Cruelty and Violence
Science and History
"Servants, be subject to
your masters with all fear; not only to the good and gentle, but also to the
froward." -- 1 Peter 2:18
First Peter for Skeptics
The author claims to be the apostle Peter (1:1), but most scholars think it was forged. Illiterate (Acts 4.13), Aramaic-speaking, first century,
Palestinian Jews didn't write letters in Greek.
There are a few things in First Peter that should be of interest to skeptics. Slavery is approved in 2:18, women are insulted in 3:1-7, and believers are told not to run away
from skeptics in 3:15.
Here are the highlights.
- We are all predestined to be saved or damned. We have no say in the matter.
It was all determined by "the sprinkling of the blood of Jesus Christ." 1:2
- The author believed that he was living in the "last times." 1:5, 1:7,
- "Gird up the loins of your mind." 1:13
- "The precious blood of Christ ... was foreordained before the foundation of the world." 1:19-20
- "All flesh is as grass, and all the glory of man as the flower of grass. The grass withereth, and the flower thereof falleth away."
- "Submit yourselves ... to the king." 2:13, 17
- Slaves should "be subject to [their] masters with all fear," to the bad and cruel as well
as the good and gentle. 2:18
- "Wives, be in subjection to your own husbands." 3:1
- They should use "chaste conversation, coupled with fear." 3:2
- They are not to braid their hair, wear gold, or put on any "apparel." 3:3
- A wife should call her husband "Lord" as Sarah did. 3:6
- In relation to her husband, the wife is "the weaker vessel." 3:7
- "Be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you." 3:15
- God drowned everyone on earth except for Noah and his family. 3:20
- Things may get rough for Christians, but it will really be hell for nonbelievers. 4:17-18
- "The devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour." 5:8