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RAFI and his BIBLE SANCTIONS from his mulla

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Submitted by jennifer solis (United States), Apr 28, 2008 at 00:12

RAFI writes -

DEUTERONOMY 21:18-21 - GOD Demands we kill anyone who works on the SABBATH day.

Sorry, RAFI, your mulla got it wrong.

Deuteronomy 21:18-19 - "If any man has a stubborn and rebellious son who will not obey his father or his mother, and when they chastise him, he will not even listen to them, then his father and mother shall seize him, and bring him out to the elders of his city at the gateway of his hometown.

Deuteronomy 21: 20-21 - "They shall say to the elders of his city, 'This son of ours is stubborn and rebellious, he will not obey us, he is a glutton and a drunkard.' "Then all the men of his city shall stone him to death; so you shall remove the evil from your midst, and all Israel will hear and fear."

RAFI, did you see the word SABBATH anywhere in that?

Lesson: don't be a bum or a drunk who disrespects their parents. "It takes a villiage" as Hillarity would say.

RAFI goes on - Deut. 13-21 - God demands that we kill all girls who are not virgins when they marry.

Can't seem to get away from the child-marriage thing, RAFI?

I won't write out verses 13 through 18, it talks about taking a wife after war, it never mentions virginity, girls, or God killing anyone.

Sorry to dissapoint you, RAFI.

Matthew 18:7-9 - Cut off part of your body that sins (Jesus).

Well, I guess that means a person should cut off his own head for having lustful thoughts. That would, at least, prevent him from havting to cut off something else (hint). Do you know the word, ALLEGORY, RAFI? It's there, in the Hebrew.

RAFI ends with - Leviticus 24:16 - KILL anyone who blasphemes.

Leviticus 24:16 has to do with God giving instruction to Moses regarding some guy who came in the camp of the sons of Israel and fought with one of them, and then blasphemed the Name of God. The story starts in Leviticus 24:10.

Leviticus 24:14 - "Bring the one who has cursed outside the camp, and let all who heard him lay their hands on his head; then let all the congregation stone him."

Leviticus 24:15 - "You shall speak to the sons of Israel, saying, 'If anyone curses his God, then he will bear his sin."

Leviticus 24:16 - "Moreover, the one who blasphemes the name of the LORD shall surely be put to death; all the congregation shall certainly stone him. The alien (the guy who came to the camp had an Egyptian father) as well as the native, when he blasphemes the Name, shall be put to death."

Want to see something funny?

THE VERY NEXT VERSE - "And he that killeth any man shall surely be put to death." - Lev. 24:17

Does that make sense? No, of course not. First God tells Moses and the sons of Israel to kill this guy, and then God says "killing" is punishable by death. BUT IT DOES MAKE SENSE. In the Hebrew.

This is a good example where the Hebrew comes in handy. "Kill" in Lev. 24:17 is the Hebrew word "nakah" which in this verse means to smite, attack, subjugate. The jerk who came to Moses' camp, picked a fight, and then "blasphemed" the Name of God (a very big deal to Moses and the sons of Israel) - this jerk is accused here of "smitting, attacking, subjugating" against the people of God, interfearing with their relationship with God.

So these were instructions to MOSES and the sons of ISRAEL regarding a SPECIFIC INCIDENT.

Not, as you state, RAFI, "Kill anyone who blasphemes".

If only your Qur'an was as clear.

Look at the word "kill" in this famous verse - "Thou shalt not kill". - Exodus 20:13

"Kill" here is not the Hebrew word "nakah" as in 24:17. It is the verb "ratsach", which means "murder".

It has nothing to do with, for example, killing the enemy in Iraq (sorry, couldn't resist).

So, RAFI, ends my Bible lesson of the day.

You probably don't care about any of this, and that's a shame, because you will go on swimming around in ignorance.

How about you teaching me the hermanudics of Qur'an 9.111?

Submitting....

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