If someone has a stubborn and rebellious son who does not obey his father and mother and will not listen to them when they discipline him, 19 his father and mother shall take hold of him and bring him to the elders at the gate of his town. 20 They shall say to the elders, “This son of ours is stubborn and rebellious. He will not obey us. He is a glutton and a drunkard.” 21 Then all the men of his town are to stone him to death. You must purge the evil from among you. All Israel will hear of it and be afraid.
Could someone please help me with this law? I’ve read what the Talmud has to say about this and it says that it never was used and never will be used so why then would God give the law? If an atheist were to come up to me and try to prove how cruel God was in the Old Testament and use this as evidence, how should I respond?