A Humanist perspective on what we can learn about what is morality from the Bible.
1 Kings 21: King Ahab is a big fat cry baby
King Ahab of Samaria wanted the vineyard of a guy named Naboth because the vineyard was near his palace and he was hoping to turn it into an herb garden. Unfortunately Naboth didn’t want to sell the property. So Ahab threw a tantrum and pouted and stopped eating. His wife, Jezebel, took matters into her own hand, and had 2 guys accused Naboth of blasphemy so he would be stoned to death. Once Naboth was killed, Ahab went to take possession of the property but was met by the prophet Elijah who called him and his wife out as being evil. So Ahab humbled himself and rent his clothes and God was pleased and decided to punish Ahab’s son instead of Ahab.
In other words:
King Ahab throws a tantrum when someone refuses to sell him property and God, despite Ahab’s wife committing murder to get the property, decides to punish Ahab’s son because – well – Ahab did tear his clothes in repentance.
None. The morality of this chapter is so heinous, I can’t find anything to like.
Mildly amusing bit:
1 Kings 21:4 And Ahab came into his house heavy and displeased because of the word which Naboth the Jezreelite had spoke to him: for he had said, I will not give thee the inheritance of my fathers. And he laid him down upon his bed, and turned away his face, and would eat no bread. (Seriously? The guy is king and this is how he acts when he doesn’t get his way? Seriously?)
Least favorite bit:
1 Kings 21:29 Seest thou how Ahab humbleth himself before me? Because he humbleth himself before me, I will not bring the evil in his days: but in his son’s days will I bring the evil upon his house. (Seriously? A guy was killed for his property – but because this guy tore his clothes you aren’t going to punish him? Seriously?!)
Moral Lesson Learned:
God is an egotist who is and easily manipulated (1 Kings 21)