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God's focus upon obedience was certainly not limited to children following the commands of parents. This god handed down a lot of laws - some of which even today appear reasonable and others which, as we have seen, are beyond any modern merits. So what was this god's policy towards those who might question or even disobey his commands? What happens to someone who thinks that maybe women, children, and even strangers should be treated a bit better than this particular god decrees?

 

Read Article: Disobedience and the Bible: What does the Old Testament Say about Disobedience?

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October 2, 2007 at 3:55 pm
(1) tracieh says:

My favorite apologetic response is: “But that’s the Old Testament.”

It’s as if it never happened and none of the people who suffered as a result of any of that matter. Yes, a lot of people were stoned at the city gates…but that was THEN. Whatever my god did back then gets a pass. I’m sure he had to do it–and that they deserved what they got (for crimes like wearing mixed fibers in their clothing, eating shellfish, or not screaming loud enough to attract help if you’re being raped).

Killing people for wearing poly-cotton is not a good thing to do. Eating clams isn’t a sin. And if a woman is raped, she shouldn’t be stoned to death for not screaming (with a knife likely at her throat). My favorite horrendous old law is making the raped girl marry her rapist. I bet that’ll teach him a lesson! Can you imagine trying to make that law today? “Hey, how about if when a virgin is raped, we make the rapist marry her as punishment instead of jail time?”

Deuteronomy 22:28-29

October 5, 2007 at 8:11 pm
(2) John Hanks says:

The New Testament is just as bad. It just uses more false hope.

October 8, 2009 at 8:22 pm
(3) ApostolicTexan says:

Excuse me? If there wasn’t a God, there wouldn’t be one for you not to beleive in!

October 8, 2009 at 8:41 pm
(4) Austin Cline says:

Excuse me? If there wasn’t a God, there wouldn’t be one for you not to beleive in!

I don’t believe Bigfoot exists.

But if Bigfoot didn’t exist, there would be not Bigfoot for me not to believe in.

Therefore, Bigfoot exists!

Yeah, that’s about the quality of reasoning necessary to believe in your god, right?

October 9, 2009 at 5:45 pm
(5) AT says:

Big foot is just a hairy ape that talks like a cave man. Duh he doesn’t exist. I’ll pray for you that Jesus turns your life around!

December 1, 2009 at 12:40 pm
(6) hazel says:

Deuteronomy 22:27-28 lets us know if a man have sex with a virgin not rape her. He is required to marry her but if he violate her rights which is what happen to Tamar king David’s daughter, he didn’t want her neither wanted to marry her. Kind David didn’t do anything about this and his other son had him the rapest killed and by taking things into his hands Absalom was also killed after rebelling against his father David. Due to this actions people would have their own man and woman. Why violate someone life if you aren’t planning on being there for them.

March 24, 2010 at 8:09 pm
(7) ChuckA says:

Regarding…
(3) ApostolicTexan says: (October 8, 2009)
“Excuse me? If there wasnít a God, there wouldnít be one for you not to beleive in!”

Oh NO!…Not another Fundie Texan! ;)
(Possibly, a member of the Texas BOE?)
“beleive”?
Why is it so many Christian believers, in particular, never seem to get the spelling right? Too much Fundie-style homeschooling, perhaps?

(5) AT says: (October 9, 2009)
“Big foot is just a hairy ape that talks like a cave man. Duh he doesnít exist.”
Reminds me of a Geico auto insurance commercial:
Like…
“So easy, Big foot can say it”?

“Iíll pray for you that Jesus turns your life around!”
Well, Austin…it would certainly seem…since, I assume, you’re still an atheist(?)…
that AT’s prayer_at least till today_hasn’t work!
SURPRISE!!!

(6) hazel says:
“Deuteronomy 22:27-28…zama, zama…Due to this actions people would have their own man and woman. Why violate someone life if you arenít planning on being there for them.”
“With all due respect”…
Ummm…Huh?…Say what?
Run that by us, again?
(On second thought, Hazel, after reading that…wherever you are…
don’t knock yourself out?)
Just kidding, of course! :shock: sorta like:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z9jD2kk9JRg&feature=related

January 6, 2014 at 5:21 pm
(8) Jeanne says:

The bible contains many ridiculous things and even more ridiculous commends that Christians ignore, even though they love the one about man lying down with man.

Malachi 2:2-3 “If ye will not hear, and if ye will not lay it to heard, to give glory unto my name, saith the Lord of hosts. I will even send a curse upon you and I will curse your blessing: yea, I have cursed them already because ye do not lay it to heard. Behold, I will corrupt your seed and spread dung upon your faces, even the dung of your solemn feasts and one shall take you away with it.

So, god will smear your face with poo if you don’t give him enough attention?

Micah 1:8 “Therefore I will wail and howl, I will go stripped and naked. I will make a wailing like the dragons and mourning as the owls.

Why? What purpose could god possibly have to ask someone to do such a silly thing?

Then there is the story of Lot and his daughters in the cave after the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah. You city has just been destroyed, your wife killed, what to do next? Get sloshed, of course.
Funny how nobody questions why a righteous man was living in a sinful city in the first place.

Or how about Jacob wrestling with god to a standstill – Genesis 32. How does an all-powerful god explain the match ending in a draw?

Then in the New Testament we are to believe that after Jesus and his disciples paraded around Jerusalem all week, Jesus overturning the tables of the money-changer in the temple that those who went to arrest his did not know who he was and needed Judas to show them.

Of course, we cannot expect logic or common sense in the bible as it was written by superstitious people who sacrificed goats.

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