Punishments to enforce similar laws change over time, but the basic values continue. For example, The Ten Commandments, originating around 1500 BC, also addressed similar issues of thievery, murder, adultery, and family guidelines (Holy Bible). But where did these ideas of right and wrong come from? Perhaps they came from the ideas of self-righteous leaders or religious texts, but the fact that these and other morally based laws have survived through the ages to influence current society is a witness to their effectiveness regardless of their source. The similar, but more modernly recognized rights to “Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness” (US 1776) were declared as unalienable in the Declaration of Independence, and those same rights played a large part in the writing of the Bill of Rights.
Even in God commanding Moses to transfer his words to the Israelites one can perceive that the word ... ... middle of paper ... ...ws of man and those of God create a very delicate push and pull of power in the modern world. The themes of law and justice have been undoubtedly established by man many thousands of years ago. This is readily evident in the Book of Exodus, where God provides mankind rules to live their lives by. These rules are better recognized as the Ten Commandments. But individuals have disputes about if the decrees of God are just in the modern world.
The Hammur... ... middle of paper ... ...ne that was given to Moses by god. Their differences show there unique distinction from the Ten Commandments and the Hammurabi code. Both are very important because both are still used today. The Ten Commandments up to this day I still use and believe in them and know that they will always show up and not disappear. The Code of Hammurabi probably had some modifications done to the code but some laws can still apply today.
The laws of the Jews were laws given to them by God and these laws were followed whole heartily, and enacted in every aspect of their lives and culture. Though the laws resemble each other they are different and share only symbolic similarities while the literal understanding of them or reasoning for them may be different. Bibliography Encyclopedia Britannica Standard Edition 2005 CD-Rom, Encyclopedia Britannica INC, 2005
They are only dissimilar in how the conclusion is reached. Secular morality cannot but help have elements of religious morality built into its very structure due to a multitude of factors. The two are very closely connected not only because of how the United States was formed but because of the largely religious population and how hegemonic Christianity is in terms of influence. This argument also depends on an almost unanswerable question of if morality is dependent on religion or if it only depends on human logic to dictate it. While it would seem that morality is independent of a religious foundation it does borrow liberally from its traditions but it is almost impossible to tell which begat which.
There are as many creations and creators as there are have been peoples of the earth. Then the myths deal with the problems of good and evil. For the Judeo-Christian traditions there is the story of the Garden of Eden and the forbidden fruit of the tree of life, also the story of Noah. The last category is Heroes and Prophets, those humans the gods and goddesses use to do their work, to be their spokespersons, as it were, that is to say, there was a time when slavery was an accepted practice around the world with very few exceptions, and the myths supported these practices, even those of our Judeo-Christian traditions. But as people have continued to evolve as social beings, we have come to accept that there are better ways, and so religious traditions have changed along the way.
Hammurabi, the Babylonian king 3700 years ago, set down the very first code of written laws; Hammurabi’s code of law was one of very first set of written laws that he wanted everyone to follow. It did not matter if you were rich or poor; if you had violated the law, you were to be punished. The laws that Hammurabi created were not just for criminal cases but there were also some laws on property law, family law, marriage law and more. Hammurabi’s code of law changed the way how most people lived in Mesopotamia, because they would have to obey the law and follow it at all time. Hammurabi’s law had outlined everyone's roles in society: slaves, women, men, and nobles.
Still others may be more inspired by the... ... middle of paper ... ...f a leader. The fact that Gilgamesh is presented as divine in the book ends credence to the possibility that the actual King was believed to be godly. It is in this instance, and others like it that we see another example of the importance of historicity. By studying these works, we can gain insight into ancient cultures, and even hypothesize about the past. If a work is highly historically accurate in other respects, it might lead one to believe that the other accounts in the work are accurate.
Their religion is also the basis for Christianity, as the monotheistic ideas and even some of the Jews religious books contributed as well. The Torah, or the first five books of the Hebrew's bible are great story telling and enlightening religious works. The main, and most important thing the Hebrews contributed was the idea of monotheism, the practice of virtually every religion today. The ancient Greeks did not contribute in religion so much as the Hebrews did, their contributions were more towards writings and art, great epic poems, and democracy. Some of the greatest philosophers came from Greece, Socrates, Plato and Aristotle.
To name a few of these concepts, immortality, self-perfection, and asceticism, are just some of the prominent concepts in one particular Eastern religious tradition, Daoism. However, contemporary philosophers and scholars of Eastern thought and tradition are trying to establish an open discussion about these ancient ideas and beliefs that are alive and well in the 21st century Eastern Asia. While there is a strong belief among Western society that “no one is perfect”, the adherents of Daoism are focused on achieving “self-perfection” through attunement with the Dao. The ultimate goal for adherents of the Daoist tradition is to reach a state of immortality, which requires self-transformation through the cultivation of the self by practicing a series of Daoist attainment models. All the while, the Western scientific community is yet to crack the immortality code with all its technology and innovation.