So I Guess Talking about the Bible is Prohibited
Talking about the bible is not prohibited.
Shoving the bible down other people's throats is prohibited.
Using the bible to influence government is prohibited.
Using the bible as an excuse for spreading hate, racism, homophobia, xenophobia, violence, dividing families, forcing women to have babies, let people die instead of receiving medical treatment, it's all prohibited.
Well, there is a lot of violence in it for sure. It's certainly not a book for kids.
There are many people who have lived full and productive lives past, present, and will in the future without ever having read the Bronze and Iron Age Middle Eastern desert dwellers' book of fantasies. Heck most modern day Christians haven't read it either.
I would suggest there are far more fun and productive things to do than discuss a book of stories written and compiled by people who never met the Jewish apocalyptic rabbi they decided to deify.
If they were ever to do accurate re-enactments of the biblical attrocities - genocides, stonings etc, on their jw broadcast videos, they would have to give them 18 certificates.
I like the Jefferson Bible, myself.
@scratchme1010 It is funny that you say that shoving it down other people's throats is prohibited considering that is all the JW.org organization does. Also, considering how much hatred and bigotry there is in the bible, I would say it is a great excuse. Also if the bible is OK to talk about, but violence isn't there is an obvious contradiction there.
Ehud is my personal favorite.
And apparently, accounts about fathers who offer their daughters to be pack raped are also to be applauded??
And also, fathers who commit incest with their daughters....
But this man was a "friend of God" don't you know...
And, arent we supposed to be created in "god's image"?
Lone Wolf, did you have something specific that you wanted to talk about?
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13 If a man takes a wife and, after sleeping with her, dislikes her 14 and slanders her and gives her a bad name, saying, “I married this woman, but when I approached her, I did not find proof of her virginity,” 15 then the young woman’s father and mother shall bring to the town elders at the gate proof that she was a virgin. 16 Her father will say to the elders, “I gave my daughter in marriage to this man, but he dislikes her. 17 Now he has slandered her and said, ‘I did not find your daughter to be a virgin.’ But here is the proof of my daughter’s virginity.” Then her parents shall display the cloth before the elders of the town, 18 and the elders shall take the man and punish him. 19 They shall fine him a hundred shekels of silver and give them to the young woman’s father, because this man has given an Israelite virgin a bad name. She shall continue to be his wife; he must not divorce her as long as he lives.
20 If, however, the charge is true and no proof of the young woman’s virginity can be found, 21 she shall be brought to the door of her father’s house and there the men of her town shall stone her to death. She has done an outrageous thing in Israel by being promiscuous while still in her father’s house. You must purge the evil from among you.
22 If a man is found sleeping with another man’s wife, both the man who slept with her and the woman must die. You must purge the evil from Israel.
23 If a man happens to meet in a town a virgin pledged to be married and he sleeps with her, 24 you shall take both of them to the gate of that town and stone them to death—the young woman because she was in a town and did not scream for help, and the man because he violated another man’s wife. You must purge the evil from among you.
25 But if out in the country a man happens to meet a young woman pledged to be married and rapes her, only the man who has done this shall die. 26 Do nothing to the woman; she has committed no sin deserving death. This case is like that of someone who attacks and murders a neighbor, 27 for the man found the young woman out in the country, and though the betrothed woman screamed, there was no one to rescue her.
28 If a man happens to meet a virgin who is not pledged to be married and rapes her and they are discovered, 29 he shall pay her father fifty shekels of silver. He must marry the young woman, for he has violated her. He can never divorce her as long as he lives.
Deuteronomy 22:13-29 New International Version