Wednesday, April 30, 2003

I came across this annotated Bible and it certainly struck a chord. I´m a fairly religious person, contrary to popular misconceptions, but it´s precisely the Bible that has irritated me for years. How can I say I believe in a collection of contradicting historical essays, heavily edited to suit local norms and beliefs at different times, filled with endless contradictions, that in fact have very little to say about life today. My most often quoted example is "Women are dirty and sinful after childbirth, so God prescribes rituals for their purification. If a boy is born, the mother is unclean for 7 days and must be purified for 33 days; but if a girl is born, the mother is unclean for 14 days and be purified for 66 days. This is because, in the eyes of God, girls are twice as dirty as boys. 12:1-8" No wonder it took Moses so long to cross the desert.... I would however like to point out that I think the morals taught in the New Testament are as good a lesson now as they were back then and there is of course a lot off good advice in the Bible. Then again so are the morals of all the bigger religions if one decides to weed out what doesn´t really hold for modern society :-) Check out the link (by clicking on the picture), my favourite ones are 46, 47, 48, and 49, by all means tell me which ones you find the most intriguing. Until then, Live long and prosper ;-)


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