Wonderful and well written post.<quoted text>
What offends you? Those are accurate descriptions of the same behavior from a man. Most are crimes.
The man makes a good point: what Christians consider a holy and sacred event is obviously getting a pass from judgment.
Decent people everywhere consider much or all of that behavior intolerable and call their commission "crimes."
Rational ethics considers that double standard unjustified and absurd. How can what is criminal for a man be blessed in a god? It can't. And several of us think that that is significant. The evolution of ethics is apparent in the bible between the Old and New Testaments, and then again between the New Testament and modernity. There have been huge changes in human understanding of ethical matters. They wouldn't write that story like that today. It makes it seem like ghost sex and a cuckolded young man. That's what would happen if Joseph made that claim in 2013: "Dude. Smell the coffee. Your wife cheated on you." That story is not tenable today. But apparently, 2000 years ago, that was a decent excuse.
So what offends you? Pointing out how archaic the bible is,and how far we've come since those days? That's the kind of thing many of us are we're here for. That's evidence against a supernatural origin to what appears very much to be human nature over time and nothing more.
Maybe you're offended because you think your god is offended. How can we help you with that? Do you think that G_O_D should not post things like that because they might offend somebody?
Incidentally, have you noticed that the Christian god is evolving with human culture? He seems to do a lot less smiting, and apparently he no longer supports absolute monarchies or slavery. God loves America and democracy now, right? Just like Superman.
Two thousand years ago, ideas like human sacrifice and brutal retribution - crucifixion and damnation - seemed more moral than they do now. That's evolution. And it's very naturalistic, the opposite of what perfect gods do.
Nice to see you back.