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I can't see how I would survive even 20 people throwing rocks at me for very long. I'd get hit in the head and become unconscious probably very early.
Well of course there is, otherwise they could have hanged people, like mentioned elsewhere in the law of Moses. Not all executions were by stoning.
God is not love and Jesus, as the Word, oversaw every OT atrocity.
For group participation I believe - per his earlier post.
No, I'm not. Last time I checked you couldn't read my mind. (If you can, I think that we can have some interesting debates on the supernatural)
That last line is correct. However, God also doesn't give wanton commands.
A quick death is a blade. Stoning is horrific, slow, and painful.
Quote from: Son of Man on July 08, 2009, 03:59:49 AMA quick death is a blade. Stoning is horrific, slow, and painful.It depends, a blade can be used so that it is far, far worse than a stone. Beheading was rarely "one swift stroke"... it wasn't until the guillotine that it could be performed "properly" ever time.
The problem with the axe was that the blade was aimed at the back of the neck, where the spine was located. It took a lot of force to cut clean through, so it often took many attempts. On the other hand, a small sharp blade (it doesn't even have to be that sharp) to the throat will kill someone instantly. When rocks are employed, it's for the purpose of making someone suffer and creating a bloody spectacle. OJ Simpson's method was better than God's.
Are you saying that you would be defending the practice of stoning if God wasn't ok with it? Would you say that a man should be stoned for something as petty cursing Zeus?
QM, why do you think the communal aspect of the execution (by stoning) was important to God?