Is the Bible a Perfect Moral Guide?

Many Christians are not aware of significant portions of the Bible. Is there something to hide?

Although the Bible does contain inspiring words, there are other parts that are never read in church services. It could be argued that there is not enough time to read the entire Bible, but it is a good thing for Christianity that some parts are not known by many Christians. From the silly to the horrible, there are passages of the Bible that leave a lot to be desired for a book that is supposed to be a guide for humanity.

On the silly side, there are a number of references to what now are regarded as mythical beasts, although they were thought of as real by many in ancient times. While Christians will use translation (as Muslims do for violent passages in the Quran) and other excuses for these passages, it is suspicious that the Bible appears to reflect ancient thinking rather than divine. Why would a god let what is supposed to be his word to be represented in such a way?  A more detailed examination of these can be found at unicorns and dragons in the Bible.

However, it certainly does not end there. Who really believes in giants now? Who thinks witches and wizards should be killed? How about cutting off someone’s penis to keep them from sinning? It is necessary to tell people a woman on her period is unclean or unclean for a longer period after having a girl than after having a boy These quotes can all be found, as well as stories of incest, rape and other sexual depravity in the following video.

However, by far the most trouble parts of the Bible can be found in parts of the Old Testament.  From what kind of beating you can give your slave (it is ok as long as the slave survives at least a couple of days), to death to those who: do not listen to priests or hit their fathers, women who are not virgins on their wedding nights, death for blasphemy, to mass murder and the enslavement of entire nations, there is a lot that many Christians never are aware of.

For those who are, some of the attempted justification for some of the following is that it is just the Old Testament which Jesus’ word overrides (although all indications are that he reaffirmed it).

It is hard to see why a god would ever change his mind on anything or regret what he once said. Regardless, the following should give moral Christians a pause. Everything below is taken directly from the following website less studied passages of the bible.

“Kill People Who Don’t Listen to Priests
Anyone arrogant enough to reject the verdict of the judge or of the priest who represents the LORD your God must be put to death.  Such evil must be purged from Israel.  (Deuteronomy 17:12 NLT)

Kill Fortunetellers
A man or a woman who acts as a medium or fortuneteller shall be put to death by stoning; they have no one but themselves to blame for their death.  (Leviticus 20:27 NAB)

Death for Hitting Dad
Whoever strikes his father or mother shall be put to death.  (Exodus 21:15 NAB)

Kill Women Who Are Not Virgins On Their Wedding Night
But if this charge is true (that she wasn’t a virgin on her wedding night), and evidence of the girls virginity is not found, they shall bring the girl to the entrance of her fathers house and there her townsman shall stone her to death, because she committed a crime against Israel by her unchasteness in her father’s house.  Thus shall you purge the evil from your midst.  (Deuteronomy  22:20-21 NAB)

Death for Blasphemy
One day a man who had an Israelite mother and an Egyptian father got into a fight with one of the Israelite men.  During the fight, this son of an Israelite woman blasphemed the LORD’s name.  So the man was brought to Moses for judgment.  His mother’s name was Shelomith. She was the daughter of Dibri of the tribe of Dan.  They put the man in custody until the LORD’s will in the matter should become clear.  Then the LORD said to Moses, “Take the blasphemer outside the camp, and tell all those who heard him to lay their hands on his head.  Then let the entire community stone him to death.  Say to the people of Israel: Those who blaspheme God will suffer the consequences of their guilt and be punished.  Anyone who blasphemes the LORD’s name must be stoned to death by the whole community of Israel.  Any Israelite or foreigner among you who blasphemes the LORD’s name will surely die.  (Leviticus 24:10-16 NLT)

Not only does the Bible fail to clearly condemn the horrible practice of slavery as one would expect a god that cared about its creations to do, the Bible gives every indication of condoning it.

The following passage describes the sickening practice of sex slavery.  How can anyone think it is moral to sell your own daughter as a sex slave?

When a man sells his daughter as a slave, she will not be freed at the end of six years as the men are.  If she does not please the man who bought her, he may allow her to be bought back again.  But he is not allowed to sell her to foreigners, since he is the one who broke the contract with her.  And if the slave girl’s owner arranges for her to marry his son, he may no longer treat her as a slave girl, but he must treat her as his daughter.  If he himself marries her and then takes another wife, he may not reduce her food or clothing or fail to sleep with her as his wife.  If he fails in any of these three ways, she may leave as a free woman without making any payment.  (Exodus 21:7-11 NLT)

What does the Bible say about beating slaves?  It says you can beat both male and female slaves with a rod so hard that as long as they don’t die right away you are cleared of any wrong doing.

When a man strikes his male or female slave with a rod so hard that the slave dies under his hand, he shall be punished.  If, however, the slave survives for a day or two, he is not to be punished, since the slave is his own property.  (Exodus 21:20-21 NAB)

Killing at Jericho
When the people heard the sound of the horns, they shouted as loud as they could. Suddenly, the walls of Jericho collapsed, and the Israelites charged straight into the city from every side and captured it.  They completely destroyed everything in it – men and women, young and old, cattle, sheep, donkeys – everything.  (Joshua 6:20-21 NLT)

David’s Punishment
Polygamy, Rape, Baby Killing, and God’s “Forgiveness” (2 Samuel 12:11-14 NAB)
Thus says the Lord: ‘I will bring evil upon you out of your own house.  I will take your wives [plural] while you live to see it, and will give them to your neighbor.  He shall lie with your wives in broad daylight.  You have done this deed in secret, but I will bring it about in the presence of all Israel, and with the sun looking down.’
Then David said to Nathan, “I have sinned against the Lord.”  Nathan answered David: “The Lord on his part has forgiven your sin: you shall not die.  But since you have utterly spurned the Lord by this deed, the child born to you must surely die.”  [The child dies seven days later.]”

In short, innocent victims are given to a rapist and then a child is killed!

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Faith can be a very dangerous thing if not backed up by evidence. Question everything and do not blindly follow. Certainty does not necessitate truth. If your God is almighty, he can certainly stand up to human questioning.

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