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For us Christians, it shouldn’t be difficult to believe the figure in the title of this post. Just think about it for a minute. Do you know anyone who does? Believe me, the title has a solid foundation in reality. For many people, the Bible is the authority on morality, and for Christians, it is the way to model our lives; however, most of us do not follow its rules and regulations, including the Ten Commandments. I am not questioning the many Christians who try to keep themselves as close as possible to following the rules, regulations, and, yes, commandments, set in the Holy Scriptures. These are things that we do every day ignoring the Bible. In most cases, we don’t even know that we are committing a sin. When you finish reading this post, it would be clear that Christians,
including me, follow the Bible’s rules we agree with, and ignore those we don’t. It would also be transparent that there is a very good reason to behave the way we do.Here there are a few examples of the things we do every day that could condemn us to the eternal fires without even knowing it. To start, let’s take a look at some of the rules most Christians have decided not to follow: For many, it does not seem like it, but the Bible sets clear limits regarding your sexual preferences. In Leviticus 18:22, God states in a very definite way that He is against homosexuality. This verse clearly states that God prohibits going to bed with a person of the same sex. Moses called it an abomination. Wow! This is not the only one, but as you can see, some sexual preferences are out of limits. In these times, however, a substantial number of Christians decided to come out of the proverbial closet to tell the world about their homosexuality. Are they “bad” Christians? Well, they justify their behavior by citing the Bible, which in Second Samuel 1:26, clearly states that the bond between King David and Jonathan was firm and durable, to the point that David said: “your love to me” – referring to Jonathan – “was more wonderful than the love of women.” This does not necessarily mean that their relationship was homosexual; however, was compellingly strong as to suggest it. And for your homosexual Christian is a good reason to declare that the Bible allows it.Genesis 38:9 reads that you should not spill your semen in places other than your wife’s vagina. If you do it, you are committing a mortal sin, and without further due will go straight to hell. Just to make sure, I suggest you do not wear a condom when having sex, and at the same time stop avoiding parenthood. This rule includes masturbating; it is clearly stated in First Corinthians 6:18, which prohibits it, regardless of your age. According to this Bible rule, when you have sex with yourself, you are committing a mortal sin and must die for it. While we are on the subject of sex, Matthew 5:28 states that if you look at a woman with lustful eyes, you have already committed adultery with her in your heart. I am not sure, but it seems that watching porn falls in this category, and, consequently, must be punished according to the law. We all know how difficult it is to find a bride today who is a virgin, meaning that most youngsters have sex before marrying. Well, this is a sin punishable by death. It is called fornication. This is in accordance to Deuteronomy 22:20-21.
Additionally, if a husband finds that his wife gave her virginity to somebody else before her marriage to him, he will have her stand at the door of her father’s home and have the neighbors stone her until she dies. Oh my God, how many women today will reach the marriage day still virgins? Mark 10:11-12 is very clear about remarrying after being divorced; you are committing adultery, a sin punished by sending you to the eternal fires. I wonder if that rule covers widowed people. If it wasn’t so tragic, this rule would be funny; it could be the weirdest regulation. Deuteronomy 23:1, tells us that a man whose penis has been cut off by, let’s say, a jealous wife – Lorena Bobbitt comes to mind – would not be allowed in church. Isn’t that terrible? As if it wasn’t enough, women are forbidden to help their husbands on a fight. That is if she follows Deuteronomy 25:11-12 to the letter, and, defending her husband, she decides to grab his opponent by the balls, she will be condemned to have her hands cut without pity. So, do not defend your husband in a fight; and if you do, do not touch his opponent’s genitalia.The Bible not only messes with your sexual preferences, it has a lot to say about your diet. I’ll give you a few examples: Leviticus 17:7-8, prohibits eating pork and shrimp. I have something to say about it because I grew up enjoying pork legs and cheese sandwiches, and, as an adult I have eaten more than my share of shrimp cocktails. Moses did not know, but he dedicated some of these rules to the Chinese. Leviticus 3:17 reads that you should not eat fat or blood, staples of Cantonese cuisine, which condemns Chinese to hell. Additionally, Leviticus 10:11, categorically prohibits eating lobsters. Are you thinking about God’s cruelty when He instructed Moses to write these rules? Most Christians prefer to close their eyes when reading this part of the book. Even so, if you read these regulations carefully, you will find some good reasons for God ordering these dietary recommendations: pigs, shrimps, and lobsters are unclean, filthy, animals. They eat everything, including feces from other creatures; not only that, their digestive system is very deficient.
Their digestion takes only a short time; the food goes in and out in record time, leaving behind toxins galore. Take the opposite, a cow, which is a clean animal, according to the Bible. They eat mostly grass, which is a fresh vegetable, and their digestive process takes around 24 hours; enough time to eliminate the few toxins contained in their food. Leviticus 11:28-29 lists the clean animals, the ones that you can eat, and the unclean, the ones that you cannot. I don’t know about you, but I like French snails a lot. Thanks God they are not included! Well, I am not sure. If they are, without knowing, I bought a ticket to hell. And last but not least, Proverbs 23:2 reads that it is better to put a knife to your throat than being a glutton. This means that if you eat too much of anything, you are also committing a sin punishable by the usual thing, death.You would think that the Bible would not interfere with the fashion statements you made now and then. I am sure you wouldn’t like to cut your hair like North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un, would you? Of course, you wouldn’t! Just in case, Leviticus 19:27 clearly states that you should not cut around the corners of your head hair, or of your beard. Here is another one: First Timothy 2:9 had to do with women wearing sexy clothes, particularly if they do it to call the attention of men other than their husbands. When they do, they are not more than prostitutes, and shall be condemned to death by stoning. Furthermore, this verse instructs women to wear proper and modest clothing, without adornments or jewelry. Even braided hair falls in the category of not being unpretentious enough; accordingly, she should be put to death. It isn’t just wearing sexy clothes; Leviticus 19:19 reads that you, men or women, should not mix fabrics; no cotton with wool or plastics, etc. There is a reason why Cristiano Ronaldo insists that his jerseys have to be made of 100% cotton. Maybe he is more careful than you regarding his clothing.Let’s take a look at this one! Women must be silent in church. If you, women, dare to speak or comment while in church, you are condemning yourself to hell. This is in accordance with Corinthians 14:34-35 that clearly states it. If you have something to say, you must wait until you are home to ask your husband about it.
The question is: How many women do you know who does it? This is one of those cases when you can tell your wife to shut off, and she will obediently do what you ask without you being accused of being misogynistic, or sexist. Additionally, First Corinthians 7:10-11 read that regardless of what a man does to a woman, she should remain faithful to him and to their marriage. Wow!Here it is another one: Exodus 21:17 gives us one that could be very useful to parents who have disrespectful kids. If one of your kids, curses or uses four letter words, or is kind of rebellious towards you, you would call the elders of the town and stone him or her to death. Forget spanking, go to your bedroom, or even time out, you simply put the kid to death and solve the problem once and for all.If you want to hear another one, here it is. It is forbidden to work on the Sabbath, which by the rest of us is every Sunday. Exodus 31:14-15 states that if you do anything that could be construed as work, of any kind, you should be put to death. There are no exceptions under this rule. You better not be a doctor in an emergency room, or a firefighter, or a policeman, because you could be in serious trouble. The punishment, according to Exodus, is death.What do you have to say about gossip? Who hasn’t heard a good rumor about a friend in the office? The Bible prohibits gossiping; to listen or spread a rumor is a violation of Leviticus 19:16. You could go to the eternal fires for that. Be especially careful when you talk about your mother in law; if you do, be prepared to face the consequences. Consulting psychists, mediums, or spiritists, is a sin. This is established by Leviticus 19:31. Although those who ask advice from these phonies deserve to be punished but not for being sinners but for being fools. As if it wasn’t enough, the Bible agreed with the citizens of the Roman Empire who were against tattooing. I have seen Christians adorning their bodies with tattooed crosses, and other religious symbols, in flagrant violation of Leviticus 19:28 that tells us that we shouldn’t mark our bodies. Do you love your enemies? The Bible makes abundantly clear that we must imitate Jesus in his behavior about loving even our enemies. Luke 6:27, Luke 6:35, and Matthew 5:44 leave no doubt that love seems to be the antidote to all the sins. Although Jesus’ message of love was later replaced by the one about his resurrection, there are no questions that if you love, you don’t kill, rob, lie, etc. Personally, I believe this is the most important commandment.
If you can love your enemies, imagine how much love can you give to family and friends. And, I am sure; you will give a lot of that love to yourself.You can be the best Christian, there is, but if you are not careful, you can become an illegal alien to heaven. You will not be permitted to enter because you have violated these rules. I know. You did not care… until now. And for those who excuse themselves by saying that all those rules and regulations were written for the Jews, and do not apply to gentiles (us), please take a look at Matthew 5:17-18 where Jesus clearly states that we are in the same boat with them. According to Jesus, the rules of the Old Testament apply to all of us equally. So, take your Bible, review the verses that I have mentioned as examples of the rules most of us do not obey, and commit yourselves to follow those rules to the letter. Yeah? Right?It does not matter what you did so far, the truth is that Christians will continue to obey the commandments they agree with and ignore the ones they disagreed on. How is that? Well, you can picture it as a matter of interpretation. You don’t have to ask me, but if you do, I will tell you that we, Christians, do not have to obey the Old Testament laws. For that, we would have to reinterpret Matthew 5:17-18. So, Jesus said that at a time when he had not paid for our sins. He was a Jew, and as such; he was following a covenant God made with the people of Israel, not with us. When Jesus Christ paid for our sins, he set up a fresh covenant, a new contract with us, Jews and gentiles; accordingly, the old rules and regulations do not apply to us in the sense that we would be condemned to hell by those violations.
God’s selected people, were told about all these laws that they had to obey because they were His chosen people, and times were different. When the new testament became law, covering Jews and gentiles, the Old Testament commandments became obsolete, and its rules no longer apply.So, the question is: Why do we have to obey any of the Old Testament commandments? Some of those old contract commandments are kept in the new one: Don’t commit adultery, don’t steal, don’t kill. In other words, we are not under the law of Moses; we are under the law of Christ. The essence of this new contract was clearly established by Christ; it is the law of love. The Savior told us to love God, and to love our neighbors. The laws designed for a small little nation called Israel cannot apply to Christ’s church, which is all over the world. It is not that we pick and choose what we like; it is to observe those in our interest to obey, knowing we are not obligated to. They were designed for the Israelites, and for a limited period of time. Jesus’ sacrifice changed all that. The new covenant includes some of the Old Testament laws; those we have to obey. The other rules, we don’t have to observe.