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Can anybody ever remember being told not to read the Old Testament of the Bible?



I was raised Jewish but never bothered to read the Torah( the Old Testament to Christians). Now that I hear what is in it=oy! Very derogatory things about women, slavery and discrimination of disabled people among other things. My secular parents celebrated a few holidays for Jews but this book was not discussed. The rabbi in my religious school turned out to be an atheist I learned years later.

Wink1956 Level 1 May 16, 2018

When I was in high school I got sentenced to counseling in juvie court. The counselor told my parents to wake me up in the middle of the night and make me read the bible, every time I did whatever xyz bad thing. My dad told him (more or less) "hell no", but he did make me wake up and read Shakespeare. The was once a time I could recite very long chunks of Julius Ceasar, and Hamlet.



Marine Level 8 May 16, 2018

I've even been told I'm not supposed to read the bible on my own.

josh23452 Level 6 May 16, 2018

Yes RE teacher we don't follow that part of the bible anymore just read the new bit he was a priest who hated me asking why we had to have faith lol his answer cos we had to ...but why ?

Simon1 Level 7 May 16, 2018

Not in any church I went to as a kid, they read the OT just as much as the NT. Sometimes more, if memory serves.


Ive never read any of it, old or new.
Never saw a reason to.


The new testament isn't that new anymore, it s thousands of years old. Should be called less old testement.


Oh, yes, as a Catholic in the 60's, reading the Bible was not encouraged.

pryan Level 4 May 15, 2018

Not that I recall. When believed in bs they pushed the new one.

freedom41 Level 6 May 15, 2018

The only one that i got off on was song of solomon.

lbusche Level 7 May 15, 2018

No, but I remember TRYING to read Revelations and how ridiculous and scary they tried to make it.



But to my knowledge, the New Testament doesn’t correct anything from the Old Testament. So the OT still stands also because that’s where the Ten Commandments are.

Lancinator Level 3 May 15, 2018

If I’m not mistaken, I don’t even think Jesus was against slavery plus he called a gentile a dog when she called out to him cause her daughter was demon possessed. Correct me if I’m wrong about any of this, though.

@EmeraldJewel you are correct, Jesus said obey your masters even if they are bad. But I’m not familiar with the second part about the dog and the daughter was demon possessed. Lol but I think The New Testament is even worse because of no corrections to the old, then they added a hell. The OT didn’t mention anything about a hell or an afterlife, but Christians will find something close enough and just make it mean something different so that there is an afterlife.

@Lancinator here is a video I found. Talking about Jesus calling a woman a dog and if I’m not mistaken, was implied he also didn’t come for gentiles, but only his Chosen People.


Kind of.... I was told it was just stories leading up to the new testament. That's the way to go now.


I don't recall that ever being said... I do know that when I was reading the bible and asking questions I was viewed differently and basically ostracized for pointing out things that seemed odd to me and things that seemed impossible or contradictory to me... It makes sense, though, because my reading the bible was definitely the genesis of my questioning, and eventual rejection, of . #seewhatIdidthere LOL

Veldoran Level 3 May 15, 2018

yes, lol. I guess bc "the blind lead the blind" is in that part? lol

bbyrd009 Level 5 May 15, 2018



Not me. That's what I was raised on. The NT was primarily for protestants when I was a kid.

KKGator Level 8 May 15, 2018

My dad read me the real OT as bedtime reading. Scared the hell out of me, made me despise god as a thug. First big step on my way to agnosticism.


When I used to argue with theists and I used the old testament, I got told that doesn't count anymore because of the new testament. I never understood how they could quote from the old testament to back up one of their silly ideas but I couldn't.

Kbdank71 Level 6 May 15, 2018

Lol contradicting at its finest. Lmfao!

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