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The 2008 Edition of The Bible

The 2008 Edition of The Bible

 

The Bible is a product of its time. It is a collection of knowledge gathered by a certain group of people in a specific time period. Today, millennia later, we read editions of translations of translations. How does the Bible stay relevant for today — and the Old Testament is even older than the New Testament — so how can the information from the Bible be used in today’s world?

One answer — and a popular one at the moment — is to quote Biblical verses to advance discrimination against homosexuals. Most often it is Leviticus (Old Testament) which is quoted. Leviticus is simply a set of purity codes. These codes refer to cultural rules to physical cleanliness. These rules were designed to separate the Jewish people from the Pagans.

One of the Pagan beliefs was for men to lie with men “as with a woman”. This was not done for sexual pleasure, but as a means of emasculating the man. It was often done after a war victory as a way of making the defeated passive.

If the Christians insist on using Biblical quotes to squash gay and lesbian culture, then let us hold them to other rules and morals.

Exodus 21:7: The ability to sell daughters into slavery

Exodus 35:2: Anyone who works on the Sabbath should be put to death

Leviticus 11:7: Touching the skin of a dead pig makes one unclean. Sad news for football fans.

I could continue to list standards which no longer apply to our culture, except to Fundamentalists, but instead will point out what Jesus stated when asked what was the greatest Commandment:

Mark 12: 29 “The most important one,” answered Jesus, “is this: ‘Hear, O Israel, the Lord our God, the Lord is one. 30 Love your Lord you God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ 31 The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself’. There is no commandment greater than these.”

There is no exclusion after ‘Love your neighbor as yourself’. Not gender, race, religion nor sexual orientation. Maybe Christians should actually read — and understand — their Bible?

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Written by kickingalion

November 26, 2008 at 12:12 am

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