Rebecca Rose in her poetry site mocks the morality of the bible seizing upon the outdated laws in Leviticus and similiar books. She gives me permission to print her poem (the first part) which I follow with my answer. If you want a challenge why not offer a comment in verse.
FIRST REBECCA’S POEM
The Bible Makes You Better?
So atheists have no morals ‘cause we don’t believe in god,
But the Bible gives you morals? I find that rather odd.
God declared to Abraham, “Go kill your only son.” (Genesis 22:2)
In the end, he didn’t have to; but what would you have done?
All kids who “curse their parents” should now be put to death, (Leviticus 20:9)
Plus kill all Sunday workers! (Will anyone be left?) (Exodus 35:2)
If you rape a virgin, marry her! Then everything is great. (Deuteronomy 22:28-29)
Says God: “Kill men and women; the virgins you can rape.” (Numbers 31:17-18)
A brother rapes his sister; a father tells the crowd, (2 Samuel 13:11-14)
“Gang-rape my virgin daughter!” This Bible makes you proud? (Judges 19:22-24)
God slaughters every firstborn in a fearsome show of might, (Exodus 12:29-30)
Atheists are horrified – hey God! That wasn’t right!
The Bible’s full of murder – did God forget it’s wrong? (1 Chronicles 21:14, Deuteronomy 3:3-7)
Dead women, children, animals – the bloody list goes on. (2 Kings 10:25, Joshua 6:20-21, Numbers 15:35-36, Deuteronomy 20:16-17, Psalms 137:9, Deuteronomy 13:15-16, Joshua 11:21-22, Ezekiel 9:5-7, Hosea 13:16)
The Bible talks ‘bout buying slaves, just like we buy our bread. (Leviticus 25:44-46)
I wonder why it didn’t say that slavery’s wrong, instead?
Oh here’s a moral teaching! To kill your slave’s a crime. (Exodus 21:20)
But beat him so he’s down for days? Well, that’s completely fine. (Exodus 21:21) (and some more of the same……..)
NOW MY REPLY
Oh Gosh and Oh woe
You strike a low blow
You find that our Good Book is flawed
You’ll tell us all next
All knowledge is hexed
’Cos it too is not from the Lord.
Way back at year dot
They knew not a lot
Science was really a mess
The Earth was quite flat
On a turtle it sat
’bout bugs they knew even less
I guess that your mind
Now has twitched up its blind
Now you see further than then
But can you not see
That might go for me
My faith is not stuck way back when
But by all means, you flail
And stomp on that whale
’Cos Jonah might be a tall tale
But leave me to find
My own peace of mind
In my tentative search for my grail
(As is befitting: only comments in verse will be accepted for this post.)