Ethics may also be termed the moral
philosophy that recommends whatcontroversial
issues, such as abortion, infanticide, animal rights, environmental
concerns, homosexuality, capital punishment,
or nuclear war 397”.
is termed right and wrong behaviour. Ethics
may be divided into
“metaethics, normative ethics, and applied
investigates where our ethical principles
come from, and what they mean. Are
they merely social inventions? Do they
involve more than expressions of our individual emotions? Metaethical answers to
these questions focus on the issues of universal truths, the will of God,
the role of reason in ethical judgments,
and the meaning of ethical terms themselves.
Normative ethics takes on a
more practical task, which is to arrive at
moral standards that regulate right
and wrong conduct. This may involve
articulating the good habits that we
should acquire, the duties that we should
follow, or the consequences of our
behavior on others. Finally, applied ethics
involves examining specific
Evangelicalism brings its God firmly into
the ethics frame. In obedience to the God-given Holy Scriptures, individuals
should then live their lives to please
him. This affects everything from paying
taxes, loving my neighbour,
defamatory gossip and criminal activities.
Ethical paradigms are rooted in
their divinity as revealed in their
Protestant Bible. This, dear fellow traveller is
Please tread cautiously as we examine the
Biblical God of ethics and, by398”
– it is imperative that we examine the
default, the moral values propagated by the
Bible. As we pursue our analysis,
a collage evolves; a patchwork of sculptured
characterizations of the divine
being inclusive of and related to highly
questionable concepts. Protection from
criticism by the all-powerful Do Not
Disturb label of faith and the supposedly
divine inspiration of their Bible, the God
of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob lives
on! We need to decide, however, whether the
father of the Christ depicted
hereafter is but the projection of the
thoughts, ideas and imagery of human
beings – fallible individuals like
ourselves. If so, then that too illustrates that
the alleged God-breathed Scriptures are like
a predated version of Joseph
Smith’s, Book of Mormon. However,
evangelicals believe implicitly that their
Bible is “a perfect guide to morality
ethical composition that is purportedly God’s
precious word. What exactly
does this Christian book of morality offer
us? After all, role models and
standards are necessary for any society.
As an aside – but importantly – who has
ever seen this God … volumes401" …
about God clutter shop bookshelves. The Bible teaches that
Moses, for example,
apparently spoke “face to face with the
Hebrew God 399”; Jacob declared that
he had “seen God face to face” and his
life was preserved 400". It was the
Christ however, who audaciously declared,
“No-one has ever seen God, but
God the one and only, who is at the Father’s
side, has made him known
he then said that whoever had seen him
(Christ) had seen God (the Father)!
Christianity merges the Christ and God into
one substance – an indivisible
unity. Paradoxically, according to their
Bible the Christ, when returning from
a journey with his parents (Joseph and
Mary), disappeared for three days.
When traced he retorted that he was busy in
his father’s house 402. This
somewhat confusing and inconsiderate
behaviour challenges the commandment
relating to parental honour and filial
obedience. Mind you, the teenage Jesus
might have been showing early pubertal
independence and “generation gap”
behaviour. Regardless of the latter
assumption, other religious leaders, acolytes,
and medical records in psychiatric files
reveal a fair sample of similar God related
Then there were the Arians of the 4th Century who suffered from the almighty(or better known by the non-Biblical proper
noun, Trinity). With prayerful and decisive thoroughness, the post-apostolic
Church sanctioned the confusing
Church’s final and arbitrary decision to
classify them as heretics. It is at this
point that we encounter the strange
intricacies of what is termed the Godhead
hybrid of the perfectly human yet
perfectly divine Christ. This intricately woven
theological amalgam evolved out of Emperor
Constantine’s Council of Nicaea
(AD 325). Some 250–318 attendees, with the
recorded exception of two 403,
imposed, as dogma on the Christian church, a
controversially illogical doctrine that continues to baffle individuals within
and without Christendom – that is a
story for another book!
When challenged to explain the substance of
Trinitarian dogma the usual
mantra, accept it by faith, drops
into the conversation. However, having given
the dog a bad name, the Arian dissenters
became victims of the gore-spattered
history of the Church – there are,
however, many classified Christians who
are vehement anti-Trinitarians to the
It was also at the First Council of Nicaea
that the celebratory dates of
Easter grafted into Church ritual.
Importantly, Constantine’s initiative was to
set the pattern for Christian practice. A
precedent was established for subsequent
general church Councils to create statements of belief;
authorize canons (rules)
establish guidelines to guarantee doctrinal orthodoxy and preserve the unity
Christendom — leading to momentous events in the global history of the
Church and subsequent Reformation in Europe. The influential
and powerful in
group then imposed their majority verdict
upon all and this would cascade
across to the out-group. This was
aeons before sociologists wrote volumes
about group concepts!
Embedded in the psyche of evangelicalism
(and Christianity as a whole), ismy understanding of others and me was challenged, analysed
the idea that moral values and behaviour are
necessarily linked with faith in the
God of their Bible (versions are not
important). The words of a respected
theological college lecturer still echo
loudly in my ear, “unbelief is a moral, not
an academic issue”. Understandably naive, impressionable, vulnerable, eager
and young his personal conviction burned
deeply into my being. Many years
later, and because of trauma, life and
reality, the building block that had blunted
discarded. How I wish I could undo the
damage I caused because of that
To abandon evangelicalism or the Christian
faith has much to do with the
portrayal of Bible-structured ethics and
morals. Additionally, being able to
verbalise unbelief or disbelief has to do
with an awareness and intellectual
openness to analyse critically an ethical
frame. Evangelicals delve into their
Bibles to support their vainglorious
Escaping from ingrained commitment to an
unacceptable set of religiously
structured values and sentimentality laced
with myth, propaganda, nonsense
and fanaticism is exhilarating. Like for the
emerging butterfly in exploring the
world it takes responsibility for its
survival and procreative abilities – sans the
inhibiting confines of its capsule.
In the United Kingdom, the world-famous
Wembley Stadium (built in 1924),
neither does the structured symbol of its
“greatness”! A new Sir Norman
held together by history and sentimentality,
was another symbol commemorating
Great Britain’s Empire of colonising
greed. The Empire no longer exists and
Foster masterpiece has replaced the worn out
monument. Foster’s tour de
force has replaced what sentiment could no longer hold
together – gone is the
crumbling structural edifice that had served
its purpose. It had become obsolete.
Common sense and reason triumphed. Emotional
bonding with the past
Wembley legacy and history had to bow to the
demands of the 21st
So it is with the devotion given to a
doctrinally disintegrated Church, its
highly suspect book and horridly inhuman
ethical teachings from its God
must be abandoned – the Biblically
sculptured architect and creator must be
ditched. The codes
and behavioural practices unambiguously commanded by
God and chillingly reflected in the lives of
those with whom we have rubbed
shoulders, need replacing.
The desire by the Church to preserve their in-group
control demandedreally born again in the first instance, adds insult to hurting, confused, and
their establishing rigorous and strongly
defended boundaries. Imposed dogma
entraps the gullible, encasing them in the
woven coffin of faith. Followers
who cannot remain the blind moles of faith
disrupt power-dominating in-group
structured capsules of theological
propaganda. Mind-control exists outside
the dark precincts of a Lubyanka, the
glaring lights of a CIA interrogation or
other regimented forms of brainwashing. The faithless,
relegated to the
category, had they been with us they
would not have left – they were never
shattered ex-Christians now seeking
sanctuary in worthy forums and groups
such as ex-Christian.net 404.
Notwithstanding the above, to equate
morality with the divine being is awill, is inimical to human life and happiness – and thus
negates the foundation
serious travesty of logic because any kind
of “moral theory based on divine
of rational ethics 405”.
However, can Christian ethical constructs and parameters
find any acceptability in the warp and woof
of everyday life – when based on
the revealed character of the divinity in
their Bible? In other words, are Biblically
based ethical norms and mores the
behavioural benchmarks for humankind?
Is a belief in the God of the Bible the
first step on the road toward ethical
The answer must surface as we explore the
Protestant Bible. To structure
an ethical code based on the God of the
Bible is destructive and tantamount to
intellectual suicide – not to mention the
continuation of vicious and murderous
patterns violating human codes of justice
and fairness. To accept Biblically
structured ethics is to be an accessory to
crimes against humanity! Yes, there
are good codes of conduct and behaviour –
but they are not unique to the
The Ten Commandments
Over the years, the 10 Commandments, also
known as the Decalogue, have 406.
The list of “do’s and don’ts” initially appeared miraculously
embedded in sentiment and tradition.
According to the Bible, The Lord God
gave Moses his list of divine imperatives
whilst Moses was meeting with him
on Mount Sinai
engraved on slabs of stone. Cuneiform
writing became the vogue around
5000 years ago and “Pictograms, or
drawings representing actual things, were
the basis for
cuneiform writing [and] were preserved on clay 407”.
Decalogue arrive in such a manner 408? Did Moses have anything to do with
the second edition after he smashed the
first one? Was Moses an early Gnostic?
What was his mental and emotional state –
was he certifiable? These issues
are subjects for further conjecture in
I remain committed to working within the
constructs of the Protestantdence and
the influence of tradition, the
Bible and generally accepted evangelical
theology. Careful note of the
controversies raised by scholars of repute
surrounding the historicity, ethnicity,
marriage and dating of Moses received
attention. Again, because of the passage
of time, the lack of reliable evi
verification of facts proved difficult.
(New International Version of Exodus 20: 1–17)
• And God (YHWH
spoke all these words: (verse 1).
• I am the Lord thy God, which have
brought you out of Egypt, out of the
land of slavery (verse 2) .
1 You shall have no other gods before me
2 You shall not make for yourself an idol in
the form of anything in heaven
above or on the earth beneath or in the
waters below. You shall not bow
down to them or worship them; for I, the
Lord your God, am a jealous God, punishing the children for the sin of
the fathers to the third and
fourth generation of those who hate me, but
showing love to a thousand
generations of those who love me and keep my
3 You shall not misuse the name of the Lord
your God, for the Lord will not
hold anyone guiltless who misuses his name.
4 Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it
holy. Six days you shall labour
and do all your work, but the seventh day is
a Sabbath to the Lord your
God. On it you shall not do any work,
neither you, neither your son or
daughter, not your manservant or
maidservant, nor your animals, nor the
alien within your gates. For in six days the
Lord made the heavens and the
earth, the sea and all that is in them, but
he rested on the seventh day.
Therefore, the Lord blessed the Sabbath day
and made it holy. (verses 8–
5 Honour your father and your mother, so
that you may live long in the land
the Lord your God is giving you. (verse 12).
6 You shall not murder. (verse 13).
7 You shall not commit adultery. (verse 14)
8 You shall not steal. (verse 15).
9 You shall not give false testimony against
your neighbour. (verse 16).
10 You shall not covet your neighbour’s
house. You shall not covet your
neighbour’s wife, or his manservant or maidservant, his ox or donkey, or
anything that belongs to your neighbour.
• The Old Testament 410 book
of Deuteronomy has a slightly different version 411 that contains ethical and ritualistic
of the Sinai event, where the consequences
of disobedience are clearly
spelt out, cementing also the place of the
Decalogue in Hebrew Law.
Then there is the Ritual Decalogue
instructions – these make interesting
• Of note are the revealing
characteristics of the Hebrew God. For example,
his possessive jealousy, egocentricity,
vindictive, unforgiving spirit and
subtle manipulatively structured conditional
love (verses 4 – 6).
• The decree that his name be sacrosanct
exudes insecurity (verse 7).
• The murder, coveting and stealing
prohibitions are damningly hypocritical
considering how the same divinity instructed
his Hebrew race to do just
that when they invaded and occupied the
territories forcibly taken from
those who occupied the land.
• The Christ of the New Testament refers
to the Hebrew Decalogue to
teach that individuals were to love their
God and other people. The latter
enshrined the reciprocity ethic.
• The commandments are discriminatory,
given to the Hebrews by their God412”.
who had chosen them from amongst all nations
of the world. Were they
the only people on earth? It would appear,
then, that having created all
nations, the divinity abandoned all but one
select group to be the “apple of
• Regardless of the moral tone in some of
the Commandments, under
YHWH’s clear directions, instructions and
his protective nepotism, the Hebrews plundered, murdered and colonised
those viewed less favourably
by the divinity who nevertheless still
demanded their unconditional love
and obedience or else …
• The Sinai version of the Decalogue is
mirrored in the ancient religion of
Egypt (BC 1240). Recorded in the Book of the
Dead 413 are benchmark
standards, almost word for word on the
papyrus record and very much
in line with the Exodus account. Individuals
had to conform in order to
enter into the hereafter. However, the
Egyptian devotees were not required
to worship YHWH.
• The Sumerian legal system, called the
Code of Hammurabi (BC 2250) has
a significantly strong ethical code. This
too has no mention of the worship
of YHWH and, as was common to all such
systems, pertinent and
applicable to its ethnic group
• The divine inscriptions, reportedly
written on stone, present an interesting 414". Dear me … this predated
set of mind-twisting conundrums. The lack of
technology was no problem,
evidently. Sculpturing, laser beams or by
other means? No. Moses
apparently received the divine laws from
God. They were pre-packed,
inscribed and assembled for couriered
delivery. The Bible records that
“God said to Moses, ‘Come up to me, to
the mountain, and remain there.
I will give you the stone tablets, the Torah
and the commandments that I
have written for [the people’s]
the divinely written graffiti on the wall at
the sumptuous feast of Belshazzar.
On that occasion, Daniel had to translate
the supernaturally projected
Aramaic words to a king who was thereafter
to receive his death sentence
… the writing is on the wall!
• To argue that Moses had in pique smashed
the premier copy of the Commandments written on stone by God, and
then returned to the Lord416),
stretches logic and credulity. Moses was certainly no
to receive a second edition (that he had to
write himself after cutting out
youngster and the physical effort must have
been demanding, to say the
least. Mind you, the Bible does teach that
at the time of his death (he was
120 years old), and “his eye was not dim,
nor his natural forces abated 417”.
This was well before the Guinness Book of
Records became famous.
Incidentally, James Ussher, (1581–1656)
the Anglican Primate of Armagh
and Archbishop of all Ireland between 1625
and 1656, using the Bible,
calculated that the earth was created on
October 23, BC 4004 at 9:00am 418.
Mathematics and calculations proved
problematical for many of those
who searched the Scriptures!
• Enter the experts. How and where the
Commandments were written earnsecords
that the tablets were “written on
the contributions of a divided Press. One
learned Rabbi has said that two
stone tablets were used; whereas others have
contended that there were
ten on each tablet. Exodus 32:15 r
both their sides”. The Talmud adds to the
miraculous event, emphasising
that the carving went into the full
thickness of the tablets 419. Oh dear, here
we go again!
• The fallacious and popular argument that
the 10 Commandments form 420.
the basis for
British and American law needs addressing. John Adams,
America’s second President (1797–1801)
and Thomas Jefferson, the third
President of the USA (1801–1809), wrote
against this faulty assumption
The logical synopsis of their argument notes
their assertion that the Ten
Commandments were, in any event, “a
manifest forgery”. British Law
(on which American Law is based) existed
some 200 years before
Christianity was introduced into England.
Nature’s law always held firmly
to the illegality of murder and theft –
long before the Exodus publication
and was void of any reference to YHWH.
• The Ten Commandments are not unique.
Buddhism and Hinduism offer
their rules governing the lives and conduct
of their followers. Their legal
concepts challenge the Decalogue – without
allegiance to the mercurial,
self-serving, war-mongering, vindictive,
biased and possibly mentally
certifiable Hebrew God, YHWH.
• The Twelve Tables of Roman civilisation 421 (Lex Duodecim Tabulaum)
formed the basis of Roman ethical and social
behaviour. Allegiance to the
Hebrew divinity, YHWH, is absent.
• Simply stated, the Ten Commandments are
not exclusive at all! Not even
to the overall ethical construct of the westernised
Now Moses, the Lawgiver, had personal
entrée to the divine set of laws.
He alone was the privileged person to have
twice had the laws of YHWH
entrusted to him. He had access to the
presence of the Almighty whom to
look upon was death – again, this is
significant when we think ahead to the
Gnostic assertions that surfaced during the
early days of Christianity; and the
reported revelations given to numerous other
religious entrepreneurs including
Joseph Smith the founder of the Mormon
faith. Such phenomena continue to
raise questions – and we need to consider
carefully the parallels with individuals
diagnosed with psychiatric disorders linked
to their delusions of great power
Ethics … how important was this to Moses? Bear in mind that
their Bible 422 records that the men
declares that God is the great “I AM”
... eternal and unchanging. The standards
given are set in stone; humankind had
received a divinely set benchmark for
behaviour. Regardless of the Decalogue
Moses, when seeking revenge on the
people of Midian sends his soldiers to war.
were to be killed (this, after all, is what
war is about), but then the women and
children are taken captive. Moses
subsequently commands that all the women
who are not virgins were to be killed
(murdered!) plus all the male children!
The only non-combatants spared from the
genocide were the young women
who were virgins – they “that have not
known a man, keep alive for
Please let us not descend into the slimy pit of apologetics by
excusing these repugnant war crimes by
bleating on about modern standards
versus those days.
The commandment, “You shall do no murder”
explicitly that you shall not murder. What
on earth did “You shall not kill
(murder)” mean if it did not refer to murder
in those days? To accept a divinely
introduced moral code advocating and
justifying “murder and rape” is just so
wrong! Christian apologists cannot drag
situational ethics into the polemic
arena to justify homicidal activity; or
camouflage the inexcusable, or defend
clearly indefensible brutality and ghastly
massacres. Pol Pot and his fellow
Cambodian thugs have stained all that speaks
of justice and human rights …
Moses certainly paved the way for such of
the ghastly ilk of murderous
Christian apologists, including evangelism’s
library of creative writers,
subterfuge to throw out the Saturday and
introduce the Sunday (without the accompanying laws, byelaws and everything
else). The 7th Day Adventist
defensive cherry pick the Old Testament to
rationalise the barbarism undertaken
in the name of the Lord of Hosts. This
deviously structured process is blatantly
fraudulent and misleading. It is an
illogical and selectively deceptive practice
relegating obedience to laws and regulations
to “that time” but not thereafter.
It is a great pity that the God of the
Hebrews did not make this known! After
all, maybe the Ten Commandments belonged
also to another time, as indeed
the majority of Christians seem to think.
After all, most evangelicals no longer
observe the Sabbath. They have replaced this
by using debateable and subtle
Church (amongst others), for example, have
preserved the Sabbath and not
adopted the Sunday substitute. The chameleon
advances! The spider waits
expectantly! The seductive web of confusing
dogma glistens with the soon to
evaporate dew of hollow promises.
Ethics linked to God? In addition to previous references to
the God of the Bible, let us now peruse the following and
then decide if there is merit to linkfor reproof, for correction and instruction
in righteousness and
that forever, O
with the character of the divinity recorded
in the Bible and whether those
standards are worthy of emulating. In so
doing let us not forget that the Bible
used by evangelicals declares that all
Scripture is given by God and is profitable
Lord, your word is settled in heaven. Has the divinity depicted in the Bible the
right to demand from his creatures a higher
standard of morality than that
which he practised?
• A jealous God. When 3000
Israelites worshipped the golden calf during 424.
Oh dear! The divine Decalogue was on the way but … so was murder! Did not the Christ quote the Ten
Moses’ sojourn – he was receiving the
Ten Commandments – the command
of YHWH was “Take every man his sword by
his side … and slay every
man his brother, and every man his
companion, and every man his
the Lord your God
[YHWH]… and your neighbour as yourself 425”?
• A vindictive God. The eleven
rulers in Israel who refused to engage in 426.
The fair, just and gracious YHWH used germ warfare to wreak
war by invading the Promised Land were
exterminated by a plague sent
revenge on pacifists. Saddam Hussein’s
attack on the Kurds was somewhat
predated! The clear message is that YHWH’s
people need to watch their
backs – or ensure that they had been
inoculated. Salk’s anti-polio discovery
and other vaccines had not yet entered the
laboratories of humane
compassion. Pacifism is not on YHWH’s
agenda. That hissing snake again!
That enticing arachnid waits! That
glistening web of seductive intrigue,
death and devastating power invites the
careless and unwary! Ethics?
• A murderous God. As in any power
structure, leadership becomes the 427.
God was furious and wanted to wipe out the entire congregation,
target of many wannabes. Some 250
Levites challenged the leadership of
but Moses pleaded to YHWH and he repented
from mass genocide.
However, he then ordered that the wives,
sons and little children belonging
to two of the princes be buried alive whilst
the remaining leaders were
burnt to death. The chosen people of YHWH,
however, incensed by the
divinely ordered pre-Hitlerian structured
holocaust, rebelled against Moses.
This was not a wise step to take!
Thereafter, and as a result, some 14,700
died by a divinely orchestrated plague. YHWH’s
message was clear …
bullies must not be messed about! YHWH’s
rampage and germ warfare only ended when
Aaron promised to make
atonement. Ah, this may be where the adept
religious Inquisitors of Roman
Catholicism and Protestant rampages learned
their trade. Terror was the
answer to challenge! Ethics?
• Justice – and God. Abraham
pawns his wife (half-sister) is order to savePharaoh by sending plagues on Pharaoh’s household! Abraham
his own skin. He allows Pharaoh to take her
as his bedmate (Sarah was
around 70 years of age). To put a stop to
the charade, YHWH punishes
out of this – he was, after all, the
favoured one 428. Abraham, the father of
the faithful repeats his deceit later and
although King Abimelech never
touched Sarah; and atoned for taking Father
Abraham’s wife by giving
him gifts, YHWH then punishes all the women
in the King’s household by
causing them to become barren. The God of
Abraham, Isaac and Jacob –
• Interestingly, Isaac follows the ploy of
Abraham and passes off Rebecca
as his sister to yet another King called,
Abimelech 429. Is there any mention
about adultery in the Decalogue?
Whilst Abraham’s trysts with morality
preceded Moses and the Ten Commandments, did
the eternal unchanging
holy Lord decide to change his moral codes
to sanction varying sets of
ethics to suit the
mood of the time? Ethics?
• Interestingly, the Bible’s refrain,
the “God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob”,430!
Interestingly, evangelicals raise their voices against the
still evokes awe in the minds of many –
what a track record attaches to
Jihadis who apparently represent Islam and who perpetrate
the name of Allah. However, it might be
better if Christians read their
Bible’s records of the ghastly crimes
committed in the name of God
Almighty, the maker of heaven and earth! Ethics?
• Incest and God. The daughters of
Lot plan to make him drunk so that he
can become the father of their offspring 431. The Apostle Peter later describes
Lot as a righteous man 432 – even though he had initially offered his two virgin daughters to the angels who came to
warn him about the coming
destruction of Sodom. Well, now – what is
next? The shiny eyes of the
spider reflect an avaricious appetite! Ethics?
• The do it or die God. Jacob had a
grandson called Onan 433. The Leveritemasturbation … blindness and insanity
being two of the penalties resulting
custom of the time demanded that the brother
of a husband who had died
was then to take the widow as his own wife!
It is still not clear what
would happen if there was no spare brother
hanging around – or if the
brother happened not to be of age – or was
impotent or infertile! The
psychological and practical logistics of
this YHWH given custom boggles
the mind! Nevertheless, Onan did not obey!
Instead of impregnating her
– it would appear that foreplay, and
sexual intercourse was not to be
complicated by conception and then having
children. That was not on the
agenda (for whatever reason). Onan then
resorted to a practice of creative
contraception, coitus interruptus and
(horror of horrors) “spilt his seed
on the ground”. As a result, YHWH struck
him dead! Ethics? The Lord
God Almighty, enthroned in the heavens
above, had the gall to spy on a
private sexual liaison between a couple!
Incidentally, from the Onan incident
many sincere and devout young people have
suffered torment as some
church-spawned education related this coitus
interruptus incident to
masturbation. Many pubertal young men have
suffered pangs of guilt
because of unbelievable censures delivered
by godly Christians denouncing
from hormonally induced libido! Of interest
is the fact that female
masturbation did not feature on the banned
activities list! Parallel to this,
stood the practice where if a man refused to
marry the widow of his
brother she was to appear with him before
the elders, take off his shoe,
and then spit in his face 434! One would wonder whether the Mafia were
alive and well in those days but disguised
as divinity. Ethics?
• The mysterious ways of God. The
men of the tribe of Benjamin (YHWH’sinto insignificance. Ethics?
chosen people), were a lustful bunch of
gangsters. The incident is
in their Bible book of Judges Chapter 21. Consider, if
you will, the results of asking their God
for help to solve the situation.
The much later historical St Valentine’s
Day’s massacre in Chicago pales
• About marriage! If a man discovered that
his newly wed wife was not a virgin (on their wedding night) he was to
take her to her parental home
and stone her to death 435. Of course, there are no rules governing the
required proof regarding the virginity of
the groom. Chauvinistic dominance
ruled supreme! Ethics?
• Sam Harris in his excellent book, “Letter
to a Christian Nation “436 writeswhere the infamous sadists of the
inquisition may have gained their
succinctly about Biblically endorsed
punishment for children 437; children
who dare answer back to their parents are to
be killed 438; heretics, adulterers,
homosexuals, those who worked on the
Saturday Sabbath, idol
worshippers were to be stoned to death 439. Amazingly, Christian people
condemn the gruesome methods of capital
punishment reported in some
Muslim countries – but their own Bible
advocates similar methodology! A
procedure laid down by their unchangeable
God! Now, we know, too,
motivation and where St. Augustine drew his
idea that all heretics should
be tortured or, as Thomas Aquinas advocated,
they were to be killed
Of interest and concern is Harris’s highlighting the fact that
the Christ of Calvary does not abrogate any
of the barbaric punishments
that were laid down by his heavenly father 441! Ethics?
• There can be no recourse to the worn out
apologetics of Christianity 442” –
emphasising that those were the customs of
the time. The God of their
Bible is supposed to be unchanging in all
his dealings with humankind.
Their Bible teaches, “Yesterday, today and
forever Jesus is the same
Jesus Christ is supposed to be God so …
where does that leave the issue
• Slavery was clearly commanded by the God
who “changes not 443”; God 444. The Christ
directed that every man was entitled
to sell his daughter into sexual slavery
and that the New Testament supported fully
the slave trade
was strangely silent about this evil. How
did Wilberforce and others (who
apparently read their Bible) dare to go
against what their God had
commanded; and their Christ, by his silence,
approved? Ethics? The empty boast that evangelicals, because of their
Christian ethics, were part of the
great reforms during the Victorian era is
just absolute poppycock. Those
great social reformers were acting out of
their humanity – and were
knowingly abrogating Bible-based beliefs and
practices! Yet again, the
positive inroads of humanism eclipsed the
wretchedly revolting paradigms
created by the
In closing this chapter, I am reminded of
those who would have us believe
that the Jesus of the New Testament taught
that the YHWH of the Old
Testament must be viewed through the Christ
of the New Testament. Sounds
confusing, does it not! The spider, snake,
chameleon are indeed the trinity of
We now look at the duality of nature that
was epitomised by the famous446".
If readers care to read the remainder of these harsh and
story of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde 445. There
is not that much difference between
the YHWH of the Old Testament and the Christ
of the New Testament. The
Christ declared, “Do not suppose that I
have come to bring peace to the earth
[oops … out goes the seasonal message of
Christmas!]. I did not come to
bring peace but a sword [aha, so that
explains all this war business]. For I
have come to turn a man against his father,
a daughter against her mother, a
daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law
– a man’s enemies will be the enemies
of his own household [so, there is a task
for Dr James Dobson’s Focus on the
Family, after all]
chilling verses, they may do so – the
Bible is still on sale.
This, however, is not the Christ that any
rational thinker would care to
have to supper – or say grace to before a
meal – or employ as a babysitter.
Well, I guess the not-so-merry-go-round is
stopping, so it is time to turn the page for the final
leg and closing chapter along our current journey.
End Notes Chapter
397 The Internet Encyclopaedia of Philosophy
398 Harris S. Letter To A Christian Nation.
Transworld Publishers ISBN 978059305898.
399 The Bible. Exodus 33.11.
400 The Bible. Genesis 32.30.
401 The Bible. John 1. 18 with Exodus 33.20;
John 6.46; Colossians 1.15; 1 Timothy
6.16; 1 John 4.12; John 3.16 – 28; 1 John
402 The Bible. Luke 2. 41–45.
403 First Council of Nicaea
405 Smith GH, Atheism, The Case Against God.
Prometheus Books, New York, 1989.
406 Modern archaeology has challenged the
Mount Sinai location.
407 University of Pennsylvania
408 Hoffman Joel M. In The Beginning: A
Short history of the Hebrew Language. New
York University Press (2006). ISBN – 13:
409 YHWH is the Hebrew tetragrammaton , the
sacred name of God (Jehovah)
410 The Bible. Deuteronomy 5. 1–22.
411 The Bible. Exodus 34.
412 The Bible. Deuteronomy 32.10; from the
Hebrew “ishon” = the pupil.
413 The Egyptian Book of the Dead
(translated by EA Wallis Budge and Allen and
http://www.touregypt.net/bkofdead.htm See also the Bibliography.
414 The Bible. Exodus 24.12;; Deuteronomy
9verses 9, 11–15.
415 The Bible. Daniel 5.
416 The Bible. Exodus 34.
417 The Bible. Deuteronomy 34.7.
419 The Ten Commandments.
420 Moses didn’t write the Constitution.
421 Twelve Tables.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Twelve_Tables and see Bibliography.
422 The Bible. Numbers 31.
424 The Bible. Exodus 32.27.
425 The Bible. Matthew 22. 37–40.
426 The Bible. Numbers 14.37.
427 The Bible. Numbers 16.
428 The Bible. Genesis 12.
429 The Bible. Genesis 26. 7–11.
430 Acts 3.13.
431 The Bible. Genesis 19. 2.
432 The Bible. 2 Peter 2. 8.
433 The Bible. Genesis 38.
434 The Bible. Deuteronomy 25. 9.
435 The Bible. Deuteronomy 22. 13–21.
437 The Bible. Proverbs 13.24; 20.30 and
438 The Bible. Exodus 21.15; Leviticus 20.9;
Deuteronomy 21.18–21; Mark 7 9–13;
Matthew 15. 4–7.
439 The Bible. Deuteronomy 13. 6, 8 – 15.
441 The Bible. Matthew 5. 18 – 19.
442 The Bible. Hebrews 13.8.
443 The Bible. Leviticus 25. 44 – 46.
444 See references
445 Stevenson, Robert Louis. The Strange
Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde and Other
Tales of Terror (Penguin Classics)
446 The Bible.
Matthew 10. 34–42.
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