Date registered: Apr 2004
Location: The BlueGrass State
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So, let's see where we have morphed in the past month. The New Testament makes the Old Testament just a collection of "guidelines", well, unless you read Matthew which says that all of the Old Testament is still in play.
And we have Man's Law and God's Law but conveniently that "god's law" thing always comes around to Christian God and somehow ignores all the other religions and their gods and all of their books and their rules, those that involve drinking or that include riches or that include sacrifice. Looking at the big four religions, I can understand why Christians might chose to follow the Bible, following Sharia Law would be a real bitch for most American Christians. It would involve actually FOLLOWING religious teaching, not just saying it.
So we are down to a somewhat limited subset of restrictions that allow zealots for our particular causes to act fully irrationally, break "man's law", kill [which breaks God's law] yet rationalize it because we have a belief that cushions that incongruity. We have parsed the laws of the God that we choose, pushing aside those that would make our lives uncomfortable or inconvenient yet keeping those that allow us to somehow feel that we have a moral high ground.
We get to keep our well paying jobs, even though those jobs might compromise some of "God's laws", we live in nice cozy homes in the 'burbs while others do all the hard lifting that is required after we draw those moral lines in the sand and we insure that we don't do more than is required to maintain faith.
Some read the Bible and toss aside some of those rules and lessons because they would interfere with their lifestyle or their political leanings. "Thou shalt not kill" and "Shock and Awe" make an interesting oxymoron.
The question was asked earlier about Which is to be obeyed...God's Law or Man's Law. Only one is codified. The other is full of compromise, rationalization, convenience and pick and choose options. We are a country of LAWS. Let's stick to that. If we do that correctly, those who believe in an afterlife will be covered.
Being smart is knowing the difference, in a sticky situation between a well delivered anecdote and a well delivered antidote - bear.