Morality and the Bible
In a previous post “Scientist Finds the Beginnings of Morality in Primate Behavior,” referencing a N.Y. Times article by the same name, we began to discuss the subject of morality. Many Christians believe the Bible, God’s word to mankind, is the source of morality.
However, as I am re-reading the Bible through my new glasses of apostasy, I am discovering that the Bible is full of examples of what I would consider true immoral behavior.
In war, should we kill women, children, babies, old men and animals?
Our innate moral sense will say no. What does the Bible say?
1 Sam.15:2-3 This is what the LORD Almighty says: “I have decided to settle accounts with the nation of Amalek for opposing Israel when they came from Egypt. Now go and completely destroy the entire Amalekite nation–men, women, children, babies, cattle, sheep, camels, and donkeys.”
Ezekiel 9:5-7 As I listened, he said to the others, “Follow him through the city and kill, without showing pity or compassion. Slaughter old men, young men and maidens, women and children, but do not touch anyone who has the mark. Begin at my sanctuary.” So they began with the elders who were in front of the temple. Then he said to them, “Defile the temple and fill the courts with the slain. Go!” So they went out and began killing throughout the city.
Numbers 31:17,18 Now kill all the boys. And kill every woman who has slept with a man, but save for yourselves every girl who has never slept with a man.
Should we discriminate against the physically challenged?
Again, our moral compass will say no. What does the Bible say?
Leviticus 21:17-24 “Say to Aaron: ‘For the generations to come none of your descendants who has a defect may come near to offer the food of his God. No man who has any defect may come near: no man who is blind or lame, disfigured or deformed; no man with a crippled foot or hand, or who is hunchbacked or dwarfed, or who has any eye defect, or who has festering or running sores or damaged testicles. No descendant of Aaron the priest who has any defect is to come near to present the offerings made to the LORD by fire. He has a defect; he must not come near to offer the food of his God. He may eat the most holy food of his God, as well as the holy food; yet because of his defect, he must not go near the curtain or approach the altar, and so desecrate my sanctuary. I am the LORD, who makes them holy.
Should women be treated as equals?
Morality will say “absolutely yes.” However, what does the Bible say?
1 Corinthians 14:34-35 Let women keep silent in the churches, for they are not permitted to speak; but they are to be submissive, as the law also says. And if they want to learn something, let them ask their own husbands at home; for it is shameful for women to speak in church.
Should a rape victim have to marry the man who raped her?
Absolutely Not! However, the Bible says:
Deuteronomy 22:28-29 If a man happens to meet a virgin who is not pledged to be married and rapes her and they are discovered, he shall pay the girl’s father fifty shekels of silver. He must marry the girl, for he has violated her. He can never divorce her as long as he lives.
Should abuse and murder of children every be condoned?
Not unless you want to spend your life behind bars, but the Bible gives a different view:
Psalms 137:8-9 O daughter of Babylon, who are to be destroyed, Happy is the one who repays you as you have served us! Happy is the one who takes and dashes your little ones against the rock!
Even though I could continue through this exercise for hours, I simply want to make the point that I do not believe that the Bible is a good source for morality. I tend to more agree with Agnostic Mom who believes that much of our morality lies in the brain.
– The de-Convert