would say all. You mean you are afraid of Playboy and Playgirl too? Have you considered you just may have a fear of books?
The point of the response was to point out that you may have misidentified the extent of the solution space. You have offered only two possible solutions to your own question. I added another solution (from Liechtenstien) to be considered.
Not that I couldn’t warm up to it but I feel that his answer is a bit extreme to take initially. I base this feeling purely on statistical considerations. Extremes are generally of low probability, which is one reason they are termed extremes.
I feel another item in the solution space is the possibility that you just happen to really suck
at the analysis and interpretation of abstract symbolic information.
Case in point: you read the bible and see a book of Witchcraft full of spells? You also see these spells as bewitching the great unwashed who haven’t the hope of realizing your level of cognitive sophistication?
So you grab the Bible and turn to, say, Deuteronomy. You do not see a military history of the ancient Hebrews (or whatever your preferred term for these groups), as told by a specific group of Hebrews…the winners. You see a Trieste on Witchcraft filled with spells?
If that is the case then God help you if you ever run across Patton
or John Wayne in The Green Berets
. You will be wetting your bed and sleeping with the light on for weeks to keep the witches away! Not that there is anything wrong with that; some guys are into footware. These are both kind of American analogs to Deuteronomy and being Hollywood films there is a good chance that they were produced by a Jew, just like Deuteronomy, oh, and Patton sure can spout a spell out with the best witch. Plus Technicolor!
Since this is a history (from a certain point of view) and from any point of view it happened already, in fact millennia ago, it would seem a bit late to be casting any spells about it -- but perhaps your concern is with spells that work backward in time. Can they DO that?
Either way it seems pretty clear that the Bible is not full of spells.
See “Blessed are the peace makers for they will find peace.” might be considered an aphorism but not a spell. The same can be said for: “Thou shalt not kill” and “Honor thy father and thy mother”; naive sentiments?…possibly…Right-wing propaganda?...Certainly (only a hater
or a “phobe
” could disagree); but probably not spells no matter how broad the working definition used.
A spell would be more like: “Bubble, bubble, toil, and trouble” or even “Wish I had a watermelon, wish I had a watermelon, I wish Cotton was a monkey, I wish Cotton was a monkey”.
And of course that latter spell could never be found in the Bible because according to Philologists ancient Hebrew did not have a word for watermelon and when you translate Cotton from ancient Hebrew to the Ancient Greek of the Bible it translates to “someone who is unusually fond of goats” rather than the obvious noun of the spell.
Here is another test to help determine if your analytical abilities leave something to be desired. When you read: One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish
-- did you see it as…oh -- say…a story of a bankrupt family, symbol of decaying czarist society, that fails to save their estate as their cherry orchard is cleared for commercial housing by the new owner, an enterprising son of a surf? Did the fish seem to you to have rather heavy Russian accents?
When you attend a Madonna concert do you interpret her performance as a prescient and biting commentary on current culture?
Ring a bell? Hitting pretty close to home? Well, don’t worry yet as it may not be a pattern of poor analytical skills, but it’s got to make one wonder.
Hey I just had another thought.
Maybe you read something in your Bible but then got distracted and picked up your Dungeons and Dragons Players Handbook
by mistake, getting the contents of the one mixed uo with the context of the other. Here is one way to tell: If Mosses was described as a 12th level, Half-Elf, Magic User -- that is almost certainly what happened.
See; isn’t it funny how the most obvious explanation is usually the last one considered. I am glad to have helped.
Not that I would ever poo-poo a good healthy fear of the Bible. I’ve heard some pretty scary stories about that thing. For example, I heard that if you put your tin-foil hat on and then read the Bible backwards you can hear Rachel Maddow and Chris Mathews singling a duet of “I am Woman”. If you simultaneously play that Beatles album backwards you can hear Paul saying “John was born in Kenya. The key is with The Donald. John was born in Kenya. The key is with The Donald”. Booooooooo!
And stuff like that just HAS to be true.