Logic, Numbers, and Mary’s Conception

Numbers 5:14, 18, 44:

If feelings of jealousy come over her husband and he suspects his wife and she is impure—or if he is jealous and suspects her even though she is not impure—then he is to take his wife to the priest…. After the priest has had the woman stand before the LORD, he shall loosen her hair and place in her hands the reminder offering, the grain offering for jealousy, while he himself holds the bitter water that brings a curse

Here the priest is to put the woman under this curse of the oath—”may the LORD cause your people to curse and denounce you when he causes your thigh to waste away and your abdomen to swell.” He shall have the woman drink the bitter water that brings a curse, and this water will enter her and cause bitter suffering.

Daniel Florien takes the ugly logic of the Old Testament to its conclusions:

So if a husband suspects his wife of infidelity, he is to bring her to a priest. The priest makes the woman drink poison that would normally cause an abortion. If she is guilty, the child dies. If she is not guilty, the poison has no effect and the child lives.

Now think back to the story of Jesus’ birth. Mary becomes pregnant when she is betrothed to Joseph, and he knows he wasn’t rolling around in the hay with her. According to Jewish law, Joseph should have taken Mary to a priest and had her drink poison.

So according to the Bible, Jesus have been brought to a priest for an attempted abortion.

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About Daniel Fincke

Dr. Daniel Fincke  has his PhD in philosophy from Fordham University and spent 11 years teaching in college classrooms. He wrote his dissertation on Ethics and the philosophy of Friedrich Nietzsche. On Camels With Hammers, the careful philosophy blog he writes for a popular audience, Dan argues for atheism and develops a humanistic ethical theory he calls “Empowerment Ethics”. Dan also teaches affordable, non-matriculated, video-conferencing philosophy classes on ethics, Nietzsche, historical philosophy, and philosophy for atheists that anyone around the world can sign up for. (You can learn more about Dan’s online classes here.) Dan is an APPA  (American Philosophical Practitioners Association) certified philosophical counselor who offers philosophical advice services to help people work through the philosophical aspects of their practical problems or to work out their views on philosophical issues. (You can read examples of Dan’s advice here.) Through his blogging, his online teaching, and his philosophical advice services each, Dan specializes in helping people who have recently left a religious tradition work out their constructive answers to questions of ethics, metaphysics, the meaning of life, etc. as part of their process of radical worldview change.


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