Deuteronomy: Part 21 of 34
Atonement for an Unsolved Murder
1 If someone is found slain, lying in a field in the land the LORD your God is giving you to possess, and it is not known who the killer was,
2 your elders and judges shall go out and measure the distance from the body to the neighboring towns.
3 Then the elders of the town nearest the body shall take a heifer that has never been worked and has never worn a yoke
4 and lead it down to a valley that has not been plowed or planted and where there is a flowing stream. There in the valley they are to break the heifer’s neck.
Oh please, how can breaking the neck of an innocent animal do any good? This is just the type of superstitious claptrap that should have everybody running away from religion as fast as their feet will allow them. Turn your backs on this barbaric rubbish and begin to lead normal lives with real meaning instead of bowing and scraping to priests that are lying to you just so that you will continue to give and give and give so they don’t have to do a normal days work. They are bludging off you and you are letting them. All in the name of a non-existent bloodthirsty being that should be thought of more as a lesson in what NOT to do.
5 The Levitical priests shall step forward, for the LORD your God has chosen them to minister and to pronounce blessings in the name of the LORD and to decide all cases of dispute and assault.
6 Then all the elders of the town nearest the body shall wash their hands over the heifer whose neck was broken in the valley,
7 and they shall declare: “Our hands did not shed this blood, nor did our eyes see it done.
Just what good does this do? If they didn’t do it in the first place, God knows that. He doesn’t need to be told. If they did do it, then he knows that too and so do they. So why the melodrama?
8 Accept this atonement for your people Israel, whom you have redeemed, LORD, and do not hold your people guilty of the blood of an innocent person.” Then the bloodshed will be atoned for,
How can innocent people atone for something they didn’t do? That is up to the guilty. This is yet another reason the bible is a morally bad book. It teaches people that they can commit crimes and someone else will fix it for them so they don’t have to be held responsible for their actions. Reprehensible rubbish.
9 and you will have purged from yourselves the guilt of shedding innocent blood, since you have done what is right in the eyes of the LORD.
How is there guilt if you didn’t do it in the first place?
Marrying a Captive Woman
10 When you go to war against your enemies and the LORD your God delivers them into your hands and you take captives,
11 if you notice among the captives a beautiful woman and are attracted to her, you may take her as your wife.
She doesn’t have a say in this I suppose?
12 Bring her into your home and have her shave her head, trim her nails
13 and put aside the clothes she was wearing when captured. After she has lived in your house and mourned her father and mother for a full month, then you may go to her and be her husband and she shall be your wife.
That is rape and the bible condones it. Evil book.
14 If you are not pleased with her, let her go wherever she wishes. You must not sell her or treat her as a slave, since you have dishonored her.
God has dishonoured her. The slave owner acting on God’s words has also dishonoured her.
The Right of the Firstborn
15 If a man has two wives, and he loves one but not the other, and both bear him sons but the firstborn is the son of the wife he does not love,
16 when he wills his property to his sons, he must not give the rights of the firstborn to the son of the wife he loves in preference to his actual firstborn, the son of the wife he does not love.
17 He must acknowledge the son of his unloved wife as the firstborn by giving him a double share of all he has. That son is the first sign of his father’s strength. The right of the firstborn belongs to him.
Just for a minute there I thought I was going to read something I agreed with, but then you stuffed it up. There should be no double share whatsoever. One son is as deserving as the other and they should be treated equally in all dealings. Anything else can set one against the other and no parent should allow that.
A Rebellious Son
18 If someone has a stubborn and rebellious son who does not obey his father and mother and will not listen to them when they discipline him,
19 his father and mother shall take hold of him and bring him to the elders at the gate of his town.
If they’ve tried all they can and he still rebels, I’d kick his scrawny arse out of town too.
20 They shall say to the elders, “This son of ours is stubborn and rebellious. He will not obey us. He is a glutton and a drunkard.”
What has it got to do with them?
21 Then all the men of his town are to stone him to death. You must purge the evil from among you. All Israel will hear of it and be afraid.
Being rebellious is not being evil and is certainly not deserving of being stoned to death. Is death all that this god has on his mind? Vile behaviour by one that is supposed to be a loving and merciful father figure. Except that he is more of a vile, loathsome, evil, hateful, bloodthirsty son-of-a-bitch who isn’t deserving of being a father under any circumstances!
22 If someone guilty of a capital offense is put to death and their body is exposed on a pole,
Why would you do that? It’s bad enough that you kill people, but now you put them on display like some kind of carnival sideshow. That kind of gruesome behaviour never has, does not now and never will be a deterrent to others committing the same crimes. It is just barbaric and shameful.
23 you must not leave the body hanging on the pole overnight. Be sure to bury it that same day, because anyone who is hung on a pole is under God’s curse. You must not desecrate the land the LORD your God is giving you as an inheritance.
You’ve already shamed yourself by doing that to the body.