Who Picks Which Bible Verses To Follow and Which Ones To Ignore?

So, who does pick which bible verses to follow and which ones to ignore?

If the bible is the inerrant word of god, should not all of it be followed? It would seen to me that many verses are totally ignored because they are either outdated or sick.

One such verse is ย  Exodus 31:15

“For six days, work is to be done, but the seventh day is a Sabbath of rest, holy to the LORD. Whoever does any work on the Sabbath day must be put to death.”

Why do I never hear of sinners being put to death for working on the Sabbath? I know many Christians how work or shop on Saturdays and Sundays without a second thought. Why is nothing being done about this obvious infraction against the “word of god”?

Of course, the answer is simple. Only a monster would have people killed for working on the weekend. And nobody whats their god to look like a monster, right?

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7 responses to “Who Picks Which Bible Verses To Follow and Which Ones To Ignore?

  1. The short answer is, God chooses the verses to be followed.

    And, no one is put to death for working on the sabbath because Jesus was already killed for working on the sabbath.

    Maybe I’ll give a longer answer later. ๐Ÿ˜€

  2. I don’t see how that could fly. If god chooses, how do we know which ones he chooses? Is there a second book with a listing?
    And as for Jesus dieing so no one else would have to for working on the Sabbath, the new testament has him saying, “Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them.” If he did not come to abolish the law, then it is still in effect. Have you work on the Sabbath? Hmmm.

  3. Have you given this much thought, or any research into how the church has already dealt with these questions? These aren’t really “fresh” 21st century questions that have, thus far, gone unasked. ๐Ÿ˜€

    I’ll tell you what I think. I think every word of the bible is truth, one way or another. I think some made more sense at different times of history, than others… however, the truth still stands. We choose which we adhere to, but the consequences of action or inaction still remain. I don’t think we face anything today that wasn’t faced before. The Bible illustrates the decisions made to handle those situations. I think the same outcomes exist today. If God told the people to act a certain way, there was reason. We may not want the same outcome, but the outcome will still occur. We may think a better outcome exists with different decisions (and they may indeed), however, we tend to think in small scale rather than large scale. What may seem like a good idea could have detrimental long term issues, like have been experienced over the thousands of years that the bible spans. That’s a pretty good record of social cause and effect, if you ask me.

    As for Jesus, I believe that’s talking about the sacrificial law. Again, that’s not some “new” stumbling block for Christian apologists. But, what I think… I think it’s referring to the fleshly consequences of the law still standing, though the eternal consequence has already been accounted for. Eating lard will still make you fat, but it doesn’t have to damn you to hell. We can come back from that.

    my 2 cents

  4. “every word of the bible is truth, one way or another”

    In what way are the words of the bible true when it refers to a flat earth?
    Just wondering. ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. What is it saying when it talks about the Earth being flat? Any verses I can think that could be considered a reference is just implying that there are limits to Earth. Are there? It’s not really a science book, or a surveyor’s manual, is it? It does, however, talk about the power of God being such that even the limits of Earth pale in comparison. Sounds pretty accurate.

    You sound like my 4yr old. ๐Ÿ˜€ There’s way harder things to grapple with than this.

  6. You are right, I do sound like a 4 year old…
    If you would like something harder to grapple with how about this…

  7. @bradley – we are all here today, 2,000 years after God walked among us, discussing what the message was supposed to be. But who actually knows what the message is? What human ever knew completely?

    Given that the entirety of the message took many authors, many centuries to complete, there is literally no possible way that any human could have ever known what each author actually meant, who their intended audience was, or what they literally wrote.

    Today, we are left with pure guesswork. I think you would be far beyond dishonest to think otherwise regarding Biblical text. We don;t have a single original word, after all. We have hand written copies. Take a shot at hand copying the Harry Potter series of books, and let me know when you’re done. Then we can see if you made any mistakes along the way!

    Anyway, your “guess” is as good or as bad as anyone else’s, including non-believers (believers dont have an edge on Biblical knowledge, despite their claims.) And you state the God chooses which verses are to be followed, yet you conspicuously did not even share that list with the rest of us. Why is that? Is it because you have no idea?

    It is extremely convenient for some people to write off the Law of the OT using Jesus as an excuse when Jesus himself espoused the OT LAw, as it was all that was available to him. That he died before anything new could be written is also very, very convenient, wouldn’t you agree?

    I will say this. I have heard tons of reasons why we no longer have to stone our disobedient children, or why we no longer use birds blood to clean skin diseases, or why stoning a woman for adultery is no longer a requirement. But none of those reasons addresses the bigger question. Namely, why is that garbage even included in such a “holy” book, from such a “loving” god?

    This is not my original thought, but I have to agree with the person who asked why The Bible does not leave every single human in a state of awe and amazement at its divine and infinite wisdom? Why instead, does The Bible prompt people to ask why a loving god was unable to provide a promised land to a chosen people without slaughtering everyone else. Because God is a monster beyond comparison if we are to believe The Bible.

    There simply is no excuse for a modern human to consider The Bible worthy of serious consideration. Even if there is a real god.

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