A Humanist perspective on what we can learn about what is morality from the Bible.
Deuteronomy 30: The good news
It turns out that even if you bring the curse upon yourself (from Deuteronomy 27), if you turn back to God and start keeping the commandments listed here, God will once again bless you and turn your curses against your enemies. And you will be restored to the land he originally promised. The choice is yours. You can choose life by living by my rules, or I will kill you. I suggest you choose life.
In other words:
The Israelites are given an offer they can’t refuse. Obey or die.
Deuteronmy 30:19 – I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live. (This is so godfather ish. An offer you cannot refuse).
Least favorite bit:
Deuteronomy 30: 1,2 – basically this is the bit that if you decide to start obeying again, God will take you back. This section is responsible for everyone doubling down on these laws and commandments. If we just worship him right, he will stop punishing us. From a Humanist perspective, this is nuts. It just perpetuates the crazy.
My feeling about this chapter:
Why couldn't they have just let the curse be! Why give people an out? It literally just extends this crazy cult in perpetuity. We know that cults, when proven wrong, tend to double down on their efforts. And I rather feel we’ve been watching this particular group do this for 2,000 years now. The good news is that at least most don’t do the blood sacrifice anymore.
Moral Lesson Learned:
People deserve redemption. Forgive them if they are earnest (Deuteronomy 30)