First of all, the Bible is unclear on this point, look up Matthew 5:18 where Jesus says this in regards to the Old Testament law:
"I tell you the truth, until heaven and earth disappear, not the smallest letter, not the least stroke of a pen, will by any means disappear from the Law until everything is accomplished."He said this despite some of his other statements that went against the barbarity of the Old Testament law, such as the nearly pacifistic Sermon on the Mount.
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They are also quite fond of the Ten Commandments, too, even wanting old displays of them to remain in government buildings, such as in Alabama, which caused a court battle that went to the Supreme Court.
Christians of any variety get testy when those passages of the Bible are brought up, and they often try to explain it away, or deny that it is valid today. My question is, if you don't like those passages being mentioned, and you don't follow those commands anymore, then why even still have them in the Bible?
What is the point of still having those verses in the Bible? Get rid of them already!
If you no longer believe that they are valid scripture (whatever the specific reasoning may be), then there is no point to them, just remove them from the Bible entirely. There would be no need to hack away at the Bible with a razor like Thomas Jefferson did, that would be a bit of a crude way to do it, and besides, he cut out portions most Christians would want to keep, like the story of the resurrection.
Just set up a commission, to decide what to remove, and print a new edition. It's not as though decided what should or shouldn't be in the Bible is a new idea, after all, most of what is recognized as Christianity to this day is the result of such a commission in ancient times called the Council of Nicaea
Before the Council of Nicaea in 325 A.D., there were many different texts out there of the Bible, containing different books, with different stories and spiritual claims.
Having competing factions of Christianity with different versions of the Bible wasn't much of a problem until the Roman emperor Constantine wanted to make Christianity the official state supported religion of the empire.
If he was going to make Christianity the official religion, then Christianity had to be defined by only one holy text, and one set of beliefs. It's not as though decided what is or isn't the holy text of the Bible is without precedent, because the Council of Nicaea defined the basics of what we know now today as the foundations of Christianity.
What does Christianity have to lose from tossing out some of the more barbaric/hateful portions of the Bible?
Nothing, it appears, Christianity has plenty to gain. Tossing these passages would show that Christianity has rejected it's more questionable past, and has come into the modern era. It's about time for it to be done.
Why hasn't Christianity done this already? Why hold onto what they supposedly don't even believe in anymore?