helpful hints to judge sin (from a god)
Inspiration to blog has at last returned to me, courtesy of my old friends at Quiner’s Diner, and their magnificantly titled post, “Do sinners have moral standing to judge sin?” I didn’t get much of interest from the article itself, but the title got me thinking what a tricky business it must be judging sin.
Precisely what criteria can Christians use for judging each other and everyone else?
For the sake of argument, let’s assume that the Christian gods (as one) exist and that everything they wish to be communicated to humanity to help us behave appropriate is adequately expressed within their agreed holy book, the Bible. Being it’s such an expansive tome, it’s vital to clarify that the whole book needs to be considered, following the unequivocal assertion that the god Jesus makes in Matthew 5:18:
For truly I tell you, until heaven and earth disappear, not the smallest letter, not the least stroke of a pen, will by any means disappear from the Law until everything is accomplished.
Quick look around: earth is still in existence, so it’s safe to declare that Christians must adhere to all Old Testament laws in order to please their gods and not be branded sinners (by all their fellow Christian sinners).
Thankfully for the all the Christians out there, someone has gone to the trouble of typing out all the 613 commandments that proper followers of the Jesus character quite clearly must continue to obey. After all, not the least stroke of a pen, will by any means disappear. Waffling on about ‘new covenants’ or woolly chat about other customs and culture really hold no water.
So before any Christians start tutting at the sins of second marriages, or start up their usual moaning about same sex sex, they need to make sure they are following all these commandments. Consistency is the key to moral standing. A selection of laws that Jesus stated are always in play (until earth disappears) is available below. I hope these will help all the Christians with their judging duties.
69. Men must not shave their beards with a razor — Lev. 19:27
72. Not to tattoo the skin — Lev. 19:28
86. To circumcise all males on the eighth day after their birth — Gen. 17:10
161: Not to have sexual relations with a menstrually impure woman — Lev. 18:19
180: Not to eat non-kosher animals — Lev. 11:4
518: Pay wages on the day they were earned — Deut. 24:15
548: The courts must carry out the death penalty of strangulation — Lev. 20:10
598: Wipe out the descendants of Amalek — Deut. 25:19