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22 crazy and cruel Rules in the Bible - 11 Jun 12

11 Jun 2012  Vrindavan, India

Category: Religion

The Bible

The Bible

I have mentioned many times that religious scriptures are only pieces of literature that have been noted down by people in the past and should not have any relevance or importance today. They should, most of all, not be seen as holy and followed by so many. They are old and outdated. Many people don’t realize how outdated they really are because they don’t know enough about them but if you actually read them word by word, you will get to know that there are a lot of crazy things and lots of cruelty in many religions’ scriptures.

One of my friends from New York, Deniz Tekiner, has recently compiled an impressive list of craziness in the holy Christian scripture, the Bible, warning people that they should not say they believe that to be the word of god – otherwise they would have to follow these rules:

Don’t have a variety of crops on the same field. (Leviticus 19:19)

Don’t wear clothes made of more than one fabric. (Leviticus 19:19)

Don’t cut your hair nor shave. (Leviticus 19:27)

Any person who curseth his mother or father, must be killed. (Leviticus 20:9)

If a man cheateth on his wife, or vise versa, both the man and the woman must die. (Leviticus 20:10)

If a man lieth with another man, both must be killed. (Leviticus 20:13)

If a man or woman has sex with an animal, both human and animal must be killed. (Leviticus 20:15-16)

If a man has sex with a woman on her period, they are both to be “cut off from their people.” (Leviticus 20:18)

Psychics, wizards, witches and so on are to be stoned to death. (Leviticus 20:27)

If a priest’s daughter is a whore, she is to be burnt at the stake. (Leviticus 21:9)

People who have flat noses, or are blind or lame, cannot go to an altar of God. (Leviticus 21:17-18)

Anyone who curses or blasphemes God, should be stoned to death by the community. (Leviticus 24:14-16)

From the book of Deuteronomy:

Anyone who dreameth or prophesieth anything that is against God, or anyone who tries to turn you from God, is to be put to death. (Deuteronomy 13:5)

If anyone, even your own family, suggests worshipping another God, kill them. (Deuteronomy 13:6-10)

If you find out a city worships a different god, destroy the city and kill all of its inhabitants, even the animals. (Deuteronomy 13:12-16)

Kill anyone with a different religion. (Deuteronomy 17:2-7)

Women are not allowed to wear the clothing of men and men are not allowed to wear the clothing of women (Deuteronomy 22:5)

From the New Testament:

Slaves must be submissive and obedient to their masters. (Ephesians 6:5)

Women must be submissive to their husbands. (1 Peter 3:1 and 3:5)

Women should not style or braid their hair or wear any adornments (jewelry) or fancy clothing. (I would also presume that wording to include the wearing of make-up and coloring of hair in that context. - 1 Peter 3:3, 1 Timothy 2:9)

Women should be generally submissive and should be quiet, never teach or hold any authority over men. They should just be silent. (1 Timothy 2:12)

Women must wear head coverings in any place of worship. (1 Corinthians 11:4-7)
 

The Bible is not the only scripture with crazy and cruel rules. In the next two blog entries I will give you examples of similar lines in Hinduism and Islam.

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If god was loving he would atleast cut us some slack. Who ever wrote this wasn't god's rules. They just put it there to scare us and to try to control our lives. I think we should burn the bible you also go crazy just by reading it. The last person that was trying to decode the end of the world was crazy. I'm catholic but still think that religion is bullshhh. I don't think the world is going to end anytime soon. I believe in recarnation because god is loving and I think he would give us a second chance.people from church go by my bus stop while waiting to go to work or school. They come up to me all the time saying if I read the bible I said no. Then they said if I don't pray or read the bible I'm going to hell. I said well that's not true I told them to get out of my face cause I don't have time for crap. I think people who read the bible are curious.

Reply By jen on November 25, 2014 11:29


The bible was written as a guide to life, and so while obviously containing spiritual guidance and being a good way god can speak to us, it also gave advice on health and other matters. Verses that told people not to eat bloodied meat or plant crops in the same field for instance were probably written as a health guide, as at the time bloodied meat contained bacteria etc which could lead to disease, whilst several crop types harmed the growth of each other. Coincidentally records show Israel had an incredibly high health rating for the time (although obviously these won't be that detailed!) Many other verses exist that at first glance seem bizarre, such as the advice not to tattoo yourself, although at the time people involved with necromancy tattooed themselves, so again it was probably contemporary advice to stay away from that side of things rather than strange commands with no real logic behind them. In Christianity nothing really is obligatory, as that would defeat love and god is love, rather we realise that is how god wants us to live, in the same way a husband would respect the way his wife wants to live.

Reply By Hamish on April 25, 2013 02:35


There are also some weird rules in the Koran: "Those who make war against God and his apostle . . . shall be put to death or crucified" (Koran 5.33). In general I wouldn't say, that such cruel ideas can only be found in the Bible and in the Koran. Every holy book is holding a part of cruelty.

Reply By Mirela on August 19, 2012 03:41


I actually downloaded most of the items on that list by googling "weird rules in the Bible" then added a couple more and edited the list for grammar and punctuation errors and clarity. The list paraphrases and shortens what is actually said in the scripture passages, and in some cases I changed a word so it would sound a bit funnier. Like I changed the word "cheats" to "cheateth." I looked up some of the passages to make sure of accuracy and found them to be correct. Some of the actual passages are actually much more horrifying, like the ones that say you should kill people if they have another god. Those guys meant business! I love many scriptures, which contain much great wisdom as well as nonsense. The problem is not in the scriptures, which are just books like any other from times past, but peoples' mystifications of them and superstitions about them and beliefs that they're written by gods. I've always approached them just as interesting books to read and think about, just like the many hundreds or thousands of books I've read. If they're just approached as books like any other, there shouldn't be any problems with them. The Bible is a product of 4th century Rome, which put its own cultural stamp on it, making many decisions according to their cultural ideology about what to leave in or out. Not typically having much knowledge of history, most Christians don't seem to understand that Christianity existed for 300 years before there was even such a Bible. They think that the Bible is the word of God, but it's actually the word of ancient Rome, as Rome decided to assemble various old documents into one book. Just understand facts instead of false beliefs and superstitions, and there's no problem with scriptures.

Reply By Deniz on June 11, 2012 09:18


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