I've not posted many thoughts lately, but I thought I'd share some pretty nasty things with you. Next time any of us scowl at what we look at as draconian attitudes to certain perceived misdemeanours in other cultures we would be wise to remember that in every court of law in this country we are expected to swear, on the Bible, that we will tell the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth. Therefore I thought that a few snippets from that very Bible might be appropriate here – especially for those who accept as absolute guidance the lessons in the good book.
Here's something for the parents amongst us. We would be wise to observe this to the letter (though I doubt we could use it as an excuse in law, even after swearing on the book that contains it):
“For every one that curseth his father or his mother shall be surely put to death: he hath cursed his father or his mother; his blood shall be upon him.”
So be careful how you speak to your elders and betters! In addition, for any of us who feel like straying from the matrimonial bed, we really should pay a great deal of attention to:
“And the man that committeth adultery with another man's wife, even he that committeth adultery with his neighbour's wife, the adulterer and the adulteress shall surely be put to death.” I only hope that the other woman wasn't forced into the adulterous affair!
I'm not the sort of man to stray in the direction of a daughter in law, but if I were to be I'd be well advised to pay heed to:
“And if a man lie with his daughter in law, both of them shall surely be put to death: they have wrought confusion; their blood shall be upon them.”
I know feelings can run high, but really!
I've never found other species particularly exciting, but I am aware that some do, so I thought I'd repeat the following:
“And if a man lie with a beast, he shall surely be put to death: and ye shall slay the beast.
And if a woman approach unto any beast, and lie down thereto, thou shalt kill the woman, and the beast: they shall surely be put to death; their blood shall be upon them.”
I'm not into that kind of behaviour … but surely you've got to feel sorry for any sheep involved?
There are, it seems, quite enough instructions in the good book (the above is from Leviticus), and those who disobey them, should, it seems, be stoned to death – or sent to their maker via some other form of unspecified capital punishment.
And who issued these orders? What fount of wisdom entrenched them into law?
Well, that’s easy. The list of instructions (there are many others, most of which call for the death sentence), is preceded by the words: And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying...
And why have I chosen to repeat them here?
Quite simply because there are some who believe every word in the darned book and say they wish to live by its every nuance and punctuation mark, and I rather hope that it's ignorance on their part that makes them want to claim that the murder of those who hardly ever sin at all but who happened to row with their parents over something trivial once or twice over the years is a proper response to what may not even be their fault. To those predisposed to believing the awful nonsense I'd like to suggest they think again. And next time there's an atrocity involving, say, Islamic believers, let them remember that the book they hold in such high esteem also advocates the committing of equally atrocious crimes, and does it in chilling and dreadful language.
©Peter Rogerson 04.02.12