Franc's Challenge - first challenger down
On the comments thread for the original Franc's Challenge, menachem submitted Exodus 23:5. First, let's look at the verse in question in KJV (rememeber, any other VERSION is a PERVERSION) :
"If thou see the ass of him that hateth thee lying under his burden, and wouldest forbear to help him, thou shalt surely help with him."
The greater context of the verse is a list of things one should do, so this verse stands alone very well. But just so no one accuses me of skipping over some justification, here is the verse in context :
"If thou meet thine enemy's ox or his ass going astray, thou shalt surely bring it back to him again. If thou see the ass of him that hateth thee lying under his burden, and wouldest forbear to help him, thou shalt surely help with him. Thou shalt not wrest the judgment of thy poor in his cause."
Okay, first of all, the obvious issue here is, who the fuck still has donkeys carrying burdens ? Most people now live in places where we don't exactly need to use domestic animals to carry things. I guess the almighty YHVH didn't want to blow people's minds back then by telling them about "trucks". Way to go, jackass !
Let's be really generous here and imagine trucks instead of donkeys. Now suppose that you own a trucking company and you see the truck of one of your competitors broke down on the road. Should you go and help him ? Well first of all, there's not much you can do about it, so I guess the example is really pointless. If other human beings were in danger, then surely compassion would compel us to at least call for help. But in this principle, we're supposed to be looking at a mode of transport, a mere donkey, not another human being.
Which of course brings the criterion that ALL Bible verses fail - the criteria of justification. Nowhere is it explained exactly why one should help the donkey of one's enemy. Maybe we should, but how are we to know, without any justification whatsoever ? Blank.
Another thing is that there are many different scenarios that could arise even within these parameters. I could be in need of urgent medical help and thus not in a position to help the donkey at all, in which case it would be downright immoral. That is why secular morality, with its emphasis on values and principles instead of children's books scenarios, is infinitely more flexible and realistic than this religious pap.
Okay, it's your turn again. Go ahead and post your own "good Bible verse" in the comments so I can demolish it in a future edition.