Posted by: johnhourihan | January 4, 2013

Some religious rules were meant to be changed


I’m not sure it’s a fact, but I think it is true that bacon, more than anything else, except sex with a Catholic, is responsible for the conversion of Jewish eggs-bacon-breakfastpeople.
Just wanted to get your attention.
Isn’t it as clear as the fact that Jesus was trying to tell people that there was no need for human sacrifices anymore, that Jews were told not to eat pigs because people didn’t cook pigs as thoroughly as we do now, and it was causing a lot of diseases in a group of people who were trying to out propagate their competition?
Some religious rules are perfect for all times like, “Thou shalt not kill, and thou shalt not steal.” But then there are the rest that were specifically for a time and place and were meant to be changed after a while.
As for Christians, isn’t it more of a possibility that Jesus meant that people, every time they sit down to eat supper, should remember His teachings of loving their neighbor and worshipping their God, than that He meant they should ceremoniously eat bread and drink wine pretending that it is actually His body and blood, while a select group chants in Latin and then forget that he was trying to teach people to love each for the rest of the week too?
And sometimes I wonder if our new political Christians, in their chauvinistic world of, “I’m OK and you are to be ignored,” realize that Jesus wasn’t a Christian.
Don’t get me wrong. Religion is a necessary part of our lives, even if you have a religion that doesn’t believe in God. As long as we have free will I think we should have rules that are backed up by, If you do the wrong stuff you will be punished by God or karma or whatever.
I just think we aren’t paying much attention to those rules recently, and for some reason no one thinks he or she is going to be punished.
And that seems to be our biggest current problem.

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  1. Historically, the main reasons that Jews converted were to escape persecution or to advance their position in society. I’ve never heard of dietary preferences being cited as a reason for conversion. I think this might be a bit of an urban myth.

    • I have. Often. And it isn’t an urban myth. It is reality. Bacon and ham and beans. They are the main reason Jews convert. It was a joke, but when it comes right down to it I think I would rather be known for converting for dietary reasons than because of cowardice or greed.

  2. I always thought that the 10 commandments would be the only thing any religious person would need to to live life and say “YES I’M A RELIGIOUS PERSON “


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