Welcome to Varied Expressions of Worship

Welcome to Varied Expressions of Worship

This blog will be written from an orthodox Christian point of view. There may be some topic that is out of bounds, but at present I don't know what it will be. Politics is a part of life. Theology and philosophy are disciplines that we all participate in even if we don't think so. The Bible has a lot to say about economics. How about self defense? Is war ethical? Think of all the things that someone tells you we should not touch and let's give it a try. Everything that is a part of life should be an expression of worship.

Keep it courteous and be kind to those less blessed than you, but by all means don't worry about agreeing. We learn more when we get backed into a corner.

Thursday, July 13, 2023

Opus 2023-193: We Need More Rock Piles

The Bible endorses and commands the death penalty.  The places that it is commanded reflect the behaviors that are of greatest concern to God.  You might not agree with the death penalty at all or with the hierarchy of infractions that lead up to it, but no one is really asking you, or me.  It is simply what God declared.  

The most common form of that death penalty was stoning to death.

(Exo 19:13 KJV)  There shall not an hand touch it, but he shall surely be stoned, or shot through; whether it be beast or man, it shall not live: when the trumpet soundeth long, they shall come up to the mount.
There are frequent statements that a person will be put to death but don’t designate the method.

It seems today like a cruel and unusual punishment but that is not the message of stoning.  The message is that it is an act of the community punishing the most heinous of crimes.  No one is proposing stoning for leaving your trash can out on the street too long after pickup.  It is for culture threatening actions.  The community is so outraged at the outrage that they come together to administer the cure.  It would be almost impossible for one person to stone a criminal without at least a lunch break.  

The recidivism rate is very low, just like other forms of capital punishment.  Occasionally there is a target that fools the stone throwers, the apostle Paul did it at least once, but it is fairly effective.

The citizens cannot pass on the duty to the state.  You have to be serious and take responsibility.  Most people would think twice about a verdict of guilty if they were required to throw the first stone.

The Bible is clear.  There are some things that are so evil you should die for them.  Got a problem with that?  Tell God about it.

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