Did Rahab Decide the End Justified the Means?
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Rahab lied to the king to protect the men—but also to protect herself and her family. Notice her own words:
Before the spies lay down for the night, she went up on the roof and said to them, “I know that the Lord has given you this land and that a great fear of you has fallen on us, so that all who live in this country are melting in fear because of you. – Joshua 2:9
Now then, please swear to me by the Lord that you will show kindness to my family, because I have shown kindness to you. Give me a sure sign that you will spare the lives of my father and mother, my brothers and sisters, and all who belong to them—and that you will save us from death. – Joshua 2:12-13
As we have already established, Rahab lied. However, she was motivated by a stronger desire…to see her family saved from certain destruction. Her need to protect her family outweighed her need to tell the king the truth.
Here is where the moral conundrum comes into play. Was she right to lie to protect her family?
In this situation, you would have to say yes, the end did justify the means. In fact, Rahab became part of the genealogy of Christ and is included in the faith hall of fame. Notice Hebrews 11:31:
By faith the prostitute Rahab, because she welcomed the spies, was not killed with those who were disobedient.
She was not chastised for what she did, she was commended for welcoming the spies. Instead of being slapped on the wrist for lying, she was recognized for her faith. Am I saying that this statement is true all the time? Not at all.
However, you can’t exclude the reality that there are situations where this can be true. So, maybe, could our quest use some better questions?
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