Tuesday, January 13, 2015

How Does God REALLY feel about women?

There are stories in the Old Testament that might make us think God doesn't really love women very much.

This is another reason why we need to read the history of the time and figure out why the writer was inspired to write what he wrote.

Shane Willard was asked by a college student in New Zealand about God's love for women. She said based on Deuteronomy 21: 10-14 she would not want to spend her life in heaven with a God who treated women this way. This part is titled, "Marrying a Captive Woman". Moses is telling the children of Israel what they can do if they go to war with a city and they take a woman from that city.

The verses say to marry her and treat her like a wife.

Shane said this was amazingly new information. Before this was written, people would go to war, capture a woman and use her as a sex slave. 
Once they were tired of her, they would sell or trade her. 

Now, Moses says they must marry and treat her with more respect. As a human being.

What is described in these verses is no way to treat a woman today. But, back then, it was better than what they were used to.

Moses wrote this. I know God inspired him, because God was trying to move the women forward in culture. Women were property during this time. This shows God's love for women because He was trying to get men to treat them better.

Yes, the Bible is God inspired. 2 Timothy 3: 16 in different versions:
All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right. 
New Living Translation

All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:
King James 

All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness,

New International Version

Yes, it's alive because He breathed on it. 
However, God doesn't change...but times sure have.

God doesn't want women to be treated like what is written in 
 Deuteronomy 21: 10-14.

That was then.
This is now.
Women have rights. Women deserve respect.

We still have sex slavery even today in 2015. It's a sad thing to me. I don't understand how a human being could hurt another human that way. I pray it ends. I know ministries on the front lines of fighting it. I pray for God to continue to empower these ministries and help them set free everyone who has been mistreated.

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