Originally posted by Gawdzilla
Originally posted by schrodingers dog
The bible is an incredible book ...
Of all the extraordinary notions contained within, timeless teachings, wisdom, love, religion is the least of them.
Don't forget the genocide, misogyny, racism, homophobia, and arrogance.
Star for the OP, btw!
Let's take a few of these items:
Genocide. This is usually referring to the time when the Hebrews were under Joshua and entering the promised land across the Jordan River. God
instructed the Hebrews to kill virtually everything...men, women, children, and their animals, and destroy their idols. Why would a loving God do
that? For love. If God had let the idol worshippers and beastialists live, they would have corrupted his people. As it was, the Hebrews were having
a hard enough time following Moses and Joshua. Death may be a big thing to you, but is was God's way of removing a cancer...like He did in the flood
of Noah. Death is not a big thing to God, since He knows you'll still be alive. You don't know that, you don't have that faith, and so it is very
disturbing to you. To you, death is the end of your life. You have a fear of death.
I don't see a hate for women. Culturally, the Hebrews treated their women better. In fact, later under Jesus new principles were taught about women
that elevated their state in civilization forever.
Racism? Separation of cultures can allow for cultures to live and grow until they are socially mature enough to coexist. As far as mankind is
concerned, they will always suspect others and label them, whether because of race or status. Sorta like Republicans vs. Democrats.
Homophobia? Fear of homosexuality? Homosexuality brought us AIDS. Anal intercourse brought us anal cancer. Homosexuality has been synonymous with
promiscuity. The Bible fights for fidelity between two people. HPV is passed between promiscuous people, as is herpes, and over 50 other diseases.
Let's take a look at one simple disease passed between people having sex with more than one person in their life:
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worth it, or should we follow the guidelines of the Bible and avoid these diseases. Can you imagine a world without venereal disease? About one in
six or fewer people have some kind of venereal disease, and most are incurable. Who knows what the side effects are? Other non-venereal diseases
lead to secondary problems. Chickenpox can lead to shingles later in life, for example. Who knows what herpes leads to later in life, perhaps liver
problems. Perhaps many of the cancers we have today are related to venereal diseases or promiscuity.
Of all people, Christians should not be arrogant. God has repeatedly asked them to be humble and loving.