Earlier today I was doing what every good skeptic should be doing; I was reading my Bible. I came across some verses that stopped me in my tracks. It’s not too often that I have to re-read a verse but these I had to re-read just to make sure they actually said what I thought they said and of course they did. After years of reading the Bible, there really isn’t much that shocks me anymore. I think I am more shocked by what people actually say than by what I read, but the verses I’m about to share with you had me shaking my head in disbelief.
Have I peeked your interest yet? Good! Here are the verses…
When you go to war against your enemies and the Lord your God delivers them into your hands and you take captives, if you notice among the captives a beautiful woman and are attracted to her, you may take her as your wife. Bring her into your home and have her shave her head, trim her nails and put aside the clothes she was wearing when captured. After she has lived in your house and mourned her father and mother for a full month, then you may go to her and be her husband and she shall be your wife. If you are not pleased with her, let her go wherever she wishes. You must not sell her or treat her as a slave, since you have dishonored her. (Deuteronomy 21:10-14 NIV)
Are you shaking your head? If not, you should be, because once again we see that women have little to no value in the mind of God. Let’s break this down verse by verse to help you grasp the extent of the ridiculousness. (V10) This appears to be the God ordained rules of war. God delivers the captives. I guess these people didn’t deserve God’s mercy or his compassion…figures! He is such a loving and caring God! (V11) I have a question; what if she is already married? What if she has children, will you take them in as well? Okay, I know I said ‘a’ question but I can never ask just one. Apparently it doesn’t matter how she feels. If you find a beautiful woman you can just take her. No big deal, just take her. Sounds like kidnapping to me, what do you think? (V12) Why of course she would have to shave her head and cut her nails, we can’t have her looking like the lady in the missing person’s poster now can we?
Isn’t it nice of her captor to give her thirty days to mourn for her mom and dad? The captors were so kind back then…NOT! So, kidnap her, shave her head, cut her nails, hide her clothes, then after a month of mourning, you can then rape your captive. I can hear the Christians now…it doesn’t say her raped her. I can’t imagine her giving it up willingly, can you? To me, that is considered rape. Then after raping her you can force her to marry you. Geesh, is that it? NOPE! We come to verse 14; then, only having changed her identity, raping her and forcing her to marry you, if you aren’t pleased with her, let her go because after all kidnapping and rape are okay in the eyes of God so you don’t have to worry about any consequences. You can’t sell her (well that’s nice) or treat her like a slave because you have dishonored her. Really??? God calls what happens to the woman DISHONORING her! Isn’t that some shit?
How can women call themselves a Christian and claim to love the invisible sky deity after reading how he allows women to be treated? I will never understand.