Thursday, September 22, 2005

So much Word, so little time

The Bible has been condensed to an easy 100-minute read by former teacher Rev Michael Hinton, who claims to have cut out the sub-plots and "majored" on Jesus.

It will be interesting to see if he's kept all that stuff about when it's ok to rape and pillage. Eg:

Deuteronomy 21, Versus 10-14.
When thou goest forth to war against thine enemies, and the Lord thy God hath delivered them into thine hands, and thou hast taken them captive. And seest among the captives a beautiful woman, and hast a desire unto her, that thou wouldest have her to thy wife. Then thou shalt bring her home to thine house; and she shall shave her head; and pare her nails; And she shall put the raiment of her captivity from off her, and shall remain in thine house, and bewail her father and mother a full month; and after that thou shalt go unto her, and be her husband, and she shall be thy wife. And it shall be, if thou have no delight in her, then thou shalt let her go whither she will; but thou shalt not sell her at all for money, thou shalt not make merchandise of her, because thou hast humbled her.

Or all the stuff about the evils of not being straight, revenge, etc and blah, blah, blah.

And as one smart Christian blogger asks, did Rev Michael include the following passage from Revelation?

Revelation 22:18-20

For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book: And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book. He which testifieth these things saith, Surely I come quickly. Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus.

Mind you, I'd rather take away than add. There's an awful lot of plagues in there. And I don't think my neighbours would thank me for bringing down all those locusts for a start.

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