This is mostly aimed at Spook, in reply to her chapter. If anybody has already said what I am about to say, sorry. I’ve been thinking this over for two days to get my arguments straight (!) but I’m not trying to put anyone down or hurt any feelings – please remember this.
Re: “An eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth” Contradiction
This is the one quote from the Bible that I feel is overused, mostly by people who don’t actually understand the context. It comes from Leviticus 24 v 19–20, although is also used in Genesis. There are several reasons why this does not contradict Jesus’ message in the New Testament. First, here is the actual verse:
“Personal injuries to others must be dealt with in keeping with the crime – a broken bone for a broken bone, an eye for an eye, or a tooth for a tooth”
- This was intended to stop people taking more revenge than was strictly necessary. Back then, people were ready to kill when it wasn’t necessary. The idea was to limit their revenge
- In the New Testament, Jesus tells people to go further than this. He tells them to take it one step further:
“You know that you have been taught, ‘An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.’ But I tell you not to try to get even with a person who has done something to you. When someone slaps your right cheek, turn and let that person slap your other cheek.”
He is not telling them not to listen to what they have been taught, merely to take it further and not take any revenge at all.
I hope I’ve cleared up that point.
(Something odd just happened. I was writing this while listening to Les Misérables and Jean Valjean cried out, “Take an eye for an eye! Turn your heart into stone!” Sorry, bit random, but it was really weird.)
Re: Contradictions in the Bible Laws
Spook mentioned that the Bible seemed to contradict itself a lot – particularly with laws. But I’ve thought that loads of times: yes, I admit it! And my answer is this:
Don’t our laws contradict ancient laws? Do we punish people in the same way / think the same things to be right or wrong as we did in the Roman or Greek times? Do we believe in the same forms of justice? No!
Then why should the Bible keep the same laws throughout? In the end, the 10 commandments cover most of what people should remember. If they remember them, those laws will cause them to keep the others – the sub-laws, as you might say.
And the 10 Commandments don’t change at all, as far as I’m aware.
I’m not going to say much about this because I know it causes a lot of controversy. All I’m going to say is this ––
In my opinion, it is exceedingly unlikely that we evolved from sea creatures. I’ve watched so many videos about this in Chemistry, and none of them have convinced me. Even if we’ve changed over time, even if animals have changed over time, something must have caused it. I’m sure that God’s there, looking over our shoulders and changing our genes to make things better.
But that’s all I’m going to say because I’m not a scientist; I can only say what I believe, and I have no proof.
A Final Thought:
Faith is being sure of what you hope for and certain of what you cannot see.
Without hope, you are nothing. Without faith, you are even less.