Once again, pseudo random number generators are being declared holy. After that, more lists.
How many days worth of reading would be be able to skip if got rid of all of the boring lists of people. I'm guessing at least two weeks worth. If we added other random lists (such as the detailed descriptions of the tabernacle and temple), I am guessing we could probably get rid of another week's worth.
Overall, I am still finding this project interesting and valuable, but those lists represent hours of my life that have been utterly wasted.
Paul continues to talk about eating habits. Paul touches here upon a very valid point. There is much importance and symbolism in eating and drinking. Both what we eat and how we eat it. A McDonald's burger eaten in the car is an emotionally different thing than a lovingly made meal eaten with loved ones.
Paul spends any points he may have gained today by saying that all idols are demons. Really Paul, really? Demons? Not just fake or perhaps incorrectly worshiped manifestations of the one true God? But demons? That is both likely to breed disrespect and kind of ridiculous.
I think Paul's feelings on what one should and should not eat can be summed up with this statement from near the end of today's reading:
So whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.Psalms and Proverbs
Another proverb of questionable morality:
A secret gift calms anger;
a bribe under the table pacifies fury.