Gimme that old time religion
Yes, I do take the bible seriously.
Those were OT restrictions and penalties
Perhaps you can explain something for me.
I see that sort of statement from Christians quite frequently. They write off all the bad bits (and there are a lot of them) in the OT by saying something about "new covenant" and "the OT stuff no longer applies." All well and good, but then they absolutely insist that we all follow the 10 commandments. Which, I believe, are in the OT and should therefore be discarded as being no longer applicable, the same as the stuff about not eating shellfish or wearing poly-cotton shirts.
I'm having difficulty following the reasoning about the 10 commandments. But since you take the Bible seriously, perhaps you can explain it to me.