What if Stoning was the penalty for Adultery in the U.S.?
July 11, 2007 6 Comments
voluntary sexual intercourse between a married person and a person who is not their spouse.
According to Deuteronomy 22:22, in Ancient Israel the penalty for this act was death:
If a man is found lying with a married woman, then both of them shall die, the man who lay with the woman, and the woman; thus you shall purge the evil from Israel.
According to this story, a man was stoned to death recently in Iran for committing adultery.
This manner of execution is probably not the most humane, just looking at artwork of Stephen’s execution make me cringe. Of course the Biblical text cited above makes some folks howl in righteous indignation and protest that God is “immoral” for commanding such savage acts.
Some surveys report that in the U.S. 25% of men and 33% of women have had extramarital affairs. A more frightening statistic is that maybe up to 30% of Protestant male ministers have had extramarital affairs.
I wonder if a penalty like stoning would have an effect on these numbers? What about an effect on the divorce rate?**
*I’m not even talking about the real definition of adultery, which I would venture to say 100% of males are guilty of.
**I am not advocating such a punishment for this or any other sin, so put away the canned anti-religion comments