Have you ever wondered what the world would be like if we all followed all that is written in the bible – especially those concerning marriage, polygamy, rape etc – and also imbibe the practices of some powerful men in the bible to the letter…
The answer is not that great. Well, unless you are into things like incest etc.
I saw this article on the independent.co.uk and i think It makes for some pretty interesting reading…
8 Gross Practices That Was Supported By The Bible
Polygamy is the norm in the Old Testament. Biblicalpolygamy.com contains pages dedicated to 40 biblical figures, each of whom had multiple wives.
2. Sex slaves
The Bible provides instructions on how to acquire several types of sex slaves. For example, if a man buys a Hebrew girl and “she please not her master” he can’t sell her to a foreigner; and he must allow her to go free if he doesn’t provide for her (Exodus 21:8).
3. War booty
Virgin females are counted, literally, among the booty of war. In the book of Numbers (31:18) God’s servant commands the Israelites to kill all of the used Midianite women along with all boy children, but to keep the virgin girls for themselves. The Law of Moses spells out a ritual to purify a captive virgin before sex. (Deuteronomy 21:10-14).
Incest is mostly forbidden in the Bible, but God makes exceptions. Abraham and Sarah, much favoured by God, are said to be half-siblings. Lot’s daughters get him drunk and mount him, and God rewards them with male babies who become patriarchs of great nations (Genesis 19).
5. Brother’s widow
If a brother dies with no children, it becomes a man’s duty to impregnate the brother’s widow. Onan is struck dead by God because he prefers to spill his seed on the ground rather than providing offspring for his brother (Genesis 38:8-10). A New Testament story (Matthew 22:24-28) shows that the tradition has survived.
6. Wife’s handmaid
After seven childless decades, Abraham’s frustrated wife Sarah says, “Go, sleep with my slave; perhaps I can build a family through her.” Her slave, Hagar, becomes pregnant. Two generations later, the sister-wives of Jacob repeatedly send their slaves to him, each trying to produce more sons than the other (Genesis 30:1-22).
7. Other slaves
A man should not have sex with a slave if she is betrothed to another man – but if they do, she is to be scourged (beaten) and he must sacrifice a sheep (Leviticus 19:20-22, KJV).
8. Rape victim
A Hebrew girl who is raped can be sold to her rapist for 50 shekels, or about $580 (Deuteronomy 22:28-29). He must then keep her “because she has been “humbled”.
Note: Apart from forcible rape, female consent is simply irrelevant in the Bible, from the time that Eve gets made from Adam’s rib onward (Genesis 2: 18-22).
Wriiten by Valerie Tarico, a psychologist and writer in Seattle, Washington.
As a writer Valerie tackles the intersection between religious belief, psychology and politics, with a growing focus on women’s issues.
This post first appeared on Independent.co.uk under the title “What Marriage Would Look Like If We Actually Followed The Bible”
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