The bible contains not only instructions on slavery, racism and homophobia, and not to mention the general attitude against unbelievers and believers of other faiths, but it is also openly misogynistic. The general attitude toward women and girls within Christianity is, quite frankly, disgusting. Within the sources at the bottom of this post is another link to the 38 page PDF I compiled yesterday of passages to illustrate this point. I have also included a link to the Hammurabi code site, this way if readers would like to conduct their own comparative they will see that any and claims that the Bible’s rule are for the protection of women are both incorrect and dishonest and there is nothing original in the Bible. It has been pieced together from unverified copies of older works and was about two hundred years out of date to begin with. I do not believe there is anything benevolent within this hate-filled religion that cannot be learned outside it. A few good deeds and sanctimonious intentions can neither undo nor negate the harm that is caused by this primitive belief system.
Sexism: The Institutional Roots stem from the Tree of Knowledge.
To the woman he said, “I will greatly increase your pains in childbearing; with pain you will give birth to children. Your desire will be for your husband, and he will rule over you.” Genesis 3:16
Here is where it begins. Though sexism did not begin here, this is where the tradition of institutional misogyny that has poisoned society against half of its population has set down roots. Eve, though the likelihood of her existence is between slim and none, has ever been blamed for ‘original-sin’. It says a lot that she was not only a free-thinker but female, but therein lies the first hurdle. This is the justification used for the subjugation of women for centuries along with perpetuating the attitude that
- Ignorance is a virtue, especially in women.
- Women are naturally corrupt and therefore not to be trusted.
This passage has led people to go as far as denying women pain-relief during childbirth in the belief that women must pay for the ‘sin’ of an ancient mythical ancestor. What is more disturbing is that otherwise sane women go willingly along with this sickening attitude. Wasn’t Jesus supposed to have died to pay for original sin? If this were even possible, you would have thought that this ‘merciful deity’ would have lifted the punishment but lets be honest here: it isn’t god that hated women because there is no ‘God’ to do the hating and never was.
14And it was not Adam who was deceived by Satan. The woman was deceived, and sin was the result.
15But women will be saved through childbearing assuming they continue to live in faith, love, holiness, and modesty. – 1 Timothy 2:14 -15
The people who hated women are those men, so comfortable in their patriarchal privilege, saw fit to preserve this position by making it holy writ. I doubt very much that those in charge even believed it themselves. It is not female sin that has been passed on, it is ancient male pomposity that has been handed down through the generations and enforced by both those who chose to waste their lives in the service of the Church and those who saw something to gain from it themselves: John Calvin even claimed that female guilt is insoluble.
“Woman is more guilty than man, because she was seduced by Satan, and so diverted her husband from obedience to God that she was an instrument of death leading to all perdition. It is necessary that woman recognize this, and that she learn to what she is subjected; and not only against her husband. This is reason enough why today she is placed below and that she bears within her ignominy and shame.” – John Calvin
“Cultures, which demand virginity and chastity in women, have as their bedrock the double standard morality code. If men are encouraged to view women as depreciating chattels they will never regard them as human. And if women are not regarded as human, then all kinds of atrocities and injustices are permissible against them!” – Voula Papas – Atheist Foundation of Australia
It is a general principle within Christianity that the obedient, submissive, chaste and silent figure of Mary is the template of female virtue. If Mary ever existed, ‘the touch of man’ may well have had an entirely different meaning from the meaning of today. We must also remember that the idea of who qualified as people was almost exclusively limited to other Jews. The idea of feminine of submission under men is, on its own offensive, and those who hold to this idea fail to realise that the character was a victim of an assault which resulted in an unwanted pregnancy. Could this be the reason why the pro-life movement see fit to declare all fertilised eggs ‘babies’ in some bizarre and convoluted mindset of their own. In order to reconcile this ridiculous notion with their fallacy of humility and virtue in their poster-girl for innocence, the story, with whatever truth there was in this story, it has obviously been embellished and obfuscated to a point where it is unrecognisable from reality. Since then and throughout the book, the words whore and harlot are used frequently both in the bible to describe women who deviate from the double standards of sexual moral code set by prudish men. The name of the murdered Queen Jezebel has been warped into an epithet for women considered wanton and vain by the paradoxical and twisted standards of the bible.
“11Women should learn quietly and submissively.
13For God made Adam first, and afterward he made Eve.”
– 1 Timothy 2:11-13
It is paradoxical because while women are condemned over and over for the crime of daring to be female, They prostitute their wives to save their own skins, they sell their daughters and treat their wives as property. They keep hoards of Concubines and multiple spouses. So while the ‘preservation of biblical marriage’ people shout about single sex marriage being ‘unnatural’, or ‘sinful’ they really should think again. The Bible permits polygamy, for men, while cast off women are considered unclean and unmarketable as they have been ‘used’ by other men. The test for fidelity, is not only impossible to pass as it requires the girl to prove a negative, but it is exclusively for women. The actual biblical definition of ‘adultery is for a to have sexual relations with a man who is not her husband while the marital status of the man is considered irrelevant.
Punish the Victim and Reward the Villain.
14But you may keep for yourselves all the women, children, livestock, and other plunder. You may enjoy the plunder from your enemies that the LORD your God has given you. – Deuteronomy 20:14
We see repeated examples of the male characters being given license and even applauded for their conquests and rewarded with free license, or even instruction, to rape the virgins of the latest conquest. Deuteronomy specifies that both the victim of rape and the rapist must be stoned to death while other passages of the Bible decree that the rapist must take his victim for a wife and compensate her father. Genesis encourages the rape of women over that of men, on top of the passages that offer women as spoils of war in the name of growing the religion. It doesn’t even seem that incest is out of the question when Ammon raped his own sister and it took more than 2 years for her brother to exact revenge. I wonder what slight angered David most; the theft of his daughter’s virginity or the failure to compensate.
“14But Amnon wouldn’t listen to her, and since he was stronger than she was, he raped her. 15Then suddenly Amnon’s love turned to hate, and he hated her even more than he had loved her. “Get out of here!” he snarled at her.” – 2 Samuel 13:14-15
Chapter 19 of judges is on of many examples of permission for men to sacrifice the women in their care to save themselves. One might presumably wonder why the Levite ever bothered to regain his ‘concubine’ from her father’s house when he would so readily give her up to be raped by a drunken gang. It serves to illustrate the lack of standing that women have in the eyes of Christianity. Women have come a long way but our progress must not be taken for granted when it could be so easily taken from us again. Western law protects us from religious lore, and thankfully rape is now dealt with by lengthy prison sentences. The problem is still the burden of proof and the attitude projected by the a Christian owned media that the plaintiff must first prove her own wholesomeness.
“Of course, one would be hard-pressed to find a lot of examples of Christian Honor Killings, and many apologists refute the deaths that result from the severe beatings that some Christian women endure by their husbands who feel they have not been sufficiently compliant in their duty to submit and obey. These men will use biblical Scripture to back up their abuse and many women accept it, as well, choosing to remain in abusive relationships because of the Christian doctrines on divorce, etc.” – Al Stefanelli
The condemnation from a largely Christian western hemisphere, of the honour killings of young women who fall in love with outside their caste or religion, who become westernised and disobedient, is hypocritical to say the least. These Christians need look only as far as their own holy book to find instructions to the same tune. Islam is based on old testament Christianity. The differences are there, for instance, Islam’s prophet is an elderly paedophile. There is the same call to eradicate the unbeliever and the homosexual, the same call to subjugate women, the same call to spread the faith by the sword, and the same call for the ritual murder for rape victims.
Damned Since Conception.
5If 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.– Leviticus 12:1-5
And we return to the beginning. We are, apparently born damned by merit of being born at all. Aside the fact that the idea of inherited sin is a despicable principle, it is impossible. We inherit our DNA from our parents. We acquire mannerisms from observing them day by day. We are passed heirlooms and family keepsakes. If we are incredibly unlucky we end up taking on the debts of our deceased relatives. What we do not inherit is sin and collective shame. We can in no reasonable way be held accountable for the actions of either our parents or ancestors who died long before we were born so it begs the question of why some believe we can and should. It is a fear tactic, designed to bully the conformist to continue in their unquestioned obedience.
“Man born of woman. Who can bring what is pure from the impure? No one!” Job 14:1-4
By Christian doctrine, we are damned from the moment we are conceived due to the very manner of our conception. We are damned because we have mothers and that this is one more despicable attitude among hundreds of others. The Bible holds a myriad of contradictions and nonsensical sexist ideas but I think this has to be one of the worst. Women, are told in the bible that they are saved through pain in childbirth (ritual torture?) for the sin of being women at all, and it then goes on to say that their children take that sin from them. It’s the great catch-all; “HOW DO WE GET THE BELIEVER, WHO STICKS BY ALL OUR RULES WITHOUT EXCEPTION AND HAS NOTHING TO FEEL GUILTY ABOUT?…AHH, THAT’S RIGHT, THEY WERE BORN! AND IT GIVES THEM SOMETHING TO HATE THEIR MOTHERS FOR.’
18Your children and your crops will be cursed. The offspring of your herds and flocks will be cursed. Deuteronomy 28:18
In response to this post, I will brook no straw-man arguments that “We might not like it but it’s in the Bible so I must believe it.” That is not an argument. That is moral and intellectual cowardice. The Bible is as irrelevant today as any other ancient mythology and it is time that people realised this. Claiming that 21st century civilised morality is not applicable when considering the scripture is, in itself, erroneous. Christianity is morally bankrupt and has no legitimate claim to the privilege it has achieved through emotional terrorism and force. It should be brought to account in every criminal trial in determining motive. It should not be immune to its violent past. The religious-right may well think they are reclaiming their countries but that will only result in a theocracy that will put us back into the dark ages. As a word of warning to the women who are desirous of this ‘return to a golden age’, you too will be required to live by these same rules. Your comfortable and liberated lifestyles will come to an end if the harbingers of the Old Testament, were to get their wishes granted. I am not prepared to live by Christianity’s vitriol and bigotry and nor should any of the rest of us be.
- bible misogyny(PDF file).