Wednesday, June 21, 2006

The incongruities of the bible.....

Perhaps god is Bi polar, we see a movement from angry god to hey you just killed my son but it's cool. Consistancy of my diety should be paramount, who am i worshiping somedays one who wishes to bring goodness and love to the people of the planet, other days death and destruction. A more humourous view of the outdated and often comical ideals portrayed in the bible is illustrated in the dear laura letter (a once influencial evangelistic Christain)

Dear Dr. Laura,

Thank you for doing so much to educate people regarding God's law. I have learned a great deal from you, and I try to share that knowledge with as many people as I can. When someone tries to defend the homosexual lifestyle, for example, I simply remind him that Leviticus 18:22 clearly states it to be an abomination. End of debate. I do need some advice from you, however, regarding some of the specific laws and how to best follow them.

When I burn a bull on the altar as a sacrifice, I know it creates a pleasing odor for the Lord (Lev. 1:9). The problem is my neighbors. They claim the odor is not pleasing to them. How should I deal with this?

I would like to sell my daughter into slavery, as it suggests in Exodus 21:7. In this day and age, what do you think would be a fair price for her?

I know that I am allowed no contact with a woman while she is in her period of menstrual uncleanliness (Lev. 15:19-24). The problem is, how do I tell? I have tried asking, but most women take offense.

Lev. 25:44 states that I may buy slaves from the nations that are around us. A friend of mine claims that this applies to Mexicans but not Canadians. Can you clarify?

I have a neighbor who insists on working on the Sabbath. Exodus 35:2 clearly states he should be put to death. Am I morally obligated to kill him myself?

A friend of mine feels that even though eating shellfish is an abomination (Lev. 10:10), it is a lesser abomination than homosexuality. I don't agree. Can you settle this?

Lev. 20:20 states that I may not approach the altar of God if I have a defect in my sight. I have to admit that I wear reading glasses. Does my vision have to be 20/20, or is there some wiggle room here?

I know you have studied these things extensively, so I am confident you can help. Thank you again for reminding us that God's word is eternal and unchanging.

Enjoy

1 Comments:

Blogger Homo Escapeons said...

Here is my story (short version) I got caught up in the Pentecostal movement of the 80s and fianlly wriggled out from under it by studying Genesis. It just occurred to me that if the flood story was borrowed from the Babylonians then what else is suspect. Aside from all of the blatant misbehavior of the true believers (not all of them but enough to form a quorum)I finally had had enough.
David Attenborough's Life On Earth and Desmond Morris's The Naked ape became my good books.

Since the mid 90s I have been a self described recovering agnostic. Since I began bloggin' in Feb 06 I have found so many amazing people on a similar journey. I still have a lot of friends and relatives who are believers but they are gracious enough to let me be. There is more to life than debating.

I just get tired of all of the add-ons that humans have attached to themselves and think that we could solve a myriad of problems by simply accepting that we are all descendents of Mitochondrial Eve some 150,000 years ago in Africa. Forget all of the other crap we're all the same. I'm not sure how to move the argument forward without starting a brouhaha of sorts but perhaps it will happen.

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