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The Bible is a source of moral authority

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The Bible is a source of moral authority
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The Bible
Morality
Religion
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The Book of Leviticus is a source of moral authority
The Bible condemns engaging in sexual activity outside of a marriage
British morality comes from Christianity
Blasphemy is harmful
The Bible is the only infallible source of knowledge about Christian doctrine
Condemnations in the Bible of witchcraft and similar activities applies to Wicca
Christian monarchs rule with authority granted by God
Christian doctrine is a source of moral authority
Governments should recognize both opposite and same sex marriages
Governments should prohibit public nudity
Governments should prohibit same-sex sexual behavior
It is morally acceptable to engage in prostitution
It is morally acceptable to engage in anal sex
It is morally acceptable to marry more than one person
It is morally acceptable to engage in sexual activity outside of a marriage
It is morally acceptable to engage in same-sex sexual behavior
It is morally acceptable for Christians to choose childlessness
It is morally acceptable to use contraception
The naturalness of homosexuality is relevant to its morality
Necessity is an acceptable defense for theft
Personhood begins at birth
People should abstain from sexual intercourse before they marry
Personhood begins at conception
Personhood begins 40 days into a pregnancy
Sin exists
Voluntary abortion is morally equivalent to murder


Supporting arguments

The Bible is how God communicates his will to the world. It is therefore the supreme moral authority in all things. [1]

Opposing arguments

The Bible's moral precepts allow for such practices as slavery and child abuse, which are almost universally accepted as wrong. Therefore, we know that The Bible is not an infallible source of moral authority. [2] [3]


One example of the Bible condoning immorality is Deuteronomy 22:20-21. This verse commands the execution of people who engage in pre-marital and extra-marital sex, which is an immoral use of capital punishment. [4]


One example of the Bible condoning immorality is Deuteronomy 22:28-29. This verse states that a rapist can be allowed to marry his victim if he pays her father. This is inherently immoral. [5]


One example of the Bible condoning immorality is Exodus 21:7-11, which instructs men on how to sell their daughters for marriage and requires them to take their daughters back if they fail to please their new husbands/masters. [6]


The Old Testament contains flaws, but it has been superseded by the New Testament, which is a valid source of moral authority. [7]


The Book of Leviticus is the legal code of the ancient Hebrews, and is not an appropriate source of moral authority for people today. [8]

Notes

  1. Julian Rivers
  2. Lisa Miller
  3. John S. Spong
  4. Dave82
  5. Dave82
  6. Raborn
  7. honestchristian
  8. Reaver-Song
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