Monday, April 30, 2012

10 Bible verses every woman should read

One thing I have realized with religious people is very few of those religious people have actually taken the time to read their religious script from cover to cover.They simply do not know large parts of what is in their religious script. To help people better understand the words of religious scripts from bronze age religions I have put together these 10 verses to help woman understand clearly where they and their family fit into Christianity. I chose Christianity because I live in a Christian country, but this same exercise can be applied to any of the bronze age religions.

*Disclaimer. These verses are quote mined and should also be read in context. The idea of this is to get people thinking about if the Bible (written by man) is really the absolute word of God. Or is it perhaps bronze age man's best understanding of God?

1 Corinthians 11:5-7

but every wife[a] who prays or prophesies with her head uncovered dishonors her head, since it is the same as if her head were shaven. For if a wife will not cover her head, then she should cut her hair short. But since it is disgraceful for a wife to cut off her hair or shave her head, let her cover her head. For a man ought not to cover his head, sincehe is the image and glory of God, but woman is the glory of man.

Deuteronomy 25:11-12

11 If two men are fighting and the wife of one of them comes to rescue her husband from his assailant, and she reaches out and seizes him by his private parts, 12 you shall cut off her hand. Show her no pity.

Deuteronomy 23:2

No one born of a forbidden marriage[a] nor any of their descendants may enter the assembly of the Lord, not even in the tenth generation.

1 Timothy 2:12

12 I do not permit a woman to teach or to assume authority over a man;[a] she must be quiet.

Deuteronomy 22:20-21

20 If, however, the charge is true and no proof of the young woman’s virginity can be found, 21 she shall be brought to the door of her father’s house and there the men of her town shall stone her to death. She has done an outrageous thing in Israel by being promiscuous while still in her father’s house. You must purge the evil from among you.

Leviticus 12:5

If she gives birth to a daughter, for two weeks the woman will be unclean, as during her period. Then she must wait sixty-six days to be purified from her bleeding.

Matthew 10:35-38

35 For I have come to turn
“‘a man against his father,
    a daughter against her mother,
a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law 
36     a man’s enemies will be the members of his own household.’[a]
37 “Anyone who loves their father or mother more than me is not worthy of me; anyone who loves their son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me. 38 Whoever does not take up their cross and follow me is not worthy of me.

Deuteronomy 22:23-24

23If a damsel that is a virgin be betrothed unto an husband, and a man find her in the city, and lie with her;
 24Then ye shall bring them both out unto the gate of that city, and ye shall stone them with stones that they die; the damsel, because she cried not, being in the city; and the man, because he hath humbled his neighbour's wife: so thou shalt put away evil from among you.

Exodus 21:7-11

“If a man sells his daughter as a servant, she is not to go free as male servants do. If she does not please the master who has selected her for himself,[a] he must let her be redeemed. He has no right to sell her to foreigners, because he has broken faith with her. If he selects her for his son, he must grant her the rights of a daughter. 10 If he marries another woman, he must not deprive the first one of her food, clothing and marital rights. 11 If he does not provide her with these three things, she is to go free, without any payment of money.

Isaiah 13:15-18

15 Whoever is captured will be thrust through;
    all who are caught will fall by the sword. 
16 Their infants will be dashed to pieces before their eyes;
    their houses will be looted and their wives violated.
17 See, I will stir up against them the Medes, 
    who do not care for silver
    and have no delight in gold. 
18 Their bows will strike down the young men; 
    they will have no mercy on infants,
    nor will they look with compassion on children.

I know a lot of Christians will be upset about the amount of Old Testament verses that I have quoted from. In a way they have a point. Where the New Testament God was more about loving and caring, the Old Testament God was all about smiting, rape, pillage and destruction. In early Christian society there was massive theological arguments about if the two Gods were compatible. 

However, to those that complain that I quote too much from the Old Testament, I would like you to listen to what Jesus of Nazareth had to say.

Luke 16:17

17 It is easier for heaven and earth to disappear than for the least stroke of a pen to drop out of the Law.

1 comment:

  1. You missed a good one in Deuteronomy 25. After a brother doesn't support his brother's widow "the elders of his city shall call him and speak to him, and if he persists, saying, 'I do not wish to take her,' then his brother's wife shall go up to him and in the presence of the elders and pull his sandal off his foot and spit in his face." (Deuteronomy 25:89)