Of Stonings and Wars
September 23, 2009
There are those who claim the Bible is just as barbaric as the Koran. They site all the passages about massive killings ordered by God and how people could be stoned to death for breaking the sabbath, dishonoring their parents or for committing adultery.
What they fail to realize is these passages are designed for a civil government meant for a specific period in history. Ancient Israel was a sign for all the nations around them. When they followed the law they prospered and when they didn’t their enemies prospered.
The bible is really a series of books written over a long period of time with a progressive unifying theme, the redemption of humanity and it’s reconciliation back to God. We go from losing The tree of life in The Garden of Eden to it’s returning at the end of the book of Revelation.
This makes it far above all the other so called sacred books out there. Just the fact that it has survived this long says something. In spite of all the attempts to repress it throughout history it’s the most popular book of all time by far.