Bible Condones Rape??

The Holy Bible of course, is the most moral book ever written throughout the history of humanity, and yet there still seems to be some who are unable to understand this.

These people are all heathens, and they will come up with some of the most disingenuous ways to slander the Holy Bible. Now, we will see God end yet another one of their petty attempts to give a bad name to a truly perfect book. These people claim the Bible allows rape based off of the following passage;

[Deuteronomy 22:28-29] If a man encounters a young woman, a virgin who is not engaged, takes hold of her and rapes her, and they are discovered, the man who raped her must give the young woman’s father 50 silver shekels, and she must become his wife because he violated her. He cannot divorce her as long as he lives.

Of course, it may seem on its surface that this is what is going on, but that is clearly not true once you begin investigating. First of all, to see what truly happens when a women is raped, one needs to simply go a few verses earlier.

[Deuteronomy 22:25]  But if the man encounters an engaged woman in the open country, and he seizes and rapes her, only the man who raped her must die.

So, what is the deal? If Deuteronomy 22:25 says that the rapist is to die, but not the women, what exactly is going on in Deuteronomy 22:28-29 where it clearly says that the rapist marries the victim after paying the father 50 shekels? The key is to look at the original Hebrew. In Deuteronomy 22:28-29, the Hebrew word translated as ‘rapes’ is utepasah, which simply means “to lay hold of, wield”, in other words, there is no force. Deuteronomy 22:28-29 does not refer to any instance where a women is forced, or raped, rather it likely references consensual sex. In fact, to confirm this, we will take a look at another Biblical passage, which is an equivalent of this one.

[Exodus 22:16-17] “If a man seduces a virgin who is not engaged, and he has sexual relations with her, he must certainly pay the bridal price for her to be his wife. If her father absolutely refuses to give her to him, he must pay an amount in silver equal to the bridal price for virgins.

As we can see, this simply refers to if a man seduces a virgin who is not engaged, he must pay the father the bride price (50 shekels), and then he must marry the women. So Deuteronomy 22:28-29 is not talking about rape at all. In fact, there is another thing to mention, and it is when Deuteronomy 22:28-29 says “He cannot divorce her as long as he lives.” Deuteronomy 22:28-29 is actually meant as a punishment towards the man who seduced the virgin, because during ancient times, the only way women could survive without having a husband was to get into prostitution. However, once this man, who had sex with her now marries her, he is forced to financially provide for her for the rest of his life, just because of one thing he did. Indeed, so even if this is talking about rape, we can clearly see Deuteronomy 22:28-29 greatly punishes the rapist.

Not only that, but assuming this passage as I suspect is not talking about rape, then according to Exodus 22:16-17 (a passage I just quoted), even when this man pays the father 50 shekels to marry the women, the father can still refuse to give his daughter in marriage. Therefore, the rapist will have to pay 50 shekels (which was quite a sum of money in the time of Deuteronomy) and may still get nothing in the end. This means that the heathens simply have no idea what they are talking about when they try to quote this passage. Glory to God, for His ways are perfect.

[Psalm 18:30] As for God, His way is blameless; The word of the LORD is tried; He is a shield to all who take refuge in Him.

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4 thoughts on “Bible Condones Rape??

  1. What would you make of Numbers 31? This is in fact a common objection upon which I have come across. They state that based on this chapter with specific emphasis on verses 9, 17-18, 32-41 it is clear that rape is condoned.

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    • These verses do not even say to rape the women, it says to take them for martiage. The Old Testament also says to give them a month for their own purposes before marrying them — and remenber, the only other option these Canaanites have is death. These verses have nothing to do with rape or sex, they merely say you can, in war plunder, take the virgins for marriage.

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      • Wait, so you either slay every Canaanite, including the women and children, or you take the women as “wives” – so death or forced marriage, by your own admission.

        Yes, how “moral”…

        How would you feel about Iran conquering the USA, and subjugating all of the people to either death, or forced “marriage”?

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      • LOL. The mere questioning of this being moral shows you do not know why the invasion of Canaan was set forth in the first place. None of the verses you quoted imply any rape, and thus it is factually safe to conclude there is no rape commanded in the Bible — all naysayers to this are liars.

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