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Updated on November 18, 2016
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Sam was a Christian for 15 years and was motivated by fear of hell-fire to be certain of whether or not God exists.

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For truly, I say to you, till heaven and earth pass away, not an iota, not a dot, will pass the law until all is accomplished. Whoever then relaxes one of the least of these commandments and teaches men so, shall be called least in the kingdom of heaven; but he who does them and teaches them shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.

— Jesus

Did not Moses give you the law, and yet none of you keepeth the law

— Jesus

Before I get started...

I'll be simply showing verses, I won't be "misinterpreting" any of it but rather showing the literal words of God. So please don't comment and tell me how I'm twisting the scriptures and how the old testament is obsolete now. I'll be dealing with all parts of the bible, mainly the passages your pastor isn't reading on Sunday.

Yahweh
Yahweh

What Should I Do If I Have Leprosy?

The almighty, omniscient, creator of the universe requires you to do this if you have leprosy, a chronic infectious disease caused by a mycobacterium (Mycobacterium leprae) affecting especially the skin and peripheral nerves and characterized by the formation of nodules or macules that enlarge and spread accompanied by loss of sensation with eventual paralysis, wasting of muscle, and production of deformities.

Leviticus 14 The Lord spoke to Moses, saying, 2 “This shall be the law of the leprous person for the day of his cleansing. He shall be brought to the priest, 3 and the priest shall go out of the camp, and the priest shall look. Then, if the case of leprous disease is healed in the leprous person, 4 the priest shall command them to take for him who is to be cleansed two live clean birds and cedarwood and scarlet yarn and hyssop. 5 And the priest shall command them to kill one of the birds in an earthenware vessel over fresh water. 6 He shall take the live bird with the cedarwood and the scarlet yarn and the hyssop, and dip them and the live bird in the blood of the bird that was killed over the fresh water. 7 And he shall sprinkle it seven times on him who is to be cleansed of the leprous disease. Then he shall pronounce him clean and shall let the living bird go into the open field. 8 And he who is to be cleansed shall wash his clothes and shave off all his hair and bathe himself in water, and he shall be clean. And after that he may come into the camp, but live outside his tent seven days. 9 And don the seventh day he shall shave off all his hair from his head, his beard, and his eyebrows. He shall shave off all his hair, and then he shall wash his clothes and bathe his body in water, and he shall be clean.
10 “And on the eighth day he shall take two male lambs without blemish, and one ewe lamb a year old without blemish, and a grain offering of three tenths of an ephah of fine flour mixed with oil, and one log of oil. 11 And the priest who cleanses him shall set the man who is to be cleansed and these things before the Lord, at the entrance of the tent of meeting. 12 And the priest shall take one of the male lambs and offer it for a guilt offering, along with the log of oil, and wave them for a wave offering before the Lord. 13 And he shall kill the lamb in the place where they kill the sin offering and the burnt offering, in the place of the sanctuary. For the guilt offering, like the sin offering, belongs to the priest; kit is most holy. 14 The priest shall take some of the blood of the guilt offering, and the priest shall put it on the lobe of the right ear of him who is to be cleansed and on the thumb of his right hand and on the big toe of his right foot. 15 Then the priest shall take some of the log of oil and pour it into the palm of his own left hand 16 and dip his right finger in the oil that is in his left hand and sprinkle some oil with his finger seven times before the Lord. 17 And some of the oil that remains in his hand the priest shall put on the lobe of the right ear of him who is to be cleansed and on the thumb of his right hand and on the big toe of his right foot, on top of the blood of the guilt offering. 18 And the rest of the oil that is in the priest's hand he shall put on the head of him who is to be cleansed. Then the priest shall make atonement for him before the Lord. 19 The priest shall offer the sin offering, to make atonement for him who is to be cleansed from his uncleanness. And afterward he shall kill the burnt offering. 20 And the priest shall offer the burnt offering and the grain offering on the altar. Thus the priest shall make atonement for him, and he shall be clean.

It sure sounds like God was giving the Israelites an in-depth lesson on microbiology and how to deal with contagious diseases.


Don't pray like this or you are dishonoring your head.
Don't pray like this or you are dishonoring your head.

Women Are Inferior

1 Timothy 2:11-12 Let a woman learn quietly with all submissiveness. I do not permit a woman to teach or to exercise authority over a man; rather, she is to remain quiet.

1 Corinthians 11:5 But every wife who prays or prophesies with her head uncovered dishonors her head, since it is the same as if her head were shaven.

Ephesians 5:22 Wives, submit to your own husbands, as to the Lord.

1 Corinthians 14:34-35 The women should keep silent in the churches. For they are not permitted to speak, but should be in submission, as the Law also says. If there is anything they desire to learn, let them ask their husbands at home. For it is shameful for a woman to speak in church.

Job 25:4 How then can man be in the right before God? How can he who is born of woman be pure?

Exodus 21:7 When a man sells his daughter as a slave, she shall not go out as the male slaves do.


"The social and legal position of an Israelite wife was inferior to the position a wife occupied in the great countries round about... all the texts show that Israelites wanted mainly sons to perpetuate the family line and fortune, and to preserve the ancestral inheritance... A husband could divorce his wife; women on the other hand could not ask for divorce... the wife called her husband Ba'al or master; she also called him adon or lord; she addressed him, in fact, as a slave addressed his master or subject, his king. The Decalogue includes a man's wife among his possessions... all her life she remains a minor. The wife does not inherit from her husband, nor daughters from their father, except when there is no male heir. A vow made by a girl or married woman needs, to be valid, the consent of the father or husband and if this consent is withheld, the vow is null and void. A man had a right to sell his daughter. Women were excluded from the succession."


-Roland de Vaux, archaeologist and priest


Whatever floats your boat could get you killed.
Whatever floats your boat could get you killed.

LGBT+ Are An Abomination

Leviticus 20:13 If a man has sexual relations with a man as one does with a woman, both of them have done what is detestable. They are to be put to death; their blood will be on their own heads.

Deuteronomy 22:5 The woman shall not wear that which pertaineth unto a man, neither shall a man put on a woman's garment: for all that do so are an abomination unto the LORD thy God.


Dammit..
Dammit..

Your Haircut Is Important To The Creator Of The Universe

Leviticus 19:27 You shall not round off the side-growth of your heads nor harm the edges of your beard.

1 Corinthians 11:14 Does not nature itself teach you that if a man wears long hair it is a disgrace for him

Ezekiel 44:20 They shall not shave their heads or let their locks grow long; they shall surely trim the hair of their heads.

Leviticus 21:5 They shall not make bald patches on their heads, nor shave off the edges of their beards, nor make any cuts on their body.

Job 1:20 Then Job arose and tore his robe and shaved his head and fell on the ground and worshiped.


Two Monkeys Goin' At It
Two Monkeys Goin' At It

Don't Pull Out

Genesis 38:9-10: Onan knew that the offspring would not be his; so when he went in to his brother's wife, he wasted his seed on the ground in order not to give offspring to his brother. But what he did was displeasing in the sight of the Lord; so He took his life also.

Infallible
Infallible

Not Sure Why These Are Important To God...

Ezekiel 23:20 She lusted after her lovers, whose genitals were like those of donkeys and whose emission was like that of horses.

Leviticus 19:19 Do not wear clothing woven of two kinds of material.

Leviticus 9:10 All that have not fins and scales in the seas, and in the rivers, of all that move in the waters, and of any living thing which is in the waters, they shall be an abomination unto you.

Exodus 23:19 Thou shalt not boil a kid (young goat) in its mother’s milk.

Leviticus 15:19-20 When a woman has a discharge, if her discharge in her body is blood, she shall continue in her menstrual impurity for seven days; and whoever touches her shall be unclean until evening. Everything also on which she lies during her menstrual impurity shall be unclean, and everything on which she sits shall be unclean.

Deuteronomy 25:11-12 When men fight with one another, and the wife of the one draws near to rescue her husband from the hand of him who is beating him, and puts out her hand and seizes him by the private parts, then you shall cut off her hand.

Matthew 21:18-22 Early in the morning, as Jesus was on his way back to the city, he was hungry. Seeing a fig tree by the road, he went up to it but found nothing on it except leaves. Then he said to it, “May you never bear fruit again!” Immediately the tree withered.


Going Too Far......

Numbers 31:17-18 Now therefore, kill every male among the little ones, and kill every woman who has known man intimately. But all the girls who have not known man intimately, spare for yourselves.

Ephesians 6:5 Slaves, obey your earthly masters with deep respect and fear. Serve them sincerely as you would serve Christ.

Deuteronomy 21:18-21 If a man have a stubborn and rebellious son, which will not obey the voice of his father, or the voice of his mother, and that, when they have chastened him, will not hearken unto them: Then shall his father and his mother lay hold on him, and bring him out unto the elders of his city, and unto the gate of his place; And they shall say unto the elders of his city, This our son is stubborn and rebellious, he will not obey our voice; he is a glutton, and a drunkard. And all the men of his city shall stone him with stones, that he die.

Deuteronomy 23:1 No one whose testicles are crushed or whose penis is cut off shall be admitted to the assembly of the LORD.

Leviticus 21:17-23 Whosoever … hath any blemish, let him not approach to offer the bread of his God. For whatsoever man he be that hath a blemish, he shall not approach: a blind man, or a lame, or he that hath a flat nose, or any thing superfluous, Or a man that is brokenfooted, or brokenhanded, Or crookback, or a dwarf, or that hath a blemish in his eye, or be scurvy, or scabbed, or hath his stones broken … He shall not go in unto the vail, nor come nigh unto the altar, because he hath a blemish; that he profane not my sanctuaries.

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      Alan 12 months ago from Tasmania

      An adage like that

      Puts baggage, my hat!

      In respected perspective,

      Accepted.

      Copyrighted 6.48 am GMT+10 26 Nov '16

      ....but if anyone thinks it's worth a second read, anyone can publish it, for $1M royalties.

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      Sam 12 months ago from Nelson, BC, Canada

      Agreeable

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      Paladin_ 12 months ago from Michigan, USA

      I have an adage that, I believe, works pretty well in this regard. It states that people deserve respect (by default) until they lose it, while ideas don't deserve respect (by default) until they gain it (through compelling evidence and/or argument).

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      Sam 12 months ago from Nelson, BC, Canada

      No we don't have to respect the ideas of others. I think that if an idea is so bad that I have to "try" to respect it, then I shouldn't. But I agree that we definitely should respect the right of others to have beliefs which seem absolutely absurd, or unworthy of respect.

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      Oztinato 12 months ago from Australia

      .......and we must try to respect other people's ideas unless they exhibit intolerance of other religions or race.

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      Alan 12 months ago from Tasmania

      Any discussion of biblical content, amongst any group of people, will always display selectivity: prefered texts; prefered translations; prefered interpretations; prefered historical "facts," (whether factual or not); presumptions about evidence; presumptions that there is or is not a God in reality.

      Now matter how much any of us tries or intends to be unbiased, it's inevitable we will never achieve total detachment.

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      Sam 12 months ago from Nelson, BC, Canada

      Well that's an intelligent look at it and I agree. However, just about any biblical religious person will say that the old testament is fulfilled and the new season began and we're all supposed to forget about the main characters and events of the last season, unless they were nice.

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      Oztinato 12 months ago from Australia

      Looked at from an atheistic archaeological viewpoint the OT has numerous important facts to contribute. For example we can trace the early evolution of the western concept of the law from primitive times.

      From a religious point of view the OT is relevant in understanding the advent and roots of JC.

      Psychologically the OT contains many very ancient archetypes important to analysing the human psyche.

      From a superficial cynical view the OT offers nothing, but this doesn't affect its historical, psychological or religious importance.

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      Sam 12 months ago from Nelson, BC, Canada

      It's pretty funny the way people scurry to defend the new testament and say the old testament is obsolete. But of course, I could put a bunch of nice verses from the OT and nobody would bat an eye. Not to mention that Jesus said a number of times that the OT is still fully relevant

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      Alan 12 months ago from Tasmania

      Sorry to have come to this wonderfully amusing and entertaining hub Oh-so lately. I note that Celafoe was the first to respond. He tells us that the OT has been superseded. Good! So we can scrub the whole of Leviticus right off our list of things to do. It's no longer relevant.

      And it's pretty obvious enough to anyone with the slightest knowledge of IT history, that God used Windows '00 and that version has long been unsupported and outdated. Apple was not used because it had a history of falling on some weirdo's head

      Boy! Don't some people get rattled when something they believe in gets rubbished and open to ridicule?

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      Oztinato 12 months ago from Australia

      Once again, if we limit our definition of religion to "right wing backwoods Christian fundamentalist" we get a skewed vision about the concept of evolution and how it relates to the topic at hand. This constant stereotyping of all religions acts as an intellectual blockage.

      Like it or not all meditation and science come from religion. It's all been recorded in history books as opposed to "post truth". Ancient religions may not have resembled ours today but they were Religions.

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      Sam 12 months ago from Nelson, BC, Canada

      Its curious that the one institution that adamantly opposes evolution undergoes the process of evolution itself.

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      Science is not 'on board' or becoming quasi religious. Science always has been and always will be the process of evaluating reality to create accurate descriptive models, which can then be used to create technologies and the cycle continues. It's not a religion, but rather a universal conceptual system such as mathematics, you dont see people calling math esoteric and quasi religious just because we can use it to find the distance of stars and galaxies or the speed of light.

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      I see meditation as simply going back to the animal mindset, being like a cat or something for a moment. Not thinking, or simply being aware of one's surroundings, but of course there are many variations and many have come from religions and have dogma attached to them

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      all art and science evolved from the creative thinking of humans, religion is art. All religions evolved out of art. Religion is essentially the creative expression of the collective consciousness. Thats why there are millions of absolutely absurd rituals and millions of gods that couldnt possibly exist.

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      This is some weird shit to think about.

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      Oztinato 12 months ago from Australia

      Sam

      there are many religions; ancient, old or new. There are now modern teachers etc. Religion evolves like everything else. Plus science is now on board and is becoming very esoteric and quasi religious itself.

      Modern forms of meditation for example are directly linked to this natural evolution but have their roots firmly planted in religion.

      All art and science evolved out of religions.

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      Paladin_ 12 months ago from Michigan, USA

      I've been reading comments here with interest, and am mostly inclined to let others do the lion's share of the talking. However, kbdressman just said something that intrigued me, and my curiosity has got the better of me, so I have to ask:

      KB, how do you know that the Bible "wasn't complicated when God gave it to us?" I admit I'm no biblical scholar, but from what I've seen, most currently popular versions of the Bible are quite similar to the oldest existing biblical manuscripts still in existence.

      Yet, unless earlier manuscripts or scrolls are discovered, we have absolutely no way of knowing if these truly represent the original text of these stories, or if they are dubious translations of even earlier texts or verbal traditions. In other words, at the moment, there's no way for us to know what the 'original' Bible said!

      So, how can you possibly know that the 'original' wasn't as complicated -- or even more complicated -- than the versions we now have? (I'm not trying to be argumentative here. I truly want to know!)

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      Sam 12 months ago from Nelson, BC, Canada

      Well you're essentially saying that the bible has become a jig saw puzzle with pieces that dont fit together, basically because of people adding something here, or snipping something there. And this new updated version would be in absolute defiance with scripture.

      Mathew 5:18 For verily I say unto you, Till. heaven and earth pass, one jot or one. tittle shall in no wise pass from. the law, till all be fulfilled.

      Hebrews 13:8 Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.

      Either way, we live in an unimaginably vast cosmic abyss full of trillions of galaxies each with billions upon billions of their own worlds, and you want to tell me that God cares about this one species on one planet, it's the ultimate ego trip for humans. Theres a reason people believed that the earth was the center of the universe for thousands of years; religious dogma.

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      kbdressman 12 months ago from Harlem, New York

      It wasn't complicated when God gave it to us. It just became complicated after mankind tampered with it for centuries. God has released an updated version. But I highly doubt you've read it or that you would be willing to read it.

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      Sam 12 months ago from Nelson, BC, Canada

      Well man if its that complicated shouldn't God release an updated version? I mean the OT and NT are equally full of antiquated absurdities. Why would God allow people to be so damn confused, I don't have my whole life to spend trying to unravel the mystery of why the bible is so damn confusing and backwards, saying all sorts of things that its not "meant" to.

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      Oztinato 12 months ago from Australia

      Sam

      I'm not in favour of "right wing back woods fundamentalists" either.

      However a sincere atheist mustn't make the same errors: in particular when analysing the Old Testament one can't take everything literally. For example, a parable is not meant to be taken literally but is a mnemonic device used to recall entire philosophies. Also any writer by necessity needs to use metaphor, adjectives, onomatopoeia, analogies, hyperbole, humour etc. Added to this, the extreme distance of time and culture make certain expressions and figures of speech open to serious study. A serious student needs to study anthropology and archaeology in order to study old manuscripts.

      I also find it amusing if an atheist takes the Bible literally, especially the OT. It's a faux pas.

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      Sam 12 months ago from Nelson, BC, Canada

      I don't necessarily enjoy the fact that they're frustrated. Now that you point it out I see how that comes across as sadistic. What I enjoy is when people unknowingly drive home the points in my article, while trying to fight against it. What I enjoy is the depth of the irony.

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      Oztinato 12 months ago from Australia

      Enjoying anger may not be good for the soul.

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      Sam 12 months ago from Nelson, BC, Canada

      I enjoy people who comment on my posts with their anger towards their own holy book. It's just another example to add to the list of biblical madness.

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      just helen 12 months ago from Dartmoor UK

      That was unnecessary

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      Oztinato 12 months ago from Australia

      Well I must say I didn't realise we were married! Please reserve such nagging for your poor spouse.

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      Paula 12 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      OZ, you too! Especially YOU. Normal people can readily discern the vast difference between expressing one's negative opinion of an ISSUE or topic matter, which is perfectly acceptable and an UNacceptable personal insult to an individual!

      No one on this site bitches about personal attacks more often than you do, as you constantly threaten to report people, like a child who runs to the teacher. YOU are permanently & consistently on record for that behavior.

      You and others like you, make the enormous error to think you can bite & snarl without the least bit of consideration that others may bite right back. Wrong.

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      Oztinato 12 months ago from Australia

      I agree there is no need to be defensive.

      On the other side there is no need to limit the definition of religion solely to " right wing back woods fundamemtalism " either.

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      just helen 12 months ago from Dartmoor UK

      To fpherj48 - you've absolutely summed up what a lot of us are thinking! When people are challenged by inconsistencies in the bible they panic, because they think the bible is the word of god and must be right. But it isn't and it isn't!

      Sam had to allow the comments to appear on here. He didn't have to. But he did, I presume, to show these people up for what they really are - angry, ignorant bigots who are full of hate. If your faith is strong you don't have to be so defensive.

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      Paula 12 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      Let me get this straight....one specific part of this hub jumped out boldly at me!.........So, it wasn't the fact that Onan was fornicating with his BROTHER'S WIFE that was the abomination or the problem???? it was that he spilled his seed on the ground?? .......

      OK yeah, sure, there have to be enough morons in existence that would believe this outrageous crap, I suppose. I take it Onan believed it.....he took his life. Oh well, one less imbecile in the world.

      To those of you who find this to be trash....who just cannot bear to read it....and especially those who find the commentary "atrocious."

      Get the hell off Sam's site! Do not read his work. Who's holding a gun to your head to come here and read what you hate?? Simple...stop reading and go elsewhere! Sam is free to write the topis(s) of his choice....just as we all are, as long as they are within the guidelines...and they ARE. YOU, my dear self-righteous fraud, have NO right to tell Sam to take his work elsewhere. IT's YOU who needs to go elsewhere! What part of that common sense don't you get?

      Sounds like YOU clearly have the problem. There are THOUSANDS of hubs you would love......find them and read them! No one should read work they find offensive. Are you bored or what?

      Pompous, self-righteous, self-proclaimed holier than thou bigots are the most disgusting, annoying creatures on earth. They need to get a damned life.....but first, get a brain. Go on.... GIT!!

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      Sam 12 months ago from Nelson, BC, Canada

      Very good point and I completely agree with you. It seems that the second I bring a verse like this into a conversation about religion I'm immediately construing the words of God and deceiving people, acting satanically essentially. Although I'm quite simply taking Gods literal words and putting them out in plain sight. Your comment excellently describes my experience with the responses on this article so far, and it seems you have the same action going on under your biblical articles. Funny shit, eh? But on a more serious note, it is pretty pathetic and horrific that people defend such evil.

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      Paladin_ 12 months ago from Michigan, USA

      I'm often amused by the rationalizations that arise when someone begins quoting the most unsavory and unsettling portions of the Bible. Almost inevitably, someone insists that one must be a scholar -- or have access to scholarly references -- to 'properly' understand the context of the quotes in question.

      Naturally, this caveat applies only when the quotes or references don't present the Bible, Christianity or God in a positive light. When they already appear positive at first reading ("...God so loved the world..."), then, of course, they may be taken literally. No context needed.

      One would think that the supposed 'word of God' would be simple and unequivocal enough for a child to understand. Yet, somehow, when we come across those inconsistent, self-contradictory, paradoxical or outright evil portions of the Bible (too numerous to tally), we must reach for our concordance to explain them away!

      Thanks, Sam, for exposing only the tip of a very ugly iceberg!

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      Sam 12 months ago from Nelson, BC, Canada

      People are free to look into the verses more, that's why I provided the book, chapter, and verse, for each! There are hundreds of christian websites dedicated to making these horrible verses look a little more friendly, I'm sure a google search will bring them to those websites easily, I sure came across them easily enough

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      kbdressman 13 months ago from Harlem, New York

      No, I actually wouldn't be offended if you handed me a bible with these verses highlighted because I've studied the bible with biblical scholars, both religiously and as a piece of classic literature, at a university rather extensively and I understand the context of each verse. I know they are there. I understand them in context and I also understand what else the bible says on these topics. I would, however, be offended if you handed that same bible to someone who was less familiar with the bible and then guided them to a poor impression or understanding of the bible because of your biased and misleading presentation. It's the lack of academic honesty and understanding that bothers me.

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      Sam 13 months ago from Nelson, BC, Canada

      Whats unique is the presentation, which is why its so controversial. If I just slap a bible on your lap, you're not going to be offended. If I put a bible on your lap with bookmarks for all these passages, would you still be offended? What if after you finished reading them, I said, "And thats all from the omniscient, perfectly good, all loving, omnipresent, omnipotent creator of the entire universe." I get that you're taking it negatively, but its meant to be provocative. To show you the contrast of religion, its not all light hearted

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      kbdressman 13 months ago from Harlem, New York

      Your opening paragraph and titles contain incorrect information and guide readers to make incorrect conclusions due to lack of context and the negative angle in which you presented these verses.

      Now that you point out how little unique writing you actually did on this piece, I'm wondering if you this hub should even be featured.

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      Sam 13 months ago from Nelson, BC, Canada

      kbdressman, I'm not making any fallacies, or understanding any of it. I'm copying the word of god, organizing it into a summary of surprising verses, and leaving it for the viewer to check with other versions or interpret the verses as they please. I'm not disrespecting anyone, again, I'm showing what I see is madness in the bible.

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      kbdressman 13 months ago from Harlem, New York

      No. You're taking verses from our holy book, writing completely false and derogatory nonsense next to them and then displaying it. It's not the Bible we're criticizing or having a problem with. It's your atrocious commentary we have a problem with.

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      Sam 13 months ago from Nelson, BC, Canada

      I have to say to all of you that I'm only taking verses and displaying them, It's your holy book.

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      kbdressman 13 months ago from Harlem, New York

      Have you ever played the game telephone? Where people sit in a circle and the first person whispers something to the next person and it continues around the circle until the last person says what is whispered to them? And then the first person reveals the original message and everyone laughs because the two messages are unrelated after only about 10 carriers? Or, have you ever worked with modern translations between two languages? Let's just say some of the finer points get lost, no matter how good the translation is.

      The Bible is the word of God. That being said, the bible has been edited and condensed and it's crossed languages, cultures and millenia to get to you. Go pick up 5 different versions of the bible and read the same verse. You're not going to get the exact same wording. You have to take these kinds of things into account when reading the bible so you can apply the principles that were taught and recorded centuries ago to the present day.

      A few examples:

      -We don't know that leprosy in the bible is what we think of as leprosy today. They also didn't have the modern medicines that we have. And, as celafoe pointed out, the Old law was fulfilled by Christ and doesn't apply to today.

      -Paul's letters were largely to congregations he had preached to or to mission companions. Much of those passages were administrative counsel that were specific to that congregation, not doctrine to be broadly applied. It's not rocket science to say that a man can focus on preaching the word of God abroad when he's not worrying about providing for a family. That statement can be reversed to say a woman can focus better when she's not taking care of a family, but Paul didn't need to say it because the culture prevented it from being an issue. That doesn't mean that counsel has any application today.

      There are so many logical fallacies and untruths in this hub that I can't begin to address them all, but most of them can be cleared up by applying the concepts I've pointed out above.

      In the future: if you think the bible is teaching you to hate someone, you're applying it wrong. Whether something got changed in translation or you don't understand the culture, something's not right with what you're understanding.

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      Oztinato 13 months ago from Australia

      Why should the evolutionary principle (as applied to history) be thrown out for the sake of expediency? Concepts evolve.

      Why on earth should a scientific study take all literary passages literally? This is often the mistake of a less educated religious fundamentalist not a serious scholar.

      Such basic errors of logic can't lead us to better understanding.

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      charlie 13 months ago from From Kingdom of God living on Planet earth. between the oceans

      what an abomination this article is. You have no clue to how to read and understand the scriptures. the old testament was FULFILLED BY CHRIST and is no longer in effect. it was given to the jews only and only -for a season, until Christ would come and FULFILL ALL OF IT.

      Christianity replaced it and is found in the new testament.

      take your unGodly trash esewhere it is not welcome here