And there came seven spirits1, females, bound and woven together, fair in appearance and comely. And I Solomon, seeing them, questioned them and said: "Who are ye?" But they, with one accord, said with one voice2: "We are of the thirty-three elements of the cosmic ruler of the darkness3." And the first said: "I am Deception." The second said: "I am Strife." The third: "I am Klothod, which is battle." The fourth: "I am Jealousy." The fifth: "I am Power." The sixth: "I am Error." The seventh: "I am the worst of all, and our stars are in heaven
Ahhh yes, more people have been killed, maimed and tortured in the name of religion.
The facts are few and simple.
There is a GOD.
There will most definitely be an "end time". Albeit possibly a thousand years from now (which I sincerely doubt)
during which most, if not all, humanity will perish here on earth.
I don't care whether you're a Jew, a Christian, an agnostic, believe in Buddha, Muhammed or Christ.
Nothing can change the facts.
You'd better get right with GOD today, tomorrow may be too late.
Rotten, I am sure you follow all these "rules". They are in the bible but are conveniently ignored by modern Christians. Follow one rule, follow them all!!
What about the O.T. laws that are conveniently ignored, but of equal weight? Biblicists act as if many did not exist. The following examples are typical:
(a) Money cannot be lent at interest to your brother, only to foreigners (Deut. 23:19-20);
(b) Eating pork is forbidden (Deut. 14:8);
(c) A man must marry and have relations with his dead brother's wife (Deut. 25:5-6);
(d) A seducer must marry an unengaged virgin whom he seduces (Ex. 22:16-17);
(e) A raped, unengaged virgin must marry her rapist and they can never divorce (Deut. 22:28-29);
(f) Trials for adultery are to be by ordeal (Num. 5:28-29);
(g) Eating rare meat with blood is forbidden (Lev. 19:26);
(h) Beards can't be rounded (Lev. 19:27);
(i) A newly married man can't go to war or be charged with business for one year (Deut. 24:5);
(j) A guilty man can be beaten with as many as forty blows (Deut. 25:1-3);
(k) A garment composed of wool and linen can't be worn (Deut. 22:11);
(l) Punishment shall be administered on the basis of an eye for an eye (Deut. 19:21, Ex. 21:24);
(m) One's nation can lend to other nations but not borrow from them (Deut. 15:6);
(n) Bastards can't enter the Lord's congregation (Deut. 23:2);
(o) First-born children should sometimes be sacrificed to the Lord (Ex. 22:29); and
(p) Debtor brothers shall be released from their obligation every seven years (Deut. 15:1-3).
Actually, the religion that most closely follows religious teachings from the Bible, OT, is the jews. Christians, whom are supposed to follow NT abandoned the OT because its teachings are so out-moded to modern society.
Therefore, Rotten, you are not a Christian!! Not by biblical requirements! Remember, Rotten, these are not MY rules, these are YOUR biblical rules that you keep quoting to me!!
Rotten, you don't follow the bible so why lecture anyone else? You list on your profile that you earn $$$$'s
For hundreds of years biblicists have been lecturing people on the importance of adhering to the Bible's teachings on ethics, manners, and morality. They quote Jesus and Paul profusely, with a liberal sprinkling of Old Testament moralisms. The problem with their approach lies not only in an oft-noted failure to practice what they preach, but an equally pronounced tendency to ignore what the Bible itself, preaches. Biblicists practice what can only be described as "selective morality". What they like, they expound; what they don't like, they ignore, even though the validity or strength of one is no less than that of the other. That which is palatable and acceptable is supposedly applicable to all; while that which is obnoxious, inconvenient, or self-denying is only applicable to those addresed 2,000 years ago. They enjoy quoting the Ten Commandments, the Sermon on the Mount, and some of Paul's preachings, for example, but don't pretend to heed other, equally valid, maxims. The following examples show the selectivity of apologetic morality.
First, a true follower of Jesus would have to be extremely poor--as poor as the proverbial churchmouse. The Bible makes this quite clear:
(a) "...none of you can be my disciple unless he gives up everything he has" (Luke 14:33);
(b) "If you want to be perfect, go and sell all you have and give the money to the poor and you will have riches in heaven" (Matt. 19:21);
(c) "Sell your possessions and give alms" (Luke 12:33);
(d) "But give what is in your cups and plates to the poor, and everything will be clean for you" (Luke 11:41);
(e) "Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt,.... But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven.... for where your treasure is, there will your heart be also" (Matt. 6:19-21);
Spoil, telling "agift fromheaven" all those mean and hateful remarks will definately not get you into heaven. No, I shouldn't judge other people but you havea real evil bone in your body and it is beyond words.
Not to be disrespectful to anyone or the bible.......but who really cares what gender angels are......just take the good flesh and spit the bones out..........all doctrines have flesh and bones........just try not to choke or shallow the bones
Spoilurotten there are two versions of the creation story in Genesis (Gen. 1:26 & Gen. 2: 22-23) written by two different authors. The first one states that God, "Created humankind in his image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them" (NRSV). This is usually taken to mean that God created human kind (both sexes at the same time). It is the 2nd version that focuses on the order of the creation of humans and states that woman was made from man's rib. Genesis says that God punished both Adam (which means clay or earth) and Eve for their disobedience in eating from the tree of knowledge of good and evil. Eve's punishment was an increase in the pain of childbirth, continued desire for her husband, and rule over her by her husband. Adam's punishment was a life of hard labor with few results. The subjugation of women was not God's original plan. It was part of God's punishment for Adam and Eve's sin. It is part of the brokenness we still live in. Sad isn't it?