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Sarah Schnellbacher's picture

How "can not" can change

I agree that interpretation of literature is not always falsifying the literature, sometimes directly quoting something can be more misleading than interpretation. I recall from when I was a kid my sister dying her hair black. My mom hated it and quoted a bible passage "Neither shalt thou swear by thy head, because thou canst not make one hair white or black" (Mat 5:36 KJV). I interpret this to mean that one did not have the ability to change one's hair color in biblical times and not that it is wrong to dye your hair. Interpretations must be open to change with new technology or we will be forced to either cease technological advance or abandon any old texts for the two to coincide without the flexibility of interpretation.

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