Sunday, 22 October 2006

Today's Bible reading

Open the Bible at random, we're told, and you will find therein words of wisdom to guide your actions. Let's see:
Ye shall keep the sabbath ... every one that defileth it shall surely be put to death.--Exodus 31:14
Hmm. Maybe not.

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  1. I'm no expert (or Christian), but I do know Exodus is part of the Old Testament, and not regarded as a particularly informative section at that, and nothing to do with Jesus or his teachings.

    It's in the Christian Bible because its the primary record (however dodgy) of Moses' little trip leading the Jewish slaves out of Egypt 3500 or so years ago, and thus part of the history of the Christian religion.

  2. I can say with confidence that I have personally violated several of the things forbidden on the sabbath, including the use of electricity & telecommunications to post this.

    Let's see if I can manage a few more before bedtime (or after).

  3. AL, the Sabbath is part of the ten commandments. And not only that, God himself did rest on the sabbath, setting the example. Although many Christians view keeping the sabbath holy as part of th Old Testament, it's a bit strange to consider the other 9 commandments, such as not murdering, still to be valid if you reject one of them.

    The application of what is permitted and what is not, is part of the Old Testament/New Testament change. In Israel state and religion were one, and not separated. And the punishment was part of that system as well.

    I'm not aware of any Christian theologian ever seriously proposing that the death penalty should be applied to sabbath breaking in New Testament times.


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