Have You Read This Stuff?

I read the Bible.  I re-read it when I earned my GED from Vacation Bible School.  Sometimes it scares the hell out of me.  Have you read these parts?

1. You shall not permit a female sorcerer to live. (Exodus 22:18)
This doesn’t give you permission to murder your neighbor, whether she’s into witchcraft or simply mean. The Bible is wrong on this one. You will go to real jail. Ignore it.  If you come to me and confess killing a witch I will turn you in to the sheriff.

2. When a man sells his daughter as a slave (Exodus 21:7) I’m going to stop right there. That’s human trafficking. Don’t sell you daughter into slavery. Ignore it.

3. Speak to Aaron and say: No one of you offspring throughout their generation s who has a blemish may approach to offer the food of his God. For no one who has a blemish shall drew near , one who is blind or a limb to long, or one who has a broken foot or a broken hand, or a hunchback, or a dwarf. Leviticus 22:17-18  Why are they against little people? There are people with broken legs in my church as I write.  This is not an acceptable position for a church. You will get sued.  People will leave and go elsewhere.  Moses, you are clueless.  It’s morally, ethically, and legally wrong. This part of the Bible is discriminatory and stupid. Ignore it.

4. Here’s the thing: you have to be careful when telling people what to read and what to ignore from the Bible.

5. Standing in plain sight, between killing witches and ideas about selling your daughters into human trafficking is this little gem:  You shall not wrong or oppress a resident alien, for you were aliens in the land of Egypt. (Exodus 22:21) We have to be cautious when riding in on our Old Testament high horses. Aren’t we taking everything out of context, especially when it comes to Exodus? One inch to the left, or right (pun intended) and we all look like mental patients. If the world ever catches on to our contextual reading of these immigrant/alien texts, those in the Old Testament, our credibility might be shot.  It’s worth thinking about.

Aren’t better arguments made from the Beatitudes?  

Richard Lowell Bryant

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