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Does the Bible force a woman to marry her rapist? – by George Athas

The bottom line: the Bible does NOT force a woman to marry her rapist. Rather, it holds the rapist accountable for everything he’s got. — George Athas George Athas says it is wrong to claim that the Bible forces a woman to marry her rapist. Below are the opening paragraphs of his blog post Does …

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Grounds for Divorce Digest

Here are the six posts in my Grounds for Divorce series. 1. The tangled mess of mistaken notions about what the Bible teaches on divorce 2. The Bible uses different words for divorce but they all mean legal divorce. Those who tell you otherwise are mistaken. 3. Jesus did NOT say “Hardness of heart is …

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Is God gender biased? Does the Bible warn against men’s sexual sins more than women’s?

Does Scripture indicate that MEN are more prone to sexual sin than WOMEN? The sexual sins of both sexes are recounted in the Bible.  Is God pointing the finger at one sex in particular? For those who are stuck in the sinkhole of sexual immorality, I urge you to read to the bottom of this …

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Divorce in Deuteronomy 21 gives dignity and rights to the woman

Men must NOT treat their wives as persons they can disrespect or demean. The law in Deuteronomy 21:10-14 is designed to restrain misogyny. Deuteronomy 21 stipulates that if an Israelite man took a female prisoner of war (POW) as his wife, he must first allow her time to grieve her losses. He could not just …

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Does Scripture differentiate between ‘putting away’ and ‘divorce’?

Some people claim we can cut through the knotty DIVORCE scriptures by simply differentiating words and their meanings. Their argument goes like this: (i) The Hebrew word shalach and the Greek word apoluo should be translated ‘put away’. Both of those words are used for the husband orally dismissing and sending away his wife without …

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The Jewish divorce certificate gave women the right to remarry, but some men used it rule over women

For centuries Jewish religious leaders have insisted that in order for a divorce to be legal, the husband must write a certificate of divorce. The essential words in the certificate were “You are free to marry any man”. Jews call this divorce certificate a ‘get’ – it is a Hebrew word unrelated to our English …

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