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Letter: Shamans, Bible

June 14, 2013

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To the editor:

In the June 10 “GO!” section, in the article on shamanism, I read this sentence: “But those who practice it say it doesn’t have to be exclusive of other healing approaches, or even religions.” All for whom the Judeo-Christian Bible is important might want to check out Deuteronomy 18:10-12 and Colossians 2:8, among other verses.

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Armored_One 10 months, 1 week ago

Deuteronomy also goes on in 18:23 to state that you shall not mark the body as you do the dead, meaning no tattoos. I haven't noticed any significant efforts from the submitter of the letter calling for the closing of tattoo parlors.

I also distinctly remember "Thou shalt not suffer the witch to live" and at the same time the Ten Commandments order us to not kill. So which is it?

Gnostics have such a better grasp...

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yourworstnightmare 10 months, 1 week ago

I think this is a quote from the TV show "House":

If religious people listened to reason, there would be no religious people.

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yourworstnightmare 10 months, 1 week ago

Venal trickery and fairy tales are religions all. Just because someone believes something does not entitled them to respect. They do have every right, however, to believe in insipid drivel, but they do not have the right to not be criticized for it.

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Leslie Swearingen 10 months, 1 week ago

Gay, finally looked it up on Google and now I think your letter really lacks merit. I didn't read where they sacrificed anyone in fire or did any of those other things. The second reading is rather more open to interpretation. But doesn't it also depend on who was writing the New International Version of the Bible and what they motives were in translating it, if any? How much do we really know about the original scriptures and what the authors really meant? They might be stunned to learn what their words have been turned into.

Deuteronomy 18:10-12 (New International Version)

10 Let no one be found among you who sacrifices their son or daughter in the fire, who practices divination or sorcery, interprets omens, engages in witchcraft, 11 or casts spells, or who is a medium or spiritist or who consults the dead. 12 Anyone who does these things is detestable to the Lord; because of these same detestable practices the Lord your God will drive out those nations before you.

Colossians 2:8

New International Version (NIV)

8 See to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the elemental spiritual forces[a] of this world rather than on Christ.

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Leslie Swearingen 10 months, 1 week ago

Ah, but in America we have freedom of speech if even no one likes what we have to say. I do wish that those who are opposed to faith would be respectful of those who do worship, whatever that might include, and instead of simply insulting give an oppositional point of view as to how your beliefs contradict others.

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tresameht 10 months, 1 week ago

What's the difference between one set of useless magic words and another. Might as well read chicken entrails for divine advice.

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jonas_opines 10 months, 1 week ago

The purveyors of Coke would also prefer that you not purchase Pepsi.

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Hooligan_016 10 months, 1 week ago

I'm glad this brilliant prose has graced our pages today.

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