I read a thread in one forum where an atheist made fun of the bible and of the old testament rules or advice or whatever you want to call this. Unfortunately I don't have the exact verses but he was talking about advice for the jewish people which told them how to behave when they go on the toilet. That they have to wash their hand afterwards and that they mustn't defecate near the water because then bacteria or germs might get into the water and cause sickness. Somehow it's really a bit strange, isn't it? I mean such things should be pretty logical and clear. Everybody with a sound mind should know that you wash your hands after going to the toilet and the stuff with the water should also be clear. Then why did God have to tell them this stuff? His argument was basically that the function of religious rules is the codification of knowledge which humans have gained and which doesn't come from God because God isn't needed to find out that washing your hands after going to the toilet is good. What do you say about this? In one class at the university we once talked about something similar. That people are always trying to create special knowledge which allows them to become experts or "priests" which distinguishes them from the majority of people. and besides those priests there are also the "prophets" which aren't orthodox but which create new rules and when the professor talked about this he referred to Jesus and quoted "you were told, but I tell you..." making Jesus look like an anarchrist or a revolter. But somehow this whole stuff isn't really wrong. I mean you can clearly see it on the catholic church that the priests are trying to distinguish themselves from the masses and they do they through their special knowledge, this is what gives them those privileges. Without their knowledge they would be normal people like the rest. What if these rules which are supposed to be from God aren't even from God and some jews made them up and then told the others they are from God?