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The Ten Commandments...?

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The Ten Commandments -  Where are they . . . What are they? Any good Christian would tell you what they have been taught in church - " the Ten Commandments" are found in Exodus Chapter 20, and perhaps they might even know that they are repeated again in Deuteronomy Chapter 5.  That is what any good Christian will tell you in answer as to where " the Ten Commandments" are to be found in the bible.  Just ask this good Christian:  As to what " the Ten Commandments" say, in all actuality, most Christians might be able to, at best, quote a few of the "ten".  Heck, they even have fun kids versions of "the Ten": Here is a problem with teaching tradition in church: Ex. 20 does not contain " the Ten Commandments".  It does contain ten commandments that Christians have traditionally claimed are " the Ten Commandments", but they are NOT " the Ten Commandments".  Exodus 20 does not indicate that the commandments

Real God - vs - made-up gods

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  Can we all agree that most of the gods, past and present, were made-up? Most were inventions of humans, based on ancient (and more modern) myths - can we all agree on that?   Even if you believe in a god, believe that your god is real, you very likely believe that all the other gods that have been believed in over thousands of years, were made-up by people. Can we at least agree on that? We know that people in ancient civilizations made up gods.  Romans, Greeks, Egyptians, (Hebrews?), Inca's, Mayans, Native Americans, etc, all worshiped gods that were based on ancient mythical beings, creatures, celestial objects, and earthly objects. What does the bible say about "other" gods? Exodus 20:3-5: Thou shalt have no other gods before me. Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth. Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them . . . T

The Robertson Boys and the Church of Christ

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  The men pictured above have been, shall we say, an oozing pustule on the ass of Martinsville (my former stomping ground) and Henry County Virginia (and surrounding counties) for about as long as I can recall.  I recall that once (and only once) I called into their  weekly  cable access religious TV Smack-Down back in the very early 2000's, so I know that they have been active since at least that far back. The main thrust of their arguments / accusations seem to be directed at every other congregation that is not a Church of Christ congregation (and even some Church of Christ congregations).  Their tactics include going to these churches, video camera or phone in hand, approaching the minister after the service and then recording their interaction in an attempt to get the minister to say something incriminating - incriminating biblically or politically - and then spending hours and hours on their cable access TV show / YouTube channel, verbally assaulting the unfortunate minister(

Circumcision

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~ Just think about it ~ Pretend for a moment that you have just arrived on Earth from a distant planet, and for some reason, the first bit of cultural information that is presented to you by the native inhabitants is the practice of circumcision performed on males, especially on male children.  It is described to you in detail, the cutting, the bleeding, the screaming. You ask those Earthlings who are briefing you, "Why do you do this - is there something wrong with the male penis when they are born?"  They answer, "Nope - nothing wrong with penis's, but we do have some instructions from God that were written down about 3,000 years ago.  It goes like this: Genesis 17:10-14 God said to Abraham, “This is my covenant, which you shall keep, between me and you and your offspring after you: Every male among you shall be circumcised. You shall circumcise the flesh of your foreskins, and it shall be a sign of the covenant between me and you. Throughout your generations ever

Biblical Slavery

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Have you ever considered what the bible has to say about slavery?  I imagine that most Christians have no idea what the bible says about slavery, and I have found that the Christians who do know what the bible says concerning slavery, are content to ignore it, or attempt to dismiss, minimize, or justify what it says.   An honest Christian would (should) admit that the biblical attitude toward slavery is deplorable, or at least admit that if these passages were in any other Holy book from any other religion, that they would THEN, find these passages deplorable.  I have yet to encounter such an honest Christian. Here are some passages from the Bible (NRSV) that clearly demonstrate the biblical  position on slavery: Genesis 17:12-13 Throughout your generations every male among you shall be circumcised when he is eight days old, including the slave born in your house and the one bought with your money from any foreigner who is not of your offspring. Both the slave born in your house and th