Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Does God write amendments?

Here are some passages that perplex me:

1.  "The midwives answered Pharaoh, `Hebrew women are not like Egyptian women; they are vigorous and give birth before the midwives arrive.'
      So God was kind to the midwives...And because the midwives feared God, he gave them families of their own."  Exodus 1:19-21

2.  "In the same way, was not even Rahab the prostitute considered righteous for what she did when she gave lodging to the spies and sent them off in a different direction?"  James 2:25

In both cases, women are justified, and considered righteous by God because of a lie. 

How can this be explained?

In some cases, apparently, lying is justified (by God, in fact, not just by your fellow man) if you use it to do the right thing.  Like hiding Jews.  Or not killing babies.

If anyone has any further insight, I'd really appreciate you sharing it.

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