A Humanist perspective on what we can learn about what is morality from the Bible.
Deuteronomy 7: We shall be mighty! Just don’t touch the gold.
Moses tells everyone, they are about to go on the warpath and dispossess 7 mighty nations from their lands. The congregation is warned to not allow intermarriage with the conquered groups because it will encourage people to leave the flock. Everyone else is going to suffer horribly from disease, but you will be healthy, wealthy and wise if you keep His commandments. Oh, and by the way, the gold and the silver on the graven images that these people we conquer have, yeah – don’t touch it – it’s an abomination. Bring it to us to be burned instead.
In other words:
Moses gives a pep talk and warns them not to touch any gold or silver they find.
Deuteronomy 7:1 – the listing of the nations that they plan to conquer. I love the names and the fact that – they only really conquer the Canaanites.
2nd Favorite bit:
Deuteronomy 7: 25 – Warning against taking the gold and silver from the graven images. Those have to be burned and are an abomination. Detest it because it is cursed. Seems like a scam to make sure all the gold and silver is given to the priests (you know, for “proper disposal”).
Least favorite bit:
That this whole chapter is a call to pillage and plunder.
Moral Lesson Learned:
When people are trying to talk you into committing crimes, they aren't really planning to share the wealth with you. It’s a scam. (Deuteronomy 7)