[QUOTEemail@example.com;12774067But that’s not correct, of course.
The ‘rules’ of the Church were entirely made up by them, so if needed, they would just have changed them to allow it. As they did eventually – they re-interpreted the Bible to say usury was “charging excessive interest”. (And the definition of excessive seems to get higher each year!)
And the Muslim religion does still ban the charging of interest, but they seem to have an effective economic system going in those countries. They just come up with some loophole that they can explain as not actually charging interest, like calling it something else, so then it’s allowed. (Oddly enough, it looks a lot like the ways Orthodox Jews find for getting things done on the Sabbath that their scriptures don’t allow.)[/QUOTE]
Can you cite these cases like Jewish Law or Muslin Law? I know Orthodox Jews who find their own equivocations, but Jewish Law seems to be incredibly fundamental. Observants Jews will not use electrical devices on the Sabbath to avoid the creation of an electrical spark which has been interpreted as equivalent to fire. Leafy vegatables are washed to prevent accidently ingesting insects which are not kosher. I know a Muslim man who will not eat or drink anything containing vinegar because it was made from alcoholic beverages. Both of those religions seem to err on the side of their own scriptures while the Catholic church created official dogma that would contradict the New Testament or simply add new rules like those regarding usury, not eating meat on Fridays, etc… I’m not taking a stand on this issue, just interested in the facts.