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Fred McGraw Donner, however, suggests that formation of a state in the peninsula and ideological (i.e. religious) coherence and mobilization was a primary reason why the Muslim armies in the space of a hundred years were able to establish the largest pre-modern empire until that time.
No killing of women, children or innocents -- these might include hermits, monks or other religious leaders who were deemed noncombatants;
No wanton killing of livestock or other animals;
No burning or destruction of trees and orchards; and
No destruction of wells.
Deuteronomy 17:12 NLT wrote:Anyone arrogant enough to reject the verdict of the judge or of the priest who represents the LORD your God must be put to death. Such evil must be purged from Israel.
Exodus 21:15 NAB wrote:Whoever strikes his father or mother shall be put to death.
The Bible, somewhere, probably wrote:If a man picks his nose, he will be crushed by a 5-ton weight.
RuffDraft wrote:Yeah, except that the Bible is really meant to be taken as a whole, usually allegorically, and in paragraphs. The mundane, earthly, non-prophetical, purely-human hands that wrote it didn't intend for it to be taken line by line as I have done above.
Even so, it's very telling that religious "interpreters" tend to use only the passages they like from the Bible, so they can tell people that Christianity is all about faith and doing the right thing. Just like those people who ask "What would Jesus do?" Usually, they don't want to know so they can do it; they want to know so they can tell other people to do it. But that's religion for ya.
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