Monday, July 02, 2007
Eyes for Eyes, Teeth for Teeth and Life for Life...No Wonder Everyone is Blind, Angry and Can't Communicate
Eyes for Eyes, Teeth for Teeth and Life for Life...No Wonder Everyone is Blind, Angry and Can't Communicate:
One of the less great 'thus sayeth the Lord' moments in the Bible was the imposition of the very well know principle of 'an eye for an eye and and a tooth for a tooth.' I understand that an apologist can say it just means that people should be paid restitution for losses, but in practice, Governments and many chosen people, practice the literal translation.
I assume that also went on to mean to those who know the deeper meanings of such things that it could also mean, 'a leg for a leg', 'a spine for a spine,' and 'a skull for a skull.' While God claimed the exclusive right to vengeance in the Old Testament (Psalms 94:1 O Lord, the God who avenges, O God who avenges, shine forth.' and in the New Testament, (Romans 12:19 'Do not take revenge, my friends, but leave room for God's wrath, for it is written: 'It is mine to avenge; I will repay,' says the Lord,)
The Israelites pretty much did the work for Him, and many Christians who evolved to make up the Church of history did a darn nice job of inflicting God's wrath upon both the believer who believed the wrong thing and unbeliever who needed to be pursuaded.
Posted by Unknown at 9:34 AM