Leviticus 25:44 states that I may possess slaves, both male and female, provided they are from neighboring nations. A friend of mine claims that this applies to Mexicans, but not Canadians. Can you clarify? Why can't I own Canadians? I would like to sell my daughter into slavery, as sanctioned 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. 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. Should I smite them? 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, or should I ask the police to do it? A friend of mine feels that even though eating shellfish is an abomination, Lev. 11:10, it is a lesser abomination than homosexuality. I don't agree. Can you settle this? Are there degrees of abomination? Lev. 21:20 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? Most of my male friends get their hair trimmed, including the hair around their temples, even though this is expressly forbidden by Lev. 19:27. How should they die? I know from Lev. 11:6-8 that touching the skin of a dead pig makes me unclean, but may I still play football if I wear gloves? My uncle has a farm. He violates Lev.19:19 by planting two different crops in the same field, as does his wife by wearing garments made of two different kinds of thread (cotton/polyester blend). He also tends to curse and blaspheme a lot. Is it really necessary that we go to all the trouble of getting the whole town together to stone them? Lev.24:10-16. Couldn't we just burn them to death at a private family affair, like we do with people who sleep with their in-laws? (Lev. 20:14) I know you have studied these things extensively and thus enjoy considerable expertise in such matters, so I'm confident you can help. Thank you again for reminding us that God's word is eternal and unchanging.
“Wives submit to your husband” I love how Christians pussyfoot so much around this commandment. The world would be better for me if the west had more submissive women rather than super-manipulative bitches with an entitlement complex and a chip on their shoulder about how they are owed things because men have historically kept women down.
Christians do have something like this, and it seems to be partly positive:
There is a lot of silliness mixed in with it. Here is a book on it:
>Strong-willed and independent, Rachel Held Evans couldn’t sew a button on a blouse before she embarked on a radical life experiment—a year of biblical womanhood.
>Intrigued by the traditionalist resurgence that led many of her friends to abandon their careers to assume traditional gender roles in the home, Evans decides to try it for herself, vowing to take all of the Bible’s instructions for women as literally as possible for a year. Pursuing a different virtue each month, Evans learns the hard way that her quest for biblical womanhood requires more than a “gentle and quiet spirit” (1 Peter 3:4).
>It means growing out her hair, making her own clothes, covering her head, obeying her husband, rising before dawn, abstaining from gossip, remaining silent in church, and even camping out in the front yard during her period. With just the right mixture of humor and insight, compassion and incredulity, A Year of Biblical Womanhood is an exercise in scriptural exploration and spiritual contemplation.
>What does God truly expect of women, and is there really a prescription for biblical womanhood? Come along with Evans as she looks for answers in the rich heritage of biblical heroines, models of grace, and all-around women of valor
It would be good to get some feedback on this as to what it is actually like in practice.
Pretty scary that she’s been appointed to be running public school system and clearly doesn’t care about them and would in fsct rather abolish them and replace them with private and Christian schools.
I happen to have a book on a study that easily refutes the false notion that private schools are on average better than public schools from K-12, which has been pushed at the expense of facts. Facts show an equivalent or better k-12 education is to be had at public schools, but vested interests are slow to acknowledge them-Christians, fiscal conservativrs, libertarians, and elitists mainly oppose changing their views or funding public schools that are actually more efficient at teaching for less money.
Joel Olsteen is a good Christian. I dare anyone to prove otherwise, but there is nothing you can say that will change my mind. I gave him money eight times, and my neighbor said “fool me once, and why can’t you get fooled again? Fool me eight times….and surely you can’t get fooled again?” It’s true because I lost my house and had no credit, but I’m not fooled, I still trust him and who knows how much worse I would have been from the hurricane if I hadn’t given him. I could be dead you know?
Two days ago my house in Houston was flooded and Joel Olsteen wouldn’t let me take shelter in his church because the city didn’t ask him to take any people in, and at first I didn’t understand, but then I realized maybe Joel works in mysterious ways. Besides, he’s probably already saved me from dying in the flood, he prayed to God on my behalf and it’s because of that, that I know my dog who I tied to a post and abandoned survived the hurricane, because when I came back to his to his post, he was missing, just like Jesus was, and there was even a rainbow to remind me of God’s promise never to flood everybody. Halelalalah, I was so relieved I cried with joy and just about came in my pants. Someday I will meet my dog again, in heaven, which be in a city full of country music and alligators just south of Texas.
“Checkhov’s gun” means not including unnecessary elements in a story. You don’t detail what will happen if you eat of the tree in Eden unless you’re foreshadowing that you will use the tree later in the story. Jesus told Peter he will deny him 3 times as foreshadowing, except Christians call the trope prophecy.
This isn’t proof that events didn’t flow from one to another, but it makes sense for these stories to have become streamlined in the retellings. We don’t even know the little details such as how Jesus looked or talked, or what David’s palace or the pharoh’s palace looked like. The writing is usually told by an omniscient narrator, and yet it is very simple, and not very photographic compared to a modern English novel. Less detail makes for a faster story, but it also makes the creator of the universe aloof, as though neither he nor Moses saw human characters as particularly distinct from each other.
The bible is full of characters that interact without faces or jewelry. Why doesn’t God care to accurately educate us about ancient history, pharoh’s name, or how the Egyptians dressed and what they wrote? Checkhov’s gun shows the author’s intentions; dropping a few verifiable facts about Egyptians to convert future archaeologists and appease our curiosity was less important to God than including more lying wives and drama.
God is a grade A story-teller, but a grade F documentary maker.
Individualists make their own gods to idolize
To start off, Suguri has to be oldest living God in the world I’ve heard of.* She is a 46 billion year old “Goddess” who used to be a human before she became a lonely cyborg, and stopped talking to anyone for a billion years.
*(Buddhas do appear to be older in the Lotus Sutra, but I don’t fully understand Buddhism or its kalpas, so I’ll ignore it.)
I wonder if her author and illustrator realizes that he worships the savior-goddess he created. He loves her enough to have drawn new art of her nearly every week for nearly ten years, and still does on twitter. He would be wise not to bother with marriage, or his wife will be jealous of the attention he puts into his goddess.
Her backstory puts Captain Planet to shame too. It doesn’t get more heroic than spending countless years to fix a polluted Earth all by yourself, and then defending the newly saved Earth from alien invaders all by yourself.
Fyi, here is Suguri’s backstory to prove how heroic she is:
The earth had been utterly destroyed by war.
Suguri was a cyborg who began to bring the Earth back to life plantings trees and stuff for thousands of years.
In the vast and wide Earth, she was only one person who would endeavor to do whatever it took.
She gave humans hope and made them want to work together.brought them together.
Then she risked her life fighting to protect her Earth when the invaders came.
I’m moved! Why aren’t you worshiping cute little Suguri? It’s crazy to worship a baby Hebrew god that allegedly created the Earth only 6,000 years ago. That and he has done a poor job of showing himself, protecting us, or helping with our problems. (He seems to create more problems than he causes actually, like hell and Satan.) But Suguri was so awesome she sacrificed herself to save the Earth from problems she didn’t start TWICE!
Too many stars:
My Mastery of Religion:
I know it has already been said a hundred times on Atheist websites, but I haven’t made a post on it so here we go.
(A.k.a. When Catholics that shovel a mountain of books on someone’s desk and say, “Read this before you criticize my faith.)
>I wasn’t raised in the faith so my worldview remains largely atheistic in the feel.
I hate contradicting people on personal details they didn’t introduce in a thread, but I have to make a lengthy correction for clarity (you can revise it.) I thought you said on the Christian forum that you were raised Catholic, “turned Atheist” as an adolescent, and then converted back to Christianity around the age of 18 or so? At least two others there claim to have been Atheists. They also claim to having formerly led degenerate ruinous lives until they found Christ. I’m not buying it when they talk like my eternally fundamentalist relatives.
It’s impossible to take seriously, when you find out they were raised in a Christian household, or a Christian environment. Sure you can have some doubts as a teenager, but that doesn’t make someone an Atheist or apostate. Neither does deciding at 14 you would rather sleep in than go to church and sing Christian worship for an hour.
Teenagers aren’t well read like adults and tend to devour anything you put in front of them before they’ve developed critical thinking… Continue reading Christians That Pose As Former Atheists (Appeal to Authority) – Thread
I think I rambled a bit and muddied up the main point, (sorry about that.) I am actually an Atheist, and I appreciate your nuggets, so let me rewrite that in fewer words. (What I wrote was a form of the old argument that it’s not fair of God to damn the Native Americans, who weren’t even allowed to learn of the gospels for for over a thousand years. I just transferred the argument into outer space to make the argument especially ad absurdum.)
I’ll try (clumsily) to break the main argument into short statements.
1) If there is other intelligent life in the universe,
2) Then there could be millions of other sentient creatures that are even more deserving of salvation than our species.
3) So it is hard to believe that God would send his only son to this planet.
4) Furthermore, humans have not crossed the vastness of space to convert any aliens to Christianity
5) Therefore, many aliens have already been damned to hell for their sins
Continue reading God damned trillions of aliens from outer space to hell