One doesn’t have to go far, to find a reason solid enough to burn the Christian bible. Most people, within the Christian religion, have no idea what’s actually in the bible. They are blissfully unaware of the commands to butcher, murder and even rape in the name of some deviant god. After all, most people are introduced to the Christian faith through the marketeers – those door knockers asking, “have you heard of Jesus?”
Door knockers, like pastors, will not tell you about the evils within the bible. Most door knockers only know a slim message that is cherry picked from the book they hold in their hands. They’ll quote something out of the old testament, flip to a verse in the new testament and tell you a winding story about how “god so loved the world he gave his only son to die for your sins, so you won’t have to go to hell.”
Simply pray to Jesus, they’ll say, and your sins will be covered. They’ll tell you this equates to freedom, only far from freedom, the new convert becomes a slave minded dullard. They obey, without question and read what’s spoon fed to them.
Would it surprise you, if you found out the bible had passages about raping women? Or god-given instruction to kill a woman who shows “no sign of virginity” on her wedding night? How about burning a woman alive for being sexually active? How about the instructions that a woman shouldn’t braid her hair, or wear jewelry? Would it surprise you to know that even in the new testament, women were told to cover their heads, hold no position over a man, and to recognize that men are made in the likeness of god, but a woman was created for the pleasures of men?
I knew a woman who once tried to convert me to Christianity, but I surprised her. I calmly asked her to read these passages, and asked her if she could explain it to me. She took the verses in quietly and politely excused herself. Wrestling with this for some time, she came to a conclusion the bible is fallible. She left her evangelical christian view. That’s a win. Like the serpent in the garden (the mythical story of Adam and Eve), I opened her eyes to the reality of the bible and the so-called god it demands worship to.
Don’t take my word that these things are in the bible, read it for yourself. Below I’ve outlined several passages, that specifically detail crimes or hostility towards women (even children).
Cited below are several passages from both the so-called “old” and “new” testaments of the christian bible. I encourage the reader to examine the references in whatever translation they choose.
Killing a Non-Virgin
20 “But if the thing is true, and evidences of virginity are not found for the young woman, 21 then they shall bring out the young woman to the door of her father’s house, and the men of her city shall stone her to death with stones, because she has done a disgraceful thing in Israel, to play the harlot in her father’s house. So you shall put away the evil from among you.
The above passage is obvious and lacks the need for interpretation. Clearly, if a woman was discovered to be a non-virgin, on her wedding night (by some bed check for the signs of virginity), she was to be killed. Not only killed, but killed in front of her own father.
Selling a Rape Victim
28 If a man happens to meet a virgin who is not pledged to be married and rapes her and they are discovered, 29 he shall pay her father fifty shekels of silver. He must marry the young woman, for he has violated her. He can never divorce her as long as he lives.Deuteronomy 22:28-29
Some translations are more obscure about the sexual act here. The New King James Version uses the words, “he seizes her and lies with her,” instead of the word rape. In either case we get a clear picture of a terrible crime against a woman. If she is NOT pledged to be married, and a man rapes her, the rapist can buy the woman from her family.
A view of women in the old testament (even in the new testament teachings of Paul) is that women were objects. If a woman is pledged to be married, she has more protection, as she is another man’s property. Without the marriage pledge a woman is open to a variety of abuse. In this case, even rape is allowed.
The rapist isn’t allowed a divorce at any time in the future, because he “violated” his victim. Violation a clear indication of an act done against the will of the woman. What a terrible law from a so-called book of god.
10 When you go to war against your enemies and the Lord your God delivers them into your hands and you take captives, 11 if you notice among the captives a beautifulwoman and are attracted to her, you may take her as your wife. 12 Bring her into your home and have her shave her head, trim her nails 13 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. 14 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
Perhaps one of the most graphic depictions of god allowed rape is in the passage above. This passage details how men can take prisoners of war, to become their “wife.” If a soldier see’s a captive from battle, some woman who captures their lust, they take her to their home and she’s given a time to mourn. The mourning is related to the law of killing all men, non-virgin women and even children. This is hardly the Christian inspired depiction of godly marriage. Hardly a marriage of love, instead a woman is violated by the men who killed her family, all in the law based on a twisted law.
A Woman’s Place
3 But I want you to know that the head of every man is Christ, the head of woman is man, and the head of Christ is God. 4 Every man praying or prophesying, having his head covered, dishonors his head. 5 But every woman who prays or prophesies with her head uncovered dishonors her head, for that is one and the same as if her head were shaved. 6 For if a woman is not covered, let her also be shorn. But if it is shameful for a woman to be shorn or shaved, let her be covered. 7 For a man indeed ought not to cover his head, since he is the image and glory of God; but woman is the glory of man. 8 For man is not from woman, but woman from man. 9 Nor was man created for the woman, but woman for the man.
1 Corinthians 11:3-9
Up to now, I’ve been addressing passages of the old testament. One defense I hear often is, “well that’s the old testament,” as though that makes a difference. According to the mythos of christianity, it’s all the same god. Yet the new testament is not clean from the contamination of toxicity.
Above is Paul’s analysis of the role of women. Paul creates a pyramid of importance. At the top is “christ,” below that is man. Literally man (not women). Below men, are women. As Paul puts it, “A man… is the image and glory of God; but woman is the glory of man. For man did not come from woman, but woman from man; neither was man created for woman, but woman for man.”
It seems Paul does’t know basic biology, for indeed men are born of women. Of course Paul is referencing a story from Genesis, where Eve (the first woman) was created from Adam.
Why would any woman find this path of interest? A woman would have to have some element of self-loathing to accept this as her path.
A Woman’s Silence
34 Let your women keep silent in the churches, for they are not permitted to speak; but they are to be submissive, as the law also says. 35 And if they want to learn something, let them ask their own husbands at home; for it is shameful for women to speak in church.
1 Corinthians 14:33-35
Clearly a woman’s role in Paul’s christianity is to remain silent and submissive. A woman isn’t allowed to even speak in church, but raise her questions later to her husband. As though being a man creates some genetic advantage. Paul has stated elsewhere that women should hold no position over men.
In other words, a woman should take on the role of slave.
A Woman’s Attire
9 in like manner also, that the women adorn themselves in modest apparel, with propriety and moderation, not with braided hair or gold or pearls or costly clothing, 10 but, which is proper for women professing godliness, with good works. 11 Let a woman learn in silence with all submission. 12 And I do not permit a woman to teach or to have authority over a man, but to be in silence. 13 For Adam was formed first, then Eve. 14 And Adam was not deceived, but the woman being deceived, fell into transgression. 15 Nevertheless she will be saved in childbearing if they continue in faith, love, and holiness, with self-control.
1 Timothy 2:9-15
Once again we have Paul explaining how a woman should behave. In this case Paul determines that a woman should not wear gold or jewelry, nor should she have braided hair.
Again Paul brings up the need for women to be submissive and slave like. A woman could not have any authority over a man, even as a teacher. Paul uses an illogical form of reasoning, to guilt women for the role they need to take.
Consider what Paul does here. Paul argues that a woman should know her place because of a “crime” (or “sin”) of the first woman Eve. Eve, says Paul, fell into transgression and likewise all future women come from that line of sin. So feel guilty, for something you didn’t do, and take on the punishment for a crime a woman of today never committed.
Paul sums it up with the old idea of the role of women (barefoot and pregnant). By bearing children, Paul declares that a woman adds value to the crime of ancient past.
This is like blaming all men, for a crime of a man from the past. Notice Paul doesn’t do that. Nowhere does Paul say, “well because an ancient man raped a woman, therefore all men are rapists and should be guilty of that first rape.” Paul, like all christians, is being convenient with his faith.
To sum it up, the bible is a critical book of women. Women were seen as objects, who’s value was determined by men pledged to marry them. Single women were preyed upon by men, and could be sold to rapists, victimized, and tormented.
The new testament is speckled with women being put under men. Instructions for keeping silent, submissive and holding no authority over men, women were simply birthers. A woman wasn’t even allowed to speak in church.