The original article’s lack of historical knowledge is not worth reading, but this comment, written by a pagan, nails the theme of human growth potential:
☽ Majorana Fermion ☾
The only way to read the Bible and for it to make sense is to think of it as a chronological development. For instance: “No one whose testicles are crushed or whose penis is cut off shall be admitted to the assembly of the LORD.” Deuteronomy 23:1 NRSV. From the earliest OT.
Later, that was clearly refuted by Isaiah 56:4-5, “To the eunuchs who keep my Sabbaths, who choose what pleases me and hold fast to my covenant to them I will give within my temple and its walls a memorial and a name better than sons and daughters; I will give them an everlasting name that will endure forever.”
And then it was expanded upon by Jesus Himself in Matthew 19:12, “For there are eunuchs who were born that way, and there are eunuchs who have been made eunuchs by others–and there are those who choose to live like eunuchs for the sake of the kingdom of heaven. The one who can accept this should accept it.”
And then a whole long story about how that would actually work out in everyday life in Acts 8:26-40, after Jesus was gone.
In other words, the Bible was meant to be seen as a story of the development of how people could please God. From the vicious and violent lessons in the OT to the “new” message in the NT. It’s kinda irrefutable in that it’s the only way the compilation makes any sense or internal consistency.
It would require Christians to provide food, shelter and health care for the poor. Give up their worldly goods. Not judge others. Love instead of hate. Invite strangers not like themselves & non-believers into their lives. Assume all are equal.
And that’s the problem: There is just no monetary, social or political profit in that sort of message. And that’s what we’re all about here in America; profit and hierarchy of power.