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    Quote Originally Posted by Politesse View Post
    The temple meats were supposed to be either burned wholly (a "burnt offering" which only occurred in certain circumstances) or eaten/distributed by the priesthood. ....
    I am prepared to bet that the ratio of eaten:distributed was quite high.

    One consistent characteristic of priests of all religions throughout history has been their willingness to take from the rich, and pay lip-service to giving to the poor.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bilby View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Politesse View Post
    The temple meats were supposed to be either burned wholly (a "burnt offering" which only occurred in certain circumstances) or eaten/distributed by the priesthood. ....
    I am prepared to bet that the ratio of eaten:distributed was quite high.

    One consistent characteristic of priests of all religions throughout history has been their willingness to take from the rich, and pay lip-service to giving to the poor.
    Yup. There's a consistent peril of any system of predictably accumulated wealth; it attracts all the wrong sorts in addition to whomever it was originally meant to help.

    Interestingly, the Hebrew Scriptures both institute this system (in the Pentateuch) and rail against it (in several of the books of the Prophets). To say nothing of Jesus' discourse on the matter in the Christian testament.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Politesse View Post

    Yup. There's a consistent peril of any system of predictably accumulated wealth; it attracts all the wrong sorts in addition to whomever it was originally meant to help.

    Interestingly, the Hebrew Scriptures both institute this system (in the Pentateuch) and rail against it (in several of the books of the Prophets). To say nothing of Jesus' discourse on the matter in the Christian testament.
    Well, fuck. It's too bad there's not somebody who was an omnipotent god that could see the future and had specifically designed the human race in a certain way. If we had one of those, this problem could have been solved before it ever came up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tom Sawyer View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Politesse View Post

    Yup. There's a consistent peril of any system of predictably accumulated wealth; it attracts all the wrong sorts in addition to whomever it was originally meant to help.

    Interestingly, the Hebrew Scriptures both institute this system (in the Pentateuch) and rail against it (in several of the books of the Prophets). To say nothing of Jesus' discourse on the matter in the Christian testament.
    Well, fuck. It's too bad there's not somebody who was an omnipotent god that could see the future and had specifically designed the human race in a certain way. If we had one of those, this problem could have been solved before it ever came up.
    Assuming it desired to do so.

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    Well, if Jesus is God and Jesus was bitching about it, one can assume God has the desire to do so.

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    Adam and Eve became self aware, covering up with fig leaves. No self awareness and there can be no sin.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tom Sawyer View Post
    Well, if Jesus is God and Jesus was bitching about it, one can assume God has the desire to do so.
    That's a lot of assumptions!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Politesse View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Tom Sawyer View Post
    Well, if Jesus is God and Jesus was bitching about it, one can assume God has the desire to do so.
    That's a lot of assumptions!
    Only in the same way that it’s a lot of assumptions to assume that Bruce Wayne has a problem with the Joker just because Batman keeps fighting him.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Politesse View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Tom Sawyer View Post
    Well, if Jesus is God and Jesus was bitching about it, one can assume God has the desire to do so.
    That's a lot of assumptions!
    Indeed a lot of assumptions, and that is the point we skeptics make about deriving morality and meaning and god's will from the bible.

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