For this Tuesday’s crazy Bible verse we return back to the book of Deuteronomy which is full of crazy!
“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, his father and mother shall take hold of him and bring him to the elders at the gate of his town. 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.’ 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.” – Deuteronomy 21:18-21
All sons and daughters will rebel against their parents at times. That’s part of being a child. Sometimes the rebellion is unjustified but other times it may be justified. Regardless, Deuteronomy tells us any son that rebels and does not obey his father or mother is to be stoned to death. Not punished by stern words or a grounding, but a FREAKING STONING! The punishment is DEATH!!! WTF!?!?!?!
Christians are all about God teaching them morality and that one cannot be moral without God. The stoning to death of a stubborn son is a moral act? No? That’s what the Bible teaches, so maybe Christians should actually read their Bible!
This is one of the very rare cases in the Bible where it is better to be female than male. Only the sons are stoned to death for being stubborn. There’s no mention of punishment for stubborn daughters. Granted, they will be sold to another man against their will and likely raped many times over, but hey, no stoning to death for disobeying a parent. 🙂
Here’s a question. Every parent knows that every son will rebel and disobey at times. If the punishment was death, how did the human species survive and not die off? 🙂