A Humanist perspective on what we can learn about what is morality from the Bible.
Deuteronomy 4: Hearken
Moses once again tells everyone to obey the rules. They have seen the wonders of God. The fact that they are alive when so many didn’t survive the journey is a testament to that. We are reminded of the 10 commandments. Not to make graven images and remember how mad God was when you disobeyed? If you don’t obey his rule, you will be scattered across the earth and made to suffer. But don’t worry about that because God loves you so keep his commandments.
In other words:
Moses once again lays out the rules with appropriate threats if they are not obeyed.
Deuteronomy 4:21 – But I must die in this land, I must not go over Jordan: but ye shall go over and possess that good land.
Least favorite bit:
Deuteronomy 4:24 – For the Lord thy God is a consuming fire, even a jealous God. – I like the imagery – but don’t like this image. This is the start of the threats of what will happen if they don’t obey.
My moral take away:
Morality should not require threats of obedience. (Deuteronomy 4)