Toby Temple asked this question of another commenter, but I’ll answer it for myself. By responding to him here, I am giving Toby more respect than he deserves. His ignorance of the Scriptures, including the New Testament, is remarkable for someone so convinced of his own rightness. However, many other people with more humility and sincerity have had some of the same thoughts and questions. Those people deserve a response.
Statement 8: Do you stone adulterers, murderers and blasphemers to death in accordance to Mosaic Law? Yes or No?
Leviticus 26:16 (Stoning blasphemers to death) [I think he meant Leviticus 24:16. -jay c]
Deuteronomy 22:23-24 (adulterers stone to death)
Numbers 35:16-18 (murderer put to death)
So tell me, do you still do these things?
In accordance with Mosaic Law? Absolutely! But what does the Mosaic Law say?
- There must be at least two witnesses testify to the crime. (Numbers 35:30, Deuteronomy 19:15, etc.)
- The trial must be presided over by a duly appointed judge and witnessed by the congregation. (Deuteronomy 1:16, Deuteronomy 16:18, etc)
- The witnesses must cast the first stones. (Deuteronomy 17:7)
- The whole community must participate in the stoning. (Leviticus 24:16, Numbers 14:10, etc.)
Given these conditions, there can be no stonings in Modern America in compliance with the Mosaic Law. If a case in my local community meets all four requirements, then I would be required to participate. And so would you.
Toby made another very interesting comment, but my response will be lengthy. So I will leave part 7 short.
Vox’s original article: Christians and the Law.