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To: mlo; Responsibility2nd
The Bible also says we should kill witches and not eat bacon. I take it you follow those instructions too?

The commands God gave to Ancient Israel are normally divided into three kinds: moral, civil and ceremonial. This question and this question have more information. This one, and any of the others invoking the death penalty, certainly fall into the 'civil' category. The state of Israel (loosely speaking) would have the authority to impose the death penalty for a variety of offences, as many states do now.

Christians are no longer expected to obey "the law", which includes this kind of law, though most would say that they are expected to follow the 'moral laws', of which this is not one. That's not to say that 'witchcraft' is now OK,and God approves of it, but the authority to punish with a specific penalty doesn't apply to Christians in these times.

Because 'the state' is given power to punish an offence that does not give a random mob of people the right to harass someone.


46 posted on 07/29/2013 10:12:22 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind
"Because 'the state' is given power to punish an offence that does not give a random mob of people the right to harass someone."

I don't recall bring up mobs. I doubt very much that even most Christians would be in favor of executing people for witchcraft. We don't take that kind of thing seriously any more, and we do like our bacon.

Those were only two examples. Others can be pulled out that are just as silly in a modern context. If we don't take some biblical injunctions seriously any longer why should we take others that come out of the same pages?

Does the Bible condemn homosexuality? No doubt about it, the Old Testament is very clear. But the Old Testament is just clearly not the guide to life today, even for devout Christians.

52 posted on 07/29/2013 10:49:52 AM PDT by mlo
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