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The Bible Slam: Leviticus Chapter 24

This chapter demonstrates why many find the Bible to be repulsive.   It starts out benignly enough with boring instructions about offering 12 loaves of bread lined up in two rows of six, burning olive oil and so on, and then moves onto Yahweh/Moses-inspired violence.

Two guys get into a fight and one "blasphemes" the name of the Lord and Moses decrees that the blasphemer must be stoned to death by the entire community.   Right after that, he says that anyone who kills someone else must be put to death.   "The eye for an eye, tooth for a tooth" command is given.

The chapter ends with the Israelites stoning the blasphemer to death … a gruesome and inhumane punishment for a "crime" which harmed no one.

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Discussion Points.

Since Yahweh says the entire community (see Leviticus 24, King James – SAB) must stone the blasphemer, this must mean — using the Bible's figures — that over 600,000 people participated in this gruesome event.

Stoning is perhaps the oldest form of capital punishment in the world.   According to About.com, this is how it is done:

The prisoner is buried either up to his waist (if male) or up to her shoulders (if female) and then pelted with stones by a crowd of volunteers until obviously battered to death. Under the terms of most fundamentalist courts, the stones must be small enough that death cannot reasonably be expected to result from only one or two blows, but large enough to cause physical harm. The average execution by stoning is extremely painful, lasting at least 10 to 20 minutes.

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  • "Crime" how could it not harm to mankind.i think every crime should have the punishment and the bible is also saying that

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    Are you saying that a victimless "crime" such as blasphemy is deserving of this inhumane type of punishment?

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