25 Things the Bible Forbids


The Bible contains various commandments, laws, and guidelines that are considered by different religious traditions to be divinely inspired. Interpretations of these teachings can vary among different denominations and religious scholars. Here are 25 things that are often considered forbidden or discouraged in the Bible:

  1. Idolatry: Worshiping or creating idols is forbidden (Exodus 20:3-6). The bible frowns at the act of worshipping idols or having other gods.
  2. Blasphemy: Speaking disrespectfully or irreverently about God is discouraged (Exodus 20:7). The bible also frowns at disrespecting God, saying things considered disrespectful to God is sinful.
  3. Taking God’s name in vain: Misusing or dishonoring the name of God is prohibited (Exodus 20:7).
  4. Sabbath-breaking: Failing to observe the Sabbath day as a day of rest is discouraged (Exodus 20:8-11).
  5. Dishonoring parents: Disrespecting or disobeying one’s parents is considered sinful (Exodus 20:12).
  6. Murder: Taking another person’s life is explicitly forbidden (Exodus 20:13).
  7. Adultery: Engaging in sexual relations outside of marriage is prohibited (Exodus 20:14).
  8. Theft: Stealing is forbidden (Exodus 20:15).
  9. False witness: Bearing false testimony or lying is discouraged (Exodus 20:16).
  10. Coveting: Being envious of others’ possessions or desiring them to the point of sin is discouraged (Exodus 20:17).
  11. Homosexuality: Some verses in the Bible are interpreted as condemning homosexual behavior (e.g., Leviticus 18:22, Romans 1:26-27).
  12. Divorce: Divorce is discouraged, and remarriage after divorce is considered adultery by some interpretations (Matthew 19:3-9).
  13. Eating certain foods: Some dietary restrictions are outlined in the Old Testament (Leviticus 11; Deuteronomy 14).
  14. Wearing mixed fabrics: Wearing clothing made of mixed materials is discouraged (Leviticus 19:19).
  15. Tattoos and body modifications: Some interpretations suggest that marking or cutting the body is prohibited (Leviticus 19:28).
  16. Usury: Charging excessive interest on loans is discouraged (Exodus 22:25).
  17. Gossip: Spreading false rumors or speaking ill of others is discouraged (Leviticus 19:16).
  18. Drunkenness: Excessive drinking is discouraged (Proverbs 20:1, Ephesians 5:18).
  19. Witchcraft: Engaging in occult practices is forbidden (Deuteronomy 18:10-12).
  20. Fornication: Sexual relations outside of marriage are discouraged (1 Corinthians 6:18).
  21. Lying: Speaking falsehoods is discouraged (Proverbs 12:22).
  22. Anger: Uncontrolled anger is discouraged (Ephesians 4:26-27).
  23. Disorder in worship: Certain guidelines for orderly worship are given (1 Corinthians 14:40).
  24. Dishonesty: Engaging in deceitful practices is discouraged (Proverbs 11:1).
  25. Violence: Committing acts of violence is condemned (Matthew 26:52).

It’s important to note that interpretations of these prohibitions may vary among different religious denominations, and some teachings may be understood in a more symbolic or contextual manner. Additionally, different branches of Christianity and other Abrahamic religions may emphasize different aspects of these teachings.


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