Originally posted by sonhouse
So it's ok to cherry pick the bible, reject that which you don't like and follow the things in it you like. Good to know that.
Is it safe for me to assume you feel those verses are morally reprehensible?
Wow. It's like talking to RJH about plate tectonics. He just doesn't get it.
What you don't get here is that Mosaic Law (the Law given by Moses from God, outlined in Exodus, Leviticus and Deuteronomy) is for Jews. Christians, who are mostly Gentiles, and those who understand that Jesus, the Son of God, is our Lord and Savior, are not beholden to that law. We have a different covenant with God, which Jesus outlined in Matthew. It's not that we find them (the Mosaic Laws) morally reprehensible, it's that they simply do not apply to us.
"Then one of them, which was a lawyer, asked him a question, tempting him, and saying,
Master, which is the great commandment in the law?
Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.
This is the first and great commandment.
And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.
On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets." -- Matthew 22:35-40, KJV