In Deuteronomy/22-21 we find the command that if a new husband find, on his wedding night, that his new bride is not a virgin, he, “ … must bring the young woman to the door of her father’s house and stone her to death.” If he did so today, he would no doubt be arrested. But in the eyes of the Church would he be committing a mortal sin, venial sin, or no sin? How can the act have not been a sin in biblical times, and be a sin today?
Divine Revelation develops gradually. “God communicates himself to man gradually” (CCC 53) The precept of stoning a fornicator, was a code for temporal justice while the people look forward to the full revelation of the Messiah. You may recall the Gospel where Jesus protects a woman caught in adultery. “Whoever is without sin among you, let him be the first to cast a stone at her.” (Jn 8:7) Sinners no longer execute justice in the same way. Sinners assiduously turn to God, for their hearts to be converted inasmuch as they follow right reason.
Still trying to figure out what you said. You have in no way answered the original question. If he killed her then would it be a sin? if he killed her now would it be a sin?
Yes, because it would show immense ingratitude for the gift of forgiveness he had been given by way of the blood of Christ.
He did answer your question. God has revealed himself to us more perfectly over time. Jesus Christ is the fulfillment of God’s revelation to man. It would definitely, without a doubt, be a grave sin to carry this out today. As the previous poster indicated, Jesus gave us a model when he forgave the woman caught in adultery and sent her away telling her to “sin no more”. The Old Testament law was very “progressive” compared to the cultures of that time and place, but it was not perfect…it has been perfected in Christ.
If he killed her now would it be a sin?
Yes, it would be grave sin.
How can the act have not been a sin in biblical times, and be a sin today?
The Old Law of the Old Testament and the New Law of Christ are sometimes very different. The ancient world was a brutal place.
This is the kind of thing that makes me doubt a God existing throughout time with a fixed right and wrong that we are expected to be held to.
So in the past you could kill your wife, kill your kids, kill your slaves, have sex with employees and prostitutes (Abraham), commit adultery and murder and shield your incest rapist son from execution (David), attack a city just so you can talk to heralds and declare your intent to convert (Vladimir), marry a thousand women and commit idolatry for every one a them (Solomon) and be in heaven…
but don’t masturbate or you’ll go to hell.
Doesn’t seem very consistent to me.