Is the Old Testament Moral? PART 5

In PART 4 of our series “Is the Old Testament Moral?” we looked at the death penalties listed in the Old Testament. We argued that God is right in ordering the death of certain people who commit certain sins. And He has no problem using regular people to carry out His penalties. If we successfully defended the notion of capital punishment for individuals than it should be possible to apply this same judgment on a large scale. In short, it should be possible to identify scenarios in which God asked people to carry out the death penalty on an entire tribe or nation. Continue reading “Is the Old Testament Moral? PART 5”

Is The Old Testament Moral? SECTION TWO of PART 4

In our first section in this Part 4 of “Is the Old Testament Moral?” we looked at whether or not a death penalty was morally justifiable. Having determined that it was not an immoral concept we will now move on to evaluate the type of crimes for which the Old Testament justice system required a penalty of death. Can we defend the Mosaic period’s penal code from a sophisticated and modern perspective? Continue reading “Is The Old Testament Moral? SECTION TWO of PART 4”

Is the Old Testament Moral? Part 3

This is perhaps one of the touchiest subjects for Jews and Christians to approach. Our modern Western world unequivocally condemns slavery. Yet as God was forming the nation of Israel in the Sinai desert, He included a form of slavery (servant-master contracts) as part of the fabric of Jewish society. How does a Judeochristian mind broach this subject? Continue reading “Is the Old Testament Moral? Part 3”

Examining Dawkins Part 1: Faith

The following blog entry is an answer to points brought up in the following 3 minute video:

1. There Are Many Religions. Christianity is Only One Of Them.

Dawkins states that because there are a myriad of religious beliefs, it would be silly to suppose one of them was an accurate description of our world. There is no logical power to this statement. Dawkins would simply need to look at his own realm of scientific academia and the history of the scientific process to see that a thousand voices are constantly erupting and making contradictory claims. But once the truth is discovered, it becomes the lone pillar of truth in a pantheon of errors. This is the case with politics as well. There is a right way to govern but a hundred theories. Whether or not Christianity is true will not be settled by the mere fact that it has competitors. Continue reading “Examining Dawkins Part 1: Faith”

Examining Bill Nye Part 1: Abortion

The following blog entry is based on the following 3 minute video with Bill Nye:

 

1. Fertilized Eggs Are Not Human

sperm_egg-2Bill Nye states that simply having a sperm fertilize an ova does not mean a person now exists. Many people find this believable. After all, a single cell does not seem very personable does it? Yet, the problem with this view is that if we do not count this moment as the “big bang” of a human, we literally have no other scientific event on which to pin the origin of person-hood. Continue reading “Examining Bill Nye Part 1: Abortion”

Examining Sam Harris Part 1: Considering a Creator

This blog entry is an answer to the following 3 minute Sam Harris video from Big Think:

1. God’s Existence is Not A Testable Hypothesis

Dr. Harris’ first point is that the notion of a Creator or a God is “unfalsifiable.” Image result for brain in a vatHe means there is no possible evidence for it so how can it be intelligently discussed? We may as well believe that we are brains in a scientist’s lab and all we experience is a result of his poking and prodding with electric impulses. Such a scenario is basically to be taken “on faith” and cannot be tested. Harris claims belief in God is just as frivolous. Continue reading “Examining Sam Harris Part 1: Considering a Creator”

Is the Old Testament Moral? – Part 2

please see our part 1 if you are interested in a complete review of the Ten Commandments

Our current series is looking at the laws and ordinances of the Old Testament in light of our modern perspective on ethics and life in general.

Commandments 6 through 10

6. “You shall not murder.”

Most people think the sixth commandment says “thou shall not kill.” This is because the King James Version says exactly that. But the Hebrew verb for “kill” is ratsach and it mostly implies murder. This makes sense because the very next chapter in the Old Testament (Exodus 21) talks about an offense whose punishment is death. Most modern English translations agree that it leans towards villainous death and therefore say murder instead of kill. Continue reading “Is the Old Testament Moral? – Part 2”