Putting Scripture into Context per President Obama’s Claims

Granted there are things I GREATLY disagree with Mr. Obama on regarding government policy, that’s not what this post is about.  I’d like to touch on the passages from the Bible that he points out as a danger to teach in schools or to run the country with.  I’d also like to say I DO agree that I am “tired of faith being used as a tool to attack.”  That isn’t Biblical.  As such it’s WRONG.

Here are the passages that President Obama refers to in this video.

The law concerning slavery, as per the Scriptures, state “if one of your brethren who dwells by you becomes poor, and sells himself to you…(Leviticus 25:39a emphasis mine), it goes on to say that you “shall not compel him to serve as a slave.” (Leviticus 25:39b emphasis mine).  To read more regarding this, go to Leviticus 25:39-55.

“…slavery is not commended in the Bible, in fact it is recognized realistically in respect to the economic need where people sold themselves into slavery to pay off a debt (Ephesians 6:5-7) and the evil in racial discrimination such as the oppression of the Israelites by the Egyptians (Exodus 1:8-14).  The Bible also provides tools for the slave and master in how to treat one another (1 Peter 2:18-25; Colossians 3:22-25; Colossians 4:1-6) and why (Ephesians 6:8-9), in becoming free (1 Corinthians 7:20-22; Jeremiah 34:8-22) and finally shows us that the laws are for those who break the laws (1 Timothy 1:8-11 references slave traders amongst others in which the law is for).” From my blog post entitled, “Scripture in Context.”

Many misunderstand the passages that discuss how masters and servants are to treat one another as a condoning of slavery.  This is not what the Bible acclaims. Additionally, the Bible says in Romans 13:8, “Owe no one anything except to love one another, for he who loves another has fulfilled the law.”

Regarding shellfish as “an abomination” – let’s look at Leviticus 11 (vs. 9-12 specify against shellfish), which discusses the foods that were good to eat and the others that would be considered an “abomination to you” (from the Hebrew word sheqets, meaning detestable).  In other words, worthy for you to hate.  It does NOT state that to eat it would be an abomination.  Go and read all of it for yourself and you will see.

“These you may eat of all that are in the water: whatever in the water has fins and scales, whether in the seas or in the rivers—that you may eat…. Whatever in the water does not have fins or scales—that shall be an abomination to you.verse 10 & 12

Moving on to the reference in Deuteronomy, regarding the stoning of your child for leaving the faith, I have found no reference for such a claim. However, the closest reference found was that of Deuteronomy 21:18-21 where it talks about a mother and father bringing their adult son who was a glutton and a drunkard to the elders.  He was not a child as Obama insinuated… he was a grown man who was a glutton and a drunkard, still at home with his parents… how would society look at a man like that today? Per the new law (as we are ALL sinners and thus none can cast the first stone), we wouldn’t stone him; but we’d certainly look down at him for such a lack of contribution to our community.

This was regarding the consequence for people who broke the law in the Old Testament. It, like my husband pointed out to me, had nothing to say about parents murdering their children for not following their faith.  If that were the case, the parable of the prodigal son would have been quite a different story.

As for the sermon on the mount… I’m not sure what section he’s even referring to. Is it the part about loving (in a social or moral sense) your enemies (those who are hateful, adversaries)?  Is it the part about turning the other cheek (for the sake of peace)? Is it the part about being a peacemaker (making calm or still, restoring peace to)? How about the part about not judging (condemning)?  All this and more can be found in Matthew 5-7.  His remark that the defense would not survive such a policy… explain HOW.

“But shun profane and idle babblings, for they will increase to more ungodliness.” 2 Timothy 2:16

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