Women Versus Religion

    By Robert L. Johnson | Bruno & Ripoll’s Bulletin, 8 March 2020
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    Objectively looking at the Hebrew Bible/Old Testament, we see ungodly and foolish misogyny at the very start of the Bible.

    Starting with the creation myth, it is the weak-link, Eve, who first falls prey to the talking serpent/snake and disobeys God by eating of the tree of knowledge. Leo Strauss, the father of the Judeo-Christian-based and warmongering neoconservative movement, said in his speech and essay Jerusalem and Athens, regarding the fall of man myth, “Thus the stage was set for the fall of our first parents. The first move came from the serpent, the most cunning of all the beasts of the field. It seduced the woman into disobedience and then the woman seduced the man. The seduction moves from the lowest to the highest.”

    In Genesis 3:16, the Bible god had this to say to Eve after she and her husband Adam ate of the tree of knowledge: “Unto the woman he said, I will greatly multiply thy sorrow and thy conception; in sorrow thou shalt bring forth children; and thy desire shall be to thy husband, and he shall rule over thee.” Of course the entire creation story in the Bible is raw nonsense. But if someone is going to take it seriously, they need to ask themselves if the Bible god’s punishment for Eve was unjust. If you go by the first creation story, Eve was created at the same time as Adam. Genesis 1:27 states, “So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.” However, Genesis 2:17 tells of the Bible god instructing Adam not to eat from the tree of knowledge of good and evil. According to this Bible story, Eve did not even exist yet, for the very next verse states, “And the LORD God said, It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him an help meet for him.” After several verses about Adam naming all the animals, verses 21 and 22 tell of the Bible god putting Adam into a deep sleep and taking a rib from Adam. The Bible god, as the story goes, then made Eve out of Adam’s rib. So, based on this, Eve could not have been there when the Bible god warned Adam about eating fruit from the tree of knowledge of good and evil. It would have been pure misogyny on the Bible god’s part to punish Eve for the eating from the tree of knowledge of good and evil.

    To defend against being called out for the misogyny in the Bible, Christian apologists often use Galatians 3:28 which states, “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.”

    It is true that this verse is in the Bible. However, the Bible also contains much more that makes the selected quote null and void. For example, from the time of birth, the female is considered to be very much lacking in value compared to the male. In Leviticus 12: 1-5, this ‘Word of God’ teaches that a woman is unclean for seven days if she gives birth to a boy, but if she gives birth to a girl she will be unclean for two weeks. In the first place, why would a woman who brings life, the greatest gift known, into the world be considered “unclean”? And why would she be unclean twice as long for giving birth to a girl than if she had given birth to a boy?

    In the New Testament, 1 Timothy 2: 11-15 says, “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. Notwithstanding she shall be saved in childbearing, if they continue in faith and charity and holiness with sobriety.”

    In 1 Corinthians 14: 34-35, we read, “Let your women keep silence in the churches: for it is not permitted unto them to speak; but they are commanded to be under obedience as also saith the law. And if they will learn any thing, let them ask their husbands at home: for it is a shame for women to speak in church.” If you believe this Christian teaching, you would have to strongly believe that women are very much inferior to men. It’s interesting to note that this quote contains the statement, “they are commanded to be under obedience as also saith the law.” Jesus is said to have said in Matthew 5: 17-19,

    Do not think that I have come to destroy the law or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfill. For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled. Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven: but whosoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.

    Since heaven and Earth have not yet passed, the misogyny of the Hebrew Bible/Old Testament, along with all the other cruel and ungodly laws it contains, are still in effect.

    The fact that these grossly misogynistic teachings from the Bible contradict what Galatians 3:28 seems to be teaching, makes plain the truth to Thomas Paine’s statement in The Age of Reason, The Complete Edition, “… the Bible decides any way, and every way, one chooses to make it.” This fact renders the Bible meaningless.

    The Quran goes beyond the misogyny of the Bible. Instead of limiting itself to what women cannot do, and what they should not be permitted to do, such as speaking in church, etc., the Quran commands Muslim men to actually physically beat/scourge women if they believe the inferior woman may become rebellious towards the superior man. At 4:34 the Quran teaches:

    Men are in charge of women, because Allah hath made the one of them to excel the other, and because they spend of their property (for the support of women). So good women are the obedient, guarding in secret that which Allah hath guarded. As for those from whom ye fear rebellion, admonish them and banish them to beds apart, and scourge them. Then if they obey you, seek not a way against them. Lo! Allah is ever High, Exalted, Great.

    Reprinted with permission from the author.

    Bob Johnson is a freelance writer from the Tampa Bay area of Florida. He was born into a Roman Catholic family. However, after reading Thomas Paine’s The Age of Reason in 1984, he became a Deist. In 1993 he started the World Union of Deists and in 1996 he launched the first website devoted to Deism, www.deism.com. Johnson is the author of three books: Deism: A Revolution in Religion, A Revolution in You; An Answer to C.S. Lewis’ Mere Christianity and God Gave Us Reason, Not Religion. He also writes articles for many religious and political websites.

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