Simple question: was there ever a time when it was okay to kill people for the following reasons:
* Worshiping idols (Ex 22:20, Lev 20:1-5, Deut 17:2-7).
* Blasphemy (Lev 24:14-16,23).
* Breaking the Sabbath (Ex 31:14, Numb 15:32-36).
* Practicing magic (Ex 22:18).
* Being a medium or spiritualist. (stoning) (Lev 20:27).
* Trying to convert people to another religion. (stoning) (Deut 13:1-11, 18:20).
* Apostasy - If most people in a town come to believe in a different god. (Kill everybody, including animals, and burn the town.) (Deut 13:12-15)
* Giving one of your descents to Molech. Probably refers to human sacrifice and is not now commonly practiced in the west. (Lev 20:2)
* Non-priests going near the tabernacle when it is being moved. (Numb 1:51)
* Being a false prophet. (Deut 132:5, Deut 18:20, Zech 13:2-3)
We all agree it's not a good idea to kill a person for any reason today, but if you lived 2,000 years ago, would it have been okay to follow biblical law and put them to death?
And if not, I'm curious why these punishments were ever included in the bible if they weren't meant to be implemented?