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Take a closer look at the authority within the Bible


Date published: 10/8/2012

Let us assume that Gene Waldenmaier ["Evidence that you can trust the Bible abounds," Oct. 3] is correct in his claim that the Bible has "authority on any subject and it exceeds any other document or reasoning."

We must therefore murder not only rapists but women whom they rape (Deuteronomy 22:23-24). In fact any violation of the Law of Moses is to be met with stoning (Deuteronomy 17:2-5)

We must accept that brutal, unwilling human sacrifice is the proper treatment for believers of other religions (2 Kings 23:20-25); that "gathering sticks" on Saturday is worthy of death (Numbers 15:32-36); and that genocide, rape, and theft are sometimes condoned by heaven (the book of Joshua among others).

As 2 Timothy 3:16, Matthew 5:17, and Luke 16:17 say, it is easier for the world to end "than for the smallest part of the letter of the law to become invalid."

The New Testament would have us reinstate slavery (1 Timothy 6:1-2), revoke the constitutional rights of women (1 Timothy 2:9-14, 1 Corinthians 14:34-35), consider homosexuals worthy of death (Romans 1:24-32).

Jesus encourages men to make themselves eunuchs (Matthew 19:9-12) and to self-mutilate in other ways (Matthew 5:28-29).

All this and more must be true since the Bible is true because it says it is true, right? (Jesus says in John 5:31, "If I bear witness of myself, my witness is not true." Or did he mean the opposite, as he said in John 8:14?)

Regardless of the accuracy of its predictions, we are looking at a book that validates injustice, cruelty, bigotry, and absurdity in absolute terms. This is far from a paragon of moral or rational authority. Anyone who says otherwise is delusional or grossly uninformed.

Justin Toney

Fredericksburg