This is what happens when we take scriptures out of context.
If we read the beginning of the Bible (Old Testament), with rules for sacrificing animals, but we don’t read the New Testament, we won’t understand that the sacrifices were pictures of what the Messiah was going to do. He was the sacrifice God gave us for our sin. There is no more need of animal sacrifices. We need to read the entire passage to get the whole picture.
Then there is the story about the woman caught in adultery. (John 8) The men wanted to stone her. Under the Law of Moses, this was the prescribed punishment.
Joh 8:3 The teachers of the law and the Pharisees brought a woman they had caught in bed with a man who was not her husband. They forced her to stand in front of the people.
Joh 8:4 They said to Jesus, “Teacher, this woman was caught in the act of adultery.
Joh 8:5 The Law of Moses commands us to stone to death any such woman. What do you say we should do?”
Joh 8:6 They were saying this to trick Jesus. They wanted to catch him saying something wrong so that they could have a charge against him. But Jesus stooped down and started writing on the ground with his finger.
Joh 8:7 The Jewish leaders continued to ask him their question. So he stood up and said, “Anyone here who has never sinned should throw the first stone at her.”
Joh 8:8 Then Jesus stooped down again and wrote on the ground.
Joh 8:9 When they heard this, they began to leave one by one. The older men left first, and then the others. Jesus was left alone with the woman standing there in front of him.
Joh 8:10 He looked up again and said to her, “Where did they all go? Did no one judge you guilty?”
She said, No man, Lord. And Jesus said to her, Neither do I condemn thee: (John 8:11)
Jesus told her, “I do not condemn you.”
But if you stop there, you are missing the point.
Jesus then told her, “Go and sin no more.”
The politically correct folks like to stop with Jesus saying “I don’t condemn you/I don’t judge you.” But that was not the end of the conversation. Yes, the men with the stones were sent away, aware of their own sins and shortcomings and guilt, and they lost the will to stone her. But she wasn’t quite off the hook. Jesus expected her to change her ways.
Political correctness of the modern day likes to run around saying, “Don’t Judge.” But Jesus also said, “Judge with Righteous Judgement.” (John 7:24)
What if I were making a cake, and I pour it into the cake pan, and stop there? I don’t put the cake into the oven, and I let it sit on the counter top. It doesn’t become a cake, does it?
It’s important to read the whole context, and not just pick out parts that we like or don’t like!
We certainly don’t want to hang ourselves!