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2007 Books #4: Knowing the Bible 101, by Bruce Bickel and Stan Jantz

i decided to read this book so that i could get an overview of the christian bible, to remind myself of what i was taught at church while growing up. it's also a handy source of insight into those who take the bible literally. the authors seem to be open to the notion of old-earth creationism, as opposed to the kind where believers insist that earth is only 6,000 years old, so i will throw them some respect for that. they do emphasize that the bible's words are literal truth, however, and there they lose me.

the book includes a very useful list of references to bible verses on various topics, so i plan to keep it for that reason. for those of you who may be curious about exactly what the bible says about homosexuality, here are the entire six verses on the subject, that were written by only two people (moses for the ones in leviticus, and paul for the rest), and be sure to remember that the following statements do not reflect my beliefs in any way:

Leviticus 18:22 (King James Version)

"Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it is abomination."


Leviticus 20:13 (King James Version)

"If a man also lie with mankind, as he lieth with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination: they shall surely be put to death; their blood shall be upon them."


Romans 1:26-27 (King James Version)

"26For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature:

27And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet."


1 Corinthians 6:9-10 (King James Version)

"9Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind,

10Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God."
Tags: 2007 books, atheism

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