"...I, the LORD your God, am a jealous God, punishing the children for the sin of the fathers to the third and fourth generation of those who hate me..." [Deuteronomy 5:8-10]

Wednesday, June 09, 2004

Is rape OK when God says so?

Darkstar218 writes: "As for your reference to 2 Samuel [12:11], you are making the classic blunder in misquoting scripture. Scripture is meaningless if not given in context. What is the context of God giving over women to rape and murder? This is David's punishment for taking Bathsheba and killing Uriah! Does this mean that God is telling us that it's okay to rape and murder in cold blood? Obviously not. This is God's dispensation of judgment against David for his sin. Before you go misquoting scripture, you had better know what context it was intended for in the first place."

I rather think that this proves my point. If it was OK for God to judge that David should be punished for murder by the rape of his wife, then I think that says interesting things about 'absolute morality' and the Bible. 'Absolute morality' becomes whatever God says is right. So, if you think that God is telling you to, say, kill prostitutes or bomb abortion clinics, then that's allowed... Err... Well, perhaps not ;>

And another thing. What makes you so sure that you are not following false prophets? Most Christian and Jewish Scholars agree that the Bible is not wholly accurate as a work of history or science. How can you be sure that you are right and that every other interpretation of 'scripture' is wrong?"

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