17 Dec '11 17:50>
The Ten Commandments make it a sin to work on the sabbath. Why? Is it just because god says so, or is it actually bad? Just because god says not to work on the sabbath is not a good enough reason for me. Everyone needs to rest, and rest is a good thing, but maybe Tuesday would do it. What if some one needs to work 7 days week to support his family? What if a student needs to study for an exam or finish a paper? In my view, working on the sabbath is not a sin and if god says it's a sin, he is being arbitrary, and if god punishes some one for working on the sabbath, he is doing so just because he feels he is not being respected, not because it is actually a sin. This makes god to be an insecure bully, i.e., a sadistic dictator who punishes people on a whim. In the bible, a man is ordered stoned to death just for picking up kindling on the sabbath!