18 Weird Things Condemned in the Bible

SharePinEmailThe Bible is full of enduring life lessons that transcend generations and never lose their meaning. But there is plenty within the Bible that was considered taboo at the time, but less so now. Disparages Between the Old and New Testaments There are also differences in the messaging between the Old Testament and the New…

The Bible is full of enduring life lessons that transcend generations and never lose their meaning. But there is plenty within the Bible that was considered taboo at the time, but less so now.

Disparages Between the Old and New Testaments

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There are also differences in the messaging between the Old Testament and the New Testament, with the former showing us how the world began and how sin entered the world, and the latter being focused on how the world is saved through what Jesus did for his people.

Lifestyle Traits Condemned in the Bible

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Here are some things that you may not have realized or expected the Bible to have denounced.

Consuming Alcohol in Church

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Leviticus 10:9 said: “Do not drink wine nor strong drink, thou, nor thy sons with thee, when ye go into the tabernacle of the congregation, lest ye die.” While the Bible does not provide detailed instructions about drinking, the bottom line is that it prohibits drunkenness, not drinking. Today, there is a fair openness towards social drinking within Christian circles, and some congregations enjoy moderate alcohol consumption during times of celebration.

Refrain From Wearing Bling

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Flashing and flamboyant, with leather jackets and brightly colored tracksuits, bling became fashionable in the 1970s and has remained in fashion, in various guises, ever since. But in the book of Timothy, centered on personal godliness for the sake of the gospel, the wearing of bling was not advised. “I also want the women to dress modestly, with decency and propriety, adorning themselves, not with elaborate hairstyles or gold or pearls or expensive clothes,” read the verse.

Avoid Tarot Cards

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Tarot cards are commonly associated with New Age religion, although they were first referenced in the 1440s and 1450s. But for the Bible, the practice of summoning the paranormal through the use of the likes of tarot cards was prohibited. “Do not turn to mediums or spiritists,” wrote Moses.

Don’t Harbor Resentment

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Being able to forgive one another and not hold grudges is a key ingredient to a happy, contented life, and was a key message of the Bible. As Ephesians 4:31-32, said: “Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice. Be kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.”

Treat Foreigners with Respect

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With anti-immigration policies being debated at government level today, policymakers may want to remember the message of the Bible involving those from overseas. “When a foreigner resides among you in your land, do not mistreat them. The foreigner residing among you must be treated as your native-born. Love them as yourself…” said Leviticus 19:33-34.

Unsupportive of Other Religions

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The Christian faith is tolerant of others and recognizes people may follow other faiths. However, the Bible shows less tolerance for other faiths. James said that true religion is a loyalty to God, and is demonstrated by compassion and love for others, coupled with unworldliness.

Avoid Growing Plants Together

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Maintaining a natural balance in our gardens by growing plants together that are mutually beneficial is a standard gardening practice today. However, it was not always that way, as in Biblical times, companion planting was vetoed. “You shall not sow your vineyard with a second kind of seed, else the crop – from the seed you have sown – and the yield of the vineyard may not be used,” said Deuteronomy 22:9.

Forbidden Tattoos 

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The art of decorating our skin with permanent and non-permanent illustrations has been around for centuries. Today, around 36% of Americans between the age of 18 and 29 have at least one tattoo. But writers of the Hebrew Bible prohibited the practice. “You shall not make gashes in your flesh for the dead, or incise any marks on yourselves,” said Leviticus 19:28.

Cutting Hair Discouraged

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Others dictating how we should wear our hair would certainly be derided today. But in the Old Testament, the cutting of hair was a sin. “Ye shall not round the corners of your heads,” said Leviticus 19:27.

Shaving Opposed

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Like the cutting of hair, shaving beards, and heads was opposed in Old Testament law. “Neither shalt thou mar the corners of thy beard,” said the Scripture. 

Ripped Clothing Frowned Upon

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Torn clothes with frayed edges have represented statement-making subcultures since at least the 1960s, but in Biblical times, such attire was not recommended. “Do not let your hair become unkempt and do not tear your clothes, or you will die, and the Lord will be angry with the whole community,” reads the Old Testament.

Refrain From Eating Shellfish

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Today, we seem to either love or hate shellfish, but in the Bible, it was the latter. According to Leviticus 11:12, shellfish are “detestable.” “That which has no fins nor scales in the waters is a detestable thing unto you.”

Do Not Eat Fat or Blood

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As well as shellfish, the Bible stood against eating fat or blood. “It shall be a perpetual statute for your generations throughout all your dwellings, that ye eat neither fat nor blood,” is another Leviticus verse.

Don’t Pick Grapes from the Ground

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Picking grapes is an essential component of winemaking and without it, we wouldn’t have the vast array of wines available today. But in Biblical times, picking grapes from the ground was considered unholy. “When you harvest your land, don’t harvest right up to the edges of your field or gather the gleanings from the harvest. Don’t strip your vineyard bare or go back and pick up the fallen grapes,” said Leviticus 19:9.  

Avoid Eating Certain Bugs

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The Bible was fairly specific on what it is considered edible and non-edible. “All flying insects that walk on all fours are to be detestable to you. There are, however, some winged creatures that walk on all fours that you may eat: those that have jointed legs for hopping on the ground. Of these you may eat any kind of locust, katydid, cricket or grasshopper,” said Leviticus 11.

Saving For the Future

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You may be surprised to learn that saving is encouraged in the Bible, which has several strong and definitive messages about saving and investing for future needs. Rather than being condemned, saving is commended in the Bible. Saving honors God because it rightly values money as a gift that he has given to us, said James 1:16-17.

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