"The Bible Teaches Children Family Values" - Numerous Local Pastors

 

 

Not So Valuable Family Values

It seems like every election time, or every time there is a serious crime involving  children people talk about family values.  Christians are pretty quick to say they have the perfect family values...  does the saying "a family that prays together, stays together" sound familiar?  What sort of family values are in the Bible?  Is this book really a good source on how to raise and keep a family?  I think not.

The Monogamous Marriage

Having more than one wife is a crime.  Having sex with a woman who isn't your wife is grounds for divorce.  Monogamy is king, unless you ask a Mormon, then there is some debate.  As for Christians go, they pride themselves on either celibacy in the Catholic Church, or a faithful marriage amongst the non-clergy.  But for some reason, the Bible is pro-polygamy. 

To name off every person to have multiple wives, or to have slept with their slaves/servants would cause this html file to be about 64 terabytes.  So only a few will be mentioned here to make the point.

Genesis 4:19 is where the first mention of polygamy comes in.  Lamech felt the need for two wives, and thus was born a long line of men with multitudes of wives.]

Genesis chapter 36 reveals to us that Esau had a few wives also.

Even good ol' David had a great many wives.  Not enough though,  it turns out, because he got more in 1 Chronicles chapter 14... not to mention he had 13 more kids.

And then there is Solomon, king of all polygamists.  This guy had 700 wives, and 300 concubines.  That's a different woman every night for 3 years.  Holy cow!!!  Or better yet, 3 women per night, per year, with 3 days off per month.  Okay quit drooling, the point was to say that polygamy is condoned throughout the Bible, so why do modern Christians condemn those who want more than one woman? 

Disciplining Your Children

We live in a world where children have more power than their parents.  "Go ahead and spank me, I'll call the cops".  And Christians today feel that spanking is wrong,  it's this whole "time out" thing... ugh.  Well, the Bible tells a little bit different story on how to handle your children.  Check this out.

Exodus 21:15, 17 both say that if a child hits or curses his father, he is to be killed.

Leviticus 20:9 says that if a child curses his mother or father he is to be put to death.

Deuteronomy 21:18-21 requires stoning to death  any child who is stubborn or rebellious.

Proverbs 22:15 says you should beat your foolish children with a rod.

And for those who are saying "those are Old Testament laws that no longer apply"

"Full well ye reject the commandment of God, that ye may keep your own tradition.  For Moses said, Honour thy father and thy mother; and, Whoso curseth father or mother, let him die the death:  But ye say, If a man shall say to his father or mother, It is Corban, that is to say, a gift, by whatsoever thou mightest be profited of me; he shall be set free.  And ye suffer him no more to do ought for his father or his mother;  Making the word of God of none effect through your tradition, which ye have delivered" -Jesus Christ, as quoted in Mark 7:9-13.

Abortion

Abortion has been the number one war cry for family values by Christians recently.  Followed closely by homosexuality (which is covered in the "Laws" section).  What does the Bible really say about abortion?  It's kind of hazy, but those who have been consulted by BibleBabble.com (which are either doctors of theology or pastors) have said it sounds pro-abortion.  Not pro-choice, mind you, because the woman never is given a choice.

Number 5:11-31 says that if a woman cheats on her husband, he is to take her to the priest and he will give her "bitter water".  If the woman didn't cheat on her husband her pregnancy will continue as it should.  But if she did cheat on him, then her belly will swell, her thigh will rot, and she will be a curse among her people.

When this was brought up to a professor of religion (Ph.D.  in theology and practicing Baptist) he was very intrigued  and said it was a "voodoo like abortion ritual".  He then laughed and said "and we Christians bad mouth voodoo" and laughed a little longer.

Hosea chapter 9 is chock full of God inducing miscarriages and other abortion like activities.

So when we hear all of these Christians talking about family values, we should remember these teachings they hold dear.  It amazes me how people can preach the exact opposite of the Bible, then say that the Bible backs them up.  It's just proof that these people don't even know what they believe.

 

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