The One Time a Comment Thread Might Be Useful…

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  • Mick

    That guy with his hand up was probably one of the 3,000 people killed straight after Moses received the ten commandments. [Exodus 32:28]

  • Mike De Fleuriot

    And how many Christians would have known about that above passage?

  • Ton_Chrysoprase

    “The One Time a Comment Thread Might Be Useful…” Thanks, point taken ;)

  • Drew M.

    I would wager real money that most of them do. The Golden Calf story is taught pretty heavily, at least to Catholics. Hell, it’s even in a Charlton Heston movie.

  • trj

    I think the comments section is called the Talmud.

  • Deborah Boller Grimm
  • observer

    Even back then, there were “closed comments”.

  • Pisk_A_Dausen

    I only remember the calf being destroyed, not anything about people being killed. (I don’t doubt that there was more smiting, just wondering if this might be something that’s often left out.)

    Then again, I was de-Christianized during my confirmation at 15, so I might have been told just the more child-friendly versions of the stories at that point… (Reading the actual Bible wasn’t part of the confirmation preparations.)

  • Tel

    They taught us up to verse 24 and not one article or connective or verse number further. I thought I knew that story, but just now I’ve learned that I don’t.

    I used to think — even in these past few months as an atheist — that people were exaggerating when they spoke about OT atrocities. Guess not.

  • C Peterson

    And although I don’t like comment systems that allow down voting, I’d make an exception in this case…

  • Drew M.

    You guys got me wondering if I remembered incorrectly, so I dug up my old Bible Story to double check (The set was endorsed by my Catechism teachers… damned nuns).

    Yep, it’s right there, but I would have absolutely no surprise if most children’s bibles left it out.

  • allein

    The only real Bible-reading assignment in my confirmation class was to read one of the Gospels (our choice). I don’t think anyone actually did it.

  • katiehippie

    We only read what they told us to read and then we were told what it means. No leeway for any other interpretation.

  • Artor

    Yeah, but they didn’t just ban the dissenters.

  • Jeff See

    I voted you down to help prove your point.

  • Chakolate

    You should have pity on those damned nuns. These women are wasting the only life they have ‘married’ to an invisible friend. It’s really sad.

    Of course, that isn’t to say that some of the meanest women I ever knew weren’t nuns.

  • Willy Occam

    Maybe the comments section was on the third tablet: