What if the Bible is just smart?

Yesterday’s entry about the genetics of homosexuality really sparked some good conversation, and my last comment on that entry really deserved its own post (if you want an entry dedicated to your own comment, you can start your own blog and post it there).

People constantly throw rocks at the Bible… it’s not inspired, it’s just an archaic old worthless book. It was written by men, who could have made up whatever they wanted.

I’ve heard them before.

Leviticus is the book of the Bible where homosexuality is prohibited. It’s also the book where about 900 other things are prohibited. So, why would God care (or for that matter, the “guy” writing it down) what people do?

Homosexuality, whatever else you might choose to put forth, was responsible initially for the spread of AIDS. It has crossed over to the heterosexual crowd, but it started out in the homosexual community (thus the belief many hold that it’s a “gay disease”). Now, it’s running rampant all over the world, and so far, we don’t know how to stop it. We may never. It may keep mutating and be impossible to create a cure or an immunization.

There’s no mystery as to how AIDS is spread. Sex. Needles. That’s really it. So, how come smart people like us can’t stop the spread of the disease? I mean, this isn’t 2,000 BC… when the Bible was being written… it’s 2006 AD. We have hospitals, education, and we KNOW EXACTLY HOW IT’S BEING SPREAD!

I know some of you will say, “Incredipete, the Bible (leaders of the time) had to prohibit things because the people were too ignorant to know what could happen.” However, in 2,000 BC, they didn’t know about germs, didn’t know about how disease was spread, etc. So how would “people” know to prohibit all of these potential epidemic starters?

The answer is, they didn’t. God knew. Further proof that the Bible is inspired.

But that’s really beside the point.

Let’s not JUST pick on gays. How about incest. That’s prohibited in the Bible. Why? Because it’s immoral, or because it produces genetic mutations (like the British royal family) that are harmful to the offspring?

How about “fornication” or multiple partners? That’s prohibited in the Bible. Why? Because it’s immoral, or because it spreads diseases like hepatitis, syphillis, and clamydia, as well as producing accidental and unloved, un-cared for offspring?

Even something as simple as “don’t eat pork.” Pork is a great way to get strichinosis, especially if you’re ignorant of the temperatures that you need to cook pork at to kill the disease. We know these things now, but we didn’t then.

So, am I saying that homosexuality will be ok as soon as we figure out how to stop the spread of disease? Not really.

What I am saying is this… maybe the Bible gave us a blueprint for living long, disease-free lives, and we’ve chosen to ignore big chunks of it because no one should be able to tell us what we can and can’t do…

The fact is, we DO know how to prevent the spread of disease, and for some reason we’re too fricking stupid to do what we need to do to stop it. We’re so selfish that we think we should be able to do ANYTHING we want.

Alright. Do whatever you want. You have free will. But if you do something immoral, and you get a disease, don’t be suprised if I say “God told you so.”

  15 comments for “What if the Bible is just smart?

  1. October 20, 2006 at 11:09 am

    What if you *don’t* do something immoral and you still get a disease? like say from a cheating partner? Also, being married does not guarantee *wanted* and/or *loved* offspring. Last, since you personally are living in sin without benefit of marriage, does the word “hypocrite” mean anything to you? How about the theory of “Let’s live by the world’s greatest-ever work of fiction, aka The Bible, except for the parts we don’t like?” 😀

  2. October 20, 2006 at 11:15 am

    DK – Let me refer you to my Terms of Use page, item number 7.

    Do not call me a hypocrite. I didn’t call you anything.

    If you don’t do something bad, and you get a disease… clearly I was not talking about you. (Assuming you read what I wrote) If I get a disease doing something I shouldn’t, I’ll be the first to say I deserve it.

  3. October 20, 2006 at 11:35 am

    Incredipete, your argument is a good one – if you believe in God, and that The Bible is really God’s word, and not just a bunch of fiction written hundreds of years AFTER the stories it tells. The good and bad thing about Christianity is blind faith – I admire that you truly believe that if you follow the word of this book, that you’ll be rewarded. But for that same reason, I hate the fact that you look down on people who don’t believe in it, and will not consider for one second that people who don’t believe aren’t heathens who just want to live a life of debauchery without morals and principles.

  4. October 20, 2006 at 11:42 am

    Can you point out where I said I look down on anyone in the entry? I’m pretty sure I never said anything of the kind.

    Was I not clear that my point was “the Bible gave clear guidelines that, if followed, would reduce disease dramatically”? Did I write in such a stinted, retarded manner that no one can follow what I was actually saying?

    Apparently my writing skill suck.

  5. October 20, 2006 at 12:07 pm

    I wasn’t necessarily referring to you. I meant Christians in general. There is a feeling of moral superiority that I think a lot of Christians feel based on their blind faith, and I think they DO look down on non-believers (just as a lot of agnostics look down on religious people. I’m smart enough to know it goes both ways).

    And your writing skills don’t suck, you big baby. 😉

  6. October 20, 2006 at 12:32 pm

    I’m NOT A BIG BABY!

    WAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA. 🙁

  7. Wen
    October 20, 2006 at 12:50 pm

    Yeah, but the Old Testament was also pretty big on stoning people to death. My personal favorite? Stoning for stubborn and rebellious sons (Deuteronomy 21:18-21). While certainly effective, I can’t help but think this was “inspired” more by parents and city elders at their wits end than by a blessing from God.

    I’m glad I’m on hiatus this week. This is fun.

  8. October 20, 2006 at 12:53 pm

    I think we should stone rebellious sons. (At least now that I’ve made it past that phase…)

  9. October 20, 2006 at 6:43 pm

    I think the problem is the SMALL amount of Christians, who look down their noses, that ruin it for the rest of us. We are just plain enjoying ourselves and our faith. I cannot tell you how many churches I have walked into, as a stranger, where I was accepted like a newborn baby. Serious. They had no idea whether or not
    I was a believer or with what my past was blackened.

    To clear up: I truly feel emotions close to hate towards “those kind” of Christians. I think you’ll agree Incredipeter does also. He writes all the time about that Phellah we won’t mention so as not to be googled accidentally… Anyway. I think IncrediBoyfriend was just pointing out what he observed in the Bible. Not any kind of declaration referring to his being SO squeaky clean.

    You know what I mean??

  10. Jodie
    October 20, 2006 at 7:45 pm

    I lack the will to argue with you today.

    …and never the twain shall meet.

  11. October 22, 2006 at 2:42 pm

    I agree with Incredipete that this book was written as a guideline for how to live. The stories are great, although most of the stuff about Jesus is stolen from the life of Mithrus, and more that likely they just used a common name popular at that time to create Jesus.

    But I do want to say that just because we know what causes some bad things to happen it doesn’t mean that we can stop them. Look at stupidity. We know that allowing dumb people to breed will make more dumb people and yet we dont sterilize them like we should. We don’t take the mentally retarded and euthanize them at birth like we should. Our lack of common sense has been lost and our killer instinct has been watered down to the point of libral sappiness that allows stupid people to breed and our gene pool to be polluted by inferior genes. You want to stop the spread of disease? lets work on dumb before we work on something only kills the dumb and careless.

  12. Jodie
    October 22, 2006 at 7:27 pm

    I agree. We should stop providing health care to the elderly. They don’t contribute as much as they should. And all those people with disabilities should be euthanized immediately. They are such a burden. And depressing too. And don’t forget that all couples who plan on marrying should be required to perform fertility tests. After all, the only reason for marriage is to produce offspring. So if you aren’t biologically able, you shouldn’t be able to marry. And there should be a license required to produce children, which can only be obtained if the prospective parents can provide proof of intelligence over a certain level, for at least 3 generations on both sides, with no history of any mental disability in either family. Oh yes and you have to be Christian, because everyone else is far too immoral to raise children properly.

    Heil Hitler.

  13. October 23, 2006 at 11:37 am

    You sound just as extreme as the people you are supposedly mocking. You point out extremist positions that are held by a few people you’ve never come close to knowing personally, and extend their views to anyone who bears the title of Christian. Yup, you sound pretty tolerant to me – an example for us all!

  14. Jodie
    October 23, 2006 at 7:01 pm

    gee, and I thought the point of the blog was to point out extremist ideas and laugh.

  15. October 24, 2006 at 10:38 am

    I apologize for criticizing your comment. Most of your comment was pure hyperbole. I suppose I was responding to the parts that weren’t hyperbole.

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