God: Hey Moses, listen. Totally my bad, not your fault, but I completely forgot to include "No slavery" in the commandments.21:7 “If a man sells his daughter to be a female servant, she shall not go out as the male servants do. 21:8 If she doesn’t please her master, who has married her to himself, then he shall let her be redeemed. He shall have no right to sell her to a foreign people, since he has dealt deceitfully with her. 21:9 If he marries her to his son, he shall deal with her as a daughter. 21:10 If he takes another wife to himself, he shall not diminish her food, her clothing, and her marital rights. 21:11 If he doesn’t do these three things for her, she may go free without paying any money.
Moses: Ah, shit! Don't tell me I have to re-do them!
God: Na, it's cool, it's cool! We couldn't have eleven commandments anyway, that shit just wouldn't sell. But don't worry, I've already got an idea. You just need to add in a bit to Exodus so people don't think we are totally pro slavery.
Moses: Well did you want me to just say "No slavery" in there? That mi...
God: No way! The people would totally rebel then. Let them keep slaves and sell their daughters, but you know just make sure the slaves have some rights.
Moses: Such as....?
God: You know, make sure she has food and clothing provided and if not then she shouldn't have to pay to be released.
Moses: Sounds fair enough. That it?
God: Sure, if I think of anything else I'll let you know. L8r
Moses: No probs. L8r
Look I could be wrong on this. There could be an all knowing and seeing god out there. And this god could be behind these bibles read by people. But it sure as heck doesn't seem likely to me, especially given much of the content in the ones I've read. But I know I'm not going to change anybody's mind here, I'm just addressing the "Gerry, reconsider the whole God thing" comment.... actually.....
SOD, reconsider the whole no god thing. For one thing, it means you no longer have that ulterior motive of wanting to get into heaven every time you do good or fear of going to hell if you don't. You are helping others or saving cats just because you want to and there will be no god there to psychologically pat you on the back.
You will also never again say "why me?" because you now realise bad things don't care if you are a good person or not. In the same way you will realise why good things don't just happen to good people. You will realise that there is no connection between these things because there is nobody overseeing it. This will free you from superstitious thoughts and allow you to focus on the things you should change yourself instead or relying on an invisible sky daddy who isn't actually there.