Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Biblical Inerrancy And Common Sense

I Samuel tells the story of Yahweh ordering the massacre of a
whole  nation of people, including children--even infants, for
something their ancestors did approximately 400 years earlier.
I have to wonder how many Christians even know this story is
in the Bible. But, alas,  I know how Christians reason in other 
situations found  in the Bible that are just as incriminating for 
their god. They manufacture how-it-could-have-been excuses for 
their god which in their deluded minds gets him off the hook. 
The problem is these are nothing but baseless hypotheses--i .e.,  
theories that have nothing to back them up to establish them as 
true. Sad. The following is from the the II Errancy discussion list, 
December, 1999:

Did they follow in the ways of their ancestors?

 Pope Charles
 No, god states it was because of their ancestors actions long ago.
 See I Samuel 15:3-6. Not because they were bad. But because
 of what their ancestors did centuries earlier.

Chad has been informed of this three times (me, you, Farrell).
I wonder how long he will cling to this explanation, which is not
supported by the Bible.

This massacre, if it happened, was purely and simply an act motivated by a
400-year-old grudge.

2 Thus says Yahweh of hosts, 'I will punish the Amalekites for what they
did in opposing the Israelites when they came up out of Egypt.
3 Now go and attack Amalek, and utterly destroy all that they have; do not
spare them, but kill both man and woman, child and infant, ox and sheep,
camel and donkey.'"
4 So Saul summoned the people, and numbered them in Telaim, two hundred
thousand foot soldiers, and ten thousand soldiers of Judah.
5 Saul came to the city of the Amalekites and lay in wait in the valley.
6 Saul said to the Kenites, "Go! Leave! Withdraw from among the
Amalekites, or I will destroy you with them; for you showed kindness to all
the people of Israel when they came up out of Egypt." So the Kenites
withdrew from the Amalekites.

The reason--and the only reason--that Yahweh gave for ordering the
destruction of the Amalekites was "what they did in opposing the Israelites
when they came up out of Egypt." The reason--and the only reason--that Saul
gave for allowing the Kenites safe passage out of Amalekite territory was
that "you showed kindness to all the people of Israel when they came up out
of Egypt."

All of this inerrantist nonsense about how "wicked" the Amalekites were is
just a desperation attempt to rationalize an atrocity that would shock the
moral sensibilities of the world community if an army should do something
like this today. There is nothing--NOTHING--in the Bible that suggests that
the Amalekites of that time were any more "wicked" than any other
contemporary nation, but even if there were such an indication in the Bible,
this would not justify the order to include even children and infants in the

If the US army should raid an Indian reservation today for the express
purpose of avenging an attack that the ancestors of these people had made
centuries ago, even Bible inerrantists would be morally outraged, yet they
read the story of the Amalekite massacre and lean over backwards to try to
find some way to justify it.

That is what belief in biblical inerrancy will do to a person's common sense.

Farrell Till

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