Thursday, May 17, 2007

Truth Is Stranger #44: That Nasty, Culture-crushing, Book of Indecency, The Bible


Hong Kong watchdog group for decency receives reports that the Biblical literature is obscene.

You know, I have always said the Bible--as a whole--is definitely rated R.

But at least this story get some of my first year students more interested....

--I.C.

4 comments:

Michelle said...

Apparently, my grandmother agreed. My mom tells me she opened the Bible once, read a bit, and decided it was "too dirty" for her eyes.

I liked to point out certain stories to my CCD students (6th grade). David and Bathsheba was a favorite. And there's one where Jacob's daughter is raped by an infidel who wants to marry her. Her brothers tell him he and all his men have to convert - and be circumsized - in order to have her as wife. They do so, but are in a lot of pain. The brothers take the opportunity to slaughter them.

Yeah, good stuff. Funny how children's Bibles leave that stuff out...

KaleJ said...

Yeah that is why all those prudish Catholics keep going to Mass ever Sunday. They are hold out hope to hear the "good" stuff.

Leticia said...

The Bible HAS to portay sin or how would we feel able to join the Church? It's a hospital for sinners, not a museum for saints. This demonstrates the infinite patience of our loving Father!

CMinor said...

I've found that Muslim fundamentalists like to make hay out of the "dirty parts," as well.

To me, some of that sordid stuff in the OT is just a reminder for us when we think humanity couldn't possibly get more depraved than it is today, that there are very few "new" ways of being sinful. A lot of that stuff has been going on since our ancestors were beaning each other with Achuelian axes. We are neither original or unique in that regard.

It also indicates to me that the ancient Hebrews were onto something really new and different in the culture they were building--they were literally the eye of order and reason in a hurricane of depravity and chaos. The hand of God at work?