Papal protection

It is kind of old news by now, but the Pope was found lying again and ignoring the basics of human nature. Essentially he stated that condom use does not help stop the spread of HIV, which leads to AIDS. In fact, it does help reduce risk, correct usage in fact reducing the risk by 80%. One is forced to wonder why the Pope would like HIV to continue spreading through Africa, thereby inflicting suffering on many more.

Of course, there is a book from which the Pope is said to derive his moral values. It is the same book from which many Protestants do as well, including the infamous Westboro Baptists. Many moderate Christians simply pick and choose which moral examples of the Bible they will claim as “Christian”. True, in many cases, the resulting moral set is superior to the Bible, though this is rarely recognized. But what do you do when you devote your life to living in concordance with the Holy Writ? What are the moral lessons that may be gleaned?

First, I’ll assume that when God issues orders, guidelines, and commandments in the Bible, it is because of their superior moral quality. After all, a benevolent, compassionate, loving and perfectly good ruler of the millions of light years and billions of years of space and time is not going get picky about completely petty and arbitrary issues, right?

First on our display is a little something from the loving, compassionate, and all merciful God of the Bible.

When the Lord your God brings you into the land you are entering to possess and drives out before you many nations … then you must destroy them totally. Make no treaty with them, and show them no mercy.

(Deuteronomy 7:1-2)

Here’s the the Westboro Baptists favorite cherry picked verse.

If a man also lie with mankind, as he lieth with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination: they shall surely be put to death; their blood shall be upon them.

((Leviticus 20:13)

Apparently you shouldn’t make fun of prophets, even if you are a child. Today, of course, I think most of us would consider this to be a somewhat disproportionate response.

And [Elisha] went up from thence unto Bethel: and as he was going up by the way, there came forth little children out of the city, and mocked him, and said unto him, Go up, thou bald head; go up, thou bald head. And he turned back, and looked on them, and cursed them in the name of the Lord. And there came forth two she bears out of the wood, and tare forty and two children of them.

(2 Kings 2:23-24)

Clearly, it is wrong to mix linen and wool.

Ye shall keep my statutes. Thou shalt not let thy cattle gender with a diverse kind: thou shalt not sow thy field with mingled seed: neither shall a garment mingled of linen and woollen come upon thee.

(Leviticus 19:19)

And finally, God is Truth.

That by two immutable things, in which it was impossible for God to lie, we might have a strong consolation, who have fled for refuge to lay hold upon the hope set before us:

,
(Hebrews 6:18)
but

Now therefore, behold, the LORD hath put a lying spirit in the mouth of these thy prophets, and the LORD hath spoken evil against thee.

(II Chronicles 18:22)
and

For this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie.

(II Thessalonians 2:11).

My. I can see why the Pope is morally confused. He must be following God’s example.

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