Calls for Old Testament Justice in a New Testament Age

Scene from The Stoning of Soraya M., 2008


So you want to execute gays because the Bible calls it wickedness, and says that both parties are to be put to death.

Okay. We’re talking about hundreds of thousands of people. And those numbers would make the kind of partial burial stoning shown in this photo too inefficient. A better solution would be a queue. We’ll stand them near a wall so the people can go collect their rocks between stonings. And we’ll probably need A, B, and C teams of rock throwers because people’s arms are going to get pretty tired. And we’ll need a fleet of hearses to transport the bodies to the mortuary for cremation because of course a proper burial is out of the question. We’ll discuss the costs and the rest of the logistics later. Tell me something though. How much of the law are you keeping?

Have you ever done any of the following on Sunday: Gone to work, scheduled or not; done laundry; mowed the lawn; turned on your stove; lit a candle; lit a cigarette; put a log on a fire; cleared out a gutter; trimmed a tree; hung a picture; cleaned house; checked your oil; changed a tire; moved?

I could go on ad nauseam with scenarios of things people do on Sundays. You need to understand that seemingly minor, unimportant, or insignificant actions…things people do every day were considered “work” and were punishable by death if done on the Sabbath. In just one example from Torah, the people executed a guy for picking up sticks on the Sabbath. Numbers 15:32-36.

Most of us are probably guilty of some Old Testament capital crime. I don’t see any reports of these Christian nutjob ministers turning themselves in for driving to church, or barbecuing afterwards. Exodus 35:3.

So as the Master said, whomever among you is without sin, let him cast the first stone.


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