Sunday, December 30, 2007

Ken's Guide To The Bible: Abortion

If the Bible is a source for the wrongness or repugnance of killing children (I am not claiming it is), it is certainly a source for the opposite position, as well.

When David sleeps with Bathsheba, as a punishment, God kills their innocent baby.

During the Passover story, God kills all the "first-born males" of the Egyptians, including the first-born males of all their animals.

In the back of his book, Ken includes Bible citations to four references to pregnant women being ripped open, and citations to ten references to children being murdered.

Six of the ten instances of children being murdered are with God's approval, including one of the two references to Israelite children being killed!!

All of this is perfectly in keeping with the Bible's depiction of the Old Testament Jews, who are more like any pre-Christian barbarians- Celts, or Goths, or North American Indians, or Aztecs, or Vandals- you may have read about than they are like any Jews you may meet today. A great sum-up is the following quote from Jeremiah, an Old Testament prophet, who states, "A curse on him who is lax in doing the Lord's work! A curse on him who keeps his sword from bloodshed!" -Jeremiah 48:10. It's more like something from the movie Conan the Barbarian than what you would expect the Old Testament to be like, if you've never read it.