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melm00se Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Feb-03-10 10:38 AM
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92. The laws of the Old Testament
were for a different time, place and society.

Early Jews were smaller nomadic tribes composed of direct and extended family members. Homosexuals threatened the ability of tribe to grow and expend via marriage and procreation. Even having one exclusively gay man or woman could have grave long term implications to the survivability of the tribe.

Ditto for:

- divorce (discord within the tribal unit)
- adultery (again discord within the tribal unit)
- false idols (look at the vehemence of arguments that revolve around religion, it's not too much of a stretch to see that could turn to murderous violence)
- Food/dietary restrictions (everyone shared food from a common source and food-born illness could rip thru a community and significantly threaten the survival of the tribe)

I could go on but I won't.

Suffice it to say that anything that could, any more than "normal", disrupt the harmony or survival of the tribe had to be declared taboo.
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