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The ‘shame’ of honour killings

If a man takes a wife and, after lying with her, dislikes her and slanders her and gives her a bad name, saying, “I married this woman, but when I approached her, I did not find proof of her virginity,” then the girl’s father and mother … shall display the cloth (that the couple slept on) before the elders of the town …  If, however, the charge is true and no proof of the girl’s virginity can be found, she shall be brought to the door of her father’s house and there the men of her town shall stone her to death.

So-called ‘honour killings’ are still a reality today in Central and Southern Asia, and the Middle-East.

These shocking verses, however, are from Deuteronomy 22:13-21 an early text from the Christian Old Testament.

What validity do they have for Christians today? What is God’s word here?  If the Bible is inerrant, it would seem, from these verses, that God is a vicious, tyrant.

Isn’t it time the LCA revisited the pledge that graduating seminarians are required to take before ordination?

Can anyone explain the argument for maintaining the use of ‘inerrancy’ in the face of such texts of terror?  Hoping that someone can enlighten us.

 

Further Reading:

Dear Dr Laura

 

 
 

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