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[re: the prohibition on mixed fibers]

These warnings were based on the God Yahweh's working knowledge of the germ theory of disease and the modern human body. Evidently mixing certain fibers together to make clothing caused the human body to contract certain skin diseases if worn. These warnings of Yahweh's still stand today if these same fibers are being mixed to create our clothing.

the re-chosen one, Yahoo Answers 47 Comments [8/12/2012 5:11:15 AM]
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Mudak

So does this mean you're going to start protesting every tailor, clothing manufacturer, and store in the mall?

8/12/2012 5:25:47 AM

Voice of Humanity

How the hell would wearing different fibers give disease? These clowns seem to care just as little about their reputation as they do the people they slander on a daily basis.

8/12/2012 5:29:56 AM

Tempus


8/12/2012 5:46:00 AM

Raised by Horses

Unless you're wearing a sack cloth, you are in defiance of this prohibition right now.

8/12/2012 5:53:33 AM

Arctic Knight

At worst, a few specific people might have an allergy to a specific fiber, but mixing fibers do not cause diseases. You are an idiot.

8/12/2012 5:59:24 AM

D Laurier

And yet I have no skin diseases

8/12/2012 6:20:53 AM



Germ theory was developed by homo sapiens.

I'll admit that there were likely festering sores under certain clothes, but that has entirely to do with bad hygiene.

8/12/2012 6:25:37 AM

KittyKaboom




8/12/2012 6:29:50 AM

JeanP

Ahh, one attempt to explain some non-sensical biblical prohibitions.

Nice to know that they read now part of the Bible which are not about sexuality.

8/12/2012 6:44:40 AM

Percy Q. Shunn


8/12/2012 6:46:14 AM

Horsefeathers

"These warnings were based on the God Yahweh's working knowledge of the germ theory of disease and the modern human body."

Or, you know, it could have been another attempt in a long line of such attempts for the Jews to separate themselves from whoever happened to be enslaving them at the time so that they could keep some sort of cultural identity and not end up being folded into another culture.

You'll notice that a good many of these prohibitions deal with diet and appearance, two things which are tied closely to a culture. By not doing what the larger culture they existed in was doing, the early Jews effectively kept themselves from "going native," as it were, and were able to keep their own cultural identity.

"Evidently mixing certain fibers together to make clothing caused the human body to contract certain skin diseases if worn."

Evidently, huh? Lets see this "evidence" you think exists.

Aside from some extremely sensitive individuals, who are typically allergic to the chemicals in the fabrics and not the fabrics themselves, I'm not sure how this would work.

"These warnings of Yahweh's still stand today if these same fibers are being mixed to create our clothing."

They still stand, but nobody takes any notice of them. Much like they take no notice to damn near anything else that's prohibited.

8/12/2012 6:57:52 AM



"Evidently mixing certain fibers together to make clothing caused the human body to contract certain skin diseases if worn."

Citation please.

8/12/2012 7:00:08 AM

gravematter

So God's only got a "working knowledge" of the "germ theory of disease"? So much for omniscience I guess.

8/12/2012 7:08:14 AM

farpadokly

God had a "working knowledge of the germ theory of disease". Yet he chose not to impart to the gospel writers simple information like this:
1. Wash your hands after you use the toilet.
2. Wash surfaces and objects that are commonly handled.
3. Hold your nose and cover your mouth when you sneeze or cough.
through which phenomena like the Black Death could've been avoided.
Instead he chose to concentrate on matters like foreskins, pork, and mixed fabrics.
It's almost as if these rules were invented by a certain group of superstitious tribal people who lived thousands of years ago, and had not the slightest knowledge of modern medicine.
Edit: Horsefeathers makes a great point. A lot of these seemingly nonsensical rules seem to be about establishing and maintaining an in-group identity: They have foreskins, we don't, they eat pork, we don't, etc.

8/12/2012 7:16:45 AM

QuasiRodent

Ok so if I understand correctly:
God, who doesn't simply understand things, but purposefully created everything, including germs and fabrics, decided mixing linen and wool was tacky so he decided to curse those fibres to cause disease if they're worn together?

8/12/2012 7:32:58 AM

whatever

"These warnings of Yahweh's still stand today"...

No they don't.

8/12/2012 7:58:40 AM

Stonespiral

No, it had more to do with helping to single their tribe out from the others like most of their laws did. That's it. Pretty much ever tribe and culture did the same thing to varying degrees of severity.

8/12/2012 8:15:45 AM

freako104

Been wearing mixed fabrics all my life. Still no problems

8/12/2012 8:20:32 AM

Berny

Evidence for this horseshit hypothesis?
You have none.

8/12/2012 8:33:22 AM

Mayhem

Wait... His "working knowledge"? I thought your god was an omnipotent and created everything, including these supposed germs.

Gideon: "Hey, what's that stuff you just made?"
God: "Germs."
Gideon: "What do they do?"
God: (shrugs) "I dunno. Spread and stuff."
Gideon: "So... they're like peanut butter or something?"
God: "Yeah. Yeah, sure. Why not?"

8/12/2012 9:05:43 AM

Doubting Thomas

Since disease is the same reasoning you use to be against homosexuality, why don't you protest clothing stores?

And a huge [citation needed] on the whole "contracting disease from mixed fibers" thing.

8/12/2012 9:43:28 AM



so a cotton/rayon blend will give me skin diseases ? I dont think it works that way.

perhaps untreated animal hairs might include parasites. I would have thought a simple, wash thy camel hair shirt lest you get bit by fleas, would have taught people more.

8/12/2012 9:52:12 AM

Brain_In_A_Jar

"Evidently?" No, it's not at all evident, because what you just described doesn't happen.

8/12/2012 10:38:23 AM

nazani14

Linsey-wolsey: a strong, coarse fabric with a linen warp and a worsted wool weft. A very important and common fabric in colonial America, and would have found in the home of every founding father, at least worn by servants and slaves. Now, go document the cases of skin disease.

8/12/2012 10:38:51 AM

Apatheist

Last I checked, my wool polyester blend didn't give me or anyone I know a rash.

8/12/2012 11:04:28 AM
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