Jehovah's inverted morality.
I have been through a disgusting journey as I try to discern, using the Bible, the moral priorities of it’s author --- supposedly a god named Jehovah. This Jehovah has a warped sense of moral priorities as do his prophets.
Consider how often the Bible condemns, or allegedly condemns (I don’t want to debate the finer points of interpreting this silly book) adults for being gay. In Leviticus the code says that men who have sex with men shall be put to death. That’s strong stuff. Jehovah wants adult homosexuals killed for consenting relationships.
A fine, moral, upstanding sort this Jehovah. Except he seems to have little concern for the sexual abuse of children. I have tried to find Bible verses condemning sex with children as a point of comparison. None can be found. One Christian web site merely says that God condemns fornication therefore fornication with a young girl is forbidden. Of course they don’t answer the issue of having sex with a young girl if one marries her first. Fornication is sex outside marriage. What if the sex is within marriage? No answer for that one.
They argue that Jehovah didn’t have to single out this issue since it is covered in the other moral laws regarding fornication and adultery. But as I have pointed out that wouldn’t stop a man from having a 10 year old for his wife. And certainly one could then have argued that the morality of the Bible on gay sex is also covered under those rules. But Jehovah still went out of his way to mention, and condemn it, several times in the Bible. Yet he couldn’t fine time to make one mention of the sexual abuse of children -- perhaps something noticed by priests around the world.
And it is questionable whether or not the same Moses, who supposedly gave us Leviticus, didn’t have another view about sex with young girls in Numbers. Numbers chapter 31 says that Jehovah and Moses were having a chat and gave Jehovah gave him instruction which Moses passed on.
This was another one of those genocidal wars that Jehovah kept pushing in the Old Testament. In this case he was telling the Hebrews to kill all the Midianites.
Well not quite all of them. “And they warred against the Midianites, as the Lord commanded Moses. And they killed all the males. And they killed the kings of Midian... And the sons of Israel took all the women of Midian captive, and their little ones, and the spoil of all their cattle,, and all their flocks, and all their goods. And they burned with fire all their cities, their homes, and all their towers. And they took all the spoil and all the prey of men and animals.” Now after taking all this, including the women and children, they brought them to Moses. Well Moses was not happy. He wanted to know: “Have you saved all the women alive?”
For not killing the women and children they were cursed and Moses said: “And now kill every male among the little ones, and kill every women that has known mam by lying with him. But all the female children that have not known a man by lying with him, keep alive for yourselves.”
Now please note the moral code that is being enforced here. The Hebrews slaughter all the men and steal everything they owned. They also take captive the women and children. Moses is upset because the women are still alive. He wants them killed unless they are virgins --- Jehovah’s Abstinence Program. And he wants all the male children murdered as well.
But the virginal female children he tells the men to “keep alive for yourselves.” For what purposes? It wasn’t to dust and vacuum. Now remember this a culture where people routinely died in their 20s and 30s (earlier if Jehovah got ahold of them). They routinely married in their teens and had children. So the virginal girls these men took for themselves were quite young on average.
Now you get the Christians saying that Jehovah forbade “sexual intercourse outside the God-ordained context for such between one man and one woman in marriage.” That is rubbish. Jehovah’s own prophets were screwing like rabbits and had many wives and concubines. Polygamy was widely accepted in the Old Testament yet Christians simply lie about it today. It wasn’t one man and one woman. It could be one man and 900 women as was supposedly the case with King Solomon.
Now I went to another Christian sexuality web site and found them discussing what the Bible had to say about homosexuality, masturbation, bestiality, pornography, wet dreams, lust, fornication, adultery, etc. But there was not one reference to pedophilia. God apparently made sure to tell people not have sex with goats but forgot to mention the same rule applied to children.
Now the Bible does say things about how adults may treat children. Christian web sites are filled with Biblical advice on why parents should hit their children. And they quote Scripture to prove it.
The same Moses who allegedly wrote the verses already mentioned also wrote this passage: “If a man have a stubborn and rebellious son, which will not obey the voice of his father, or the voice of his mother... all the men of the city shall stone him with stones, that he die.” According to Exodus 21:15 a child that hits his parents should be killed. A child that curses his parents gets the same treatment in Exodus 21:17.
Or take the story of Jephthah in Judges 11:29-39. Jephthah tells Jehovah that if he will “deliver the children of Ammon into mine hands” that when Jephthah returns home the first thing to walk through his front door will be sacrificed as a burnt offering to Jehovah. Remember that an all-knowing God would know what this meant as he would know what would walk through the door. Jehovah finds the offer agreeable and “delivered them into his hands”.
Jephthah returns home and “behold his daughter came out to meet him with timbrels and with dances... And it came to pass at the end of two months, that she returned unto her father, who did with her according to his vow which he had vowed.” What was that? He killed her and offered her as burnt offering to Jehovah.
Now Jehovah supposedly goes out of his way to mention all sorts of moral edicts but forgets to mention having sex with children. He condemns gays but repeatedly orders people to kill small children. He supports and mandates slavery but has a problem with prostitution.
Of course there is no Jehovah who wrote such monstrous things. These are the words of men who expressed the views of their culture. And their cultures were barbaric, uninformed and undeveloped. They pushed the cultural values common among people of that day who, by modern standards, were basically barbarians. What is bizarre is that there are lunatics today who want to take the culture bound writings of these barbarians and impose their moral edicts on today’s world. They call it tradition, they call it morality, I call it rubbish and dangerous. The moral code of the Bible is a perverse one that turns a blind eye to child abuse while attacking peaceful, consenting adults. And what is bizarre is that the more “moralistic” the Christian the more seriously they take this perverted code of morality.