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Jason Lim Theo 100-02 January 20, 2010 Bible Assignment The Bible is merely a collection of stories that some people have taken out of context to further their own agendas. One should not read the Bible literally, especially in the Old Testament. Yet people like the Westboro Baptist Church will cherry pick verses like Leviticus 20:13 (If there is a man who lies with a male as those who lie with a woman, both of them have committed a detestable act; they shall surely be put to death) to say that God hates homosexuals. I see great importance in the Bible, but not everything in it is applicable to our society now. It also does not help that there are multiple translations of the Bible, so there are stark differences between the New American translation and the King James translation. Like other sacred texts, the Bible offers the themes of respect, love, charity, and forgiveness. If there is one thing that I would agree with in the Bible, it is the Golden Rule. Everyone wants to be
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Unformatted text preview: treated with respect and thus should expect respect in return. The Bible also gives information on what it means to love and have compassion, to not settle for superficial pleasures and seek something greater than what lust provides. The story of the Good Samaritan rings home the idea of charity. Going out of one's way to help another in need does not have to be an extraordinary feat. One does not have to go to the world's harshest areas to do charity; he could just help the elderly woman put groceries in her car or donate canned foods to the local food drive. Of all of these themes, forgiveness is the hardest to learn and apply. Sure, one can easily forgive one's dog for peeing in the house, but it is difficult to forgive the murderer of your loved ones. The story of Jesus is the epitome of forgiveness, but not everyone has the capability of forgiving the people who are about to kill you....
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