Living by the Bible

by Tom Palven

A letter writer in the April 8 Asbury Park Press said "If a society

accepted the Bible for what it is, God's word, and lived by it, it would be

easier and more enjoyable to watch the news or read the papers".

Back in Biblical times the headlines might have read "David Brings King

Samuel Foreskins of 100 Slain Philistines", 1 Samuel 18:27; "Cain Kills

Brother", Genesis 4:8; "Israelis Slaughter Midianites Killing All Men and

Male Children", Numbers 31:1-18; "Lot Seduced by Daughters, Both Become

Pregnant", Genesis 19:30-36; and so on.

The letter writer also said that the Bible calls homosexuality a sin and

recommended reading Romans 1:26-28. He could also have mentioned Leviticus

20:13, "And when a man lies down with a male the same as one lies down with a

woman...they should be put to death without fail." But the Bible also says

"Whoever does any work on the Sabbath day shall be put to death." Exodus

31:15; and blasphemy is also punishable by death. Moslem leaders, who believe

in the Bible, in addition to the Koran, recently put out a death warrant for


As for the Bible being "God's word", how do we know it is? "Because the

Bible says so" is not an adequate answer.

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