BLANDCorporatio wrote:Dr Pepper wrote:You missed the point. And i noticed that you left out Zeku's first example of the people who were in the "Holy Land" when the hebrews arrived. As described in the Old Testament, God keeps saying "Kill them all!" Then a few chapters later, God throws a fit because "Hey, i have looked into your cities and i see some of peoples X, Y, and Z, which i told you to kill, Now go finish the job!"
This was associated with religious pluralism, that is the toleration of people worshiping someone other than Yahweh.
I suppose you could interpret it that way, which is "Group A almost, but not quite, exterminates group B, then Group A decides this was a problem and repeats the job".
The justification given is that they were not allowed to go in and wipe out the Canaanites till the Canaanites had become so evil that it was required, expressions along lines of "not because you were good but because they became so evil", and not allowed "till the error of the canaanites came to completion". (other religions/cultures were not seen as evil as Canaanites, there was some admonition to be good to foreign residents as the jews were also once foreigners in strange land)
It was felt that bad behavior would infect the people, eg claim is even wise Solomon started to sacrifice/burn his kids because of contamination from foreign wives, and another kings evil wife Jezebel's corruption/murder such as killing someone to have his garden)
The "evil" claimed included a) murder/violence of many sorts with biggest focus of own children as sacrifices "passing though fire" (parents placing their first born child on idol of god with outstretched hands over a burning fire while priest class played loud music so screams of baby not heard), and all forms of "unnatural" sex including incest, bestiality and same sex.
Modern standards are different, eg polygamy is considered wrong today, where back then it at times was a requirement... if your brother died (such as was common in wars), then you were required to take his wife as your own so she and her kids would be looked after. A person back then who heard how we ban being hit with a stick as punishment for wrong, but lock in jail for many years with open jokes about bubba in the shower probably would find that barbaric to the extreme... (hit with a stick and his life is normal in a week, but jail costs him years of best life in fear of rape the whole time).
Much of our culture is also a matter of conditioning... eg 70 years ago "social darwinism"/eugenics was very popular and deemed at times "needed" in most western societies especially among the "liberal" intellectual elite. (was seen as logical part of science, many governments even in north america forcibly sterilized mentally handicapped adults). As result of Nazi's promotion and usage of it, is seen more negatively now.
Similar with sex, there are many different forms of "unnatural" that show up in nature at times... I have seen cows and geese very annoyingly try to breed humans. We would still consider it sick if some farmer had sex with his horny cow. But 30 years from now they may be genetically engineering apes to be better "consenting" sex slaves of humans, arguing that this is improvement over prostitutes and those that disagree with bestiality are barbaric or phobic. (Hitchhikers guild to galaxy has intelligent/sentient "animals" wanting to be killed/murdered as food in a restaurant)
Much of the focus of such rules in ancient cultures was about success of community as a whole, strong focus on people getting married, having kids and looking after their kids (so kids don't steal to survive). Today a very large cost of economy goes to providing welfare and policing to children of single parent families (tend to have higher crime rates). Overpopulation is now a problem so birth rates are not as important.
In erfworld game terms if it cost 10% of production if a culture did something sexually different similar to Parson not making his rounds in city, there may be "moral" rules as result.