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August 4, 2006

Deuteronomy -- III

It may not be easy, at this grim moment in world politics, to find signs of progress. But that is where the Bible can be helpful. For it sure seems we have progressed a bit, most of us, from the moral standards it promulgates. I am quoting, once again, the last book of the Torah:

If your brother, your own mother's son, or your son or daughter, or the wife of your bosom, or your closest friend entices you in secret, saying, "Come let us worship other Gods".... Show him no pity or compassion, and do not shield him, but take his life.... Stone him to death.

No wishy-washy, politically correct indulgence in tolerance here.

And then there is this:

You shall destroy all the peoples that the Lord your god delivers to you, showing them no pity.

Few today -- even in the name of the Bible -- would "destroy all." Merely some. Progress.

Posted by Mitchell Stephens at August 4, 2006 1:45 AM


Brilliant point! And I, for one, certainly feel encouraged over our progress (LOL)!

Posted by: whymrhymer at August 4, 2006 8:24 AM

Actually in the original text, the Hebrew word that got translated as "destroy" had multiple meanings. One such alternate translation is "give them ponies".

Posted by: Todd Sayre at August 4, 2006 9:02 AM

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