Cafeteria Christians, read this:

We can quote the Bible too:

So, um, every word of the Bible is true? It’s God’s word? Then especially when it says it’s actually God speaking, I guess all you fundamentalist types have no choice but to obey.

Now you can either treat the Bible like the outdated tribal mythology that it is. Or you can say, Nope, it’s the word of God.

To you word-of-God types, then:

Gentlemen, if your wife wasn’t a virgin when you married her, God says you gotta kill her. Sorry ’bout that. But you know, it’s in the Bible.

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6 comments on “Cafeteria Christians, read this:

  1. Thanks for making me happy I’m a Pagan yet again. -snickers-

  2. Eden says:

    I don’t think you fully understand what you’re talking about… Let me try to explain. Christians today, and I mean people who believe that Jesus is the Christ (or Messiah), the son of the Living God and the savior of mankind, follow the teachings of Jesus. The Bible is the Holy and living word of God (2Timothy 3:16-17, and Hebrews 4:12) . Now, the first 5 books of the Old Testament in the Bible, Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Deuteronomy and Numbers (or the Pentateuch) were assumed to have been written by Moses, in either the 15th or 13th century, B.C., depending on when the Exodus took place. The books of law, or Leviticus and Deuteronomy, were written to give the people at that time a way to separate themselves from the rest of the sinful world by obeying God’s commands and keeping his covenants. This was before the blood of Christ was shed to redeem the sins of mankind, (John 3:16-18, Hebrews 9:14-15 and Hebrews 10:1-18) so sacrifices were frequently made to God, in an attempt to pay the price for man’s sin, which is death, (Romans 6:18 “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus, our Lord.”) and to bridge the gap between man and God which man created with sin, (Genesis 3:1-24) and obtain righteousness.That being said, IN THEIR PROPER CONTEXT, the Old Testament laws were written in an attempt to give the people of that time laws to live by in righteousness. The fact that a woman was not a virgin when she married in that time was a disgrace punishable by death, because she had not remained pure for her husband, and if you read the detail of that scripture you “quoted” in Deuteronomy, she lied about being a virgin to her husband. Lying (which was the offense in question) is breaking one of the Ten Commandments (“You shall not give false testimony against your neighbor,” Deuteronomy 5: 20) given by God to Moses and the rest of Israel, making it a sin. Now, what are the wages of sin? Oh, yes…Death. Therefore, stoning a woman who had lied to her husband about being a faithful virgin was an acceptable punishment for her transgression of violating her marriage. Today, we as Christians are not bound by the seemingly frivolous laws of the Old Covenant,(Romans, 7:6, and 8:3) but rather we are given the New Covenant, (again, Hebrews 10:1-18) which is Christ Jesus, whose blood was shed to take away all the sins of mankind and offer eternal life in the kingdom of Heaven. “Christians” who tell you otherwise, are confused or perhaps misinformed. You may say, but what about the 10 commandments, which are contained in the book of Deuteronomy? And to that I would reply as Jesus replied to the Pharisees and Sadducees when they asked him which was the greatest commandment, “Jesus replied, ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: Love your neighbor as yourself. All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.” -Matthew 22:37-40

    • Eden, Jesus’ response to the question about the greatest command was to remind his fellow Jews to recite the Shema. If you don’t know what the Shema is, go here or else read my earlier post about it.

    • Junad says:

      Yes and it is for everyone That Would love to be one of Gods Witnesses .(Proverbs 2:1-9) .a0.a0.My son, if you will revciee my sayings and treasure up my own commandments with yourself, 2a0so as to pay attention to wisdom with your ear, that you may incline your heart to discernment; 3a0if, moreover, you call out for understanding itself and you give forth your voice for discernment itself, 4a0if you keep seeking for it as for silver, and as for hid treasures you keep searching for it, 5a0in that case you will understand the fear of Jehovah, and you will find the very knowledge of God. 6a0For Jehovah himself gives wisdom; out of his mouth there are knowledge and discernment. 7a0And for the upright ones he will treasure up practical wisdom; for those walking in integrity he is a shield, 8a0by observing the paths of judgment, and he will guard the very way of his loyal ones. 9a0In that case you will understand righteousness and judgment and uprightness, the entire course of what is good.The Watchtower July 15, 2009 page 3

  3. This would have introduced him to the Shema of Israel, the central creed of Judaism which affirms the oneness of God.

    • Zoe, the theme of this blog (and of the novel) is that that is precisely what Jesus was doing – reaffirming the primacy of the Shema, for the sake of purifying Israel and expelling the Romans from the area.

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