You may be surprised to learn what the Ten Commandments really are (i.e., what Steiner said they really are).
I suspect Moses would have been surprised, too.
In order to prove that everything fits together neatly in his theory of everything, Anthroposophy,
Steiner fundamentally changed everything — distorting it all to make it all fit.
Some individuals find the results impressive; others find the results farcical.
Steiner reworked the Ten Commandments to be statements about the spiritual ego or "I".
[See "Moses" re. "I am the I AM."]
Anthroposophy offers insecure people a sense of importance: We are IT:
I am "I": I am divine! Today, I am a small spark of divinity; someday, I will be God the Father!*
This is an interesting set of propositions, perhaps, but whether it has anything to do
with the Ten Commandments may be open to question.
“[The] Ten Commandments really show us and we shall see that, not only in the first part but in a seemingly hidden way also in the last part, they show us that the Jewish people were told through Moses that the force that had proclaimed itself in the burning bush to Moses, using the words, “I am the I AM!” — Ehjeh asher Ehjeh — as its name, was to be henceforth with the Jewish people. What is referred to is the fact that the other peoples in the evolution of our earth were not able to recognize the “I am,” the actual original ground of the fourth part of man's being, so intensively and dearly as the Jewish people. The God Who poured a drop of His Being into man so that his fourth member became the bearer of this drop — the ego bearer — this God became known to His people for the first time through Moses.” — Rudolf Steiner, THE TEN COMMANDMENTS AND THE SERMON ON THE MOUNT (Anthroposophic Press, 1978), lecture 1, "The Ten Commandments", GA 107.
Moses and the Ten Commandments.
As a refresher, here are the Ten Commandments as presented in that book
that Steiner said is wrong in so many way, the Bible:
And God spake all these words, saying,
Now here are the Commandments as Steiner reframed and explained them.
You may want to note the references to such things as occultism and black magic.
Commandment #1: “I am the eternal divine Whom you experience in yourself ... I am the eternal in you that works into your body and hence affects the coming generations. I am of divine nature working forth. If you do not recognize Me in you, I shall pass away as your divine nature in your children, grandchildren and great grandchildren, and their bodies will become waste. If you recognize Me in you, I shall live on as you to the thousandth generation, and the bodies of your people will prosper.
"... What is referred to is the fact that the other peoples in the evolution of our earth were not able to recognize the “I am,” the actual original ground of the fourth part of man's being, so intensively and dearly as the Jewish people. The God Who poured a drop of His Being into man so that his fourth member became the bearer of this drop — the ego bearer — this God became known to His people for the first time through Moses."
Commandment #2: “You shall not speak in error of Me in you, for everything false about the “I” in you will corrupt your body.
"...The external character of health is traced back to the spiritual, which is at its source, and which is made known to the people, step by step. This is particularly expressed in the second Commandment that says, 'You shall not create any false impressions of my name, of what lives in you as ego, for a true impression makes you healthy and strong, whereby you will prosper, whereas a false impression will cause your body to become wasted!' Thus it was inculcated into every member of the Mosaic nation that whenever he uttered the name of God he should let it be as a warning to himself: 'I shall acknowledge the name of what has entered into me, as it lives in me, in that it fosters good health.'”
Commandment #3: “[I]n the third Commandment there is the strong and specific reference to how man, when he is a working and creating ego, is a true microcosm, just as the Jehovah God created for six days and rested on the seventh, and man in his creating should follow. In the third Commandment it is expressly indicated: ‘You, man, in that you are a true ego, shall also be an image of your highest God, and in your deeds work as would your God.’
“...[I]n the third Commandment there is the strong and specific reference to how man, when he is a working and creating ego, is a true microcosm, just as the Jehovah God created for six days and rested on the seventh, and man in his creating should follow. In the third Commandment it is expressly indicated: ‘You, man, in that you are a true ego, shall also be an image of your highest God, and in your deeds work as would your God.’ It is an admonition to become more and more like the God who revealed himself to Moses in the burning bush.’”
Commandment #4: “Continue to work in the ways of your Father and mother so that the possessions they have earned by the power I have developed in them will remain with you as your property.
“... The fourth Commandment is usually translated in the most grotesque possible manner, but its true meaning is as follows. ‘The strong ego force is to be developed in you that lives beyond you, and this shall be passed on to your son so that what will live on in him through the property of his ancestors will accrue to his ego force.
“’Continue to work in the ways of your father and mother so that the possessions they have earned by the power I have developed in them will remain with you as your property.’ In addition, it lies at the basis of all the other laws that man's ego power is heightened by the proper application of the ego impulse but that it is destroyed by its improper use.”
Commandments #5, 6, and 7: "The fifth Commandment says something that is to be understood in its correct sense only by means of spiritual science [i.e., Anthroposophy]. Everything connected with killing, with the extermination of another's life, weakens the self-conscious ego power in man. One can heighten thereby the powers of black magic in man but it is then only the astral forces that are heightened while the ego power is by-passed. What is divine in man is annihilated through every killing. Therefore, this law alludes not only to something abstract, but also to something by which occult power streams to man's ego impulse when he fosters life, making it flourish when he does not destroy life. This is presented as an ideal for the strengthening of the individual ego power.
"The same is given in the sixth and seventh Commandments, with somewhat less emphasis, regarding other aspects of life. Through marriage a center for ego strength is created. Whoever destroys marriage thus weakens the strength that should flow into his ego. Likewise does he, who takes something away from another's ego, thereby seeking to increase his own possessions by stealing, etc., weaken his own ego power. Here, too, the guiding thought throughout is that the ego shall not be weakened."
Commandments #8, 9, and 10: "Now it is even indicated in the last three Commandments how man weakens his ego through the false direction of his desires. The life of desire has great significance for ego power. Love heightens the power of the ego; envy and hate cause it to wither. If a man hates his fellowman, if he disparages his worth by speaking falsely of him, he weakens thereby his ego power; he diminishes all that surrounds him of health and vitality. The same is true when he envies another's possessions. The desire for someone else's goods makes his ego power weak. It is the same in the tenth Commandment should a man look with envy at the manner in which another tries to increase his fortune rather than striving after love for the other, whereby he can expand his soul and allow his ego strength to flourish. Only when we have understood the special power of the Jehovah God and hold before us the manner of His revelation to Moses will we comprehend the special nature of the consciousness that should flow into the people. Underlying everything is the fact that it is not abstract laws but healthy and, in the widest sense, healing precepts for body, soul and spirit that are given. He who holds to these Commandments not in an abstract, but in a living way, affects the overall welfare and the entire progress of life. It was not possible at that time to present this without including regulations as to how the Commandments were to be followed. Since the other nations lived in an entirely different way from the Jewish people they did not require such laws with their special significance."
— Rudolf Steiner, THE TEN COMMANDMENTS AND THE SERMON ON THE MOUNT, lecture 1.
In sum, according to Steiner, the Ten Commandments as presented in the Bible are wrong. The true Commandments can be found only in a gnostic reinterpretation: that is, as they are presented in "spiritual science," Anthroposophy. That is, the true Commandments can be had by listening to Steiner, not by reading the Bible.
— Compilation and commentary by Roger Rawlings
* “[W]e shall have gradually achieved the transformation of our own being into what is called in Christianity ‘the Father.’” — Rudolf Steiner, THE LORD’S PRAYER (Rudolf Steiner Press, 2007), p. 17. Steiner rewrote the Lord's Prayer, too. See, e.g., "Christmas" and "God".
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