This week’s crazy Bible verse(s) comes from the Book of Exodus.
“Anyone who beats their male or female slave with a rod must be punished if the slave dies as a direct result, but they are not to be punished if the slave recovers after a day or two, since the slave is their property.” – Exodus 21:20-21
Let’s begin analyzing this verse by ignoring the fact the Bible condones slavery. Some Bible apologists argue the Bible doesn’t really mean slavery but means it as indentured servitude. In my view indentured servitude is not much better, but I digress.
The first part of the sentence makes perfect sense. If you beat your slave, you will be punished. A crime was committed and a punishment was given. All is good…if the sentence ended there. Instead, the Bible goes on to say that if the slave recovers within a day or two, the criminal is not punished. What…the…hell?!?!?!
The Bible, written by man, but supposedly inspired by God, tells us it is okay to beat your slave as long as you don’t kill your slave. If you were beaten and in the hospital for two days, that’s a serious beating. The Bible condones this beating!!! Many Christians argue you can’t be moral without God. God says it is okay to beat people as long as you don’t kill them. That’s the moral you live by? That’s the moral you want to pass along to your children? WOW!!!
I think it’s safe for me to say that I am a much MORE moral person for NOT following the Bible.