Bible Versions – Why So Many?

There is a new feature listed in the main menu bar at the top of all pages. This feature is the ‘Bible Versions Chart’ which lists the translations used in our articles and posts. It is not complete by any means, but is a list of most of the English language Bibles used on The …

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Exodus 21:22-25, Pro-choice or Pro-life – Is a Fetus Valued Less Than a Person?

Our country, like many others, is divided over the issue of abortion. You may be pregnant and thinking of getting one, or you may know someone who is, and you want to know what God thinks about this avenue to problem solving. Many people will try to decide this problem for you, but they all …

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Stuck in a Rut

My wife, Mary, tells me (many times) that I’m stuck in a rut; I guess that may be true in some cases, but I don’t think of it as a bad thing. I’m also a creature of habit (she says), because my life is based on many routines every day: making coffee at the same …

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Should Women Really be Silent in Church?

Over the years I’ve often been asked, by women, if I believed women should really be silent in religious instruction, as it says in the Bible. They were all seeking comment or advice in reference to 1 Corinthians 14:34-35, which states: “Women should be silent during the church meetings. It is not proper for them …

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I Like a Simple Life

Now that I’m older, and hopefully a bit wiser, I’ve decided I like a simple life. I’m seventy-five years’ old, so why has it taken me so long to figure this out, you might ask. Well, I guess it is because I can now compare my present slower life to that of my past hectic …

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God’s Sixth Commandment: Thou Shalt Not Kill

Specifically, the Ten Commandments,1 also known as the Decalogue, were given by God to the Israelites at Mount Sinai, after Moses led the people of Israel out of slavery from Egypt, about 1440 B.C. It was part of the covenant between them and Jehovah. Obeying this list of commandments was a heavy burden for the …

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There is a Good Reason for our ‘Clutter-Free’ Web Site — it is Matthew 7:12

I recently received an email from a reader stating that she appreciated our ‘clutter-free’ web site. I thanked her for letting me know her opinion and then thought I might make mention of my reasons for its current design in a post for everyone to read. In building The Outlaw Bible Student web site, I …

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Carrying a Concealed Gun: What Would Jesus Say?

On our front door is a decal that says ‘Christians Unite, Luke 22:36.’ It is our “low key” Christian announcement that the residents of this home believe in the American right to own and carry a defensive weapon. The Second Amendment to the United States Constitution1 protects the right of citizens to keep and bear …

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Who is The Outlaw Bible Student?

I have received some email asking for background material on The Outlaw Bible Student. I thank everyone that wrote and I sincerely appreciate your interest. This information is, actually, already onsite, however it is hidden in the site’s menu bar under “About OBS” and not easily recognized. So, I decided to post this information as …

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Does God Approve of the Gay Lifestyle: How Should a Christian Treat Gays?

Many Christian churches are moving toward acceptance and approval of gay, lesbian, and transgendered people into their congregations. Currently, in the United States, the United Church of Christ celebrates gay marriage, and some parts of the Anglican and Lutheran churches allow for the blessing of gay unions.1 Even some Quaker groups approve of same-sex marriages …

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