surprise?   A friend of mine who is a Catholic priest would routinely use expressions wi