Over at NewNowNext, Dan Avery has compiled a list of six holy behaviors from the Bible that even Christians would have to concede are both immoral and, in our day and age, extremely illegal.
I’ll quote just two.
Rape. While the Bible doesn’t celebrate sexual assault, it suggests marrying your victim and paying off her family will square the deal…
Some religious scholars claim that, having lost her virtue, the victim would otherwise be subject to life of destitution and scorn. So making her marry her rapist is actually saving her life. Here’s an idea: Maybe the Bible could’ve commanded the Israelites not to scorn the victim of sexual assault? Just a thought.
And then there’s everyone’s favorite,
Genocide. In I Samuel 15:3, Samuel tells King Saul that God wants him to kill the Amalekites so that the Israelites wouldn’t assimilate their evil ways. “Now go and smite Amalek, and utterly destroy all that they have, and spare them not; but slay both man and woman, infant and suckling, ox and sheep, camel and ass.”
Throughout history, some have claimed the plight of the Jews can be blamed on letting some Amalekites live.
Can you guess what other now-illegal acts are just dandy according to the Bible? Extra points for unlawful jackassery that didn’t even make it onto Avery’s list.
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