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originally posted by: Josephus
a reply to: Woodcarver
Not to murder but to kill. Yes.
Kill people who don't listen to Priests. (Deuteronomy 17:12)
Kill witches. (Exodus 22:17)
Kill fortunetellers. (Leviticus 20:27)
Kill homosexuals. (Leviticus 20:13)
Kill nonbelievers. (2 Chronicles 15:12-13)
Kill followers of other religions. (Deuteronomy 13:7-12, Deuteronomy 17:2-5)
Kill false prophets. (Deuteronomy 13:1-5, 18:20-22, Zechariah 13:3)
Kill an entire town if anyone there worships another God. (Deuteronomy 13:13-19)
Kill women who are not virgins on their wedding night. (Deuteronomy 22:20-21)
Kill people working on the Sabbath. (Exodus 31:12-15)
Kill sons of sinners. (Isaiah 14:21)
Kill in the name of the Lord. (Jeremiah 48:10)
Death for striking parents. (Exodus 21:15)
Death for cursing parents. (Leviticus 20:9, Proverbs 20:20)
Death for fornication. (Leviticus 21:9)
Death for adultery. (Leviticus 20:10)
Death for blasphemy. (Leviticus 24:10-16)
Death to followers of other religions. (Exodus 22:19)
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Yes I am aware of some of the Biblical stories that have a cross reference to other cultures .I find it interesting how the different accounts are told weather in ancient ME or even in the North American Natives stories .
You are fully aware that the stories in the bible were taken from previous religions/societies right? Noahs ark is a rip off from sumerian culture with the story of gilgamesh and the garden of Eden was taken from there.
The Old testament is quoted in the New but I don't see it as plagiarizing . In fact there is new material in the new that does not exist in the Old . And there is stuff in the old that is not mentioned in the new . When Jesus would say " You have heard it said " but I say unto you " He was bringing a different perspective to the minds of men . He even goes to explaining to a teacher the principal of being born again . Its a spiritual deal and had nothing to do with the physical aspect of being born .
Why would you dedicate time and thought into some you know for a fact is plagerised.
I guess its about having a world view while trying to understand the un-seen realm of the spiritual world I believe exist . I think that even science is wrestling with these questions and have come up with different explanations .
I want to know how you can combat this internal conflict? I genuinely don't understand it myself. If it's through lack of wanting to better you understanding outside the book then fair enough but if it isn't then I can't comprehend it
I've always struggled with this. People accepting that half could be false/plagerised/ metaphorical yet the other half is fact, although the latter half was devised hundreds of years after the emergence of jesus, an after thought if you would.
originally posted by: the2ofusr1
a reply to: Woodcarver
cliche? That sounds like something that you were told over and over in sunday school. It is a nonsense phrase that is used to avoid answering real questions.
Well God does meet us where we are as individuals and so the work He does inside us is His call.
"God meets you where you are?"
"God is love?"
These statements are meant to be offered as little nuggets of wisdom? They don't mean anything. Nothing substantial without some good reason to believe in a god. At best, it is a presuppositional statement which requires you to take the existance of a god for granted. I would think that the people who want god to be real would be at the forfront of the effort to find some kind of meaningful evidence to support their beliefs before they start making up properties to give him.
originally posted by: Woodcarver
a reply to: DeathSlayer
Don't you mean, your interpretation of the bible? If someone else has a different interpretation, would you consider them wrong?