| Stick and Stones
or Jesus Thumbs His Nose At God The Father
Used by permission, from the Agnostic Review of Christianity website
One of the heartwarming stories in the New Testament is how Jesus saved a woman who was caught in the act of adultery from being stoned to death for her "sin". The quick witted Jesus saves the woman from certain death at the hands of hypocritical Jews. Here's the story:
And the scribes and Pharisees brought unto him a woman taken in adultery; and when they had set her in the midst,
They say unto him, Master, this woman was taken in adultery, in the very act.
Now Moses in the law commanded us, that such should be stoned: but what sayest thou?
This they said, tempting him, that they might have to accuse him. But Jesus stooped down, and with his finger wrote on the ground, as though he heard them not.
So when they continued asking him, he lifted up himself, and said unto them, He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her.
And again he stooped down, and wrote on the ground.
And they which heard it, being convicted by their own conscience, went out one by one, beginning at the eldest, even unto the last: and Jesus was left alone, and the woman standing in the midst.
When Jesus had lifted up himself, and saw none but the woman, he said unto her, Woman, where are those thine accusers? hath no man condemned thee?
She said, No man, Lord. And Jesus said unto her, Neither do I condemn thee: go, and sin no more.
Jesus does not condemn the woman and in the process portrays the Jews who were trying to follow God's law as hypocrites. According to Christians who claim they want to serve the Lord with all their hearts this is a wonderful lesson on forgiveness which shows Jesus taking the high moral ground of compassion.
But is this really a fine moral lesson? Is this really an example of serving God and following his commands and laws?
The law on adultery being referred to here is Deut 22:22 and Lev 20:10 which state:
If a man be found lying with a woman married to an husband, then they shall both of them die, both the man that lay with the woman, and the woman: so shalt thou put away evil from Israel.
And the man that committeth adultery with another man's wife, even he that committeth adultery with his neighbour's wife, the adulterer and the adulteress shall surely be put to death.
This isn't a trap by the teachers of the law but a test to see if Jesus was really sent from God as he claimed to be. If Jesus was indeed sent directly from God then Jesus would follow and affirm God's laws. God gave very clear instructions about his laws:
This day the LORD thy God hath commanded thee to do these statutes and judgments: thou shalt therefore keep and do them with all thine heart, and with all thy soul.
All God's laws are also perfect (Psa 19:7) and eternal (Psa 119:152,160).
Several points need to be made here:
- There are no exceptions to the death penalty for violation of the adultery law given by God.
- There is nothing said by God that those who carry out his command to stone a person to death must or should be "sin" free.
- Jesus completely ignores what God told the Israelites to do in this case.
So we have Jesus demonstrating that he makes exceptions to the laws his alleged Father gave. This is the same Jesus who claimed he was sent directly from God and who admonished the Jews for doubting that he came from God:
Then said Jesus unto them, When ye have lifted up the Son of man, then shall ye know that I am he, and that I do nothing of myself; but as my Father hath taught me, I speak these things.
Well now, isn't it interesting that Jesus claims that he does nothing on his own but speaks what God the Father taught him. Either Jesus is lying through his teeth or his alleged Father is NOT the same God who gave the Israelites their laws. Jesus went even further by saying:
Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil.
For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled. Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven: but whosoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.
For I say unto you, That except your righteousness shall exceed the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, ye shall in no case enter into the kingdom of heaven.
Who does Jesus think he's kidding? You don't fulfill the law by ignoring it. He deliberately circumvented the law by excusing the woman who committed adultery from her crime and simply told her in effect to leave and not do it again.
The real hypocrite here is Jesus. He claims to be taught by God, sent by God, claims to "fulfill" the law, and warns people not to break any of God's commandments. Then Jesus has the unabashed arrogance to mock the Jews who question his credibility:
And he said unto them, Ye are from beneath; I am from above: ye are of this world; I am not of this world.
I said therefore unto you, that ye shall die in your sins: for if ye believe not that I am he, ye shall die in your sins.
Jesus then continues his arrogant rebuke of the Jews and boasts about himself in the process:
Jesus answered, If I honour myself, my honour is nothing: it is my Father that honoureth me; of whom ye say, that he is your God:
Yet ye have not known him; but I know him: and if I should say, I know him not, I shall be a liar like unto you: but I know him, and keep his saying(laws).
What a hypocrite! Jesus calls the law abiding Jews liars. No wonder the devoted Jews rejected this con man who was posing as a Savior.
The problem that this obviously hypocritical Jesus poses for Christianity is immense. If Jesus is not just a man but also God himself, being one third of the mystical Trinity which mainstream Christianity declares, then God the Son and God the Father are locked in a contradiction of massive proportions.
Case in point:
Six days may work be done; but in the seventh is the sabbath of rest, holy to the LORD: whosoever doeth any work in the sabbath day, he shall surely be put to death
Anyone who does any work on the Sabbath must be put to death. The violation of this law and it's consequences are illustrated below:
And while the children of Israel were in the wilderness, they found a man that gathered sticks upon the sabbath day.
And they that found him gathering sticks brought him unto Moses and Aaron, and unto all the congregation.
And they put him in ward, because it was not declared what should be done to him.
And the LORD said unto Moses, The man shall be surely put to death: all the congregation shall stone him with stones without the camp.
And all the congregation brought him without the camp, and stoned him with stones, and he died; as the LORD commanded Moses.
God required that a man who was found gathering sticks(or wood) on the Sabbath be put to death by being stoned by the whole assembly. However, let's not forget that according to mainstream Christianity Jesus is God. Well now, where was Jesus when this man was executed for picking up sticks?
Picking up sticks on a holy day is certainly not any more serious a violation of God's law than committing adultery.
So where was Jesus to step in and say the following:
"He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her."
Jesus can't use the excuse that he wasn't around at that time because he already declared to the Jews that he existed before Abraham was born:
Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Before Abraham was, I am.
The New Testament sinks further into the quagmire by declaring that Jesus not only existed before Abraham but has always been the same. In other words, Jesus is unchanging.
Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever.
So here we have Jesus who is supposed to be God, and who has existed long before Abraham was born, letting a man be stoned to death for picking up sticks on the Sabbath. This same Jesus then allows a woman to circumvent the law and escape the same fate hundreds of years later.
This is the same Jesus who declared that the law should always be followed to the letter. This is the same Jesus(the God) who declared he was taught the law by God the Father and both these Gods are supposed to be the same God the Jews worship.
If Jesus has always existed, has always been the same, and is also God, then this deity is psychotic. He issues laws that he ignores, commands people to obey these laws, rebukes them for trying to follow the laws, and practices situational ethics. Further compounding the equation is the utterly absurd claim in the Bible that God doesn't show favoritism.
For there is no respect (favoritism) of persons with God.
Then Peter opened his mouth, and said, Of a truth I perceive that God is no respecter of persons:
God doesn't show favoritism? Hello??? Anybody home???
The sheer theological lunacy that these contradictions and problems produce stand as testimony to the bankrupt nature of this belief system which claims to be consistent throughout and which Christians claim represents the infallible word of an all powerful holy deity.