bible3imagesShould a book be honored and called good if it advocates genocide as a means of justice?

 

Gen. 6:7 And the LORD said, I will destroy man whom I have created from the face of the earth; both man, and beast, and the creeping thing, and the fowls of the air; for it repenteth me that I have made them.

 

 

Should a book be honored and called good if it promotes the killing and torturing of people for acts such as homosexuality and adultery, or because they worship another god?

 

Lev.20:13 If a man also lie with mankind, as he lieth with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination: they shall surely be put to death; their blood shall be upon them.

Lev.20:10 And the man that committeth adultery with another man’s wife, even he that committeth adultery with his neighbour’s wife, the adulterer and the adulteress shall surely be put to death.

Lev.24:13-16 And he that blasphemeth the name of the Lord, he shall surely be put to death, and all the congregation shall certainly stone him: as well the stranger, as he that is born in the land, when he blasphemeth the name of the Lord, shall be put to death.

Exo.22:20 He that sacrificeth unto any god, save unto the Lord only, he shall be utterly destroyed.

Exo.22:18 Thou shalt not suffer a witch to live.

 

Should a book be honored and called good if it condones slavery and violates the equal human rights of women?

 

Exo.21:7 And if a man sell his daughter to be a maidservant, she shall not go out as the menservants do.

 Lev.25:44-45 Both thy bondmen, and thy bondmaids, which thou shalt have, shall be of the heathen that are round about you; of them shall ye buy bondmen and bondmaids. Moreover of the children of the strangers that do sojourn among you, of them shall ye buy, and of their families that are with you, which they begat in your land: and they shall be your possession. And ye shall take them as an inheritance for your children after you, to inherit them for a possession; they shall be your bondmen for ever:

Ephesians 6:5 NLT: Slaves, obey your earthly masters with deep respect and fear. Serve them sincerely as you would serve Christ.

 

Should a book be honored and called good if it gives no human rights to children, and advocates that they should be beaten?

 

Pro.23:13 Withhold not correction from the child: for if thou beatest him with the rod, he shall not die.

 

Should a book be honored and called good if it demands women be subservient to men and denies them equal opportunities in society?

 

Rom.7:2 For the woman which hath an husband is bound by the law to her husband so long as he liveth; but if the husband be dead, she is loosed from the law of her husband.

1Tim.2:12-15 But I suffer not a woman to teach, nor to usurp authority over the man, but to be in silence. For Adam was first formed, then Eve. And Adam was not deceived, but the woman being deceived was in the transgression.

1Cor.14:34-35 Let your women keep silence in the churches: for it is not permitted unto them to speak; but they are commanded to be under obedience, as also saith the law.

 

Should a book be honored and called good that contradicts itself and cannot be trusted to tell the truth? I think not …

 

I feel it is the responsibility of all people who consider themselves intelligent, to speak the truth and expose lies … so if a book has the honor of being called good, it should live up to the reputation that the title of “Good” carries, otherwise it should be exposed as a fraud.

7 Responses to “Should the Bible be Honored as a Good Book?”

  • Rose, if you make a deep search in the holy Bible you can find the LORD. His teaching voice is there to be found, so use 2015 wisely to search for Him.

    Today the LORD doesn’t take the life of those who worship false gods, yet hat verse you quoted makes it very clear how much He hates false worship.

    He knows that His creation go astray very easily, and so He is very compassionate with us.

    We can understand from His words that, although He is love, He has a very deep hatred for evil speech and behavior.

    Enjoy the Bible, for it is as it testifies – holy.

  • Lisa:

    Greetings Rose,
    I stumbled upon this post today by a convoluted route. I resonate with many of your concerns about genocide, gender bias, hell, etc. To be clear, don’t we have to say it is the church teaching a literal interpretation of the Bible, not the Bible itself, that teaches such things? Your closing question and statement about the Bible caught my attention. You ask: “Should a book be honored and called good that contradicts itself and cannot be trusted to tell the truth? I think not …” and then you state: “I feel it is the responsibility of all people who consider themselves intelligent, to speak the truth and expose lies … so if a book has the honor of being called good, it should live up to the reputation that the title of “Good” carries, otherwise it should be exposed as a fraud.”

    Rose, I agree with you that we should speak the truth and expose lies. If your judgement of the Bible comes from a literal reading, you may have unintentionally entered into a lie about the Bible. An intelligent evaluation of the Bible can only come if it is read as the writers intend, right? The writers of that era didn’t have our modern “literal” approach to writing, so it wasn’t an option for them. I do not say this as a Christian. I do not go to church. I am, however, heavily influenced by the Bible, and read it almost daily. Jesus is a great wisdom teacher, that is, for those who have the ears to hear. 🙂 There’s a whole body of wisdom literature out there that employs contradiction to confound the reader, to induce doubt to test the reader. Wisdom literature encourages constant questioning. There is also a genre called “koan” that does the same thing. Hopefully you will find a guide to reading wisdom literature, like the Bible, to discover that it is not only good, but a treasured wisdom companion. Enjoy!

    • Rose:

      Hi Lisa, I am pleased that you took the time to comment on my article.

      You say that an intelligent evaluation of the Bible can only come if it is read as the writers intended and I agree. What clues the reader in to the intent of the Bible is how its laws, rules and ordinances were carried out throughout biblical history. For sure we know that people were killed for acts of worshiping other gods, adultery, not being a virgin on your wedding night, homosexuality, unruly children, and for many other violations of biblical rules. From this we can be sure of what was intended by the authors. Many Christians believe that the Bible is the inspired word of god, if that is the case then there should be no ambiguity whatsoever in the intention of its content.

      Jesus can be thought of as a great wisdom teacher without him being the son of god … he was just a man. There are many, many humans throughout history that have been as wise as Jesus without needing to be a god … they are just men and women.

      Kind regards,
      Rose

      • Lisa:

        Hi Rose,
        And thank you for your response. I appreciate our dialogue. You bring up lots of good points, to which I agree. For example, the laws that are unjust need to be challenged. And this is why you will appreciate the Bible. One of the unique features of the Hebrew Scriptures is that it includes its dark side. It includes the atrocities, mistakes, and toxic traditions in order to highlight those perversions. Why? Who does that? It includes them, but also includes other voices, different voices, such as the prophets, that challenged its own religious leaders and traditions. This kind of storytelling explores ethics and values, encouraging humility and growth instead of stagnant doctrines. These are cautionary tales. They say, “Hey, you, listen up. If you serve a monstrous god, you will do monstrous things (and visa versa), wake up!” Jesus continued that tradition by challenging the toxic leaders of his day and calling them on their hypocrisy and their unjust laws.

        I wholeheartedly agree that Jesus’ wisdom is independent of “son of god” status. That is, the “son of god” status as invented by the literalist readings of the New Testament. I agree that Jesus is a man. Jesus variously claimed to be the “son of man” and the “son of G_d”, but was he saying that in order to make a unique claim about himself, or was he challenging the dualistic divide between god and man his religious leaders were proclaiming, AND, in that challenge, simultaneously raising the status of every person?

        • Rose:

          Hello again Lisa,

          Yes I agree, the Bible states that Jesus challenged the “toxic” leaders of his time, but he also fully supported the god of the Old Testament calling him “his father” and said that not one jot or tittle would be changed from his morally biased and unjust laws.

          Jesus may have been wise in many ways, but he was also subject to the primitive male-biased mindset of the time in which he lived. People in the time of Jesus believed that it was okay to own slaves and treat women as property, these are things that we know to be morally wrong, yet Jesus never challenged any of the laws that pertained to these things … as such he condoned them.

          The Bible is a great historical document, giving us a window into the superstitions and beliefs of primitive man and allowing us to see how much our morality has evolved.

          Kind regards,
          Rose

          • Lisa:

            Dear Rose,
            I wasn’t too far from believing the same at one time. It’s unfortunate, there’s so much more to that document. I understand your position, and I’ll leave with gratefulness for our discussion.
            Peace to you!
            Lisa

  • Rose:

    Again, thank you Lisa for stopping by to share your views, I always appreciate a good discussion. After studying the Bible in depth I know for sure it can never be called a good book. Its promotions of human rights abuses make it beyond redemption, even though it might contain many words of wisdom.

    Kind regards,
    Rose

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