what can you not do in the bible

The Things The Bible Bans [Do Not Do These]

I have found that the Bible is a moral and ethical guidebook.

It provides us with rules and commandments to follow to be good and righteous people.

There are also things that we should not do according to the Bible.

These are actions that are considered sinful and go against God’s will.

Understanding Sin in the Bible

Sin is a violation of God’s will or law.

Sin is an immoral act that goes against God’s commandments.

Understanding sin is simple, In the Bible, sin is described as anything that separates us from God.

In the Old Testament, sin is often linked to the Ten Commandments and other laws given to the Israelites. These commandments include things like not worshiping false gods, not stealing, and not committing adultery.

Breaking these commandments is considered a sin in the eyes of God.

In the New Testament, sin is often linked to the teachings of Jesus Christ, though there is still some historical precedent referenced from the Old Testament (Remember, Jesus was Jewish). 

Jesus taught us that sin is not just about breaking specific laws but also about our attitudes and intentions.

For example, Jesus taught that even thinking about committing adultery is a sin.

I believe that all humans are born with a sinful nature. This means that we are all prone to sin and need to repent and seek forgiveness from God. Repentance involves acknowledging our sins, feeling remorse, and avoiding sinful behavior.

The Bible teaches that salvation is possible through faith in Jesus Christ. By accepting Jesus as our savior and following his teachings, we can be forgiven of our sins and have eternal life with God.

In Deuteronomy 31:6, God promises never to forsake his children.

This means that God always offers forgiveness and guidance even when we sin. As Christians, we strive to live free of sin and follow God’s will. Sow trust and purity as your seed to our lord your god. For even the unclean can be cleaned again.

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Prohibitions Related to Personal Conduct

I strive to live my life according to the teachings of the Bible.

The Bible contains many prohibitions related to personal conduct that I try to follow. Here are some of the most significant ones:


The Bible prohibits adultery, which is having sexual relations with someone who is not your spouse. Adultery is considered a sin and is condemned in both the Old and New Testaments. According to the bible, sexual relations should only occur within the bounds of marriage.


The Bible also prohibits lying. The Bible teaches us that lying is a sin and that we should always strive to tell the truth.

The Bible teaches that lying is a form of deception and is therefore incompatible with the Christian faith. 

Think about it, it would have been much easier for Jesus to lie – but he didn’t.


The Bible does not directly prohibit masturbation, but some Christians believe it is a sin.

I avoid anything considered sexual immorality, including masturbation.


The Bible prohibits tattoos. Leviticus 19:28 states, “You shall not make any cuts on your body for the dead or tattoo yourselves: I am the Lord.”

Simple one here: don’t get any tattoos.


The Bible prohibits divorce except in cases of adultery. Marriage is a sacred covenant between a man and a woman, and divorce should only be considered in extreme circumstances.

Birth Control

The Bible does not directly address birth control.

Some Christians believe using birth control is a sin because it interferes with God’s plan for procreation. 


The Bible prohibits abortion within the commandments.

I believe that life begins at conception and that abortion is the taking of an innocent life. I think we should do everything we can to protect the lives of the unborn.


The Bible does not explicitly prohibit drug use. However, we should avoid anything that may harm our bodies or our minds – which is mentioned many times throughout the bible. 

I personally believe that drug use is incompatible with the Christian faith.

Modest Appearance

The Bible teaches that we should dress modestly.

Our appearance should reflect our values and relationship with God.

I try to dress in a way that is modest and respectful.


The Bible teaches that we should avoid sinful desires.

We should strive to live a life that is pleasing to God. I try to avoid anything that may lead me into temptation and instead focus on the things that are good and pure.

The Sabbath and Rest

The Sabbath is a day of rest observed by both Judaism and Christianity. 

The Sabbath day is considered to be a holy day, and it is a time to rest and focus on God.

The Bible teaches that the Sabbath day is a day of rest and that people should not engage in work or other activities on this day.

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Genesis 2:2-3 says, “By the seventh day God had finished the work he had been doing; so on the seventh day he rested from all his work. Then God blessed the seventh day and made it holy because on it he rested from all the work of creating that he had done.”

The Sabbath day is usually observed on Saturday, but some Christians celebrate it on Sunday instead.

Regardless of which day it is observed, the Sabbath is a time to rest and focus on God.

This means that people should avoid doing work or other activities unrelated to worship or rest.

Some of the things that are typically not allowed on the Sabbath day include:

  • Doing work or engaging in business activities
  • Cooking or preparing food (unless it is for a religious celebration)
  • Shopping or running errands
  • Using electronic devices or technology
  • Engaging in leisure activities that are not related to rest or worship

Certain things are considered to be appropriate for the Sabbath day. These include:

  • Attending religious services
  • Spending time with family and friends
  • Reading religious texts or studying the Bible
  • Engaging in quiet, restful activities like walking or meditating

Teachings on Marriage and Family

Marriage and family are key themes in the Bible.

The Bible teaches that marriage is a sacred bond between a man and a woman that should be honored and respected.

As a person of faith, marriage is a lifelong commitment that should not be taken lightly.

One of the fundamental teachings on marriage in the Bible is that husbands and wives should love and respect each other. The Bible teaches that husbands should love their wives as Christ loved the church. Wives, in turn, should submit to their husbands as to the Lord. This does not mean that wives are inferior to their husbands, but rather that they should respect their husbands’ leadership in the family.


The Bible also teaches that children are a blessing from God. Parents are responsible for raising their children in the Lord’s ways and teaching them to obey God’s commands. Children, in turn, are to honor and obey their parents.

Adultery is strongly condemned in the Bible. The Bible teaches that marriage is a covenant between a man and a woman and that sexual relations should only occur within the context of marriage. Adultery is a violation of this covenant and is a sin against God.

Divorce is also addressed in the Bible. While divorce is not ideal, the Bible recognizes that it may sometimes be necessary. The Bible teaches that divorce is permissible in cases of adultery or abandonment, but it should only be considered a last resort.

Teachings on Death and Punishment

In the Bible, there are several teachings on death and punishment.

The Old Testament law commanded the death penalty for various acts, including murder, kidnapping, bestiality, adultery, homosexuality, and being a false prophet. (source: GotQuestions.org).

The punishment for these crimes was severe and meant to deter people from committing them.


However, remember the teachings of Jesus Christ, whereas the New Testament teaches forgiveness and mercy. 

Jesus Christ forgave those who sinned against him and taught his followers to do the same. This is one of the key differences ideologically between the Old Testament and the New Testament. 

So, how do we reconcile the teachings of the Old Testament with the New Testament? One way to look at it is that the Old Testament law was meant for a specific time and place, whereas the teachings of Jesus are meant for all time and all places.

Christians are called to follow Jesus’s example and show mercy and forgiveness to those who have sinned against us.

This does not mean that there should be no consequences for our actions, but it does mean that we should strive to be merciful and forgiving.

The Catholic Church teaches that the death penalty is unnecessary in modern society and that it should only be used in sporadic cases. (source: USCCB.org).

Observations on Appearance and Modesty

When it comes to appearance and modesty, the Bible provides some guidance.

While the Bible doesn’t teach that bodies are shameful, it does encourage modesty in dress and behavior.

Humility is critical because it reflects our respect for ourselves and others and our desire to honor God.

In 1 Timothy 2:9-10, Paul instructs women to dress modestly, with decency and propriety, adorning themselves not with elaborate hairstyles or gold or pearls or expensive clothes but with good deeds, appropriate for women who profess to worship God.

This passage suggests that our outward appearance should reflect our inner character and relationship with God.

Modesty is not just about how we dress, but also about how we behave.

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Philippians 2:3-4 encourages us to do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than ourselves.

Modesty in behavior means putting others first, being respectful, and avoiding behaviors that draw attention to ourselves.

It’s important to note that modesty doesn’t mean we must dress in frumpy or unattractive clothing.

Instead, it means dressing in a way that is appropriate for the occasion and doesn’t draw unnecessary attention to ourselves. Modesty can also vary depending on cultural and societal norms.

Biblical Views on Confession and Repentance

Confession and repentance are essential elements of the Christian faith. The Bible teaches that all people have sinned and fall short of the glory of God (Romans 3:23).

Confession involves acknowledging our sins and asking for forgiveness from God and others we have wronged.

Repentance is the act of turning away from sin and turning towards God.

In the Old Testament, confession and repentance were necessary to forgive sins.

The Israelites were instructed to confess their sins and offer a sacrifice to atone for their wrongdoing (Leviticus 5:5-6).

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However, the sacrifice of animals was not enough to thoroughly cleanse them of their sins. It was a temporary solution until the ultimate gift of Jesus Christ.

In the New Testament, confession and repentance are still necessary to forgive sins.

Jesus taught that we should confess our sins to God and ask for forgiveness (Matthew 6:12, Luke 11:4). He also emphasized the importance of repentance, saying that unless we repent, we will perish (Luke 13:3).

The apostle John wrote in 1 John 1:9, “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”

This verse emphasizes the importance of confession and the promise of forgiveness for those who confess their sins.

Confession and repentance are not just one-time events. As Christians, we are called to confess our sins and repent of them continually.

This is a process of sanctification, where we are continually being transformed into the image of Christ.

Frequently Asked Questions

What are some surprising things forbidden by the Bible?

Surprisingly, the Bible forbids the consumption of certain foods, such as shellfish and pork. It also prohibits wearing clothing made of two materials and planting two different crops in the same field. These rules may seem arbitrary, but they were meant to set the Israelites apart from other nations and to keep them pure.

What are some things the Bible says are sins?

The Bible lists many actions as sins, including lying, stealing, adultery, murder, and idolatry. It also condemns greed, envy, and pride. We should also note that the Bible teaches forgiveness and redemption for those who repent and turn away from their sins.

What are some things the Bible says you should be put to death for?

The Bible lists several offenses punishable by death, including murder, adultery, blasphemy, and working on the Sabbath. Remember that these punishments were meant for a specific time and place and were given to the Israelites as part of their covenant with God.

What are some things in the Bible that don’t add up?

There are some apparent contradictions in the Bible, such as differing accounts of the creation story and the genealogy of Jesus. However, many of these discrepancies can be explained by understanding the cultural and historical context in which the Bible was written, as well as the different perspectives of the authors.

What are some things in the Bible that make no sense?

Some parts of the Bible may seem confusing or difficult to understand, such as the book of Revelation and some of the prophetic passages in the Old Testament. Approach these passages with an open mind and a willingness to learn, and to seek guidance from trusted religious leaders or scholars.

What does God want us not to do?

God wants us to avoid sin and to live a life that is pleasing to Him. This includes avoiding actions such as lying, stealing, and cheating and avoiding harmful behaviors such as substance abuse and sexual immorality. Ultimately, God wants us to love Him and our neighbors as ourselves.