Ready, Set, Darwin Award!

Mano Paul asks if we are ready and steady to go. Here are some biblical tests for readiness:

Snake Handling (Mark 16:18) – results in death (the sins of the father, indeed)

Poison Drinking (Mark 16:18) – results in death (strychnine poisoning is particularly nasty)

Faith Healing (Mark 16:18) – results in death for the patient, possible fame and fortune for the “healer

Street Living (Matthew 19:21) – lifespan reduced by 1/3 in LA, probably more in other parts of the world

Baby Killing (1 Samuel 15:3, Psalms 137:9, Deuteronomy 21:18-21, Genesis 22:9-10) – results in death for the babies, probably life imprisonment or death penalty for the parents

Baby Eating (Leviticus 26:29) – results in death for the babies, almost certainly death penalty preferred to the torture one would receive in prison by inmates and guards

It seems that if more Christians really believed in the letter of Biblical Law, then we’d see a lot more candidates for the Darwin Award. Fortunately, most people’s common sense and adoption of modern secular values trumps most of the patently wrong information in the Bible. We should be glad that even if Christians are ready and steady to prosecute their beliefs, they’re at least not ready to hear or say “Go”.

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