Why is there no new stuff in the bible?
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02-05-2015, 11:05 PM
Why is there no new stuff in the bible?
Christians say the bible is the living & inspired word of god. So why aren't there any rules about internet porn, or microwaves, or how to discipline your bratty teen when he won't answer your texts? I understand that it's not practical for any group to try to add that; my question is surely xtians have been harangued about this. What is the standard defense?
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02-05-2015, 11:14 PM
RE: Why is there no new stuff in the bible?
(02-05-2015 11:05 PM)squirrelgirl Wrote:  ...
discipline your bratty teen when he won't answer your texts?
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This is specifically mentioned (The Book of Textodus)...

You are to take them to the outskirts of the city and stone them with stones.

Teens want to get stoned so you should find it easy.

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02-05-2015, 11:24 PM
RE: Why is there no new stuff in the bible?
(02-05-2015 11:05 PM)squirrelgirl Wrote:  Christians say the bible is the living & inspired word of god. So why aren't there any rules about internet porn, or microwaves, or how to discipline your bratty teen when he won't answer your texts? I understand that it's not practical for any group to try to add that; my question is surely xtians have been harangued about this. What is the standard defense?

Being an ex-christian myself, I know some christians would say porn falls under 1 Corinthians 6:

"Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor men who have sex with men nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God."

And the bible lovingly (not) tells you what to do with your bratty teen:

“He that spareth his rod hateth his son: but he that loveth him chasteneth him betimes.” Proverbs 13:24

I'm not sure about the microwave--but I am sure christians could find something in the Bible if pressed hard enough lol
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03-05-2015, 12:00 AM (This post was last modified: 03-05-2015 12:05 AM by Chas.)
RE: Why is there no new stuff in the bible?
Because the authors are all dead? Consider

How about we do mods for the Bible? Smile


We can start with DLJ's Textodus, and then 1 Pornicles, 2 Pornicles, Hipsther, ...

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03-05-2015, 12:09 AM
RE: Why is there no new stuff in the bible?
Baha. My boy came home from health class the other day & reflected on the sudden realization that Shaggy might be "what they call a stoner." He's always hungry, seems to have conversations with his dog, & his hair is long.

But yall know what I mean. To hear a xtian tell it, god is real & present & very much here in all our daily lives. And lord knows he had piles of stuff to say about livestock & what to wear & how to fix your hair. He was more controlling than a jealous husband. And it seems that a god who has all of time all planned out & knows the future would have left some thoughts on upcoming tech. Do xtians feel vulnerable on this? I mean, to the extent their denial will let them?
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03-05-2015, 12:13 AM
RE: Why is there no new stuff in the bible?
Well that's the thing. It doesn't matter if the authors are all dead. I've had occasions when, pressed, I say - hey all that stuff was written by humans. And the pushback from a moderately prepared debater is always along the lines of, forget about the people who actually wrote it, they don't really matter, god was writing thru them. So what is their answer for why god doesn't write thru anyone now?
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03-05-2015, 12:27 AM
RE: Why is there no new stuff in the bible?
(03-05-2015 12:13 AM)squirrelgirl Wrote:  Well that's the thing. It doesn't matter if the authors are all dead. I've had occasions when, pressed, I say - hey all that stuff was written by humans. And the pushback from a moderately prepared debater is always along the lines of, forget about the people who actually wrote it, they don't really matter, god was writing thru them. So what is their answer for why god doesn't write thru anyone now?

They will probably say it's perfect as it is and if you question it you will go to hell or something of that nature.

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03-05-2015, 01:02 AM
RE: Why is there no new stuff in the bible?
One likely response would be the following, which is one part kinda-maybe-deep and one part crazy.

The kinda-maybe-deep part is that while the mediums and modes and contexts of human interactions might change (texting instead of phones with cords, phones with cords instead of written correspondence, written correspondence instead of messengers, etc), the essential moral components of those interactions do not. Thus slander is still slander and trolling is still trolling regardless of medium, even if the details of how to be most effective at these (and how many messengers get killed for a good trolling) can change from medium to medium.

The crazy part would be the further assertion that the Bible reveals and dictates these moral components. For example, while video tapes (er, dvds... er, mpegs... er... damn you technology hold still!) might not have existed in antiquity, the idea of engaging in such lustful sexual lusting is clearly forbidden in the Song of Solomon.

... wait, that wasn't the Song of Solomon?

Come on, it's GOT to be! Sexuality is what that's all about, and surely that part of the Bible wouldn't have a message contrary to any other part! That'd be some sort of Biblical contradiction or other such impossibility!
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03-05-2015, 02:30 AM
RE: Why is there no new stuff in the bible?
Standard defense? Maybe god's word being unchanging (when it suits the believers) and not to be wasted on such little things as internet porn and microwaves (despite being wasted on other little things, such as clothing).

And Bible says something about disciplining childrens - “He that spareth his rod hateth his son: but he that loveth him chasteneth him betimes.” Proverbs 13:24.

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03-05-2015, 03:06 AM (This post was last modified: 04-05-2015 10:39 AM by DLJ.)
RE: Why is there no new stuff in the bible?
(02-05-2015 11:05 PM)squirrelgirl Wrote:  ...
So why aren't there any rules about internet porn, or microwaves, or how to discipline your bratty teen when he won't answer your texts?
...

So we've explained the biblical take on the first and third parts of your question.

The second part is covered thusly:

The mountains melt beneath him
and the valleys split apart,
like wax before the fire,
like water rushing down a slope.

This is clearly explaining what you should and shouldn't do with your cooking tools in order not to invalidate the warranty.

It's known as the Micah wave clause.

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