Scripture Oppression In The Bible Part 2

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Since the beginning of life on earth, the female has been the reason why most of the world’s species have come into existence. Without fertility life cannot exist. However, males have come to feel inferior to the female’s power. Males have found ways to fool women into feeling inferior to them. The driving point to males dominance throughout time has been to keep women scared by fear. Religion and cultured aspects of nature have been the main points of inferiority.
Women have fought for equality in society, even up until today’s day in age. The Woman’s Rights Movement, began in 1864 in the United States of America. This movement changed the lives of women. It made women able to vote, and become considered an equal part of society. There are many countries where women must be fully covered, silent, and subordinate to men. This is because males inferiority for the power of women, and their capabilities. Let’s face it testosterone causes most men only to think with their testosterone, brain, or penis. However, the females womb, and estrogen, causes her to use her heart, to nourish the cycle of life through love. Each individual’s chemical balance in their body, depicts their human capabilities, not their sexual organs.
As we take a look through life, religious indoctrination has been the cause of most of humanities oppressions. Woman specifically are have been taught to be of less value than man. Now in today’s society many stigmas for this way of thinking are being destroyed daily. Humanity is begining to realize whether you are male, femal, or transgendar, each individual’s life is of equal value. Woman can play any sport, or do job that a man can. And vice versa. For instance today men can be nurses, and women can be professional football players. People no longer allow gender to determine how great you are, or can be.

Here in the following verse women are cursed with childbirth pain. They are also to be ruled like an animal by man. Yet these are the words of a living “god”, who later in 1Chorinthians says all are one in “his body”.
16 To the woman he said, “I will greatly multiply your pain in childbirth. In pain you will bring forth children. Your desire will be for your husband, and he will rule over you.”
Genesis

Here Lot’s daughters are worth being raped by a mob of men, to save two angels. If “god” is omniscient, omnipotent, and omnipresent, why can’t he save Lot’s daughters, and the angels from being raped by a mob. These scriptures make it ok for Christian men to rape women.

1 The two angels came to Sodom at evening. Lot sat in the gate of Sodom. Lot saw them, and rose up to meet them. He bowed himself with his face to the earth,
2 and he said, “See now, my lords, please turn aside into your servant’s house, stay all night, wash your feet, and you can rise up early, and go on your way.” They said, “No, but we will stay in the street all night.”
3 He urged them greatly, and they came in with him, and entered into his house. He made them a feast, and baked unleavened bread, and they ate.
4 But before they lay down, the men of the city, the men of Sodom, surrounded the house, both young and old, all the people from every quarter.
5 They called to Lot, and said to him, “Where are the men who came in to you this night? Bring them out to us, that we may have sex with them.”
6 Lot went out to them to the door, and shut the door after him.
7 He said, “Please, my brothers, don’t act so wickedly.
8 See now, I have two virgin daughters. Please let me bring them out to you, and you may do to them what seems good to you. Only don’t do anything to these men, because they have come under the shadow of my roof.”
Genesis

This verse shows how women are property in scripture and not humans. Women are considered by Christians to be worth as much as a donkey, or ox.

17 “You shall not covet your neighbor’s house. You shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, nor his male servant, nor his female servant, nor his ox, nor his donkey, nor anything that is your neighbor’s.”
exodus

This scripture states it is the job of a female servant, to sexually please her master. Here women are shown as powerless sex objects.

7 “If a man sells his daughter to be a female servant, she shall not go out as the male servants do.
8 If she doesn’t please her master, who has married her to himself, then he shall let her be redeemed. He shall have no right to sell her to a foreign people, seeing he has dealt deceitfully with her.
9 If he marries her to his son, he shall deal with her after the manner of daughters.
10 If he takes another wife to himself, he shall not diminish her food, her clothing, and her marital rights.
11 If he doesn’t do these three things for her, she may go free without paying any money.
Exodus

These verses a provoke women being slaves, and they may be sold for money. That’s are sexual objects at any mans desire according to scripture.

11 and see among the captives a beautiful woman, and you have a desire to her, and would take her to you as wife;
12 then you shall bring her home to your house; and she shall shave her head, and pare her nails;
13 and she shall put the clothing of her captivity from off her, and shall remain in your house, and bewail her father and her mother a full month: and after that you shall go in to her, and be her husband, and she shall be your wife.
14 It shall be, if you have no delight in her, then you shall let her go where she will; but you shall not sell her at all for money, you shall not deal with her as a slave, because you have humbled her.
Deuteronomy

These verses make it ok to humiliate women, who are not virgins, even if you can’t prove they are not virgins.

13 If any man takes a wife, and goes in to her, and hates her,
14 and accuses her of shameful things, and brings up an evil name on her, and says, “I took this woman, and when I came near to her, I didn’t find in her the tokens of virginity;”
15 then shall the father of the young lady, and her mother, take and bring forth the tokens of the young lady’s virginity to the elders of the city in the gate;
16 and the young lady’s father shall tell the elders, “I gave my daughter to this man to wife, and he hates her;
17 and behold, he has accused her of shameful things, saying,’I didn’t find in your daughter the tokens of virginity;’ and yet these are the tokens of my daughter’s virginity.” They shall spread the cloth before the elders of the city.
18 The elders of that city shall take the man and chastise him;
Deuteronomy

28 If a man find a lady who is a virgin, who is not pledged to be married, and lay hold on her, and lie with her, and they be found;
29 then the man who lay with her shall give to the lady’s father fifty shekels of silver, and she shall be his wife, because he has humbled her; he may not put her away all his days.and the man, because he has humbled his neighbor’s wife: so you shall put away the evil from the midst of you.
Deuteronomy

11 When men strive together one with another, and the wife of the one draws near to deliver her husband out of the hand of him who strikes him, and puts forth her hand, and takes him by the secrets;
12 then you shall cut off her hand, your eye shall have no pity.
Deuteronomy
“Let the woman learn in silence with all subjection. But I suffer not a woman to teach, nor to usurp authority over the man, but to be in silence. For Adam was first formed, then Eve. And Adam was not deceived, but the woman being deceived was in the transgression.”–1 Tim. 2:11-14
But I would have you know that the head of every man is Christ, and the head of the woman is the man, and the head of Christ is God.
4 Every man praying or prophesying, having his head covered, dishonors his head.
5 But every woman praying or prophesying with her head unveiled dishonors her head. For it is one and the same thing as if she were shaved. 1Corinthians

Women in this scripture must be silent in public. They only may talk to their husbands at home. Women must not speak in public.
34 let your wives keep silent in the assemblies, for it has not been permitted for them to speak; but let them be in subjection, as the law also says.
35 If they desire to learn anything, let them ask their own husbands at home, for it is shameful for a woman to chatter in the assembly.
1 Corinthians
1 Corinthians 11 “Christ is the head of every man, and a husband the head of his wife, and the head of Christ is God.”
1 Corinthians 11:7-9:”For a man is the image and glory of God; but woman is the glory of man. For man did not come from woman, but woman from man; neither was man created for woman but woman for man. For this reason, and because of the angels, the woman ought to have a sign of authority on her head.”

1 Corinthians 14:34-35: “…women should remain silent in the churches. They are not allowed to speak, and must be in submission. If they want to inquire about something, they should ask their own husbands at home; because it is disgraceful for a woman to speak in the church.”t

This scripture makes man in charge and women must submit.

Ephesians 5:22-24: “Wives, submit to your husbands as to the Lord. For the husband is the head of the wife…wives should submit to their husbands in everything.”

After reading all these examples of the holy bible’s scriptures, we find our answer as to why women are oppressed. Any loving “god” should not treat humans like property, out of love. Women are considered property in religious doctrine. Mainly because “god” was created by man, and does not exist. Man wrote the bible, inspired by a “god” that does not even protect his women followers. Woman’s power is supposed to be controlled by man, as if they can not think for themselves. In some countries women are killed for going to school. Today woman are standing up for their freedom, and power. Women are showing men they deserve respect. As time passes and religion fades, women gain more, and more power in the world.

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How To Not Live In Fear

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Fear is a question. What are you afraid of, and why are you afraid of it? For centuries religion has placed a boundary on fear. Fear has become a way of life, for many people, who are scared of what each moment will bring. How can anyone be successful at anything, always being scared of what could be. Wouldn’t it be a lot less stressful answering the questions you fear. That way an indiviydual could live their life to its fullest potential. Most people accept their fears as a way of life. This acceptance of fear may be caused from a traumatic situation, or just being taught to be scared.
In the holy bible fear is defined numerous times. First believers are instructed to fear “god”.
Mathew 10:28
28 And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.
Then believers are instructed to love “god”.
Mathew 22:37-38
37 Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.
38 This is the first and great commandment.
Then love is defined to not contain fear.well which is write?
1 John 4:18
18 There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love.
Reading the King James Version holy bible to define any of life questions, would have anyone confused. The bible contains so many contradictions, it creates an atmosphere of fear for life. How can anyone have courage following words that tell you to love, but fear, yet there is no fear in love. Hunh?
Wikipedia defines fear as an emotion, induced by a perceived threat. Fear causes entities to pull away or hide from it. Fear is a survival mechanism which occurs in response to a specific pain, or threat of danger. People usually flee from fear, in a “fight or flight” response. In extreme horrific, or terrifying situations people even sometimes freeze(paralysis).
Fear can be manipulating, or controlling in an individual’s life if allowed. The main way to control ones fears is to learn about them. Once an individual knows why they are scared, and what is scaring them, their fears disintegrate. People who fear “god” have no true concept of reality, because they must imagine he exists everywhere, through faith. According to the scriptures of Mathew, would that not make you fear doing everything, going everywhere, because of an supposed omnipresent dirty. Religion creates an environment in the human mind, making people more scared of things that are not real. These believers are to scared, to even answer the question of why they are scared. Most believers of religion also live in fear of eternal death, if they question their faith. How can anyone overcome fears, if they think they can be punished for doing so. During the time period the bible was written in there were a lot of life’s questions that couldn’t be answered. That is why the bible taught people to reject the unknown. Now thanks to science, and history, there are answers for almost all life’s questions. People should have an understanding that it is ok not to know. Making imaginary answers to life’s questions, only makes more fear of what doesn’t make sense. There is no fear a person can not overcome, unless an individual does not want to overcome it. If people learned more about what they are scared of, their lives would be much better. Fear can cause people to hate, destroy, kill, or be violent, rather than just run away.
So maybe the next time your scared of something, ask yourself why. You my find that your only scared of the unknown. By learning the truth to accept the unknown for what it logically is, your life will be free. The bibles contradictions create fear to make people submit to believe, or oppress people into believing in the faith( imagination). Most believers only believe so they won’t die or go to hell. However, science proves every living thing dies. Science and history both prove how incorrect the bible is as well. Reality can be scary, until you know why it is the way it is. Do not be afraid to conquer your fears.

Sources: holy bible, Wikipedia

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Scripture Oppression in the Bible Part 1

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As we interpret the bible in “Modern” times, many questions arise. Why has the world’s highest selling book,”the holy bible”, been used to justify oppression, of a specific group of people? Fear, political, and economic power, are the three main reasons to oppress people. Society uses fear to condemn, what is not understood, by controlling through opression keeping one subordinate. The majority, or the group in power uses scripture to maintain status, and build their retention of power. Humans sometimes use fear as a scapegoat for lack of their acountabilities. The word scapegoat originates from biblical days of atonement. Priests performed a ritual, in which the sins of people were symbolically placed on goats. The goats were then driven into the wilderness, along with the sins, and impurities of the people (Paul J Harpers Bible Dictionary). Its funny to see that people believed a goat running into wilderness, took accountability for their wrong actions, giving them instant forgiveness, with no apology, or correction.
In less than 300 years, in the United States alone, there are four major examples of how scripture has been used to oppress particular social groups. Oppression of African Americans, and Jews, through slavery are seen throughout the bible. Oppression of women, and now LGBTQ(Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer) have all been supported by scripture in the bible.
There are over 500 translations of the bible. Every translation changes ” the words of god”, as they are mass produced over time. If a person is not smart enough, by reading the “holy bible” , they will follow the “will of god”, and become a slave.

SLAVERY
Scripture was used especially by churches in the south’s “Bible Belt”, to support slavery during the time of the Civil War. It was also used to justify Apartheid in South Africa, and killing Jews of the Holocaust. Christians would claim slavery is the “will” and “truth” of “god”. Sad to say but some people still agree, and try to enforce these practices today. Here are some scriptures that regard the emancipation of slaves.
Jewish slaves were to be freed after 6 years, unless born by a female slave. Females sold by their fathers into slavery, would be slaves forever. The cost of freeing a slave was calculated using the number of years to the next “Jubilee Year”, between 1 and 50 years. This left many slaves bound to a life of oppression. .
Exodus 21:1-4 “If thou buy an Hebrew servant, six years he shall serve: and in the seventh he shall go out free for nothing. If he came in by himself, he shall go out by himself: if he were married, then his wife shall go out with him. If his master have given him a wife, and she have born him sons or daughters; the wife and her children shall be her master’s, and he shall go out by himself.”
Deuteronomy 15:12-18 “And if thy brother, an Hebrew man, or an Hebrew woman, be sold unto thee, and serve thee six years; then in the seventh year thou shalt let him go free from thee.And when thou sendest him out free from thee, thou shalt not let him go away empty: Thou shalt furnish him liberally
out of thy flock, and out of thy floor, and out of thy winepress: of that wherewith the Lord thy God hath blessed thee thou shalt give unto him.”

Here are some laws for killing, and punishment of slaves. This just shows the contradictions of the bible, and how psychotic, and sadistic, the Christian “god” has been created to be. The following scriptures made it ok for masters to harm their slaves, and maids.

Exodus 21:20-21 “And if a man smite his servant, or his maid, with a rod, and he die under his hand; he shall be surely punished. Notwithstanding, if he continue a day or two, he shall not be punished: for he is his money.”
Exodus 21:26-27 “And if a man smite the eye of his servant, or the eye of his maid, that it perish; he shall let him go free for his eye’s sake. And if he smite out his manservant’s tooth, or his maidservant’s tooth; he shall let him go free for his tooth’s sake.”

These laws prohibited harsh ruling over, or enslaving Israelites, but slaves could be taken from the Gentiles.

Leviticus 25:44-46 “Both thy bondmen, and thy bondmaids, which thou shalt have, shall be of the heathen that are round about you; of them shall ye buy bondmen and bondmaids. Moreover of the children of the strangers that do sojourn among you, of them shall ye buy, and of their families that are with you, which they begat in your land: and they shall be your possession. And ye shall take them as an inheritance for your children after you, to inherit them for a possession; they shall be your bondmen for ever: but over your brethren the children of Israel, ye shall not rule one over another with rigour.”

Here a distinction is made between a hired servant and a slave. The distinction is once the slave is paid for, it is then enslaved again as a hire. This proves there was no way out of being a servant, or enslaved for any human.

Leviticus 25:48-53 “After that he is sold he may be redeemed again; one of his brethren may redeem him: Either his uncle, or his uncle’s son, may redeem him, or any that is nigh of kin unto him of his family may redeem him; or if he be able, he may redeem himself. And he shall reckon with him that bought him from the year that he was sold to him unto the year of jubilee: and the price of his sale shall be according unto the number of years, according to the time of an hired servant shall it be with him.”

The punishment for sexual activity with a female slave who is engaged, consisted of animal sacrifice in the Temple. There is no comment on sexual activity with one who is not married or engaged.

Leviticus 19:20-22 “And whosoever lieth carnally with a woman, that is a bondmaid, betrothed to an husband, and not at all redeemed, nor freedom given her; she shall be scourged; they shall not be put to death, because she was not free. And he shall bring his trespass offering unto the Lord, unto the door of the tabernacle of the congregation, even a ram for a trespass offering. And the priest shall make an atonement for him with the ram of the trespass offering before the Lord for his sin which he hath done: and the sin which he hath done shall be forgiven him.”It is not permitted to return an escaped slave, nor was it permissable to “oppress” him.
Deuteronomy 23:15-16 “Thou shalt not deliver unto his master the servant
which is escaped from his master unto thee: He shall dwell with thee, even among you, in that place which he shall choose in one of thy gates, where it liketh him best: thou shalt not oppress him.”

The Book of Numbers makes references to thousands of female captives who were to be given to the priests.This just shows how religion is a scapegoat for numerous contradictions.

Numbers 31:28-47 “And levy a tribute unto the Lord of the men of war which went out to battle: one soul of five hundred, both of the persons, and of the beeves, and of the asses, and of the sheep: Take it of their half, and give it unto Eleazar the priest, for an heave offering of the Lord. And of the children of Israel’s half, thou shalt take one portion of fifty, of the persons, of the beeves, of the asses, and of the flocks, of all manner of beasts, and give them unto the Levites, which keep the charge of the tabernacle of the Lord.”
Mark 14:66 “And as Peter was beneath in the palace, there cometh one of the maids of the high priest.”

These restrictions on reselling slaves, state a Hebrew slave could not be resold.

Exodus 21:8 “If she please not her master, who hath betrothed her to himself, then shall he let her be redeemed: to sell her unto a strange nation he shall have no power, seeing he hath dealt deceitfully with her. And if he have betrothed her unto his son, he shall deal with her after the manner of daughters. If he take him another wife; her food, her raiment, and her duty of marriage, shall he not diminish. And if then shall he depart from thee, both he and his children with him, and shall return unto his own family, and unto the possession of his fathers shall he return.”

The punishment for kidnapping an Israelite, and selling them into slavery, is punishable by death. A debtor who could not pay back creditors may be sold into slavery, or have his children sold.

Exodus 21:16 “And he that stealeth a man, and selleth him, or if he be found in his hand, he shall surely be put to death.”
Deuteronomy 24:7 “If a man be found stealing any of his brethren of the children of Israel, and maketh merchandise of him, or selleth
him; then that thief shall die; and thou shalt put evil away from among you.”
II Kings 4:1 “Now there cried a certain woman of the wives of the sons of the prophets unto Elisha, saying, Thy servant my husband is dead; and thou knowest that thy servant did fear the Lord: and the creditor is come to take unto him my two sons to be bondmen.”

Slaves could, themselves, own slaves.

Saul’s slave Ziba owned 20 slaves of his own: 2 Samuel 9:10: “…Now Ziba had fifteen sons and twenty servants.”
Observation of the Sabbath was forced upon slaves too.
Exodus 20:10 “But the seventh day is the Sabbath of the Lord thy God: in it thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor
thy son, nor thy daughter, thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates.”

The New Testament did not forbid, altar, or improve the institution of slavery’s conditions.

1 Corinthians 12:13 “For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body
Galatians 3:28 “There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus.”
Colossians 3:11 “Where there is neither Greek nor Jew, circumcision nor uncircumcision, Barbarian, Scythian, bond nor free: but Christ is all, and in all.”

As you read through the “holy bible”, scriptures, contradictions begin to jump out at you. If slaves can be beaten, killed, owned, raped, and abducted, how are they equal to their owners. Where do we see anywhere in scripture for masters to obey their slaves? The bible makes slavery ok in the minds of its believers. It makes life valuable depending on who you are, and not what you are capable of. A “god” can not treat a slave equal to its master, unless a slave can have the same power over its master. However, as we read in the “holy bible” slavery is celebrated, accepted, and tolerated.
Slavery is said in the bible to be ok in the eyes of the Christian god.

If you ask me any god that promotes enslaving any human life is sick, and psychotic, following the words of “the holy bible” have caused mass killings, confusion, hatred, and fear. You would be confused if your master beat you, then said “it’s god’s will to own you, and we are equal in his eyes.” Bible contradictions are missed by many who follow Christianity because the font read the bible in its entirety. If more Christians knew the truth about slavery in the bible, would they still follow?

Sources
The Bible, 21st Century King James Version.
The Bible, King James Version.
The Bible, Modern Language Version.
The Bible, New International Version.
The Bible, New Living Translation.
The Bible, Revised Standard Version.
Ellerbe, Helen, The Dark Side of Christian History, Morning Star Books, 1995.
Wood, Forrest, The Arrogance of Faith, Alfred A. Knopf, 1990.

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