October 2nd, 2009
2 Samuel 12:11-12
11 Thus saith the LORD, Behold, I will raise up evil against thee out of thine own house, and I will take thy wives before thine eyes, and give them unto thy neighbour, and he shall lie with thy wives in the sight of this sun.
12 For thou didst it secretly: but I will do this thing before all Israel, and before the sun.
In 2 Samuel 12, David has killed Uriah and taken his wife. God doesn’t approve, so he’s going to punish David by having his wives raped by his neighbors. This is not only immoral, it is also obscene.
What did these women do to deserve being raped? Is God in the habit of punishing people who did nothing against him just to prove his point to another? Actually, the idea that God punishes uninvolved people is present throughout the King James Bible. It appears as if God were auditioning for the role of Satan.
October 1st, 2009
1 Samuel 18:27
27 Wherefore David arose and went, he and his men, and slew of the Philistines two hundred men; and David brought their foreskins, and they gave them in full tale to the king, that he might be the king’s son in law. And Saul gave him Michal his daughter to wife.
In 1 Samuel 18, we see that this is part of a story. It is essentially all explained in this single verse. Saul wanted David to die, so he gave him the task of getting one hundred philistine foreskins. David not only survived, he over-delivered by bringing back two hundred foreskins.
None of this was commanded by God, so it does not point to his immorality. However, David was said to have God’s favor, which he did not lose through this act. The point of the story is that this is just plain disgusting. Offering any body parts as payment for the privilege of marrying a man’s daughter is obscene in it’s own right. Requiring that this body part be the severed skin from the tip of a man’s phallus is that much more obscene. This is not a verse you hear in church, and it certainly isn’t something you tell children in Sunday school.