(2.1) Examination of First Set of Bible Verses
This section pertains to 2.0's Bible study--specifically to the first set of Bible verses listed on page 1. Text comes from the blog post pertaining to this section of the CPC manual.
I’m guessing they were really hoping that nobody would actually go look that stuff up.
Leviticus 20:2-5 is an injunction to the Israelites to stone to death anybody who sacrifices any of their children to the foreign god Molech/Molek/Moloch, who may have been a Canaanite god. It has nothing whatsoever to do with elective abortions and everything to do with eliminating competing religions in the Jewish tribes.
Proverbs 24 is a general list of traits of good and evil men. One verse (11) mentions “deliver those who are being taken away to death,” which might be their justification for waging their culture war. There isn’t anything in the chapter about children or women, much less about society or abortion.
Ecclesiastes 4:1 opens a chapter about “the evils of oppression.” In essence, the writer is lamenting that oppressed people are weeping but nobody is comforting them. Clearly the foes of legalized abortion see fetuses as weeping and oppressed, and they see themselves as stepping into the breach to comfort those fetuses by rescuing them from their own mothers. I’m guessing that the people who think this verse means that Jesus hates abortion haven’t ever seen verses 2 and 3 of that same chapter:
So I congratulated the dead who are already dead more than the living who are still living. But better off than both of them is the one who has never existed, who has never seen the evil activity that is done under the sun.
Lastly, Acts 18:9 concerns the adventures of Paul. This chapter has nothing whatsoever to do with any aspect of abortion or fundagelicals’ war on abortion, and one would be hard-pressed to find any reason why anti-abortion culture warriors would connect it to any crusade of theirs. It appears to simply be there for rah-rah purposes, as if to imply that just as Jesus/”God” protected Paul as he challenged the Jews of his day, so too will Jesus/”God” protect Christians as they go about stripping rights from the groups they think don’t deserve to have them.
So not one of the Bible verses listed in this manual’s so-called concern for “the baby, the mother, and our society” actually has anything to do with any of those things.
The dishonesty is only going to get worse, though.
Speaking of which, stay tuned for 2.2, which will contain Tim's treatment of most of the rest of the Bible verses.