Selective quotation #WIN http://ift.tt/1bWAhQj
wow nice selective quoting.
Deuteronomy 22:13-21 actually says
“If a man takes a wife and, after lying with her, dislikes her and gives her a bad name, saying “I married this woman, but when I approached her, I did not find proof of her virginity,” then the girls father will say to the elders, “I gave my daughter in marriage to this man, but he dislikes her. Now he has slandered her and said ‘I did not find your daughter to be a virgin.’ But here is proof of my daughters virginity.” Then her parents shall display the cloth before the elders of the town, and the elders shall take the man and punish him. They shall fine him 100 shekels of silver (Roughly 2.5lbs of silver) and give them to the girl’s father, because this man has given an Israelite virgin a bad name. She shall continue to be his wife; he must not divorce her as long as he lives.
If however, the charge is true and no proof of the girl’s blood is found, she shall be brought to the door of her father’s house and there the men of her town shall stone her to death. She has done a disgraceful thing in Israel by being promiscuous while still in her father’s house. You must purge the evil among you.”
Now, before everybody get’s all butthurt I know that the whole point of this is to show that the verse in Leviticus is wrong/irrelevant/outdated, and I get that. But you can’t just go ahead grossly oversimplifying things. It brings you down to the level of the homophobes.
If anything, this verse illustrates the equality between Homosexuals and Heterosexuals. The Bible is consistent on its view of Sex and sexual immorality. Any sex outside of wedlock is a sin, Hetero or Homo. Which is why myself and many Christians are FOR gay marriage because it means that they can embrace and consummate, free of sin.
Also can I just point out that it’s not only considered valid if the wife is a virgin. It is only if the husband is unhappy that the wife is a virgin.
You need to consider the context in which the Old Testament was written. A wife was simply a means to further your lineage, similar to how a Horse is a means to provide labour or a chicken a means to provide food. If somebody gave you a Horse in a condition that meant that it wasn’t up to the promised standard, you would want to get rid of it.
And no, I am NOT saying that women are simply means to pumping out babies and for sex, but in the time when Deuteronomy was written, that is pretty much what they were considered to be.