Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Take Your Pick

The late Joseph Crea was a fixture on the old alt.bible.errancy discussion list. He along with Farrell Till and a few others brought rationality and common sense to their discussions with die-hard inerrantists--pointing out with clarity the many discrepancies in the Bible. The following from May 17, 2000, is one of those instances:

  frixen3 wrote:
  Christians then do not pray to the cross. The cross is a reminder to 
  us what was done there. We must also remember that "without the 
  shedding of blood, there is no remission of sin." (Hebrews 9:22).

  Funny, that's not what YHWH tells the Israelites back in the Old
  Testament. Take a look at Leviticus chapter 5, which covers the
  sacrifices needed to expiate sins. Starting at verse 5 we read 
  that the optimal sacrifice is a female sheep or goat, but [continuing 
  at verse 6] if the contrite sinner can't afford such, then two doves 
  will do. Proceeding to verses 11-13 we learn that if the repentant 
  sinner can't even afford 2 doves, THEN AN OFFERING OF 
  FLOUR would suffice to produce forgiveness of his sins. Blood, 
  we can therefore see, is NOT A NECESSITY for the forgiveness 
  of sins. Either the writer of Hebrews got it wrong, or else the author 
  of Leviticus did. Take your pick.

  With Mettaa,
  Joseph Crea

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