"The law is reason, free from passion."
“The reasonable man adapts himself to the world: the unreasonable one persists to adapt the world to himself.
Therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable man.” ― George Bernard Shaw, Man and Superman
1. in the sentence - ie: It means what it says, and says what it means.
2. In a parable - ie: a story meant to teach a lesson connected with the outcome of the story.
3. In the context - ie: the larger message intended through the paragraph, chapter, or letter.
And there are two sections of the bible.
1. The old testament - That is the entire first part of the book that is the history there for our learning, but not in every day practical use, IOW, I don't think that we hear of burning bushes, or bolts of lightning striking down sinners today.
2. The New testament - these are the witness accounts of Jesus among other things that Christians strive to emulate today. Knowing that Jesus died on the cross for our sins doesn't mean that we have the authority, or could possibly judge others, I know I can't.
But to say that someones faith is "foolish", "moronic", a "fairy tale", or any other insult, degradation that those without faith hurl at those that do believe is really nothing more than fear of those that believe. So, I don't harbor ill toward them, and can only shake my head and offer a prayer to God, that some day they too will know the love, and peace that God offers....Oh, and notice everyone that I said God, and not religion. I personally was raised a Catholic, complete with being an alter boy, and serving in the church's sponsored boy scout troop. Today, I don't really follow a regimented religion, but I do believe in God, and think that the bible brings great solace, and peace to a great many people, I think that's a good thing.
Now...with regard to shellfish and pork...we certainly have modern health standards that would appear to have protected people that would otherwise have died or at the very least become very ill had the foods not been properly prepared. Conversely, "It is estimated that nearly 1 million individuals are currently infected with HIV in the country, and the number appears to be increasing each year. From the mid-1980s on, AIDS had a pivotal role in the rollback of Sexual Revolution habits in the big cities of the United States. Male to male sexual contact accounted for about half of new cases, and intravenous drug use contributed about a fifth of cases. The cumulative number of deaths in the U.S. due to causes related to AIDS is estimated to be more than 650,000. There are about 50,000 new cases of HIV in the US every year."
And to ME...just with my belief system...THAT is why it was given in scripture. Not as a condemnation but as a warning. And THAT is why the concern over homosexuality is still a relevant concern and the diversions over hair length and shellfish is a pathetic attempt to divert from reality. But again...thats just me.
AUSTAN GOOLSBEE: I think the world vests too much power, certainly in the president, probably in Washington in general for its influence on the economy, because most all of the economy has nothing to do with the government.