November 23rd, 2009
9 For every one that curseth his father or his mother shall be surely put to death: he hath cursed his father or his mother; his blood shall be upon him.
Leviticus is filled with various terrible rules, and this one qualifies. According to Leviticus 20, if you curse your parents, you are to be put to death. I would imagine that there are some circumstances where cursing your parents may be entirely appropriate. The King James Bible refuses to recognize that such exceptions may exist and requires not only absolute obedience but also death for the disobedient. I wonder how anyone made it past their teen years in such a society.
Good, moral parents would have no need for such a law, nor would they enforce it. However, the King James Bible suggests that this disgustingly violent and intolerant law is a good and necessary thing. Could you bring yourself to kill your children if they curse you? God demands that you kill him or her if he or she does. Do you disobey God or your conscience? Who do you love more, God or your child? If he or she curses you, this might be a decision that you will have to make.