Christians: Why does the Bible condone slavery, genocide and stoning (among other things)?

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@scooterp, you didn't answer the question.

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  • 9 years ago
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    Of all the people on this site, scooterpoop has to be my least favorite. I'm just going to throw that out there.

    Never answers the difficult questions, ever.

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  • Clint
    Lv 5
    9 years ago

    Yes, why does it? Christians and Jews lack a valid reason why the Israelites found all those things to be important enough to be in a book of God's "word". We're all quick to agree, that they were wrong in a lot of ways. Yet, we cannot deny their claims of the God. Everything else they said can be denounced, except the part about God, or messages directly from God that have not been misinterpreted. There is double standards... "There is a God, but he didn't say that." or "it's out of context." Christians use the "context" card, with little understanding of the word. The God that the Israelites made up is atrocious, agreed. The God it was altered to, by the Christians is half as atrocious. And yet, today he supposely lacks all those characteristics, as if they were just lies written to scare people. Which is my point exactly. People make up stuff about God to fit the generation, and over thousands of years and thousands of generations, God has changed drastically, despite one expecting the "omnipotent" to be consistent. Omnipotent beings shouldn't have to learn from their mistakes, that is a flaw with Bible logic.

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  • 9 years ago

    Why can’t you lot get new arguments? Why can’t you learn the Old testament is Jewish? Or are you afraid of coming off as Anti-Semitic? Why can’t you learn History?

    1: Slavery as an institution in the Biblical Times was not like Roots, and they did not enslave Africans because of their skin colour. While this space is limited and I can’t discuss it in detail I will tell you that Slaves were seen as part of the Household, and were not to be slaves for live but only for a tenure of 7 Years.

    Exceptions included Slaves caught in Wars.

    Slavery was more about indentured servitude ( even if permanent) than being property, and was a common practice in all the Ancient World. It was more Humane than just outright killing people as thy had done previously and was actually more advanced.

    Also, consider that God had to work with people where they were at and the development of the Colure had not become one that would see slavery as wrong.

    2: Genocides are not what you pretend them to be. In tribal cultures, Warfare was often brutal. Still, usually they left people alive in most wars and only when they had to ensure the peoples they were at war with would not try to reclaim the Land or attack again would they all be whipped out. The reason is because in a Tribal Culture entire families stuck together and Tribal identity and Honour meant more than did individual identity. If you didn’t kill them all then their great grandchildren may come back to kill hour Great grandchildren.

    Also, keep in mind the people who were ordered exterminated had Human Sacrifice, sex with Children, and sometimes engaged in Cannibalism. They were far, far worse than the Hebrews.

    3: Stoning was a common form of execution, with easily available resources for use.

    If you are going to condemn the Hebrew Culture for the way it lived in a world 3000 Years Ago, you should at least learn the Time period. it’s not like everyone else was civilised and nice and only the Hebrews acted this way, and they had to to live in that world.

    Stop trying to judge people who lived 3000 Years Ago by modern Standards, and it’ll make far more sense.

    Source(s): History. read it some time.
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  • DaveD
    Lv 6
    9 years ago

    The Laws of the Old Testament were the building blocks of the Jewish people. The Laws of the New Testament are the building blocks of the Christian. When are you going to get that right?

    Likewise, the Bible is not a sociology book. When it speaks about the "rules of society" it speaks about the society as it was in that time. It was not making edicts as to how society should be for all time. When are you going that right?

    Stop being deliberately obtuse. Grow up please.

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  • 9 years ago

    The Bulk of the Bible is a treatment written by Jews for Jews. Much of the commandments are flavored for Israelite and outsiders. These rules are Bronze Age standard guidelines.

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  • 9 years ago

    It was necessary then........slavery was when a man could not pay his bills....he would be another mans slave for up to 50 years...then the jubilee year released all slaves....Today, who isn't a slave to his job to pay his bills for a lifetime?

    Genocide.....if a race of people fought against God's chosen ones ...then God told his chosen ones to kill them all...even the babies.

    People were under strict obligation to obey Jehovah God in everything. Parents were responsible for their children, no matter what the age.

    And the whole race had to make sure all were obeying or God would take his blessings away...so they got rid of the offenders by stoning.....everyone had to stone to prove to God they agreed that all should have pure worship.

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  • 9 years ago

    God did not condone any of those things after Jesus was born.

    Slavery & stoning to death is what God allowed to happen in the OT to those who rebelled against him or to those who were considered wicked / evil (*note- people were not killed for wearing the wrong clothes or eating the wrong things)

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  • ?
    Lv 5
    9 years ago

    Because a world were capital punishment does not exist is a nice idea but impractical some people will always be a threat to society as a whole lethal injection did not exist so this was the way they did it.

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  • 9 years ago

    The book of Leviticus, which contains the draconian punishment your are speaking of, is superseded by the Nocahim laws which says that an independent judiciary is necessity before any judgment is carried out. Therefore, before people can be wiped out, or others can be stoned to death, an independent judiciary must agree with the verdict.

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  • 9 years ago

    it does not endorse enforce slavery nor does it endorse genocide

    it does allow indentured servitude

    war was fought back then and people killed people

    people tried to wipe each other out

    because the bible talks about these things is not a endorsement for people to do those things

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  • 9 years ago

    Because that was the way the authors of the bible wanted it to be. Has nothing to do with god.

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