Playing pick and choose with the commandments

Here’s a thought.
Maybe it’s due to my lack of knowledge in Christianity so help me out

There are 613 commandments in the bible- not just the ten central ones.

However, Christians believe that 603 of the commandments (minus the ten) are irrelevant since “Jesus died to save us from our sins.”

So Christians don’t keep kosher for example- a clear commandment in the bible
They don’t keep the agricultural commandments of letting the land rest every seven years
They completely ignore the bible’s commandments allowing slavery (Jews ignore this as well)
Not to mention that they ignore all Sabbath commandments - which are written to be punishable by death.

Because supposedly they’re irrelevant now after Jesus..

So what I don’t get is- why are they picking on homosexuals???

As far as I know- the actual place where it says homosexuality is wrong is the Old Testament

So why this pick and choose?

Same goes for abortions…. Which in this case I really don’t get, since the bible clearly states that a fetus is not human.

Exodus 21:22

“And if men strive together, and hurt a woman with child, so that her fruit depart, and yet no harm follow, he shall be surely fined, according as the woman's husband shall lay upon him; and he shall pay as the judges determine. But if any harm follow, then thou shalt give life for life.”

Or in other words- if a pregnant woman is attacked and the fetus dies- the assailant is to be fined. But if the woman is killed- the assailant gets the death sentence.

The bible states clearly that a fetus is not a human being.

So what’s the deal?

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Comment by Misty: Baytheist Living! on July 16, 2009 at 10:05am
Abortion was a known event that was completely allowable until the time of quickening(when a mother could feel the first movement) up until about five hundred years ago when one of the Catholic popes decided it was a bad thing to allow any procreation to be meddled with by man. God opens and closes the womb, but apparently not the legs!
As for homosexuality.. no one I talk to has an answer. The same page states that divorce and re-marriage is adultery, but that isn't considered the case anymore, either.
There is no justification, as far as I know.
Comment by Wendy on July 16, 2009 at 12:07pm
Sure there's a justification (though not written in the "Good" book) - fear of the unfamiliar.
Comment by James on July 16, 2009 at 2:06pm
I hate the argument that Jesus cleaned away the new testament laws. If you actually read it, it says rather clearly (to me) that Jesus came to add to the law, not overturn it. It also states that the law shall never change even in the slightest degree until 'heaven and earth pass' (rapture or armageddon).

I understand why they try this tactic; there is some nasty shit in the old testament that they are trying to hide and get away from. Trouble is, they still use the old testament as justification when it suits them. Sorry, but you can't have it both ways fundies.
Comment by Wassabi on July 17, 2009 at 2:24am
thank you nelson.

i once spoke with a christian fundamnetalist in new zealand, and asked her why doesn't she observe the 613 commandments, and her answer struck me.

she said- "well, i guess i don't need to because jesus still answers my prayers anyway and makes everything i wish- come true"

this is something which doesn't exist in judaism to that extent- the depiction of jesus as some Genie god form Aladdin who makes all wishes come true. rather childish....
Comment by Johnny on July 17, 2009 at 9:58am
Nelson, that response is awesome!

On a side-bar Yonny, the Christian sect of Seventh-Day Adventist is somewhat interesting in its attempt to follow many of the laws from the old testament. They really are a Christian sect who has tried to re-add some Jewish traditions and laws into their doctrine. Of course most of them don't realize this, and will get upset when you imply as much. They base it all on the teaching of their prophet, Ellen White.

They keep the sabbath (no work or anything that might distract you from god, from sundown Friday until sundown Saturday), they take kosher and unclean animal laws a step further and consider all animals unclean (some of their more rigid sects go 100% vegan), they only condone divorce in the case of a spouse apostatizing (and not at all in the rigid sects). They have some other weird adaptions too, so they take it a step further than most Christians, but still do some "pick-and-choose."


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