Hey there Timmy!
Originally Posted by Timmy
Great question. I like Rose's answer that it only takes one moral abomination attributed to God to destroy the dogma that the Bible is the inerrant and infallible Word of God. And like she said, single verses in the Bible have been used to create mountains of doctrines. If God were the author of Scripture, why would he confound us so by giving us any immoral commands at all?
But your point fails on an even more significant point. There are many more than just a "handful" of verses that present God in a bad light. Case in point - we are talking about the entire chapter of Numbers 31 - not just one verse. And worse, the rape of the 32,000 virgins is endorsed in Deuteronomy:
Deuteronomy 21:10 When thou goest forth to war against thine enemies, and the LORD thy God hath delivered them into thine hands, and thou hast taken them captive, 11 And seest among the captives a beautiful woman, and hast a desire unto her, that thou wouldest have her to thy wife; 12 Then thou shalt bring her home to thine house; and she shall shave her head, and pare her nails; 13 And she shall put the raiment of her captivity from off her, and shall remain in thine house, and bewail her father and her mother a full month: and after that thou shalt go in unto her, and be her husband, and she shall be thy wife. 14 And it shall be, if thou have no delight in her, then thou shalt let her go whither she will; but thou shalt not sell her at all for money, thou shalt not make merchandise of her, because thou hast humbled her.The word "humbled her" means "had sexual intercourse with her." Now we have "cross-referenced" support for the rape of "desirable" virgins given to the soldiers as "war booty" (can't pass up that pun!).
And we have more confirmation that the Bible God endorses the kidnapping and rape of virgins for "reproductive use" in the final three chapters of Judges in which God himself enables the 11 tribes to murder every man, woman, and child of the TRIBE OF BENJAMIN except for 600 soldiers hiding in a cave (Judges 20:28,35). But then they had a problem - they had agreed not to give the tribe of Benjamin any of their daughters for wives (Judges 21:1)! So what was the solution that God endorsed? MURDER every man, woman, and child of the city of Jabeshgilead and take 400 virgins and distribute them to the soldiers!
Judges 21:10-12 10 And the congregation sent thither twelve thousand men of the valiantest, and commanded them, saying, Go and smite the inhabitants of Jabeshgilead with the edge of the sword, with the women and the children. 11 And this is the thing that ye shall do, Ye shall utterly destroy every male, and every woman that hath lain by man. 12 And they found among the inhabitants of Jabeshgilead four hundred young virgins, that had known no man by lying with any male: and they brought them unto the camp to Shiloh, which is in the land of Canaan.But they didn't capture enough virgins, so they had to kidnap another group that were on their way to celebrate before the LORD:
Judges 21:19 Then they said, Behold, there is a feast of the LORD in Shiloh yearly in a place which is on the north side of Bethel, on the east side of the highway that goeth up from Bethel to Shechem, and on the south of Lebonah. 20 Therefore they commanded the children of Benjamin, saying, Go and lie in wait in the vineyards; 21 And see, and, behold, if the daughters of Shiloh come out to dance in dances, then come ye out of the vineyards, and catch you every man his wife of the daughters of Shiloh, and go to the land of Benjamin.Consider what this means. We have THREE LARGE PASSAGES in Numbers, Deuteronomy, and Judges that all endorse the capture of "virgins" for "reproductive use" by the soldiers. Scholars have noted the strong similarity between the actions in Judges and Numbers and have suggested that the commands by God (Moses) in Numbers may well have been used as a precedent for the actions in Judges.
I hope this answers your question Timmy. We are not talking about one or two verses out of 30,000. We are talking about a large set of mutually confirming verses that teach a variety of moral abominations (genocidal murder, kidnapping, rape, degradation of women). And there are a lot of other verses that teach the similar things.
All the best,