Sunday, October 11, 2015

Answers To A Few Biased Bible Questions Part 2

Let me just start by saying that I am more than thrilled that I am able to begin a blog series in attempting to answer biased questions about the Holy Bible.  The format for this part is a bit different than Part 1 in the sense that Part 1 was me noticing some some questions from a certain atheist that I thought needed some answers.  I couldn't think of a better way to do that than in a more thoughtful one such as a blog post where I could put all of the information in one spot so to more efficiently answer it as opposed attempting to explain it without any interruption of thought. 
The format I chose for this is similar.  I asked in Facebook post in a group called, "Atheist vs Theist Debate" if anyone had any questions/comments on the topic of female rights in the Bible, and I said it was for a blog post.  I also had some unrelated questions that I will be adding to Part 3 of this blog series.  These are the polite and on-topic questions/comments that were presented:

Ethan Winters
If god truly hated abortions, why do 15-20% of pregnancies end in miscarriage?
  > Source for that statistic- https://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/001488.htm

》In my attempt to answer your question let's think about something.  You either believe that abortion is good, bad, or amoral. If you believe that abortion is good then why is miscarriage bad? You've already made your position on the issues so I'm going to scratch out abortion being bad to you.
So it's a tie between good and amoral. Why is abortion being compared to miscarriage? Abortion is controlled, whereas miscarriage is not (in most cases.) since you obviously don't think that it's bad I ask why do you think it's good or amoral?
Miscarriage is a natural occurrence, and abortion is intentional killing. 

Vidar Lystad Johansen
He prefer[s] to drown or starve them [female babies] after birth.

》I honestly don't know where this is going.
I'm guessing that you're talking about the Great Flood,  and females who are born in impoverished cultures?

Out of all of the comments out of the rhetoric I think this one makes the least sense.
Nonetheless, I will attempt to entertain it. 

1. He prefer[s] to drown [female babies]...
Yes,  many females/female babies died during the Flood. 
I think you may also possibly be talking about people killing female babies via drowning? 

2. ...or starve them [female babies] after birth.
Yes,  babies in parts of the world are dying due to starvation as well as male babies, men,  and women...
And yes, starvation does exist.

Rhetoric
noun
The art of using language, especially public speaking, as a means to persuade.
Meaningless language with an exaggerated style intended toimpress.

James Bradshaw
Biblical slavery included prisoners of war, their wives, and children.

》Thank you for your concern on biblical slavery.  This does pertain to biblical female rights, even if it is in the least bit.
Yes, Biblical slavery did include, but not limited to, prisoners of war.
However, this is more of the topic of of slavery than female rights.  I will add this to my next part (Part 3) of this blog series.

Craig McHenry
Why would you want to give women less right to bodily autonomy than corpses?
A corpse cannot have its organs donated unless they gave consent prior to dying.
Why should a woman be forced to be an incubator against her will?

》Thank you for your concern for female rights in regards to abortion.  I think the real question is, "If the baby is considered to be a woman's organ then why would her DNA be different from the baby's?"
If their DNA were the same then I could see that, but the plain and simple fact is that it's not and the baby is a person separate from the mother (not an organ.)

Alec Isaacs
God drowned a lot of babies and pregnant women in the Bible.

》Fair enough.

Thomas Lee
Your god is supposed to know what 'fate' awaits every fertilized egg. Whether the person it eventually develops into will be sent to hell or some other eternal consequence. With this knowledge, this god still makes people. So isn't this exactly like making people just populate that place or predicament other than eternal paradise? Where exactly is the morality in that?

》Thank you, Thomas for your concern as it relates to God's providence, and morality.  God isn't making people, but people are making people.  Sure God knows our future, but Him knowing our future doesn't mean our future is a direct effect of that.
Example:
You're watching a movie for the second time.  You already know what's going to happen because you've already seen it.  Is your knowledge of what's going to happen next the actual cause of what happens next?  No.  You know what's going to happen, but your knowing this does not cause it to happen.

I don't know if there is a final judgement for all people to accept the salvation of Christ or not.  This is what I understand, and so I'll just leave it at that; for now at least.

Thank you all for your participation in this blog series, and I hope I have adequately answered all of your questions.

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