31 May 2018

Answering Critics Series: Does the Bible Condone Rape

What about rape?

Rape in the Bible is Evil

An answer to skeptics who teach God condones rape.

There is no commandment that states ‘you must not rape.’


The Bible & culture demanded that you must not rape:

B1 Hamor and Dinah:
C1 The crime: Genesis 34:1-2 NLT - One day Dinah, the daughter of Jacob and Leah, went to visit some of the young women who lived in the area. But when the local prince, Shechem son of Hamor the Hivite, saw Dinah, he seized her and raped her.
C2 The penalty: Genesis 34:24-27 NLT - So all the men in the town council agreed with Hamor and Shechem, and every male in the town was circumcised. But three days later, when their wounds were still sore, two of Jacob's sons, Simeon and Levi, who were Dinah's full brothers, took their swords and entered the town without opposition. Then they slaughtered every male there, including Hamor and his son Shechem. They killed them with their swords, then took Dinah from Shechem's house and returned to their camp. Meanwhile, the rest of Jacob's sons arrived. Finding the men slaughtered, they plundered the town because their sister had been defiled there.
B2 The woman in the field:
C1 The crime: Deuteronomy 22:25 NLT - But if the man meets the engaged woman out in the country, and he rapes her, then only the man must die.
C2 The penalty: Deuteronomy 22:26-27 NLT - Do nothing to the young woman; she has committed no crime worthy of death. She is as innocent as a murder victim. Since the man raped her out in the country, it must be assumed that she screamed, but there was no one to rescue her.
C3 Deuteronomy 22:23-24 refers to an engaged woman who commits adultery, so death to both.
C4 Deuteronomy 22:28-29 refers to consensual sex, not rape.
C5 Consider a parallel verse: Exodus 22:16-17 NLT - If a man seduces a virgin who is not engaged to anyone and has sex with her, he must pay the customary bride price and marry her. But if her father refuses to let him marry her, the man must still pay him an amount equal to the bride price of a virgin.
B3 Tamar
C1 The crime: 2 Samuel 13:14 NLT - But Amnon wouldn't listen to her, and since he was stronger than she was, he raped her.
C2 The penalty: 2 Samuel 13:28-29 NLT - Absalom told his men, "Wait until Amnon gets drunk; then at my signal, kill him! Don't be afraid. I'm the one who has given the command. Take courage and do it!" So at Absalom's signal they murdered Amnon. Then the other sons of the king jumped on their mules and fled.
C3 King David should have ordered the death of Amnon but did not.
B4 The concubine:
C1 The crime: Judges 20:4-5 NLT - The Levite, the husband of the woman who had been murdered, said, "My concubine and I came to spend the night in Gibeah, a town that belongs to the people of Benjamin. That night some of the leading citizens of Gibeah surrounded the house, planning to kill me, and they raped my concubine until she was dead.
C2 The penalty: Judges 20:44-46 NLT - That day 18,000 of Benjamin's strongest warriors died in battle. The survivors fled into the wilderness toward the rock of Rimmon, but Israel killed 5,000 of them along the road. They continued the chase until they had killed another 2,000 near Gidom. So that day the tribe of Benjamin lost 25,000 strong warriors armed with swords.
B5 Consider these as well:
C1 These sins will send those people guilty of these straight to hell. Galatians 5:19-21 (WEL) Now the works of the flesh are obvious; they are adultery, fornication, uncleanness, unrestrained desires, Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, strife, provoking jealousy, hot anger, pushing to be first, selfish scheming, dissensions, heresy, Envyings, murders, drunkenness, wild partying, and so on, about which I have told you before, and as I have also told you in the past that those who practice such things will not inherit the Kingdom of God.
C2 God hates these things and will punish because of it: Ezekiel 22:11-13 NLT - Within your walls live men who commit adultery with their neighbors' wives, who defile their daughters-in-law, or who rape their own sisters. There are hired murderers, loan racketeers, and extortioners everywhere. They never even think of me and my commands, says the Sovereign LORD. "But now I clap my hands in indignation over your dishonest gain and bloodshed.
C3 The Lord Jesus states the following things come from an evil heart, so these will go to hell, too. Mark 7:21-23 NLT - For from within, out of a person's heart, come evil thoughts, sexual immorality, theft, murder, adultery, greed, wickedness, deceit, lustful desires, envy, slander, pride, and foolishness. All these vile things come from within; they are what defile you.
C4 The immoral are among those who suffer forever and ever in hell. Revelation 21:8 NLT - "But cowards, unbelievers, the corrupt, murderers, the immoral, those who practice witchcraft, idol worshipers, and all liars--their fate is in the fiery lake of burning sulfur. This is the second death."
B6 Some objections
C1 Some accuse Israel of allowing rape in Judges 21:10-23. This is false, for it says WIVES. Some may say these women were forced into marriage. How do you know that, maybe the women agreed? We don’t know as it is not stated.
D1 Take wives is used
E1 In the KJV to show the same Strong’s number: Judges 21:23 KJV - And the children of Benjamin did so, and took[H5375] them wives, according to their number, of them that danced, whom they caught: and they went and returned unto their inheritance, and repaired the cities, and dwelt in them.
Ruth 1:4 KJV - And they took[H5375] them wives of the women of Moab; the name of the one was Orpah, and the name of the other Ruth: and they dwelled there about ten years.
E2 In the NLT: Judges 21:23 NLT - So the men of Benjamin did as they were told. Each man caught one of the women as she danced in the celebration and carried her off to be his wife. They returned to their own land, and they rebuilt their towns and lived in them.
Ruth 1:4 NLT - The two sons married Moabite women. One married a woman named Orpah, and the other a woman named Ruth. But about ten years later. [Emphasis mine]
D2 It is never stated that this was God’s intention. What is recorded is what Israel did. Israel was not doing things God’s way as is evident in the last verse of Judges: Judges 21:25 NLT - In those days Israel had no king; all the people did whatever seemed right in their own eyes.
C2 Condoning sex slaves: Judges 5:30 NLT - 'They must be dividing the captured plunder--with a woman or two for every man. There will be colorful robes for Sisera, and colorful, embroidered robes for me. Yes, the plunder will include colorful robes embroidered on both sides.'
D1 This is talking about Sisera and his soldiers, not Israel.
D2 Judges 4:2-3 NLT - So the LORD turned them over to King Jabin of Hazor, a Canaanite king. The commander of his army was Sisera, who lived in Harosheth-haggoyim. Sisera, who had 900 iron chariots, ruthlessly oppressed the Israelites for twenty years. Then the people of Israel cried out to the LORD for help.
C3 Buying sex slaves: Exodus 21:7-8 NLT - "When a man sells his daughter as a slave, she will not be freed at the end of six years as the men are. If she does not satisfy her owner, he must allow her to be bought back again. But he is not allowed to sell her to foreigners, since he is the one who broke the contract with her.
D1 This speaks of indentured servants.
D2 There is no mention nor implication of sex.
C4 Capturing foreign women for sex: Deuteronomy 21:10-14 NLT - Suppose you go out to war against your enemies and the LORD your God hands them over to you, and you take some of them as captives. And suppose you see among the captives a beautiful woman, and you are attracted to her and want to marry her. If this happens, you may take her to your home, where she must shave her head, cut her nails, and change the clothes she was wearing when she was captured. She will stay in your home, but let her mourn for her father and mother for a full month. Then you may marry her, and you will be her husband and she will be your wife. But if you marry her and she does not please you, you must let her go free. You may not sell her or treat her as a slave, for you have humiliated her.
D1 It clearly states the women were taken to be WIVES.
D2 He could not marry her for a full month, for he has to wait to let her mourn. After that he could marry her.
D3 This is a similar situation: Numbers 31:18 NLT - Only the young girls who are virgins may live; you may keep them for yourselves.
B7 Other articles
C1 Does the Torah Punish a Rape Victim? This is the answer from a Rabbi.
C2 Search Jewish Issues with Rape. Same website as #1.
B8 Application
C1 If Israel had been living life according to God’s prescription, these things would not happen.
C2 It is the same for us. What will we chose—God’s ways or our ways?
C3 Learn how to treat women that way God intends.
C4 Rape is ALWAYS wrong and God will punish them with eternal suffering unless they repent. The repentance must be real. How they live their life from then on will show if one has truly repented. If there was no change, it was a façade. Abusers usually show an emotional, false repentance. King David raped Bathsheba and ordered her husband murdered. He deserved to die. He truly repented for he never did anything like this again.
Copyright © 2018 by Len Gane All rights reserved.

With Eternity in Mind

Theme: The believer’s quest

Scripture: 2 Corinthians 4:1-18

Objectives: (From the D6 Fusion Sunday School Lesson book)
Know: We can persevere in living for and serving God, knowing glory awaits us in Heaven.
Think: I let an eternal perspective guide my attitudes, choices, and actions.
Do: Live for and serve God with integrity, proclaiming Christ as Savior and Lord.

B1 Integrity
C1 Hebrew words
D1 תֹּם, tome which means integrity, innocence, and completeness
E1 Genesis 20:5 NKJV - "Did he not say to me, 'She is my sister'? And she, even she herself said, 'He is my brother.' In the integrity of my heart and innocence of my hands I have done this."
E2 Proverbs 10:29 NLT - The way of the LORD is a stronghold to those with integrity, but it destroys the wicked.
D2 תֻּמָּה, toom-maw' which means integrity, innocence.
E1 Job 2:9 NLT - His wife said to him, "Are you still trying to maintain your integrity? Curse God and die."
E2 Proverbs 11:3 CSB - The integrity of the upright guides them, but the perversity of the treacherous destroys them.
C2 Greek word is ἀφθαρσία aphtharsía which means incorruption, purity, sincerity, honesty, etc. 1 Corinthians 15:53-54 CSB - For this corruptible body must be clothed with incorruptibility, and this mortal body must be clothed with immortality. When this corruptible body is clothed with incorruptibility, and this mortal body is clothed with immortality, then the saying that is written will take place: Death has been swallowed up in victory.
C3 Another Greek word translated integrity is ἀδιαφθορία adiaphthoria meaning incorruptness: Titus 2:7 (WPNT) in all things presenting yourself as an example of good works: showing integrity, dignity and incorruptibility in your teaching.
B2 2 Corinthians Chapter 4:1-6,
C1 What kind of man was Paul before he was born again?
D1 Acts 22:3-5 NKJV - "I am indeed a Jew, born in Tarsus of Cilicia, but brought up in this city at the feet of Gamaliel, taught according to the strictness of our fathers' law, and was zealous toward God as you all are today. "I persecuted this Way to the death, binding and delivering into prisons both men and women, "as also the high priest bears me witness, and all the council of the elders, from whom I also received letters to the brethren, and went to Damascus to bring in chains even those who were there to Jerusalem to be punished.
D2 Philippians 3:4-6 NKJV - though I also might have confidence in the flesh. If anyone else thinks he may have confidence in the flesh, I more so: circumcised the eighth day, of the stock of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, a Hebrew of the Hebrews; concerning the law, a Pharisee; concerning zeal, persecuting the church; concerning the righteousness which is in the law, blameless.
C2 What did he do in the name of Judaism to the Christians?
D1 Acts 8:3 NKJV - As for Saul, he made havoc of the church, entering every house, and dragging off men and women, committing them to prison.
D2 1 Corinthians 15:9 NKJV - For I am the least of the apostles, who am not worthy to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God.
D3 Galatians 1:13 NKJV - For you have heard of my former conduct in Judaism, how I persecuted the church of God beyond measure and tried to destroy it.
D4 Philippians 3:6 NKJV - concerning zeal, persecuting the church; concerning the righteousness which is in the law, blameless.
D5 1 Timothy 1:13 NKJV - although I was formerly a blasphemer, a persecutor, and an insolent man; but I obtained mercy because I did it ignorantly in unbelief.
C3 How did God’s grace affect him at the time he wrote to the Corinthians?
C4 Why doesn’t Paul become discouraged?
C5 What are some things Christians hide?
C6 What is the main problem with deception in a Christian?
D1 It is listed as arising from the heart, the inner person of all humans: Mark 7:21-22 NKJV - For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders, "thefts, covetousness, wickedness, deceit, lewdness, an evil eye, blasphemy, pride, foolishness.
D2 It is incurably wicked: Jeremiah 17:9-10 CSB - The heart is more deceitful than anything else, and incurable—who can understand it? I, the LORD, examine the mind, I test the heart to give to each according to his way, according to what his actions deserve.
D3 God hates it: Jeremiah 17:9-10 CSB - The heart is more deceitful than anything else, and incurable—who can understand it? I, the LORD, examine the mind, I test the heart to give to each according to his way, according to what his actions deserve.
D4 False prophets and false teachers have:
E1 Jeremiah 23:26 NKJV - How long will this be in the heart of the prophets who prophesy lies? Indeed they are prophets of the deceit of their own heart.
E2 2 Corinthians 11:13-15 CSB - For such people are false apostles, deceitful workers, disguising themselves as apostles of Christ. And no wonder! For Satan disguises himself as an angel of light. So it is no great surprise if his servants also disguise themselves as servants of righteousness. Their end will be according to their works.
D5 The Lord Jesus never did: 1 Peter 2:22 NKJV - Who committed no sin, Nor was deceit found in His mouth.
D6 How can we discern one is a false teacher?
C7 Name some examples of “handling the Word of God deceitfully?”
D1 1 Timothy 2:3-4 NKJV - For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.
E1 Does God desire all humans to be saved, or does He desire most to go to hell to be roasted, barbecued, and tormented forever?
E2 Calvinist: I have often times heard people quote 1 Timothy 2:4 to dismiss, out of hand, the biblical teaching on Sovereign grace or Divine election. In quoting the verse they have told me that God has no interest in electing certain people to salvation but that His desire is for every person to be saved. Yet, we must remember that the word "all" always has a context. It can sometimes mean all people everywhere - many times it does - but it sometimes means "all" in the sense of "all kinds" or "all classes, types" of people or at other times it refers to all within a certain type or class.. For instance, we do the same thing in our English language when a school teacher in a classroom may ask the question, "are we ALL here?" or "is EVERYONE here?" She is not asking if everyone on planet earth is in the classroom, but because of the context in which the question is framed (the school teacher's classroom) we understand she is referring to all within a certain class or type - in this case, all the students signed up for the class. (Source).
E4 Non-Calvinist: Jamieson-Fausset-Brown: Since He wishes that all should be saved, do you also wish it; and if you wish it, pray for it. For prayer is the instrument of effecting such things [Chrysostom]. Paul does not say, "He wishes to save all"; for then he would have saved all in matter of fact; but "will have all men to be saved," implies the possibility of man's accepting it (through God's prevenient grace) or rejecting it (through man's own perversity). Our prayers ought to include all, as God's grace included all. (Source).
E5 Even their interpretation works against them for all kinds would refer to everyone. God who inspired the Bible writers (overseeing them) knows how to communicate perfectly. Why shouldn’t we believe God and take the plain, normal sense. See here for further and more detailed information.
C8 How would satan blind someone to the Gospel?
C9 How do people preach themselves instead of Jesus Christ?
C10 Who sends the light?
B3 2 Corinthians 4:7-18,
C1 2 Corinthians 4:7-10—were the Christians having a good time? Why can the Christian life be rough? Should we warn new Christians?
D1 Jesus foretold that His followers would face this, just because they follow: Luke 21:16-17 NKJV - You will be betrayed even by parents and brothers, relatives and friends; and they will put some of you to death. "And you will be hated by all for My name's sake.
D2 It is a condition of service: 2 Timothy 1:11-12 NKJV - to which I was appointed a preacher, an apostle, and a teacher of the Gentiles. For this reason I also suffer these things; nevertheless I am not ashamed, for I know whom I have believed and am persuaded that He is able to keep what I have committed to Him until that Day.
D3 What other reasons can you think of?
C2 Why are Christians always delivered into death? Who hates Christians? Why are Christians hated? The NLT has 2Co 4:11 NLT Yes, we live under constant danger of death because we serve Jesus, so that the life of Jesus will be evident in our dying bodies.
C3 Why are Christians still motivated to live and preach Jesus even when under constant danger?
C4 What power in 2 Corinthians 4:7 is Paul speaking of? Consider: Ephesians 3:20 NKJV - Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us.
C5 How does Paul not get distressed when the situation is very hard? Consider this encouragement from HandFuls on Purpose, Smith/Lee Psalm 27:13-14: A Threefold Encouragement.
1. TO BELIEVE. "I had fainted unless I had believed." Troubled on every side, yet not distressed (2Co 4:8-10), because our faith is in God. Peter fainted while on the water because he doubted.
2. TO WAIT. "Wait on the Lord." Wait on Him because the expectation of faith is from Him (Psa 62:1-5). All who truly wait on Him will yet be able to say, "Lo, this is our God" (Isaiah 25:9).
3. TO WORK. "He shall strengthen thine heart, be of good courage." "Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it" (Ecc 9:10), for His strength is made perfect in weakness.
C6 Have you ever been perplexed by things happening in your life? How does Paul handle this?
C7 How can we survive persecution without feeling forsaken?
C8 How do Christians carry the death of the Lord Jesus in their lives?
C9 What hope does Paul have the 2 Corinthians 4:14? How does that give Paul strength and rest?
C10 How does the resurrection strengthen our spiritual life:
C11 How does God’s grace increasing more and more result in more and more thanksgiving to God?
C12 Why do some people give up the Christian faith?
C13 How do we keep our eyes on the eternal things of God? Consider: Matthew 6:19-21 CSB - Don't store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal. "But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys, and where thieves don't break in and steal. "For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
B4 Next week:
C1 Great Expectations
C2 Theme: The Believer’s Identity
C3 Scripture: 2 Corinthians 5:1-21