Category Archives: Apologetics

What about genocide and slavery in the Bible?

Such as God ordaining:

  1. Murder of Canaanites by the Jews
  2. Slavery, especially sex slavery

Answer

  1. Man is not the owner of life.  God is: He gives life and takes it away.  He therefore has the right to end life and indeed He does so for all lives, not just those in God-ordained wars.  Mans life has no ultimate purpose apart from God.  For those who do not believe in Him, whether they live 1 year and 100 is irrelivant – their end is all the same.  God ordered all the Canaanites be killed so He could raise up the Jews to be His messagengers to the world and bring forth the Messiah.  Allowing the Canaanites to live would contaminate the Jews with their pagan religions.  Since the Jews made treaties is some of the Canaanites instead of obeying God, that is exactly what happened.
  2. For most Americans the word ‘slavery’ means one thing: kidnapping Africans and shipping them to America.  In Israel slavery was most commonly bonded indenture, where a person would voluntarily enter a household as a slave to paid off a debt or make a living.  A similar thing happens today in America: it’s called the military.  People enter the military voluntarily for a time of service and cannot change their mind later on to get out.  While there are examples of the Israelites marrying slaves in the bible, there are no examples of slave masters being permitted to sexually use slaves.  To do so, at a minimum, would be against the Mosaic Laws prohibitions concerning fornication and adultery.

Have you read every holy book?

How can you claim the Bible is true when you haven’t read through every holy book in the world?  Maybe one of them is true?

Answer

Truth is not determined by reading false ideas.  Truth is what equals the facts and everything contradicting the truth is false.  If one determines the bible to be true, reading contradictory truth claims is not necessary to claim the bible’s validity.
Note: To be open minded and informed, I have read the works of the major world religions and cults.  I still find the bible to be true.  Why not read it for yourself?

Is the moral argument pointless and/or fallacious?

Why do you act as if the lack of absolute morality within atheism has any bearing on the alleged truthfulness of Christianity? That is a fallacy of appeal to consequences.

Answer

A Moral Argument for God’s Existence
  1. Absolute morals require a transcendent Moral Law Giver
  2. Absolute morals exist (e.i., murdering for fun is always wrong, everywhere, at all times)
  3. Therefore, a transcendent Moral Law Giver exists

The argument is not meant to prove the Christian God, only the existence of a personal, moral God. Other arguments help determine who God is.

From Wikipedia:

“In logic, appeal to consequences refers only to arguments which assert a premises truth value (true or false) based on the consequences; appeal to consequences does not refer to arguments that address a premises desirability (good or bad, or right or wrong) instead of its truth value. Therefore, an argument based on appeal to consequences is valid in ethics, and in fact such arguments are the cornerstones of many moral theories, particularly related to consequentialism. ” 
So the argument is valid in ethics, but this is not even an issue because the appeal to consequences argument structure is different than the moral argument anyway.

Also from Wikipedia:

  1. If P, then Q will occur.
  2. Q is desirable.
  3.  Therefore, P is true.

For more on the moral argument, click  here.