In Saudia Arabia right now there is a debate on whether to sever a man's spinal cord - paralysing him - because he fought with a man and in beating him so prefusely he paralysed that man. So now the courts are trying to decide whether they can medically paralyse this man on trial. Previously, a dentist removed teeth from a man that broke another man's teeth (no anesthetics of course!) and blind people who blind other people. Basically an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth - LITERALLY! Reading about this scares the heck out of me! But seeing these countries and their strict laws gives us a glimpse of Biblical times. I mean, it's in our Bible what to do with rowdy drunkards, unruly children, slutty adulterers, witches, slaves, thieves, even gay people. :o) Morality is something that you either get or you get it beat into you. Can you imagine a man in the US getting a bit tipsy then getting into a fight with another guy and he accidentally knocks his teeth while the other guy retaliates and breaks the tipsy guys hand? Then after they have healed they go to court and here comes a dentist with some pliers and a man with a hammer. The dentis pulls the tipsy guys teeth and the other guy gets his hand broken with a hammer. I wonder if they would learn their lesson? Hmmmm.
There is a moral police in these Arab countries. To watch for immorality or misbehavior. But what about here? In the US, where morality is slowly deteriorating. In our efforts to avoid pain and our sheer terror of anything resembling Sharia (Muslim) law; we have become immoral. Why is fear of pain attached to immorality? Because we believe that as long we don't hurt anyone physically we can do whatever we want. Pornography is okay as long as it doesn't hurt a child. Homosexuality is okay as long as it doesn't hurt anyone. Even if you torture, rape, and then kill a child we as Americans will make sure the execution is as painless as falling asleep. That is only IF you aren't insane. As a married woman in the US, I can dress how I want, commit adultery all I want, say what I want and never set foot in jail, unless I hit my husband. So why care about morality, or about God's rules.
Man's sense of morality takes into account the pain caused to the physical body or to money (theft, fraud, etc) Things that are tangible. Basically what we can't take to Heaven. God's sense of morality takes into account the spiritual body and our character.
Do I think that we should implement an eye for an eye? No. We are no longer under that law, but our sense of morality MUST come from His Word. No matter how unpopular it is.
A teen once told me that you should be able to marry anyone you want as long as you loved them. She was defending gay rights. I told her, "Well what if I love a 12 year old boy and he loves me. Can I marry him?" She said, "Eww gross! That would be wrong!" and I said "According to whom." She said "Well that's different." No its not! Man will always slime his way through muck to get away with more disgusting things. He will sink more and more into a decay until he can reach complete immorality. It's in God's Word that were we find our moral standard no matter how uncomfortable or inconvenient it may be. No matter whose feelings we hurt, no matter if it causes pain. Anything less leads us to a path towards Sodom and Gomorrah. Anything more leads us to Saudia Arabia and it's courts.
The law of the LORD is perfect, reviving the soul. The statutes of the LORD are trustworthy, making wise the simple. 8 The precepts of the LORD are right, giving joy to the heart. The commands of the LORD are radiant, giving light to the eyes. ~ Psalm 19:7-8