by Bob Redig
In recent letters, snippets of the Bible are used to judge, control, and “order” people how to live. However, if these “literalists” wish to quote the Bible out of historical/cultural context they cannot pick and choose: they must accept it all including the following “snips” for example: “God created human beings” and “reproduce, fill the earth”--now, with only two people and their children, there is only one way to do that---yet in Leviticus God says no incest or inbreeding “Don‘t have sex with a close relative, I am God“---which is it going to be?
Leviticus continues: Don’t harvest the corners of your fields (leave it for the poor and foreigners;) don’t eat rabbit; don’t plant your field with two kinds of seeds; don’t wear clothes woven from two kinds of materials; don’t cut the hair on the sides of your head or trim your beard; when foreigners live in your land treat them the same as your loved ones; any and everyone who curses his father or mother must be put to death; if a man commits adultery both must be put to death; when a calf is born it must stay with it’s mother for seven days; anyone who blasphemes the name of God must be put to death; land cannot be sold because the land is mine, I am God; you are permitted to buy as slaves children of foreigners among you and pass them as property to your children; etc....
It appears that many of the wealthy biblical literalists got that way by using “bibsnips” to judge, vilify, and rant against GLBTs and others who don’t fit their own biblical view. To those self-appointed spokes-guys of God and those who support them I offer a few more biblical snippits for consideration--remember--if you take some of the bible literally then you must take it all: Let..........cast the first stone. If you wish to follow me, sell all that you have and give it to the poor. It is easier for a camel to pass though the eye of a needle than a rich man to enter heaven.