The Mosaic Law - Stage 7
The Mosaic Law
The Omission of Love
The Seventh Commandment
"Thou Shalt Not Commit Adultery"
"The Seventh Commandment recognized marriage as the basis of the family, as the Fifth had recognized the family as the basis of society ..." (Durant, "The Story of Civilization," Vol. 1, Chapter XII, p. 335.)
The political and the personal in theocracy are one ... society and marriage ... the general and the personal ... the "political" body and the personal body ... one mind and one body inseparably yoked together. Yahwah "chooses" and His "body" obeys; He says, "You have not chosen me, I have chosen you; you are the 'elect;' my glory is your glory; we are One." In theocracy, the individual must give up his, or her, own mind and body for Yahwah's purposes.
The mandatory, and only purpose of marriage in theocracy was then, and is now, to "raise up seed" for Yahwah ... to increase numerically His family Kingdom here upon the earth as an army to fight a perpetual war against his "enemies."
Love was not a consideration in marriage under the Mosaic Law. The woman's role was as a womb-container and handmaid (literally, "slave"), a possession owned by her husband and Yahwah; in turn, the husband was owned by Yahwah who assumed absolute life and death control over the lives of all His "children" ... which included the wife and the husband; all humankind, as "children," were subject to absolute obedience to their invisible true Father Creator, and by extension, their earthly father. There were no individuals as subjects in their own right, only as objects used to further the "upbuilding of the Kingdom of Yahwah" through propagation and the acquisition of slaves and riches plundered through war against Yahwah's enemies. That which was plundered was used to help feed and economically support His children being produced through mandatory propagation. The two basic needs of human beings are food and sex ... experienced as hunger and love; theocracy controls both through economics and propagation ... through theft and force.
Theocracy created a closed system shutting out humanity; its laws and punishments were, and are, attempts to close the door permanently against a human world which has become theocracy's perpetual enemy. The symbol of humanity for Yahwah was the life-blood of the body; the punishments imposed on His children for sins against Him included death by the shedding of blood ... Blood Atonement ... through various means, but especially the sword. Yahwah's sword of life and death hung precariously over the heads of His "children" as well as those labeled His "enemies." (Deut. 32:39-42)
The production of children was the first commandment given to Adam and Eve, our "first earthly parents;" it remains mandatory wherever we find theocracy. Children are produced through male and female sexual intercourse, therefore, in order to insure maximum production stringent laws were mandated for "Sacred Seed" and "Sacred Containers" to ensure the "purity" of Yahwah's new race. The "Sacred Seed" was not to be "wasted" nor was the chosen "Sacred Container" to be violated before the "Yahwah-Husband" could transfer his "Sacred Yahwah-Seed" to his "pure" Wife-Container. The theft and regulation of personal sex and the body is the tabooed foundation of Theocracy.
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The Seventh Commandment - in Stage 7 of The Pattern
"Thou shalt not commit Adultery."
Stage 7: Black is White - Killing What One Professes to Love - Doubly Punished
"Don't see this as Bad, see it as Good" - Punishment in order to "save."
The standard for adultery in theocracy was set in a double- standard that existed for the husband before marriage.
The Double-Standard for pre-marital Sex
"Yes ..." Black was Black ... for a woman.
The Seventh Commandment regarding adultery "said nothing about sex relations before marriage, but other regulations laid upon the bride the obligation, under pain of death by stoning, to prove her virginity on the day of her marriage." Durant, Ibid, p. 335; Deut: 22:20-21.
"But, no" ... Black was "White" for the man.
There were no such regulations for the "virginity" of the groom, in fact, fornication (prostitution) was common and even allowed at the doors of the tabernacle. (1 Sam. 2:22) For men, fornication and prostitution were lesser "venial" offenses. "As the law did not seem to prohibit relations with foreign harlots, Syrian, Moabite, Midianite and other "strange women" flourished along the highways, where they lived in booths and tents, and combined the trades of peddler and prostitute. Solomon, who had no violent prejudices in these matters, relaxed the laws that had kept such women out of Jerusalem; in time they multiplied so rapidly there that in the days of the Maccabees the Temple itself was described by an indignant reformer as full of fornication and harlotry." (Durant, Ibid, p. 335; refs. 181-3, p. 972)
Wives as Private Property
Marriages in theocracy were by capture (Deut. 21:10-14), or by purchase; love in choice of a mate was rare. One such exception was the marriage of Jacob to Rachel (choice); however, Jacob was forced to marry Leah first (non-choice) (Gen. 29:15-20). Durant mentions that the word for wife, beulah, meant "owned" (p. 336). (Cf. Strong's Hebrew dictionary, #1166; to marry: ---Beulah have dominion (over), be husband, marry (-ried, x wife).
Many wives for the Yahwah-Man VS One Man for the Woman.
"Since private property was the core of Jewish economy, the double-standard prevailed. The husband might have many wives, but the woman was confined to one man. ... The purpose of these arrangements was prolific reproduction. ... Divorce was free to the man, but extremely difficult for the woman." (Durant, Ibid, p. 336) (This is the source of Mormonism's temple sealing of a wife to one husband, and on the other hand, the husband permitted to be sealed to many wives.)
The Punishment for Adultery
"Adultery meant relations with a woman who had been bought and paid for by another man; it was a violation of the law of property, and was punished with death for both parties." (Durant, Ibid, ; Lev. 20:10; Deut. 22:22)
Yahwah's Jealous Punishment of Adulterers ...
In Numbers 25: 6-8, regarding adulterers, the zealot "...Phinehas, the son of Eleazar, the son of Aaron the priest ... took a javelin in his hand; And he went after the man of Israel into the tent, and thrust both of them through, the man of Israel, and the woman through the belly." ...
... in order to "save."
Verses 10-11: "And the Lord (Yahwah) spake unto Moses, saying, Phinehas, the son of Eleazar, the son of Aaron the priest, hath turned my wrath away from the children of Israel, while he was zealous for my sake among them, that I consumed not the children of Israel in my jealousy."
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This Ancient Law according to Brigham Young.
"Don't see this as bad, see this as good." Black is White.
"Yes," ... kill in order to "save." - "Is" ...
Brigham Young: "Let me suppose a case. Suppose you found your brother in bed with your wife, and put a javelin through both of them, you would be justified, and they would atone for their sins, and be received into the kingdom of God. I would at once do so in such a case; and under such circumstances, I have no wife whom I love so well that I would not put a javelin through her heart, and I would do it with clean hands... "
"Is not ... "
"But, no ..." if adultery remains a secret, the penalty does not apply.
"Again, suppose the parties are NOT caught in the act of their iniquity, and it passes along unnoticed, shall I have compassion on them? Yes, I will have compassion on them, for transgressions of the nature already named, or for those of any other description. If the Lord so order it that they are not caught in the act of their iniquity, it is pretty sure proof that He (Yahwah) is willing for them to live;..."
"Yet, Is" ...
"Yet, the penalty does apply to every man or woman."
"There is not a man or woman, who violates the covenants made with their God, that will not be required to pay the debt. The blood of Christ will never wipe that out, your own blood must atone for it; ..." (Journal of Discourses, Vol. 3, p. 247. See also Shadow or Reality, Jerald and Sandra Tanner, Chapter 25, "Blood Atonement.")
"Trial by Ordeal" as in "Is not" (above).
Contained in the Mosaic Law is the ancient Trial by Ordeal for the accused ... but in the case cited above, it is in the reverse ... in favor of the adulterer; the reversal becomes a silent "loophole" for the Binder. If the offender manages to evade the arrows of accusation and guilt through secrecy, i.e., if he has been "discreet" and there were no witnesses nor any confessions, then no one can "judge" him and therefore cannot accuse him; his life is spared and he is presumed to be "innocent" because it was by Yahwah's order that he should not be CAUGHT, he, therefore, is exempt from The Law which says death to adulterers and is spared a public test of his guilt or innocence.
On the Other Hand ....
A more common example of the Ordeal was reserved for the Bound who were publicly accused and were forced to prove their innocence. The accused was blindfolded and exposed to some kind of physical danger, such as being required to walk barefoot between red-hot ploughshares, etc., the result being the immediate judgment of the Deity to determine innocence or guilt. (Oxford Dictionary, "Ordeal.") To be "Blind-folded" to physical danger is to be "guilty" until, or if, Yahwah becomes your "eyes" and "saves" you; if that happens (against probabilities) you are "innocent." In the reversed Ordeal (for the Binder) everyone else is "Blindfolded" to an offense, there is no one to judge nor accuse, therefore, the offender has been "saved" by Yahwah through his own silence. It is as if the crime had never happened.
In Mormonism, when the Binder-husband commits adultery, and she knows it (as Emma Smith did), she is expected, by projection, to believe "it didn't happen." His breaking a Commandment becomes only a dismissible "flaw" ... (a "mole hill"), opposed to the unforgivable Packer "character flaw" ... (a "mountain") ... the Bound in Mormonism is accused of, which carries a "justified" verdict ... (as an "exception" to the rule of law) ... of "guilty," with the punishment of abandonment. This is double punishment because, by the Binder's adultery, he has already abandoned his wife. ("Yes,") adultery in Mormonism under the Mosaic Law as Brigham Young stated, "is the same as in ancient days," ("But,") if he is not caught, as in ancient days, it is only a venial sin; today, he is merely put on "probation." In Joseph Smith's case, it was left up to him to make a sacrifice for his own sins. (We are not told what "sacrifice" he chose.) In short, the Binder is above the Law ... IF he can deceive successfully. Again, Mormonism kills what it professes to believe in, and love ... truth, honesty and love.
Another example of the Bound being publicly accused, was for him to submit himself under Trial by Ordeal "to having spears thrown at him by his accusers; if they all missed him he was declared innocent; if he was hit, even by one, he was adjudged guilty, and the affair was closed. From such early forms the ordeal persisted through the laws of Moses and Hammurabi and down into the Middle Ages..." (Durant, Ibid, p. 28.) ... and, I would add, "restored" in Mormonism.
Forms of the Trial by Ordeal as shown in Brigham Young's Discourses still exist today in Mormonism, especially in Stage 5 ... "Yes, but no, yet is;" obfuscation and denial (against the Bound) and Stage 7 ... "Not this" ("Thou Shalt Not Commit Adultery") - "Not that ("Thou Can Commit Adultery") at the same time" (which is for the Binder). Under this guise all of the unspeakable crimes that Mormonism professes to hate are covered up, including "pederasty (which) apparently survived the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah." Silence is the weapon of choice for Mormon leaders against pederasty and all sexual crimes committed within the church, along with inaction, unless they are exposed and made public.
The Double-Bind which protects the Binder, and punishes the Bound ... a double-standard ... is expressed in the Ordeal for the silent Binder; he is always found "innocent" .... unless his guilt is made public, i.e., unless he is caught. He is "innocent" until proven "guilty." The Bound is always "guilty" until proven "innocent" ... and judged according to Yahwah's jealousy or his "mercy" (more at chance = interposition). In Mormonism, there are these two opposing Laws, the Napoleonic Law for the Bound, and the Democratic Law for the Binder.
The Double-Standard of the Ordeal is alive today in Mormonism functioning psychologically in its use of The Pattern.
A Biblical Example of the Trial by Ordeal on Suspicion of Adultery
Double-Standard - Man exempt from ordeal - Woman not exempt.
If a woman was suspected by her husband of adultery and there were no witnesses ... if "the spirit of jealousy come upon him, and he be jealous of his wife, and she be defiled: or if the spirit of jealousy come upon him, and he be jealous of his wife, and she be NOT defiled: Then shall the man bring his wife unto the priest, ..." The priest prepares a bitter water, curses it and causes the woman to drink it. "And when he hath made her to drink the water, then it shall come to pass, that, if she be defiled, and have done trespass against her husband, that the water that causeth the curse shall enter into her, and become bitter, and her belly shall swell, and her thigh shall rot: and the woman shall be a curse among her people. And if the woman be not defiled, but clean; then she shall be free, and shall conceive seed. This is the law of jealousies, when a wife goeth aside to another instead of her husband, and is defiled; or when the spirit of jealousy cometh upon him, and he be jealous over his wife, and shall set the woman before the Lord, and the priest shall execute upon her all this law. Then shall the man be guiltless from iniquity, and this woman shall bear her iniquity."
Possession - Private Property
The Double Standard as Expressed through Joseph Smith
D&C 132: 51 "Verily, I say unto you: A commandment I give unto mine handmaid (= servant, a female slave) Emma Smith, your wife, whom I have given unto you, ... Vs. 52. "... let mine handmaid, Emma Smith, receive all those that have been given unto my servant Joseph, and who are virtuous and pure before me; and those who are not pure, shall be destroyed, saith the Lord God (Yahwah). Vs. 54. And I command mine handmaid, Emma Smith, to abide and cleave unto my servant Joseph, and to none else. But if she will not abide this commandment she shall be destroyed, saith the Lord (Yahwah); for I am the Lord thy God, and will destroy her if she abide not in my law."
As was shown in the essay on Joseph and Emma, "the man (Joseph) would be guiltless from iniquity, and this woman (Emma) shall bear her iniquity" as the "transgressor" should she not abide by the polygamy commandment.
Joseph Smith was "justified" if he took virgins who were "given" to him to wife after his marriage to Emma. He, himself, came to Emma presumably as a "virgin;" after this marriage he was no longer a "virgin," never-the-less, nubile virginity was preferred by Joseph and he took many young virgins as temporary "wives" (wives who did not live under his roof, but whom he visited for his conjugal "rights"); his "virginity" was not an issue to be questioned. Joseph's "right" to "pure" virgins is reminiscent of ancient kings who required first connubial rights of virgins under his rule.
Emma was "sealed" to Joseph, but Joseph was not "sealed" to Emma; Emma was bound to Joseph ... Joseph was not bound to Emma. Lorenzo Smith, the 5th President of the church testified: "... the woman is sealed to the man and not the man to the woman." This double-standard still exists in the mind-set of Mormonism today and in the rituals performed in the temple for plural marriages ... for the "after-life."
The Omission of Love
The Omission of Love is inevitable wherever Binder and Bound or Master and Slave is found. The basis of this is the theft and possession of others as "private property." The Bound, or the Slave, is turned into an object to be used, the body exploited for the benefit of the Binder/Master. The Binder/Master then "takes care of" the Bound/Slave. This is called benevolent "generosity." This is the Binder/Master's definition of "love;" the implied thought is, "You cannot survive without me" ... "I will always 'take care of you'" ... just as one would take care of a horse, to keep it good condition so that it could always be there to be ridden for work or for pleasure ... at the Binder's caprice or desire for which the Bound/Slave is to be "grateful." There is a saying that describes Yahwah's theft and His "magnanimity"..."You chop the wood and I'll keep you warm."
Ironically, this leads to the Eighth Commandment.
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"Thou Shalt Not Steal"
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