Once upon a time, a children of some nation were playing on the wilderness. While playing, the children saw a man that gathered sticks upon the day of rest and worship. The children knew that it was not allowed to work in the day of rest and worship. So the children then brought the man [who gathered sticks] to their elders or leaders of some sort and unto all the congregation. They put the man [who gathered sticks on the day of rest and worship] in ward because it was not declared what should be done to him.
Suddenly, their lord said to their elder/leader, "The man shall be surely put to death: all the congregation shall stone him with stones without the camp."
And so they did. All the congregation brought him without the camp, and stoned him with stones, and he died; as their lord commanded the elders and congregation.
And the end [i guess].
So that's the story of the Sabbath-Breaker. I am not going to tell you what is the moral lesson of this story. I'll just criticize their lord. The truth is I can't really think of any lessons that can be learned from this story. Well maybe others would say that the lesson of this story is to follow rules and regulations to avoid the consequences. But putting a person to death simply because of not following a rule is very unjust. Killing him was not really necessary. If you were in the shoes of the lord, would you kill the man? Of course not, unless you are very unreasonable, violent, unforgiving control freak, vindictive, bloodthirsty ethnic cleanser bully.
Now, what makes my jaw drop here is not that the King was very unreasonable or violent or unforgiving bully or the violence. What makes my jaw drop here is that this story came from a book. A book which many people consider as the guide book to their life. A book wherein many people base their morals. A book from divine origin. Can you imagine if a child would read this kind of story?
Well I got that story from the Bible [Numbers 15:32-36]. I never really thought before that God is that violent and unreasonable. I was taught in my Theology classes that God is love. But is killing a man because of that very shallow reason love?