A Member of Parliament in A Democracy Says Adulterous Women Should Be Stoned & Every One Descends on Him But GOD Says It & No One Dare Coughs

 

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Despite my increasing revulsion for religion and the many religious zealots around, I must commend religion on its grasp of the mind—including that of some of the most intelligent people and those who call themselves moderates.

Surely, religion is the only tool which can make the smartest person in the room fail to use reason and if you want turn a good person into evil without objection, just employ religion. It works everywhere, try it in North Korea, Israel, Iraq or Nigeria and you will get the same result.

In today’s religious communities, there are two obvious groups of people—the fundamentalists and the moderates—and many enlightened persons who for reasons of comfort, indoctrination and a hope of a better afterlife cannot question their faith automatically become moderates.

The moderates believe in many of the 21st century governing principles such as democracy, rule of law, human rights, women rights, gender equality and the many others—all made possible by the increasing notion of secularism and not by any efforts of religion. In fact, religion has always been the main antagonist to the development of these worthy principles.

Since most of the above beliefs sharply contradict some of the required behaviour expected and imposed by the two main monotheistic religions-Islam and Christianity through their Holy Books, the fundamentalists who claim to live by the true meaning of the words find the moderates who are regularly compromising not any better than the unbelievers.

And the moderates somewhat sees the fundamentalists as those unchanged by contemporary development—and as those reading the texts with no amount of flexibility, eventhough flexibility or elimination is not an option when it comes to the religious texts.

So there is this central tension between these two assemblages of believers who are in one sense the same people, following the teachings of one Holy Book—and in another, they define the internal inconsistency and the extent that one is ready to go to accept the barbarism of their Holy Books.

Few weeks ago, a Member of Parliament in the West African democratic country-Ghana boldly suggested in parliament during a Bill deliberation that ‘adulterous women’ should be stoned—and that this punishment which is being used in many religious States who regard themselves as ‘States of God’ should be adopted in Ghana.

From every angle of the country, he was met with attacks—and both the religious and non-religious condemned him for his suggestion and ‘supposed’ contempt of women. His fellow parliamentarians struck him down and I can perfectly imagine the isolation he faced until he later came out to apologize for his ‘not 21st century’ statement.

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Here, there is a clear consensus that, stoning of anybody—be it a woman or a dog to death should not be part of our civilization and we must treat with gross contempt, any attempt to have us consider this.

Stoning of women or any person is barbaric and has no place in our development—I am yet to meet anyone who would disagree with me on this but in Islamic literature, it remains a legal form of judicial punishment in United Arab Emirates, Iran, Iraq, Qatar, Mauritania, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, Sudan, Yemen, Northern Nigeria, Aceh in Indonesia, Brunei and Pakistan—also in several other countries which practice extrajudicial stoning.

Though the infamous Sharia Law is based on the Quran, the hadith, and the biography of the Muslim prophet Muhammad, the Quran does not mention stoning, this barbaric act in the many Islamic communities takes its roots from the hadith—an authorative text in Islamic religion.

Who amongst us will jump to condemn the practice of stoning in the many countries that hold on to it, inspired by religion or directly influenced and defined by religion?

I am sure a Christian reading this may be saying; that is for the Muslims to deal with—and that is why I am not a Muslim. But the Christian God in the Bible unequivocally asks that Christians also kill adulterous women—not directly by stoning but that is a viable option.

Deuteronomy 22:22 says “If a man is found sleeping with another man’s wife, both the man who slept with her and the woman must die.”

It’s not only adulterous individuals who deserve to be killed either by stoning, poisoning or any means a person chooses according to the Christian God, anyone who decides to worship any other God should also be put to death.

Deuteronomy 13:7–11 says; “If your brother, the son of your father or of your mother, or your son or daughter, or the spouse whom you embrace, or your most intimate friend, tries to secretly seduce you, saying, “Let us go and serve other gods,” unknown to you or your ancestors before you, gods of the peoples surrounding you, whether near you or far away, anywhere throughout the world, you must not consent, you must not listen to him; you must show him no pity, you must not spare him or conceal his guilt. No, you must kill him, your hand must strike the first blow in putting him to death and the hands of the rest of the people following. You must stone him to death, since he has tried to divert you from Yahweh your God.”

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And per the Christian Holy book, this is God’s words—I have tried to find any sort of obvious evil difference between what the Ghanaian parliamentarian said which was widely condemned and what God has said in the Bible—which no Christian dare openly condemn it.

Even the moderates who may have objections to the above verses and the many others in the various Holy Books cannot openly condemn or suggest that, these verses should be read ‘symbolically’ or are not the true words of their God.

Any attempt to employ a ‘symbolic’ reading or elimination of some of these cruel verses in the Bible has already been blocked by God Himself in Deuteronomy 12:32 “Now as to everything I’m commanding you, you must be careful to observe it. Don’t add to or subtract from it.” Now who dares to cough or say it’s not God’s words?

My point is; what is fundamentally wrong is wrong and the person who is saying it should not be used as the determinant of wrong. If a member of parliament says it and our thinking faculty tells us that it is wrong, why does all of a sudden our thinking faculty becomes faulty because religion says the same thing?

Killing an adulterous woman by stoning, lynching or whatever means is unacceptable—and it doesn’t matter even if a God is reported to have said that, it is unacceptable, wrong and barbaric—and should be openly condemned, especially by those who call themselves religious moderates.

Skipping it or behaving as if it does not exist is not the same as condemnation. And this religious barbarism which cannot be eliminated clearly shows that, religion has no important place in today’s world—it has lost the battle to reason and humanism…

Comments

SOBRIETY says:

John 8:1-11New International Version (NIV)

8 1 but Jesus went to the Mount of Olives.

2 At dawn he appeared again in the temple courts, where all the people gathered around him, and he sat down to teach them. 3 The teachers of the law and the Pharisees brought in a woman caught in adultery. They made her stand before the group 4 and said to Jesus, “Teacher, this woman was caught in the act of adultery. 5 In the Law Moses commanded us to stone such women. Now what do you say?” 6 They were using this question as a trap, in order to have a basis for accusing him.

But Jesus bent down and started to write on the ground with his finger. 7 When they kept on questioning him, he straightened up and said to them, “Let any one of you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her.” 8 Again he stooped down and wrote on the ground.

9 At this, those who heard began to go away one at a time, the older ones first, until only Jesus was left, with the woman still standing there. 10 Jesus straightened up and asked her, “Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?”

11 “No one, sir,” she said.

“Then neither do I condemn you,” Jesus declared. “Go now and leave your life only sin thous no more.

NOW CHRIS I HOPE YOU READ THIS?

So this means, what the old testatement says is STUPID or no more valid—right? Tell us now…

If anything at all, this just contradicts each other—telling you that there is no consistency in what God even expects you to do.

Considering that God says you cannot substract anything from what he commands you to do, you ought to do as HE says.

Sobriety says:

You must understand the historical, cultural, geographical era of the day. I m very concerned about your interpretation of the text, partly knowing you probably do not have any theological education, hence i believe you are coming from a standpoint of ignorance. I say that because within theological context we have a discipline called Exegesis and Hermeneutics, which basically is the methodology of interpreting the scriptures. The Old Testament (OT) was a foreshadow of the new Testament, hence We as Christians are required to draw inspiration or the spiritual reality of what the OT saints observed literally if i may put it that way. All the cultural practices of the OT were pointing to the real deal which is in the person of Jesus. As New Testament saints we are under the “Grace” of God . We are Not literally under the law of Moses but under the law of Christ. The Bible says the Law was our School Master that pointed us to Jesus (Galatians 3:24)- The law of Moses was called the law of SIN and DEATH.
“For the law of the Spirit of life has set you free in Christ Jesus from the law of sin and death” Romans 8:2.
When a person receives Christ He is solely Justified by Faith , which means the “Grace” of God is extended to the person. Grace can be defined as :
“the love and mercy given to us by God because God desires us to have it, not because of anything we have done to earn it”.
Under this grace God gives us a “second chance” to make it right, it does not mean you can do whatever you want and still be right with God. We are followers of Jesus hence in John 8 as i quoted in my earlier post, we are Not required to stone people to death when caught in adultery. However the guilty must repent and feels remorseful before God. I hope the Holy Spirit will help u understand.

maame says:

Sobriety, why bother trying to explain the Bible to a spiritually dead person? Things concerning Faith is foolishness to the natural man.

amare says:

Maame,tell me where the god in the bible lives….in the sky? i have seen wise and intelligent people turn into zombies following the rules of that book.intelligent people don’t believe in that kind of a god.a loving god will not rob the brain of his children by giving them a book to live by after giving them a brain for thinking.the god in the bible,contrary to his own commandment has been fashioned in the graven image of an authoritarian,tyrant father.

Maame says:

Chris, if u don’t wanna accept the FACT the God of the Bible is good and merciful, it’s your own business and that’s fine. What I don’t understand is why you soooo ignorantly wanna make your lame opinions public. You know nothing about the Bible and how to interpret it and yet u wont eat the humble pie and learn. You wake up every morning with air to breathe and food on your table and you think it’s all by your doing????? The earlier you believe in God’s goodness and show Him some respect, the better it will be for u.

How does your comment relate to the article or open an intelligent discussion on the subject at hand. And it ironic that a woman wrote this—considering the fact that it is women who mostly get stonned and the watch of religion and request of God

maame says:

“Almighty”, narcissistic Chris thinks he’s way smarter than the masses who have given their lives to Christ. When the devil deafens and blinds one’s senses, there’s nothing about God that will make sense to the one in question. I hope one day, God will wake you up from your death. Your arrogance and ignorance is too BAD to be believed. But honestly, I don’t blame you. You are only a puppet dancing to the tune of your puppeteer.

maame says:

Oh and dear Chris, if God was as wicked as you are painting Him to be, what do you think would have happened to you by now with all your ravings and rantings against Him? Let this be your own tesimony of God’s mercy and grace towards you.