07 August 2006

Book 10; in which I list my favorite Bible verses

  • Aug 7, 2006

Book 10; in which I list my favorite Bible verses


The Law of God, as recorded by the Old Testament

"To the woman He [God] said: 'I will greatly increase your pains in childbearing; with pain you will give birth to children. Your desire will be for your husband, and he will rule over you"
- Genesis 3:16

"I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God, punishing the children for the sin of the fathers to the third and fourth generation..."
-Exodus 20-5

"Six days you shall labor and do all your work, but the seventh day...you shall not do any work, neither you, nor your son or daughter, nor your manservant or maidservant, nor your animals, nor the alien within your gates."
-Exodus 20-8

"If you buy a Hebrew servant, he is to serve you six years."
Exodus 21-1

"If his master gives him a wife and she bears him sons or daughters, the woman and her children shall belong to her master, and only the man shall go free."
Exodus 21-4

"If a man sells his daughter as a servant, she is not to go free as menservants do."
Exodus 21-7

"If a man beats his male or female slave with a rod and the slave dies as a direct result, he must be punished, but he is not to be punished if the slave gets up after a day or two, since the slave is his property."
Exodus 21-20

"If a thief is caught breaking in and is struck so that he dies, the defender is not guilty of bloodshed; but if it happens after sunrise, he is guilty of bloodshed."
Exodus 22-2

"Do not mistreat an alien or oppress him, for you were aliens in Egypt."
Exodus 22-21

"If you lend money to one of my people among you who is needy, do not be like a money lender; charge him no interest."
Exodus 21-25

"Do not blaspheme God or curse the ruler of your people."
Exodus 21-28

"If you listen carefully to what [my angel] says and do all that I say, I will be an enemy to your enemies and will oppose those who oppose you. You must demolish them and break their sacred stones to pieces."
Exodus 23-22

"Do not light a fire in any of your dwellings on the sabbath day."
Exodus 35-3

"When a leader sins unintentionally and does what is forbidden in any of the commands of the Lord his God, he is guilty. When he is made aware of the sin he committed, he must bring as his offering a male goat without defect."
Leviticus 4-22

"When a man lies with a woman and there is an emission of semen, both must bathe with water, and they will be unclean till evening."
Leviticus 15-18

"When a woman has her regular flow of blood, the impurity of her monthly period will last seven days, and anyone who touches her will be unclean till evening."
Leviticus 15-19

"Do not lie with a man as one lies with a woman; that is detestable."
Leviticus 18-22

"Do not hold back the wages of a hired man overnight."
Leviticus 19-13

"Do not plant your field with two kinds of seed. Do not wear clothing woven of two kinds of material."
Leviticus 19-19

"Do not cut the hair at the sides of your head or clip off the edges of your beard. Do not cut your bodies for the dead or put tattoo marks on yourselves."
Leviticus 19-27

"If a man commits adultery with another mans wife both the adulterer and the adulteress must be put to death."
Leviticus 20-10

"If a priests daughter defiles herself by becoming a prostitute, she disgraces her father; she must be burned in the fire."
Leviticus 21-9

"anyone who blasphemes the name of the Lord must be put to death. The entire assembly must stone him"
Leviticus 24-15

"Your male and female slaves are to come from the nations around you"
Leviticus 25-44

"If a woman living with her husband makes a vow or obligates herself by a pledge under oath. Her husband may confirm or nullify any vow she makes"
Numbers 30-10

"do not become corrupt and make for yourselves an idol, an image of any shape, whether formed like a man or a woman, or like any animal on earth or any bird that flies in the air or any fish in the waters below"
Deuteronomy 4-15

"At the end of every seven years you must cancel all debts...he shall not require payment"
Deuteronomy 15-1

"When you go to war against your enemies and the Lord your God delivers them into your hands and you take captives, if you notice among the captives a beautiful woman and you are attracted to her, you may take her as your wife."
Deuteronomy 21-10

"A woman must not wear mens clothing, nor a man a woman's clothing, for the Lord your God detests anyone who does this"
Deuteronomy 22-5

"If a man happens to meet a virgin who is not pledged to be married and rapes her and they are discovered, he shall pay the girls father 50 shekels of silver. He must marry the girl, for he has violated her."
Deuteronomy 22-28

"If two men are fighting and the wife of one of them comes to rescue her husband from his assailant, and she reaches out and seizes him by his private parts, you shall cut off her hand. Show her no pity"
Deuteronomy 25-11

Many Christians will, when shown a list like this will claim that when Jesus arrived, it nullified the old law.  The New Testament, however, says quite the opposite: Portion 17; In Which True Christians Stay Kosher


  1. Bakari...I admire your devotion to revealing the truth and dispeling the tremendous amount of unfounded "truth" we experience every day. I also am intrigued with your linking that thought to ideology. So many of us are invested in an ideology of one sort or another. One may just be the "model" of the world we hold onto..our world view. So "truth" is what? For me, most "truth" is the agreement among people of what they hold onto to make sense of their life experience and bring some order to the chaos that experience can be. So "truth" is constantly shifting and can be easily exposed as a passing belief, an organizing principle. Even in science, which goes beyond "opinion" and "belief", we find a history of changing "truth". My opinion...but "truth" to me.

    1. Ideology being a model. Interesting. I could see that.

      I think of truth as being a reflection of objective reality.
      Granted, on the deepest philosophical level it is impossible to prove, but I do actually believe that the world exists outside of my own mind.
      If so, then it exists outside of all of our minds.
      If we were all gone, planets would still orbit stars, which would orbit galaxy clusters.
      Rain would still fall on Earth, volcanoes would explode, and rocks would roll down hill.

      Perception limits what we can know of reality, but it does not define reality.
      I am defining "truth" as what really is, independent of our interpretations.
      Assuming our senses are being fed legit information about the real world around us, we can make observations and use basic rules of logic and deduction to figure things out.
      That is basically the meaning of science. It doesn't matter how many people agree on the same myth, if an experiment proves it wrong, then it is wrong.
      Scientists sometimes gets things wrong, because they are humans with limited information, but science itself has the correction process built-in - its history of change is a good thing. It is an example of it working properly. It changes only for newer and better information.

      This is all in great contrast to the method most people use of tradition, hear-say, and anecdote as the primary methods for learning about and understanding the world around us.

      I try to apply the same idea not just to the physical world, but also to politics and society.
      My commitment to these principals sometimes puts me at odds with people I tend to side with on most issues. Hence my new explanation of this blog :)


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