Ethics is complicated I reckon.
Lying, killing, stealing are all off limits in the big 10 and for good reason.
But this morning as I was reading Exodus Ch 1 I read the story of the Egyptian midwives who refused to kill the Hebrew babies and then told Pharaoh it was because the Hebrew women were too quick in childbirth… Sounds like a porky to me!!
Then verse 20 says that God was kind to them because of this.
Or you could take the case of Rahab who hid the spies and lied about having them in her home. When it all hits the fan she gets out alive… because she lied… to protect the spies.
Does God have one rule for some and another for others?
I remember my mother in law told me of a simulation game she was part of to help people understand the implications of dire poverty. She was faced with the choice of ‘let my baby starve to death or enter prostitution to survive’…
So much of life is the lesser of two evils or the doing of what would usually be bad to achieve what is good.
I think its why ‘black and white’ people leave me so cold.
Life is much more complicated than that.