I recently started a parallel discussion about stuff that should not be in the Bible and labelled it "useless scripture". The corollary, of course, is that if scripture is indeed God-breathed, there should have been stuff in there that it took mankind an untold number of years and infinite labor to uncover.
For example instead of Deuteronomy 20:16, "However, in the cities of the nations the LORD your God is giving you as an inheritance, do not leave alive anything that breathes" what if we read, "Wash your hands after you go potty"(or whatever the equivalent Hebrew euphemism was) or, "The sun is a giant ball of gas very, very far away".
What if we read of instructions that were within the technological reach of the ancient Israelites such as how to make soap or how to make a steam engine? Would that not have been far more useful than portions such as Deut. 22:28-29 that enjoins a rapist to marry his victim?
What other stuff should have been in the Bible that was within the intellectual and technological grasp of the ancient Israelites that would have pointed to the divine origin of the Bible? Keep it courteous and clean, please.
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