Bible Bigotry

I'm of the view that people form their values out of sentiment. At some point they become selective about which sources are credible to them. The Bible is one of those sources. Written over 2,000 years ago, its moral and unscientific overtones are hardly relevant to the modern world. The Old Testament was focused on a theocratic Israel, and the New Testament was concerned with preparation for the end the world. For these reasons, Scripture has to be taken out of context.

I came across a fascinating book called The Bible Tells Me So: Uses and Abuses of Holy Scripture for which I am going to rely heavily on for scriptural sources. The best part of the book is the history behind each subject. It is not within the scope of this report to go into the history.

Wherever it can, the book lists scriptural sources in opposition to the abuses. This report is focused on the abuses. These examples illustrate how useless the Bible is as a guide to moral behavior. One decides what purpose he wants the Bible to serve, then searches for fitting passages. Many are taken out of context. Others are nonspecific. While pious Christians argue that Jesus' sacrifice nullified the old laws with the exception of the Ten Commandments, they don't hesitate to use whatever serves their purpose.

Civil Rights

For Slavery

2When you buy a Hebrew slave, he shall serve six years, and in the seventh he shall go out free, for nothing.
3If he comes in single, he shall go out single; if he comes in married, then his wife shall go out with him.
4If his master gives him a wife and she bears him sons or daughters, the wife and her children shall be her master's and he shall go out alone.
5But if the slave plainly says, 'I love my master, my wife, and my children; I will not go out free,'
6then his master shall bring him to God, and he shall bring him to the door or the doorpost; and his master shall bore his ear through with an awl; and he shall serve him for life. (Ex. 21:2-6)

20"When a man strikes his slave, male or female, with a rod and the slave dies under his hand, he shall be punished.
21But if the slave survives a day or two, he is not to be punished; for the slave is his money. (Ex. 21:20-21)

44As for your male and female slaves whom you may have: you may buy male and female slaves from among the nations that are round about you.
45You may also buy from among the strangers who sojourn with you and their families that are with you, who have been born in your land; and they may be your property.
46You may bequeath them to your sons after you, to inherit as a possession for ever; you may make slaves of them, but over your brethren the people of Israel you shall not rule, one over another, with harshness. (Lev. 25:44-46)

1Masters, treat your slaves justly and fairly, knowing that you also have a Master in heaven. (Col. 4:1)

18Servants, be submissive to your masters with all respect, not only to the kind and gentle but also to the overbearing.
19For one is approved if, mindful of God, he endures pain while suffering unjustly.
20For what credit is it, if when you do wrong and are beaten for it you take it patiently? But if when you do right and suffer for it you take it patiently, you have God's approval.
21For to this you have been called, because Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example, that you should follow in his steps.
22He committed no sin; no guile was found on his lips. (1 Peter 2:18-21)

White Supremacy

1I appeal to you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship.
2Do not be conformed to this world but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that you may prove what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.
For by the grace given to me I bid every one among you not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think with sober judgment, each according to the measure of faith which God has assigned him. (Rom. 12:1-3)

19Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave it to the wrath of God; for it is written, "Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord."
20No, "if your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him drink; for by so doing you will heap burning coals upon his head."
21Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good. (Rom. 12:19-21)

18For many, of whom I have often told you and now tell you even with tears, live as enemies of the cross of Christ. (Phil. 3:18)

To persecute Jews

22Pilate said to them, "Then what shall I do with Jesus who is called Christ?" They all said, "Let him be crucified."
25And all the people answered, "His blood be on us and on our children!" (Matt. 27:22, 25)

1After this Jesus went about in Galilee; he would not go about in Judea, because the Jews sought to kill him. (John 7:1)

44You are of your father the devil, and your will is to do your father's desires. He was a murderer from the beginning, and has nothing to do with the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks according to his own nature, for he is a liar and the father of lies. (John 8:44)

51"You stiff-necked people, uncircumcised in heart and ears, you always resist the Holy Spirit. As your fathers did, so do you.
52Which of the prophets did not your fathers persecute? And they killed those who announced beforehand the coming of the Righteous One, whom you have now betrayed and murdered, (Acts 7:51-52)

14For you, brethren, became imitators of the churches of God in Christ Jesus which are in Judea; for you suffered the same things from your own countrymen as they did from the Jews,
15who killed both the Lord Jesus and the prophets, and drove us out, and displease God and oppose all men (1 Thess. 2:14-15)

Women's inequality

16To the woman he said, "I will greatly multiply your pain in childbearing; in pain you shall bring forth children, yet your desire shall be for your husband, and he shall rule over you." (Gen. 3:16)

19"When a woman has a discharge of blood which is her regular discharge from her body, she shall be in her impurity for seven days, and whoever touches her shall be unclean until the evening.
20And everything upon which she lies during her impurity shall be unclean; everything also upon which she sits shall be unclean.
21And whoever touches her bed shall wash his clothes, and bathe himself in water, and be unclean until the evening. (Lev. 15:19-21)

19"You shall not approach a woman to uncover her nakedness while she is in her menstrual uncleanness. (Lev. 18:19)

19It is better to live in a desert land than with a contentious and fretful woman. (Proverbs 21:19)

3But I want you to understand that the head of every man is Christ, the head of a woman is her husband, and the head of Christ is God. (1 Cor. 11:3)

34the women should keep silence in the churches. For they are not permitted to speak, but should be subordinate, as even the law says.
35If there is anything they desire to know, let them ask their husbands at home. For it is shameful for a woman to speak in church. (1 Cor. 14:34-35)

22Wives, be subject to your husbands, as to the Lord.
23For the husband is the head of the wife as Christ is the head of the church, his body, and is himself its Savior.
24As the church is subject to Christ, so let wives also be subject in everything to their husbands. (Eph. 5:22-24)

12I permit no woman to teach or to have authority over men; she is to keep silent.
13For Adam was formed first, then Eve;
14and Adam was not deceived, but the woman was deceived and became a transgressor.
15Yet woman will be saved through bearing children, if she continues in faith and love and holiness, with modesty. (1 Tim. 2:12-15)

Church Authority

To accuse and execute women as witches

18"You shall not permit a sorceress to live. (Ex. 22:18)

31"Do not turn to mediums or wizards; do not seek them out, to be defiled by them: I am the LORD your God. (Lev. 19:31)

6"If a person turns to mediums and wizards, playing the harlot after them, I will set my face against that person, and will cut him off from among his people. (Lev. 20:6)

27"A man or a woman who is a medium or a wizard shall be put to death; they shall be stoned with stones, their blood shall be upon them." (Lev. 20:27)

10There shall not be found among you any one who burns his son or his daughter as an offering, any one who practices divination, a soothsayer, or an augur, or a sorcerer,
11or a charmer, or a medium, or a wizard, or a necromancer. (Deut. 18:10-11)

19And when they say to you, "Consult the mediums and the wizards who chirp and mutter," should not a people consult their God? Should they consult the dead on behalf of the living?
20To the teaching and to the testimony! Surely for this word which they speak there is no dawn. (Isaiah 8:19-20)

13You are wearied with your many counsels; let them stand forth and save you, those who divide the heavens, who gaze at the stars, who at the new moons predict what shall befall you. (Isaiah 47:13)

Against the ordination of women

3But I want you to understand that the head of every man is Christ, the head of a woman is her husband, and the head of Christ is God.
7For a man ought not to cover his head, since he is the image and glory of God; but woman is the glory of man.
8(For man was not made from woman, but woman from man.
9Neither was man created for woman, but woman for man.) (1 Cor. 11:3, 7-9)

8I desire then that in every place the men should pray, lifting holy hands without anger or quarreling; (1 Tim. 2:8)

11Let a woman learn in silence with all submissiveness.
12I permit no woman to teach or to have authority over men; she is to keep silent. (1 Tim. 2:11-12)

Against the marriage of priests

10The disciples said to him, "If such is the case of a man with his wife, it is not expedient to marry." (Matt. 19:10)

12For there are eunuchs who have been so from birth, and there are eunuchs who have been made eunuchs by men, and there are eunuchs who have made themselves eunuchs for the sake of the kingdom of heaven. He who is able to receive this, let him receive it." (Matt. 19:12)

1Now concerning the matters about which you wrote. It is well for a man not to touch a woman. (1 Cor. 7:1)

25Now concerning the unmarried, I have no command of the Lord, but I give my opinion as one who by the Lord's mercy is trustworthy.
26I think that in view of the present distress it is well for a person to remain as he is. (1 Cor. 7:25-26)


To define and treat sodomy as a punishable crime

The story of Sodom and Gomorrah in Genesis 19 is the main source. God destroyed the two cities because the men of Sodom wanted to have sex with two male visitors.

24and there were also male cult prostitutes in the land. They did according to all the abominations of the nation which the LORD drove out before the people of Israel. (1 Kings 14:24)

7just as Sodom and Gomorrah and the surrounding cities, which likewise acted immorally and indulged in unnatural lust, serve as an example by undergoing a punishment of eternal fire. (Jude 7)

To prevent masturbation

7But Er, Judah's first-born, was wicked in the sight of the LORD; and the LORD slew him.
8Then Judah said to Onan, "Go in to your brother's wife, and perform the duty of a brother-in-law to her, and raise up offspring for your brother."
9But Onan knew that the offspring would not be his; so when he went in to his brother's wife he spilled the semen on the ground, lest he should give offspring to his brother.
10And what he did was displeasing in the sight of the LORD, and he slew him also. (Gen. 38:7-10)

17And every garment and every skin on which the semen comes shall be washed with water, and be unclean until the evening.
18If a man lies with a woman and has an emission of semen, both of them shall bathe themselves in water, and be unclean until the evening. (Lev. 15:17-18)

12Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal bodies, to make you obey their passions.
13Do not yield your members to sin as instruments of wickedness, but yield yourselves to God as men who have been brought from death to life, and your members to God as instruments of righteousness. (Rom. 6:12-13)

Against abortion

13"You shall not kill. (Ex. 20:13)

13For thou didst form my inward parts, thou didst knit me together in my mother's womb.
I praise thee, for thou art fearful and wonderful. Wonderful are thy works! Thou knowest me right well;
my frame was not hidden from thee, when I was being made in secret, intricately wrought in the depths of the earth. (Psalm 139:13-15)

5"Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you; I appointed you a prophet to the nations." (Jer. 1:5)

41And when Elizabeth heard the greeting of Mary, the babe leaped in her womb; and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit
42and she exclaimed with a loud cry, "Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb! (Luke 1:41-42)

To justify the physical punishment of children

9For every one who curses his father or his mother shall be put to death; he has cursed his father or his mother, his blood is upon him. (Lev. 20:9)

3Lo, sons are a heritage from the LORD, the fruit of the womb a reward. (Psalm 127:3)

24He who spares the rod hates his son, but he who loves him is diligent to discipline him. (Prov. 13:24)

6Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it. (Prov. 22:6)

15Folly is bound up in the heart of a child, but the rod of discipline drives it far from him. (Prov. 22:15)

13Do not withhold discipline from a child; if you beat him with a rod, he will not die.
If you beat him with the rod you will save his life from Sheol. (Prov. 23:13-14)

21Fathers, do not provoke your children, lest they become discouraged. (Col. 3:21)

To regulate clothing and hairstyles

27You shall not round off the hair on you temples or mar the edges of your beard. (Lev. 19:27)

28You shall not make any cuttings in your flesh on account of the dead or tattoo any marks upon you: I am the LORD. (Lev. 19:28)

5They shall not make tonsures upon their heads, nor shave off the edges of their beards, nor make any cuttings in their flesh. (Lev. 21:5)

5"A woman shall not wear anything that pertains to a man, nor shall a man put on a woman's garment; for whoever does these things is an abomination to the LORD your God. (Deut. 22:5)

17And he told her all his mind, and said to her, "A razor has never come upon my head; for I have been a Nazirite to God from my mother's womb. If I be shaved, then my strength will leave me, and I shall become weak, and be like any other man." (Judges 16:17)

2I commend you because you remember me in everything and maintain the traditions even as I have delivered them to you.
3But I want you to understand that the head of every man is Christ, the head of a woman is her husband, and the head of Christ is God.
4Any man who prays or prophesies with his head covered dishonors his head,
5but any woman who prays or prophesies with her head unveiled dishonors her head-it is the same as if her head were shaven.
6For if a woman will not veil herself, then she should cut off her hair; but if it is disgraceful for a woman to be shorn or shaven, let her wear a veil (1 Cor. 11:2-6)

4Any man who prays or prophesies with his head covered dishonors his head,
5but any woman who prays or prophesies with her head unveiled dishonors her head-it is the same as if her head were shaven.
6For if a woman will not veil herself, then she should cut off her hair; but if it is disgraceful for a woman to be shorn or shaven, let her wear a veil. (1 Cor. 11:4-6)

13Judge for yourselves; is it proper for a woman to pray to God with her head uncovered?
14Does not nature itself teach you that for a man to wear long hair is degrading to him,
15but if a woman has long hair, it is her pride? For her hair is given to her for a covering. (1 Cor. 11:13-15)

9also that women should adorn themselves modestly and sensibly in seemly apparel, not with braided hair or gold or pearls or costly attire
10but by good deeds, as befits women who profess religion. (1 Tim. 2:9-10)

Guilt, crime and punishment

To assign guilt for disease

AIDS is the current bogeyman, but cancer claims far more lives.

9But after they had brought it around, the hand of the LORD was against the city, causing a very great panic, and he afflicted the men of the city, both young and old, so that tumors broke out upon them. (1 Sam. 5:9)

27Therefore the leprosy of Naaman shall cleave to you, and to your descendants for ever." So he went out from his presence a leper, as white as snow. (2 Kings 5:27)

35And that night the angel of the LORD went forth, and slew a hundred and eighty-five thousand in the camp of the Assyrians; and when men arose early in the morning, behold, these were all dead bodies. (2 Kings 19:35)

20And Azariah the chief priest, and all the priests, looked at him, and behold, he was leprous in his forehead! And they thrust him out quickly, and he himself hastened to go out, because the LORD had smitten him.
21And King Uzziah was a leper to the day of his death, and being a leper dwelt in a separate house, for he was excluded from the house of the LORD. And Jotham his son was over the king's household, governing the people of the land. (2 Chron. 26:20-21)

7For my loins are filled with burning, and there is no soundness in my flesh.
I am utterly spent and crushed; I groan because of the tumult of my heart.
Lord, all my longing is known to thee, my sighing is not hidden from thee. (Psalm 38:7-9)

9And the anger of the LORD was kindled against them, and he departed;
10and when the cloud removed from over the tent, behold, Miriam was leprous, as white as snow. And Aaron turned towards Miriam, and behold, she was leprous. (Num. 12:9-10)

Inferiority of blacks

20Noah was the first tiller of the soil. He planted a vineyard;
21and he drank of the wine, and became drunk, and lay uncovered in his tent.
22And Ham, the father of Canaan, saw the nakedness of his father, and told his two brothers outside.
23Then Shem and Japheth took a garment, laid it upon both their shoulders, and walked backward and covered the nakedness of their father; their faces were turned away, and they did not see their father's nakedness.
24When Noah awoke from his wine and knew what his youngest son had done to him,
25he said, "Cursed be Canaan; a slave of slaves shall he be to his brothers."
He also said, "Blessed by the LORD my God be Shem; and let Canaan be his slave.
God enlarge Japheth, and let him dwell in the tents of Shem; and let Canaan be his slave."
After the flood Noah lived three hundred and fifty years.
29All the days of Noah were nine hundred and fifty years; and he died. (Gen. 9:20-27)

22And if you say in your heart, 'Why have these things come upon me?' it is for the greatness of your iniquity that your skirts are lifted up, and you suffer violence.
Can the Ethiopian change his skin or the leopard his spots? Then also you can do good who are accustomed to do evil.
I will scatter you like chaff driven by the wind from the desert.
This is your lot, the portion I have measured out to you, says the LORD, because you have forgotten me and trusted in lies. (Jer. 13:22-25)

To justify discrimination, intolerance and violence towards homosexuals

22You shall not lie with a male as with a woman; it is an abomination. (Lev. 18:22)

13If a man lies with a male as with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination; they shall be put to death, their blood is upon them. (Lev. 20:13)

17"There shall be no cult prostitute of the daughters of Israel, neither shall there be a cult prostitute of the sons of Israel.
18You shall not bring the hire of a harlot, or the wages of a dog, into the house of the LORD your God in payment for any vow; for both of these are an abomination to the LORD your God. (Deut. 23:17-18)

24Therefore God gave them up in the lusts of their hearts to impurity, to the dishonoring of their bodies among themselves, (Rom. 1:24)

26For this reason God gave them up to dishonorable passions. Their women exchanged natural relations for unnatural,
27and the men likewise gave up natural relations with women and were consumed with passion for one another, men committing shameless acts with men and receiving in their own persons the due penalty for their error. (Rom. 1:26-27)

9Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived; neither the immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor sexual perverts,
10nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor robbers will inherit the kingdom of God. (1 Cor. 6:9-10)

To support capital punishment

I'm not entirely against capital punishment, but the biblical standards advocate a low standard.

2Therefore he who resists the authorities resists what God has appointed, and those who resist will incur judgment.
3For rulers are not a terror to good conduct, but to bad. Would you have no fear of him who is in authority? Then do what is good, and you will receive his approval,
4for he is God's servant for your good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for he does not bear the sword in vain; he is the servant of God to execute his wrath on the wrongdoer. (Rom. 13:2-4)

See Killer Laws

 To mistrust and persecute Catholics

16What agreement has the temple of God with idols? For we are the temple of the living God; as God said, "I will live in them and move among them, and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. (2 Cor. 6:16)

1Now the Spirit expressly says that in later times some will depart from the faith by giving heed to deceitful spirits and doctrines of demons,
2through the pretensions of liars whose consciences are seared,
3who forbid marriage and enjoin abstinence from foods which God created to be received with thanksgiving by those who believe and know the truth.
4For everything created by God is good, and nothing is to be rejected if it is received with thanksgiving;
5for then it is consecrated by the word of God and prayer. (1 Tim. 4:1-5)

18Children, it is the last hour; and as you have heard that antichrist is coming, so now many antichrists have come; therefore we know that it is the last hour. (1 John 2:18)

21Little children, keep yourselves from idols. (1 John 5:21)

10Then Jesus said to him [Peter], "Begone, Satan! for it is written, 'You shall worship the Lord your God and him only shall you serve.'" (Matt. 4:10)

24For false Christs and false prophets will arise and show great signs and wonders, so as to lead astray, if possible, even the elect. (Matt. 24:24)

The way things ought to be


In every case, marriage is defined as a commitment between male and female. It precludes gay marriages.

Against divorce under any condition

6But from the beginning of creation, 'God made them male and female.'
7'For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife,
8and the two shall become one flesh.' So they are no longer two but one flesh.
9What therefore God has joined together, let not man put asunder." (Mark 10:6-9)

6So they are no longer two but one flesh. What therefore God has joined together, let not man put asunder." (Matt. 19:6)

10To the married I give charge, not I but the Lord, that the wife should not separate from her husband
11(but if she does, let her remain single or else be reconciled to her husband)-and that the husband should not divorce his wife. (1 Cor. 7:10-11)

28Even so husbands should love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself. (Eph. 5:28)

A woman shall remain with her husband even if he is an unbeliever.

13If any woman has a husband who is an unbeliever, and he consents to live with her, she should not divorce him.
14For the unbelieving husband is consecrated through his wife, and the unbelieving wife is consecrated through her husband. Otherwise, your children would be unclean, but as it is they are holy. (1 Cor. 7:13-14)

But the unbelieving husband may dissolve the marriage with his wife.

15But if the unbelieving partner desires to separate, let it be so; in such a case the brother or sister is not bound. For God has called us to peace.
16Wife, how do you know whether you will save your husband? Husband, how do you know whether you will save your wife? (1 Cor. 7:15-16)

The man should be head of the household and the woman submissive.

24As the church is subject to Christ, so let wives also be subject in everything to their husbands.
25Husbands, love your wives, as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her,
26that he might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word, (Eph. 5:22-26)

One should marry rather than risk promiscuity.

9But if they cannot exercise self-control, they should marry. For it is better to marry than to be aflame with passion. (1 Cor. 7:9)

Shotgun marriages or a money substitute are justified.

16"If a man seduces a virgin who is not betrothed, and lies with her, he shall give the marriage present for her, and make her his wife.
17If her father utterly refuses to give her to him, he shall pay money equivalent to the marriage present for virgins. (Ex. 22:16-17)

Divorce is justified on grounds of extramarital sex.

32But I say to you that every one who divorces his wife, except on the ground of unchastity, makes her an adulteress; and whoever marries a divorced woman commits adultery. (Matt. 5:32)

A man may initiate divorce from his wife, but there are no provisions for a wife to initiate divorce.

1"When a man takes a wife and marries her, if then she finds no favor in his eyes because he has found some indecency in her, and he writes her a bill of divorce and puts it in her hand and sends her out of his house, and she departs out of his house,
2and if she goes and becomes another man's wife, (Deut. 24:1-2)

If a man divorces his wife and marries another, he commits adultery.

9And I say to you: whoever divorces his wife, except for unchastity, and marries another, commits adultery." (Matt. 19:9, Mark 10:12)

Adultery violates one of the Ten Commandments.

14"You shall not commit adultery. (Ex. 20:14)

Adultery is punishable by death.

10"If a man commits adultery with the wife of his neighbor, both the adulterer and the adulteress shall be put to death. (Lev. 20:10)

A man may take a wife as the spoils of war.

11and see among the captives a beautiful woman, and you have desire for her and would take her for yourself as wife,
12then you shall bring her home to your house, and she shall shave her head and pare her nails.
13And she shall put off her captive's garb, and shall remain in your house and bewail her father and her mother a full month; after that you may go in to her, and be her husband, and she shall be your wife.
14Then, if you have no delight in her, you shall let her go where she will; but you shall not sell her for money, you shall not treat her as a slave, since you have humiliated her. (Deut. 21:11-14)

Polygamy is justified because David had two wives. Later he married third, Bathsheba (2 Sam. 11:26-27).

3And David dwelt with Achish at Gath, he and his men, every man with his household, and David with his two wives, Ahinoam of Jezreel, and Abigail of Carmel, Nabal's widow. (1 Sam. 27:3)

Polygamy is justified because Solomon had 700 wives and 300 concubines.

1Now King Solomon loved many foreign women: the daughter of Pharaoh, and Moabite, Ammonite, Edomite, Sidonian, and Hittite women,
2from the nations concerning which the LORD had said to the people of Israel, "You shall not enter into marriage with them, neither shall they with you, for surely they will turn away your heart after their gods"; Solomon clung to these in love.
3He had seven hundred wives, princesses, and three hundred concubines; and his wives turned away his heart. (1 Kings 11:1-3)

Interracial marriage is condemned because God intended to keep the races separate.

8So the LORD scattered them abroad from there over the face of all the earth, and they left off building the city. (Gen. 11:8)

Interracial marriage is justified because Moses married a black woman.

1Miriam and Aaron spoke against Moses because of the Cushite woman whom he had married, for he had married a Cushite woman; (Num. 12:1)

To prohibit consumption of alcohol

1Wine is a mocker, strong drink a brawler; and whoever is led astray by it is not wise. (Prov. 20:1)

4It is not for kings, O Lemuel, it is not for kings to drink wine, or for rulers to desire strong drink;
lest they drink and forget what has been decreed, and pervert the rights of all the afflicted. (Prov. 31:3-5)

7These also reel with wine and stagger with strong drink; the priest and the prophet reel with strong drink, they are confused with wine, they stagger with strong drink; they err in vision, they stumble in giving judgment. (Isaiah 28:7)

13also that it is God's gift to man that every one should eat and drink and take pleasure in all his toil. (Eccl. 3:13)

To forbid work and commerce on Sundays

23he said to them, "This is what the LORD has commanded: 'Tomorrow is a day of solemn rest, a holy sabbath to the LORD; bake what you will bake and boil what you will boil, and all that is left over lay by to be kept till the morning.'" (Ex. 16:23)

8"Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy.
9Six days you shall labor, and do all your work;
10but the seventh day is a sabbath to the LORD your God; in it you shall not do any work, you, or your son, or your daughter, your manservant, or your maidservant, or your cattle, or the sojourner who is within your gates; (Ex. 20:8-10)

15Six days shall work be done, but the seventh day is a sabbath of solemn rest, holy to the LORD; whoever does any work on the sabbath day shall be put to death. (Ex. 31:15)

31and if the peoples of the land bring in wares or any grain on the sabbath day to sell, we will not buy from them on the sabbath or on a holy day; and we will forego the crops of the seventh year and the exaction of every debt. (Neh. 10:31)

To justify school prayer

17pray constantly (1 Thess. 5:17)

8I desire then that in every place the men should pray, lifting holy hands without anger or quarreling; (1 Tim. 2:8)

Science, Medicine and the World

To oppose medical science

29that you abstain from what has been sacrificed to idols and from blood and from what is strangled and from unchastity. If you keep yourselves from these, you will do well. Farewell." (Acts 15:29)

13Is any one among you suffering? Let him pray. Is any cheerful? Let him sing praise.
14Is any among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord;
15and the prayer of faith will save the sick man, and the Lord will raise him up; and if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven. (James 5:13-15)

1And getting into a boat he crossed over and came to his own city.
2And behold, they brought to him a paralytic, lying on his bed; and when Jesus saw their faith he said to the paralytic, "Take heart, my son; your sins are forgiven."
3And behold, some of the scribes said to themselves, "This man is blaspheming."
4But Jesus, knowing their thoughts, said, "Why do you think evil in your hearts?
5For which is easier, to say, 'Your sins are forgiven,' or to say, 'Rise and walk'?
6But that you may know that the Son of man has authority on earth to forgive sins"-he then said to the paralytic-"Rise, take up your bed and go home."
7And he rose and went home.
8When the crowds saw it, they were afraid, and they glorified God, who had given such authority to men. (Matt. 9:2-8)

To justify war

3The LORD is a man of war; the LORD is his name. (Ex. 15:3)

4for the LORD your God is he that goes with you, to fight for you against your enemies, to give you the victory.' (Deut. 20:4)

18This charge I commit to you, Timothy, my son, in accordance with the prophetic utterances which pointed to you, that inspired by them you may wage the good warfare, (1 Tim. 4:18)

To prove that earth is at the center of the universe

7And God made the firmament and separated the waters which were under the firmament from the waters which were above the firmament. And it was so. (Gen. 1:7)

14And God said, "Let there be lights in the firmament of the heavens to separate the day from the night; and let them be for signs and for seasons and for days and years,
15and let them be lights in the firmament of the heavens to give light upon the earth." And it was so.
16And God made the two great lights, the greater light to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the night; he made the stars also.
17And God set them in the firmament of the heavens to give light upon the earth, (Gen. 1:14-17)

11And as soon as we heard it, our hearts melted, and there was no courage left in any man, because of you; for the LORD your God is he who is God in heaven above and on earth beneath. (Josh. 2:11)

7He stretches out the north over the void, and hangs the earth upon nothing. (Job 26:7)

18Can you, like him, spread out the skies, hard as a molten mirror? (Job 37:18)

4yet their voice goes out through all the earth, and their words to the end of the world. (Psalm 19:4)

1The Mighty One, God the LORD, speaks and summons the earth from the rising of the sun to its setting. (Psalm 50:1)

5The sun rises and the sun goes down, and hastens to the place where it rises. (Ecc. 1:5)

1After this I saw four angels standing at the four corners of the earth, holding back the four winds of the earth, that no wind might blow on earth or sea or against any tree. (Rev. 7:1)

To prove that God created man and the universe

1In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.
2The earth was without form and void, and darkness was upon the face of the deep; and the Spirit of God was moving over the the face of the waters.
And God said, "Let there be light"; and there was light. (Gen. 1:1-3)

2And on the seventh day God finished his work which he had done, and he rested on the seventh day from all his work which he had done. (Gen. 2:2)

7then the LORD God formed man of dust from the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living being. (Gen. 2:7)

21So the LORD God caused a deep sleep to fall upon the man, and while he slept took one of his ribs and closed up its place with flesh;
22and the rib which the LORD God had taken from the man he made into a woman and brought her to the man. (Gen. 2:21-22)

17The flood continued forty days upon the earth; and the waters increased, and bore up the ark, and it rose high above the earth.
18The waters prevailed and increased greatly upon the earth; and the ark floated on the face of the waters.
19And the waters prevailed so mightily upon the earth that all the high mountains under the whole heaven were covered; (Gen. 7:17-19)

21So the LORD God caused a deep sleep to fall upon the man, and while he slept took one of his ribs and closed up its place with flesh;
22and the rib which the LORD God had taken from the man he made into a woman and brought her to the man. (Psalm 90:4)

20O Timothy, guard what has been entrusted to you. Avoid the godless chatter and contradictions of what is falsely called knowledge,
21for by professing it some have missed the mark as regards the faith. Grace be with you. (1 Tim. 6:20-21)

To predict the time of the end of the world

24For false Christs and false prophets will arise and show great signs and wonders, so as to lead astray, if possible, even the elect. (Matt. 24:24)

10And the gospel must first be preached to all nations. (Mark 13:10)

24"But in those days, after that tribulation, the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light, (Mark 13:24)

33Take heed, watch; for you do not know when the time will come. (Mark 13:33)

17then we who are alive, who are left, shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air; and so we shall always be with the Lord. (1 Thes. 4:17)

18Children, it is the last hour; and as you have heard that antichrist is coming, so now many antichrists have come; therefore we know that it is the last hour. (1 John 2:18)

7Behold, he is coming with the clouds, and every eye will see him, every one who pierced him; and all tribes of the earth will wail on account of him. Even so. Amen. (Rev. 1:7)

18This calls for wisdom: let him who has understanding reckon the number of the beast, for it is a human number, its number is six hundred and sixty-six. (Rev. 13:18)

14for they are demonic spirits, performing signs, who go abroad to the kings of the whole world, to assemble them for battle on the great day of God the Almighty.
15("Lo, I am coming like a thief! Blessed is he who is awake, keeping his garments that he may not go naked and be seen exposed!")
16And they assembled them at the place which is called in Hebrew Armageddon. (Rev. 16:14-16)

6Blessed and holy is he who shares in the first resurrection! Over such the second death has no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and they shall reign with him a thousand years. (Rev. 20:6)

2And he seized the dragon, that ancient serpent, who is the Devil and Satan, and bound him for a thousand years, (Rev. 20:2)