championpayne asked a question:
Hi! I was wondering what your input would be on this post. It bothered me a bit and I want to defend these scriptures, but I’m not sure how. The scriptures are, Psalm 137:9, 1 Timothy 2:12, Deuteronomy 22:28, Exodus 21:7, Leviticus 25:44, Numbers 25:4, Jeremiah 48:10 and Ezekiel 9:5. Thanks!
Hey dear friend, for easy reference, all the verses are listed here.
One thing I learned in seminary was that without context, there is no content.
These verses by themselves look absurd, and in fact, I will wrestle with a lot of the Bible until my time on earth is done. At the same time, many of these problematic verses have adequate explanations behind them when you can dive into the history and background.
This is really an issue of trust. If I approach the Bible with my modern Westernized preconceived bias, I will naturally find things to hate about the Bible, no matter how much they’re explained to me. If I trust that the God of the Bible is good, loving, and compassionate, then I will naturally find a logical rationale, even as I admit that some verses are harder to understand than others. I could argue both for and against these verses if I really wanted to. It’s a matter of choosing to trust Him, or not. If I don’t, I won’t. If I do, there’s a plethora of insight and wisdom that will jump out of Scripture. It all depends on who I believe that God is first.
For the record, I absolutely believe that God is against genocide, misogyny, polygamy, bigotry, slavery, and oppression. God never condones these things. When people choose them in the Bible, it always goes bad, and God has to begin His re-shaping. Often times in the Old Testament, God is working within a misshapen world of terrible consequences, in which He must prescribe the better of two bad options. As many times as we run into moral dilemmas, I can’t imagine how God must orchestrate our innumerable amount of imperfections towards an eternal good. He probably has a headache like all the time. I’m just glad I don’t have His job.
I’ll leave you with a few posts that might help with some groundwork over these passages. Please feel free to skip around or to skip them altogether.