Readers are quick to quote passages from their Bibles as being absolute and unquestionable when supporting their various positions on abortion, homosexuality or religion. It is ironic no one quotes some of the more ridiculous passages in the Bible on other subjects.
Eating shellfish is an abomination according to Leviticus 11.10. In Exodus 35.2 people working on the Sabbath should be put to death. From Leviticus 11.6-8 we know that touching the skin of a dead pig makes one unclean. In Leviticus 19.19 planting two different crops in the same field is a terrible violation. Likewise in Leviticus 24.10-16 people wearing garments made of two different kinds of thread are supposed to be stoned to death. Leviticus 25.44 states that one may possess slaves provided they are purchased from neighboring nations. Exodus 21.7 sanctions selling one's daughter into slavery.
The Bible is an eclectic collection of parables, fables and stories written and changed over thousands of years by many cultures (Christopher De Hamel, The Book: A History Of The Bible). The real sinners are those who use its verses to impose their own individual beliefs on others.
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