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1. When you were a child, what did your family consider to be the worst thing you could do?
2. What took them the longest to finally forgive?
3. What kinds of punishment were ordinarily handed out in your family?
4. What severe punishment was handed out only in extra-ordinary circumstances?
5. Do you see these laws and their punishments serving more as deterrents to wrong behavior? Or as exhortations to right behavior?
6. How might each be effective and necessary to maintain unbroken fellowship with a holy and jealous God?
7. Which laws detailed here single out religious practices which King Manasseh (see 2 Chronicles 33:6) and King Saul (see 1 Samuel 28) were guilty of following?
8. Where do you see Satanic, cultic or occult practices today? What does this say about humanity’s continuing search for a power or experience “higher” than itself?
9. While most of these laws seem to have retained their application to all people for all time, most societies have done away with the death penalty as a social deterrent. Why is that?
10. Do you see the death penalty as “cruel and unusual punishment”? In all cases? For anything but murder or treason? Why or why not?
11. What aspect of the world is tough for you to separate yourself from? Why?