If we want to argue that something is moral then the real test is whether we would advocate this being done by people. After all, let’s be real: people stone other people to death. People rape other people. We are talking about things people do here.
So Catherine, you need to ask yourself: Do you really want to claim that it is moral for people to stone other people to death now? Or for that matter that it is moral to do anything at all no matter how horrible just because the Bible said to? Psalm 137 says “blessed is he who smashes the heads of your infant children against the rock.” Is it okay for you or me to do that? Is it okay for anyone to ever do that?
Of course it isn’t.
As Ace says, we see that Jesus frequently contradicted and broke OT laws including the one about stoning people to death you metion. So if Jesus does not blindly obey laws that hurt people, why should we? Shouldn’t we learn to read the Bible like Jesus did?
Genocide is evil. The OT says to commit genocide. So should we do that now? If it’s okay to do, then I guess we can, right?
If you know your church history, you will know that this is exactly what the church did for exactly the reasons you are proposing. It has committed acts of genocide in the name of the Bible.
We cannot simply shut off our conscience and blindly follow a book. That leads to people doing unspeakable evil.
Now Auggie, let’s think about what you are advocating: You said that it is moral to have someone raped who was a criminal because it might make them see that their crime was wrong. So I ask: are you now advocating that we institute this policy in our prisons? If you were elected Governor would you propose a new law that mandates that if a person is convicted of human trafficking that part of their sentencing would stipulate that they be raped in the hope that this will promote empathy in them?
You both need to really take a step back and think about what you are advocating. It sounds really dangerous and crazy. So both of you please hear me:
You may think that you are defending God here, but you are in fact advocating for sinful acts. God does not want us to try so hard to justify him that we end up being advocates for evil acts. You are making a horrible mistake that has lead people in the past to do horrible things in God’s name. Repent. Turn around. Don’t go down that road.
I’m sorry to be so blunt here, and sound like a preacher, but this way is the way of sin. It has lead to horrific acts in the past, and it is a particularly deceptive sin because it cloaks itself in the language of following the Bible and defending God. But it is nevertheless a grave sin.
This is not the way of Jesus. This is not how Jesus read his Bible. As Ace has pointed out, in fact we see that Jesus does the opposite. Jesus should be our model. We need to read the Bible like he did.