posted on Apr, 26 2006 @ 07:08 AM
I don't think anyone can argue with the Golden Rule, "Do unto others as you would have them do unto you" nor the five commandments regarding our
dealings with one another "don't kill, steal, cheat on your wife/husband or with anyone else's wife/husband, lie (false witness), respect for your
parents (because they gave you something you can never pay them back for: existence)". They give us a humane and dignified way of interacting with
one another. "Human rights", if you will.
The countless other laws regarding cosher foods, sexual perverisons, hemming your garments in a certain fashion may or may not have come from "God".
But the one thing they probably aided was the faithful's survival. There were STDs in those days. In Psalms, David lamented sores on his loins
because of his immorality. Good reason to not be promiscuous nor to be homosexual or visit temple prostitutes (boys and men). Shellfish, beans, nuts
are super dangerous to some people with killer allergies. Shellfish can be dangerous to anyone if they are caught in "Red Tide". Hemming garments
stops them from unraveling. How to deal with slaves was in essence "slave rights" - barbaric by our standards, liberal by theirs. Why, when you go
to war with a people do you kill every last one (even babies)? Because the survivors will want revenge. If you need to war, completely obliterate the
other side. Don't charge usury (interest) when you loan money (because back then a person who defaulted on a loan became a slave you would be
responsible for the degredation of your fellow).
Same goes for martial arts. "Self defence" is a PC way of saying "if you ever need to fight, fight 'till your opponent is on the ground and not
moving. Mean it. Finish it. No mercy."
Anywho, homosexuals today, like in the old days, are promiscuous and have a way, way higher rate of STDs and AIDS than any other group except
intravenous drug users. It is (was) a sin because it's a dangerous lifestyle (no matter the 1 couple in a thousand that get "married").
And that's the way I see sin: anything I do that puts myself or others at risk is a sin. At the time of it's writing the Bible (Torah, all its
forms) was a set of instructions that helped the human machine run at peak efficiency. Most (though not all) is still invaluable today. And since no
one can live without sinning I think the most basic point of the Bible is to try your best to better your standard of living (I'm not talking the
hedonistic, pleasure-seeking kind) and help your fellows get though this #hole we call life.