A Blue­print for Life

Mus­ings are thoughts, the thought­ful kind. For the pur­pose of th­ese ar­ti­cles, a-mus­ings are thoughts that might amuse, en­ter­tain and even en­lighten.

The Star (St. Lucia) - - LOCAL - By Michael Walker

Ac­cord­ing to Leviti­cus 20:9, any­one who curses his father or mother must be put to death. Of course, in those days political cor­rect­ness was not re­ally on any­one’s pri­or­ity list, but I imag­ine this law was equally valid for women as for men. In fact, now I come to think about it, Leviti­cus is very even-handed when it comes to pun­ish­ing adul­tery, “If a man com­mits adul­tery with an­other man’s wife—with the wife of his neigh­bour—both the adul­terer and the adul­ter­ess must be put to death,” which would be a rather dras­tic, but cer­tainly ef­fec­tive way of con­trol­ling the growth of the global pop­u­la­tion.

Ho­mo­sex­u­als are given no wig­gle room at all; in chap­ter 20:13 Leviti­cus de­clares, “If a man lies with a man as one lies with a woman, both of them have done what is de­testable. They must be put to death.” Pre­sum­ably the same would ap­ply to les­bians even though Ruth and Naomi seemed to have a good thing go­ing there if Ruth 1:14 is to be be­lieved; “Ruth loved Naomi as Adam loved Eve.”

Bib­li­cally, women re­ally don’t fare well; as Ephesians 5:22-24 puts it: “Wives, sub­mit to your hus­bands . . . For the hus­band is the head of the wife as Christ is the head of the church . . . wives should sub­mit to their hus­bands in ev­ery­thing.” Mark those words “in ev­ery­thing!”

And the good lord help any chick who hap­pens to suc­cumb to her boyfriend’s lust and gets caught, if Deuteron­omy 22:20 is any­thing to go by: “If no proof of the girl’s vir­gin­ity can be found, she shall be brought to the door of her father’s house and there the men of her town shall stone her to death. She has done a dis­grace­ful thing in Is­rael by be­ing pro­mis­cu­ous while still in her father’s house.” Okay, so it says ‘Is­rael’ but you have to re­mem­ber that the rest of the world had not been in­vented at the time of writ­ing, and peo­ple had no idea of what lands lay over the hori­zon or be­yond the oceans, de­spite the fact that the world was cre­ated in less than a week, which brings me to the six-day-work­ing-week.

Ex­o­dus 35:2 was clearly des­tined for a grand ca­reer in the Trade Union Move­ment. “For six days, work is to be done, but the sev­enth day shall be your holy day . . . Who­ever does any work on it must be put to death.” I guess one day’s hol­i­day a week would seem to be a pru­dent thing.

There are more refugees flee­ing their coun­tries in the world to­day than ever be­fore. The Bi­ble is quite clear on the mat­ter: Pris­on­ers are not to be tol­er­ated. Ac­cord­ing to Deuteron­omy 7:1-2, “When the Lord your God brings you into the land you are en­ter­ing to pos­sess and drives out be­fore you many na­tions . . . then you must de­stroy them to­tally. Make no treaty with them, and show them no mercy.”

In chap­ter 20:10-17 of the same book we learn how to treat peo­ple who pre­fer not to fight: “When you march up to at­tack a city, make its peo­ple an of­fer of peace. If they ac­cept and open their gates, all the peo­ple in it shall be sub­ject to forced labour and shall work for you. If they refuse to make peace and they en­gage you in bat­tle, lay siege to that city. When the Lord your God de­liv­ers it into your hand, put to the sword all the men in it. As for the women, the chil­dren, the live­stock and ev­ery­thing else in the city, you may take th­ese as plun­der . . . How­ever, in the cities of the na­tions the Lord your God is giv­ing you as an in­her­i­tance, do not leave alive any­thing that breathes. Com­pletely de­stroy them.”

Now to slav­ery and Ex­o­dus 21:20-21: “If a man beats his male or fe­male slave with a rod and the slave dies as a di­rect re­sult, he must be pun­ished, but he is not to be pun­ished if the slave gets up af­ter a day or two, since the slave is his prop­erty,” and in 1 Peter 2:18: “Slaves, sub­mit your­selves to your masters with all re­spect, not only to those who are good and con­sid­er­ate, but also to those who are harsh.”

Leviti­cus 25:44-45 not only con­dones slav­ery but ac­tu­ally pro­motes it: “Your male and fe­male slaves are to come from the na­tions around you; from them you may buy slaves. You may also buy some of the tem­po­rary res­i­dents liv­ing among you and mem­bers of their clans born in your coun­try, and they will be­come your prop­erty.”

And what’s the point of all this Bi­ble bash­ing? Well, in to­day’s Western world we see things dif­fer­ently – we strive to re­spect Life and Lib­erty, Free­dom of Speech, Free­dom of Choice and Tol­er­ance – but as lit­tle as a cou­ple of cen­turies ago, peo­ple still ac­cepted the lit­eral truth of words writ­ten cen­turies be­fore.

Trag­i­cally, in this world in­fested by the Is­lamic State, there are those who have their own “Good Book” and still live in that ig­no­rant, dim, dark, vi­o­lent and dis­tant world that fails to re­spect the Sanc­tity of Life, and shows nei­ther Mercy nor Love for Neigh­bours or Strangers.

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