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This is Previous-Essay <== This-Essay ==> Following-Essay Click HERE on this line to find essays via Your-Key-Words. {Most frequent wordstarts of each essay will be put here.} ========================================================== %OLD TESTAMENT PURITY CODE ABOMINATION LAW LEGAL+980414 %DIRTY SOILED DISPOSABLE ALIENATE EXCOMMUNICATE+980414 %KILL MURDER HARM JUDGE CONDEMNATION BANISH WASH+980414 %SIN EVIL GOOD SELF RIGHTEOUSNESS PRIDE FALL FAIL+980414 %RELIGIOUS SACRIFICE IDOLATRY ULTIMATE CONCERN SEE 980414 It is helpful to understand the paradigm/context of many of the commandments which are found in the Old Testament. Many commandments have do do with being "ritualistically clean" and "pure"; in a religious sense having to do with being "without blemish", "perfect". It is an "abomination" to violate provisions of the "purity code". People who commit abominations are to be killed, cut off from their people; just as one would wash pollutants down the drain. Those who are dirty are to be cast away, cast off, washed down the drain --- to recover purity, cleanliness, acceptability. They are disposable in the name of purity, cleanliness and acceptability. People who are preoccupied with the provisions of the purity code are often indifferent to alienation, disintegration, excommunication, pride, self- righteousness, arrogance, misunderstandings, etc. They worship the purity code as a god --- which is to be served without thought about, or consideration of, the costs of the sacrifices in human fragmentation and disintegration which is entailed in such worship. Their ultimate concern is their own purity in their own eyes --- at whatever cost it comes. (c) 2005 by Paul A. Smith in (On Being Yourself, Whole and Healthy) ==========================================================