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The Bible Slam: Deuteronomy Chapter 23 (Be Like Cats)

Moses continues to proclaim various laws in this chapter, many of which are not practiced today.  For instance:

  • Men who have been castrated or whose testicles have been damaged are not allowed to enter the assembly of the Lord.
  • People born out of wedlock are not allowed to enter the assembly of the Lord.  This goes on for ten generations.
  • Be like cats … bury your excrement so God doesn't step in it when he enters the camp.
  • Charge interest on loans to foreigners, but not to your own countrymen.
  • Whores, sodomites and dogs are not allowed into the house of the Lord.
  • If you see a runaway slave, do not catch him and return him to his master.
  • If you say you're going to do something, do it.
  • You can pick your neighbor's corn with your hand, but you cannot chop the plants down with a sickle.
  • You can eat your neighbor's grapes, but you cannot load up and carry a bunch of them off in a container.

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Discussion Points.

If Deuteronomy is the literal and inerrant word of God, then why proselytize to men who may have damaged goods or descendants of bastards?  Deuteronomy 23 (King James version) is like many of the other chapters, with an odd mix of some laws that make some sense and others that are ridiculous.

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