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?

No, god states it was because of their ancestors actions long ago.
See I Samuel 15:2-6. 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 massacre.

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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