I’m kind of tired of having people preach to me about how the bible says this or the bible says that, usually either to defend their belief in a specific idea, or to try to shame me into not doing things that the feel are immoral.
I believe that I can show that the vast majority of these biblical literalists are hypocrites, whether knowingly or not (most likely not, since most of the people who claim to believe in the inerrancy of the bible haven’t actually read it in its entirety).
Here are some examples of how they do not follow the word of God as set forth in the bible.
Show me a Christian woman who hides herself away during her menstrual period, for the bible says:
And if a woman have an issue, and her issue in her flesh be blood, she shall be put apart seven days: and whosoever toucheth her shall be unclean until the evening. And everything that she lieth upon in her separation shall be unclean: everything also that she sitteth upon shall be unclean. And whosoever toucheth her bed shall wash his clothes, and bathe himself in water, and be unclean until the evening. And whosoever toucheth any thing that she sat upon shall wash his clothes, and bathe himself in water, and be unclean until the evening. And if it be on her bed, or on anything whereon she sitteth, when he toucheth it, he shall be unclean until the evening. And if any man lie with her at all, and her flowers be upon him, he shall be unclean seven days; and all the bed whereon he lieth shall be unclean. And if a woman have an issue of her blood many days out of the time of her separation, or if it run beyond the time of her separation; all the days of the issue of her uncleanness shall be as the days of her separation: she shall be unclean. Every bed whereon she lieth all the days of her issue shall be unto her as the bed of her separation: and whatsoever she sitteth upon shall be unclean, as the uncleanness of her separation. And whosoever toucheth those things shall be unclean, and shall wash his clothes, and bathe himself in water, and be unclean until the evening. But if she be cleansed of her issue, then she shall number to herself seven days, and after that she shall be clean. And on the eighth day she shall take unto her two turtles, or two young pigeons, and bring them unto the priest, to the door of the tabernacle of the congregation. And the priest shall offer the one for a sin offering, and the other for a burnt offering; and the priest shall make an atonement for her before the LORD for the issue of her uncleanness.
And if a man shall lie with a woman having her sickness, and shall uncover her nakedness; he hath discovered her fountain, and she hath uncovered the fountain of her blood: and both of them shall be cut off from among their people.
But if a man be just, and do that which is lawful and right, and hath not … come near to a menstruous woman…..
Why are physically disabled people allowed in churches? The bible says:
Whosoever … hath any blemish, let him not approach to offer the bread of his God. For whatsoever man he be that hath a blemish, he shall not approach: a blind man, or a lame, or he that hath a flat nose, or any thing superfluous, Or a man that is brokenfooted, or brokenhanded, Or crookbackt, or a dwarf, or that hath a blemish in his eye, or be scurvy, or scabbed, or hath his stones broken; No man that hath a blemish of the seed of Aaron the priest shall come nigh to offer the offerings of the LORD made by fire: he hath a blemish; he shall not come nigh to offer the bread of his God. … Only he shall not go in unto the vail, nor come nigh unto the altar, because he hath a blemish; that he profane not my sanctuaries.
He that is wounded in the stones, or hath his privy member cut off, shall not enter into the congregation of the LORD.
Why do Christians condemn polygamy for the bible says:
And Lamech took unto him two wives.
Esau … took to wife Judith the daughter of Beeri the Hittite, and Bashemath the daughter of Elon the Hittite.
Then Jacob rose up, and set … his wives upon camels.
If he take him another wife….
If a man have two wives, one beloved, and another hated….
And Gideon had threescore and ten sons of his body begotten: for he had many wives.
Elkanah … had two wives; the name of the one was Hannah, and the name of the other Peninnah.
Solomon … had seven hundred wives … and three hundred concubines.
And Ashur the father of Tekoa had two wives, Helah and Naarah.
Rehoboam … took eighteen wives, and threescore concubines.
But Abijah waxed mighty, and married fourteen wives….
Jehoiada took for him two wives….
Why are women allowed to teach Sunday school? The bible says:
Let your women keep silence in the churches: for it is not permitted unto them to speak; but they are commanded to be under obedience as also saith the law. And if they will learn any thing, let them ask their husbands at home: for it is a shame for women to speak in the church.
Let the woman learn in silence with all subjection. But I suffer not a woman to teach, nor to usurp authority over the man, but to be in silence. For Adam was first formed, then Eve. And Adam was not deceived, but the woman being deceived was in the transgression. Notwithstanding she shall be saved in childbearing.
Why do Christians consider Muslims to be inferior because they choose to kill their enemies when the kill themselves in a suicide attack. The bible tells us:
And Samson took hold of the two middle pillars upon which the house stood, and on which it was borne up, of the one with his right hand, and of the other with his left. And Samson said, Let me die with the Philistines. And he bowed himself with all his might; and the house fell upon the lords, and upon all the people that were therein. So the dead which he slew at his death were more than they which he slew in his life.
What about Christians who drink? Here is what the bible has to say:
He shall separate himself from wine and strong drink, and shall drink no vinegar of wine, or vinegar of strong drink, neither shall he drink any liquor of grapes, nor eat moist grapes, or dried.
Wine is a mocker, strong drink is raging: and whosoever is deceived thereby is not wise.
Be not among winebibbers…. For the drunkard and the glutton shall come to poverty.
Woe unto him that giveth his neighbour drink, that puttest thy bottle to him, and makest him drunken.
Why do Christians eat beef and pork, for the bible says:
Nevertheless, these shall ye not eat, of them that chew the cud or of them that divide the cloven hoof; as the camel and the hare, and the coney; for they chew the cud, but divide not the hoof; therefore, they are unclean unto you. And the swine, because it divideth the hoof, yet cheweth not the cud, it is unclean unto you; ye shall not eat of their flesh, nor touch their dead carcass.
Why do Christian men cut their hair? For the bible says:
No razor shall come upon his [a Nazarite’s] head. He shall be holy, and shall let the locks of the hair on his head grow.
For, lo, thou shalt conceive, and bear a son [Samson]; and no razor shall come on his head: for the child shall be a Nazarite.
I will give him [Samuel] unto the Lord all the days of his life, and there shall no razor come upon his head.
Why don’t Christians keep the Sabbath (Saturday)? Here is what the bible has to say about it:
The LORD hath given you the sabbath. … abide ye every man in his place, let no man go out of his place on the seventh day.
Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy.
Six days my work be done; but in the seventh is the sabbath of rest, holy to the Lord: whosoever doeth any work in the sabbath day, he shall surely be put to death.
Six days thou shalt work, but on the seventh day thou shalt rest.
Six days shall work be done, but on the seventh day there shall be to you a holy day, a sabbath of rest to the Lord: whosoever doeth work therein shall be put to death.
Ye shall … keep my sabbaths: I am the LORD your God.
Six days shall work be done: but the seventh day is the sabbath of rest, an holy convocation; ye shall do no work therein: it is the sabbath of the LORD.
And they found a man that gathered sticks upon the Sabbath day …. And all the congregation brought him without the camp and stoned him with stones, and he died; as the Lord commanded Moses.
Keep the sabbath day to sanctify it, as the Lord thy God hath commanded thee.
Blessed is the man … that keepeth the sabbath.
Why do Christians eat shrimp and other shell fish?
These shall ye eat of all that are in the waters: whatsoever hath fins and scales in the waters, in the seas, and in the rivers, them shall ye eat. And all that have not fins and scales in the seas, and in the rivers, of all that move in the waters, and of any living thing which is in the waters, they shall be an abomination unto you: They shall be even an abomination unto you; ye shall not eat of their flesh, but ye shall have their carcases in abomination. Whatsoever hath no fins nor scales in the waters, that shall be an abomination unto you.
These ye shall eat of all that are in the waters: all that have fins and scales shall ye eat: whatsoever hath not fins and scales ye may not eat; it is unclean unto you.
Why don’t Christians kill their children when they are disobedient? The bible specifies the following:
He that smiteth his father, or his mother, shall be surely put to death.
He that curseth his father, or his mother, shall surely be put to death.
For every one that curseth his father or his mother shall be surely put to death: he hath cursed his father or his mother; his blood shall be upon him.
God commanded, saying, Honour thy father and mother: and, He that curseth father or mother, let him die the death.
By picking and choosing, these ‘believers being disingenuous and hypocritical. They undermine their arguments by holding up your holy book as being the true word of God, but ignore or try to explain away parts of it that they don’t like.
I’ve heard that a trip down “de nile” river is a wondrous and fantastic trip, but I’d just prefer to walk along the road of reality.