Biblical Rules You Break Every Day
I'm not going to get into the whole Chick-Fil-A debate. I'm not even going to talk about the OMGABOMINATION of QLTBG rights. Oops, I may have show which side I'm on in that argument by referring to LGBT as QLTBG, a straight up hetero chick shouldn't know about the Quiltbag!
What I am going to do today is provide a lesson. Call it a history lesson. Call it a lesson in sins if you truly wish. Unlike many people (of religions and non-religions), I'm not going to point fingers nor judge. The purpose of this article is to educate you on the hypocrisy of many.
For reference: I grew up in a very Bible literal religion. I attended a Christian school run by the church for several years. Our lessons included study of the Old Testament and the New. I am no longer involved in any religion.
I could go on for days about certain things that have become hot topics and why the interpretations are wrong on most sides, but here's the gist of why I am writing this lesson. If you claim to live your life according to the Bible – follow all of the rules. Do not pick and choose which ones are no longer valid. You do not have that right. If you refuse to follow all of the laws set forth by your God – you are not a follower of God. You are actually working for his Adversary.
On to the rules that you, me, and everyone else are breaking.
Holidays You Shouldn't Celebrate
Most of the so-called Christian holidays that are celebrated in America (and other countries) are pagan in origin. They were Pagan feast days.
Valentine's Day: Originally a pagan Roman holiday honoring Lupercus, The Hunter of Wolves. This feast was changed to St. Valentine's Day in 496, moving the feast day from February 15 to the 14th.
Mother's Day and Father's Day: Ancient Greeks honored the goddess Rhea (wife of Cronus) for three days (some Romans did as well). Christians began to celebrate the Mother Church instead of the goddess, calling the 4th Sunday of Lent 'Mothering Day'.
Easter: Sun worshippers honored the goddess Easter or Ishtar. She is an ancient fertility goddess. Supposedly the worshippers covered eggs in the blood of sacrificed infants – the eggs were to hatch on the 25th of December, which is the birthday of Easter's son Tammuz. (Sound familiar?)
Halloween: This is my favorite. My birthday is on All Saint's Day, November 1st, but I came very close to being born on Halloween or All Hallow's Eve. Pagans would dress up as spirits and make offerings to evil spirits to appease them. This tradition was used in many places around the world and there are different traditions which eventually culminated in Halloween. While not technically a Christian holiday, it is still celebrated by millions.
Christmas: This one is known by most Christians. Quite a few refuse to celebrate the day as they know December 25th is an ancient pagan holiday where Tammuz the Sun God was born. Even the Bible refers to this holiday and the tradition of cookies and milk:
The Children gather wood, and the fathers kindle the fire, and the women knead the dough, to make cakes for the Queen of Heaven (Easter/Ishtar), and to pour out drink offerings to other dieties, that they may provoke Me to anger. (Jeremiah 7:18)
So when you bake Christmas ANYTHING- you're doing exactly what God said NOT to do.
Stuff You Should Be Killed For Doing
I'm not making this up. The following rules are in the Bible and in the same book (Leviticus) where rules about marriage lie. If you are going to follow one – you must follow them all. That includes murdering people that do not follow your religion, attacking cities where the people are not Christian, and killing your wife for divorcing you.
Again, I'm not making this up.
No mixed fabric in clothing. (Leviticus 19:19)
Haircutting and shaving is forbidden. (Leviticus 19:27)
Women or men that cheat on spouses should be put to death, along with their lover. (Leviticus 20:10).
Sex with a woman who has her period has the punishment of the man and woman being cut off from their people (banished) (Leviticus 20:18)
Anyone that practices any type of witchcraft, including psychics, should be killed. (Leviticus 20:27)
A pastor's (priest's) daughter who is very sexually active, should be burned at the stake. (Leviticus 21:9)
Disabled people, disfigured people, etc, are not to go to the Altar of God (Leviticus 21:17-18)
Cursing God or blasphemy is punishable by the whole community stonig the offender. (Leviticus 24:14-16)
There are many more rules such as children cursing their parents – they are to be killed. Cattle should not graze with a different type of cattle. No mixed crops in a field (there goes companion planting!), and more.
Finally, the one command of the Christian God millions of Christians blatantly break every single week – Keeping the Sabbath holy. Saturday has always been the Sabbath as recorded by the original people that observe it, the Jewish. Constantine changed the day to Sunday to distance Catholics from the Jews. Some Christians still observe Saturday as the Sabbath.
The point is...all of the hatemongering is wrong. People judging others while they commit 'sins' that are just as fatal in the eyes of their Lord. It disgusts me (and many others) to see religion in politics lately. Faith is very personal, not a tool to gather votes in any election, as a tool to gain more customers, or as a tool to take away human rights.
Freedom of speech is valuable - be it the CEO of a restaurant chain or the person next door. As a good friend of mine pointed out (she and I disagree on many political and religious things), once the government gets involved in religion, that is one step from restricting everyone's rights. Every person has a right to eat where they want and every person has the right to agree or disagree. If that right is taken from one person, it can be taken from us all.
As you face people who will judge you, feel free to ask them why they can pick and choose among their God's laws. Why they feel that they can re-write his directives to fit their own needs.
If you find that you are the one doing the judging, think back on the man Jesus that you are supposed to be following and emulating. He welcomed the lowest of the low to him, spent his time with the outcasts of society. Instead of demeaning them, he loved them. Take a page from his book and apply it to how you think, speak, and act.