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According to research there are 613 commandments in the Bible, many are so stupid, they were deliberately forgotten about. A proper reading of the Bible, as if a Novel, will bring them out!
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Thanks Cat, I've used the skeptics annotated bible in many arguments with theists, great source!
It has often saved me having to try and remember what I learned in theology, since all my lecture notes and handouts from the priest were lost when my property was in the 1993 flood here, lost all my wedding photos as well. Lucky I scrounged a couple off friends who took shots, but none of my official photos survived and the negatives went with them.
Though those photos and a few other family shots, were the only things of any value that we lost, so we were very lucky indeed.
The theology notes and handouts were only of value for rubbing theists own crap in their faces, which the skeptics annotated bible, Quran and Book of Mormon, does very nicely.
Aye M8! :-D~
The Bible is quite a mix of legend, history, pseudo-history, morality, immorality, and arbitrary crap.
The number 613 is the prevailing Jewish tradition of the number of commandments in the Torah, most of which were only applicable when the First and Second Temples in Jerusalem existed.
A site I keep recommending that highlights the stupidity and cruelty -- and occasional good stuff -- in the bible: http://skepticsannotatedbible.com/ (also with the Skeptic's Annotated Quran and the Skeptic's Annotated Book of Mormon)
If you read it properly, like you would any novel, by the time you get to Deuteronomy, you would be sick of the stupidity within. Religions cherry pick and avoid distasteful sections of scripture and only preach those that suit their chosen world-view. Most stick to the ten commandments, because they are so widely known, but all the other commandments are chosen for their nearness to the particular doctrines that the sect/cult sets as its agenda.
This is what occurred at the Council of Nicaea where Constantine set the agenda for the Bible by choosing the books and contents of those books to suit his political objectives.
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