Can We Have a Bible Thread? (Catch-All?)
I think of this thread as a collection of mixed quips and specifics regarding the Old and New Testament.
Hopefully we can keep this from getting out of control so perhaps a format of simple questions with more detailed but not pages prolific responses would do. And keep the tit for tat to a minimum. At some point we should deem, "Asked and answered. Move on."
So I will start with somethings that struck me the other day:
Of all the rules and mandates contained in the bible, the only one that struck me as from an omnipotent being is this response to being asked for a name: "I am."
If it helps to not offend, maybe I should try to frame it as a child asking about the 10 Commandments. A lot of them lack permanence considering that life on earth is just the beginning.
Stealing, honoring your parents, adultery, coveting don't seem to have any sting when you consider that you can't take it with you. No other gods, idols, and the sabbath seem to be geared towards showing respect to your creator.
Killing I could make a case for having permanence since the ending of a life should only be in divine hands or conversely that by taking a life you are assuming divinity. But is any of this critical to the functioning of the universe? If we blink ourselves out of existence due to poor habits, behavior and character the universe and God persists.
The second thing that struck me is that by saying that you should take no other gods before me, is that divine proof or an admittance that other gods exist? (Please take this tongue in cheek. It is very full of whimsy.)