reply to post by chr0naut
Homosexuality exists in nature, not just among humans, but also among a wide array of animal life as well. Bear, bison, cat, barn owl, chicken, the
houting whitefish, the jewel fish, salmon, and many more. The "offense" against your god exists in species he did not give free will to, so God must
have given them homosexual tendencies. Or, there's always the possibility that homosexuality is a natural sexual orientation, and sex is really
nothing more than an action.
Rapists being accountable for their actions has nothing
to do with forcing the victim to marry them. No rape victim should ever be made to
marry the person who assaulted them, and forcibly penetrated them. To even believe that the proper punishment for rape is to "marry the two" is sick
and cruel. All that this would lead to, is more rape, and less defense for the victim, as now the rapist is the husband, and therefore "in charge"
of the woman. Whatever fancy trappings you place around it, forcing the victim to marry the rapist is wrong.
Not all children are disobedient. A child becomes disobedient when they are hurt by their parents, or ignored by their parents. Parents who love their
children, and give them the proper attention, and spend time with them, helping the child to develop decently, do not become disobedient. Further,
stoning is not a "walk it off" punishment. You're trying to suggest that stoning someone is no different than spanking them. It is quite different.
Stones can easily be used to kill adults, how well do you think adolescents would handle it? A disgusting, barbaric activity from a dead age.
To suggest that, because it only lasted seven years, slavery is OK is horrendous. Slavery is never
OK. Even if it's slavery for only a day, it
is still forcing someone to perform activities against their will, as well as removing their freedom. Everything
concerned with slavery is
wrong. Slave-holders should not have to pay reparations to family for abusing slaves because
slave-holders and slaves should not exist
Slavery is another proof that the Bible is an outdated, archaic, tome of spiritual, scientific, and moral guidelines.
Yes, it is used in song. However, the Bible is the inerrant word of God. You cannot pick-and-choose what is literal, and what is not. How do you know
the talking snake in Genesis, the Ladder of Lights from Ezekiel, the sun being stalled in the sky, the raining fire on Sodom and Gomorrah, and a
variety of other Biblical claims are not also literary devices? When you decide what is truth, and what is fiction, then you are making assumptions
for God. The Bible is unclear on the line between reality and fantasy, and humans only make it worse. That is not a good directory for morality or
Ritually unclean, OK. I was hoping you'd take that route. So, why are this
God's rituals so important that everyone needs to be clean for
Him? What evidence is there that we shouldn't be preparing for Norse rituals to appease the All-Father, Odin? Maybe our supplication should be to
Brahma and His three phases as outlined in the Rig Veda. The Noble Eight-fold Path makes for an excellent living code, and it cuts out things like
slavery, useless prayer, harmful intentions, insulting speech, and unscientific junk being defended because "God acts in mysterious ways." Why
shouldn't we all be Buddhist? Hindu? Asatru? Wicca? Muslims? Jains? Neopagans? Even atheists?
Concerning blended fabrics, I guess God is not all-knowing, as He, in His infinite wisdom, never saw that one day humans would be able to wash blended
fabrics, clean hoofed animals of disease, and like-mannered things. Truly, your God must have been blind, to not have been able to recognize that
within only 2000 years all of these things—and much, much more—would be understood and enacted. Why would I trust a blind God to lead me
Yes, I do know that the infant universe was flooded with photons. However, all life requires stars to exist, there couldn't be forms to see the
wonderful universe of light without stars. Scientifically, the Biblical account of how things came about is inaccurate. Light, day-night before the
two luminaries determining them, all of it is wrong.
The Earth orbits around the sun. The ~24 hour period we know as a "sidereal day," composed of day and night, is a by-product of our revolutions
around the sun.
Light, as it is experienced on the Earth, is also a by-product of the sun's radiant nature.
The Earth itself is a compressed formation constructed of the leftover debris deposited by the previous solar body after it entered into supernova.
The Biblical account is all
wrong, as the primary factor required for any life, formation, night/day, revolutions, and everything else
attributed to God in Genesis, requires the sun to exist first
~ Wandering Scribe