Thursday, August 21, 2008

Obama Ridicules the Holy Bible

Watch this video of Obama as he denigrates the teachings of our Lord and Savior for his own political gain.

http://www.youtube.com/swf/l.swf?video_id=4FCNKwHRCQM

To summarize the video, Oh!Bomb’er says that if we are going to use the Bible in public policy, should we use Leviticus where it says that slavery is OK…should we use Deuteronomy where it says you should stone your child if he strays from the faith? Then he said that the Defense Department does not live up to the principles of the Sermon on the Mount.

First of all the concept of slavery was different in the southern states of America in the 1800s than it was during under the Law of Moses. People were not enslaved just because of their race. Permanent slavery was a means of punishment for crimes (usually war crimes) and temporary slavery was used as means of payment of debt. Masters were not allowed to mistreat their slaves as they were in America. Obama is using the word “slavery” deceitfully to bash the Bible. You can read the scripture texts for yourself and find out more about this in a series of posts that starts here.

The comment about stoning a child to death for “straying from the faith” may be based on Deuteronomy 17:2-7. Summarizing this passage, it says, “If there be found any among you… [that] hath gone and served other gods, and worshipped them…and [thou] shalt stone them with stones, till they die.”

This is a difficult passage, but without going into to too much depth here is brief explanation. The nation of Israel was set apart by God to be Holy. Therefore, wickedness had to be treated with severity. The principle is this—the more you know about God and the more you have seen His power, the more responsible you are for following God’s commandments. The nation of Israel was, in some sense, closer to God than any in history. They passed through the Red Sea on dry land. They saw Moses face when he came down from the holy mountain. This lead to the necessity of more severe punishments for those who witnessed all this and still worshipped other gods. This principle is contained in passages like Luke 12:47-48. Another principle is that when someone is given a righteous punishment it is hypocritical if the one doing the punishing has committed worse sins than one being punished. This principle is contained passages like John 8:1-11 and Matthew 18:21-35.

As for the comment about the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5-7), I agree with Obama, but not for the reasons he does and he is like the pot calling the kettle black. If you are in favor of allowing fully born babies to left to die without punishing the killers, you cannot take a word of what Christ says seriously. The remark about the Defense Department probably particularly refers to Matthew 5:38-42. I expose this false interpretation here and here. Ironically, the following is part of the very Sermon on the Mount which Obama speaks so highly of:

Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil. For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled. Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven: but whosoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.” (Matthew 5:17-19)

But Obama makes it sound like the law (which includes Leviticus and Exodus) is totally unreasonable. But God really is strict in punishment. He is holy. Have you ever been angry with someone without cause (Matthew 5:21-22) or looked at someone with lust (see Matthew 5:27-28)? If you do have to face a God who is totally just and has never sinned, would he say that you are innocent or would he say that you are guilty? Do you know what God did (if not see I John 2:2) so that you would not have to go to hell (see Matthew 5:29-30) for what you have done? What do you have to do then to be saved? If you don’t know see John 3:16, Romans 10:9, Acts 2:38.

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

Bible aint nuthin but a fairy tale book anyway

Saul G said...

People who get offended by statements such as these fall into the sin of bibliolatry. Scripture is left to the interpretation of the individual, as the Creator gives him or her knowledge and guidance, and in our modern times and civilization, to believe in literalism is a great disservice to the cause of Jesus and the Gospel. Conservative fundamentalist dispensationalists create bizarre theology to reconcile the God that was present in Jesus with the capricious Jehovah. You must also take into account that this speech was given in Summer 2006, long before he declared himself as a candidate. To see the entire speech without manipulative and defamatory editing, go to: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3tdoQr3BQ1g
The link above is part 1 of 5, and you will get a complete picture, instead of a quilted "gotcha" manipulative video that sets out to deceive gullible people who do not bother to search for the truth.

Yankdownunder said...

God will not be mocked.
Unfortunately, those that do not believe the Bible, will be judged by it's author.
Obama's blatent disrespect for the Word is something that he's got to answer for.