Isn’t Christianity anti-women? Don’t the “marry your rapist” laws and “submission codes” of the Bible denigrate women and prop up an irredeemable patriarchal system?
Pastor Tim LeCroy attempts an answer to this important question.
Jesus’s valuing of women is unmistakable. In a culture in which women were devalued and often exploited, it underscores their equal status before God and his desire for personal relationship with them.
-Rebecca McLaughlin, Confronting Christianity
Academic Article on the “marry your rapist” law
Biblical Scholar Dr. Sandra L. Richter makes a convincing case that the so called “marry your rapist law” of Deuteronomy 22 is not that at all. This entire article is important, but especially the comparison to surrounding cultures and her stirring conclusion. Click here.
Sermon texts: Deuteronomy 22:22-29
“If a man is found lying with the wife of another man, both of them shall die, the man who lay with the woman, and the woman. So you shall purge the evil from Israel. 23 “If there is a betrothed virgin, and a man meets her in the city and lies with her, 24 then you shall bring them both out to the gate of that city, and you shall stone them to death with stones, the young woman because she did not cry for help though she was in the city, and the man because he violated his neighbor’s wife. So you shall purge the evil from your midst. 25 “But if in the open country a man meets a young woman who is betrothed, and the man seizes her and lies with her, then only the man who lay with her shall die. 26 But you shall do nothing to the young woman; she has committed no offense punishable by death. For this case is like that of a man attacking and murdering his neighbor, 27 because he met her in the open country, and though the betrothed young woman cried for help there was no one to rescue her. 28 “If a man meets a virgin who is not betrothed, and seizes her and lies with her, and they are found, 29 then the man who lay with her shall give to the father of the young woman fifty shekels of silver, and she shall be his wife, because he has violated her. He may not divorce her all his days.
Now after the Sabbath, toward the dawn of the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to see the tomb. 2 And behold, there was a great earthquake, for an angel of the Lord descended from heaven and came and rolled back the stone and sat on it. 3 His appearance was like lightning, and his clothing white as snow. 4 And for fear of him the guards trembled and became like dead men. 5 But the angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you seek Jesus who was crucified. 6 He is not here, for he has risen, as he said. Come, see the place where he lay. 7 Then go quickly and tell his disciples that he has risen from the dead, and behold, he is going before you to Galilee; there you will see him. See, I have told you.” 8 So they departed quickly from the tomb with fear and great joy, and ran to tell his disciples. 9 And behold, Jesus met them and said, “Greetings!” And they came up and took hold of his feet and worshiped him. 10 Then Jesus said to them, “Do not be afraid; go and tell my brothers to go to Galilee, and there they will see me.”
This is part nine of a new sermon series at New Life Presbyterian Church called, Hard Questions, Real Answers. Here is the schedule of our sermon series with the topics we will cover:
|How can we say that Christianity is the one true religion?
|How can we say that the Bible is the only true religious text?
|How can we take the Bible literally?
|How can a loving God allow suffering?
|Doesn’t science disprove religion?
|Doesn’t Christianity allow slavery?
|How can you believe in hell?
|How can I be in the Church when it has hurt me and so many others?
|Isn’t Christianity anti-women?
|Isn’t Christianity homophobic?
|How can we adhere to a religion with so many problems?
“Isn’t Christianity Anti-Women?” a sermon preached by Rev. Dr. Timothy R. LeCroy on Sunday, November 5, 2023 at New Life Presbyterian Church, 950 Danby Rd., Ithaca, NY. Join us for worship every Sunday at 10:00AM. Visit us at our website at www.newlifeithaca.org.
The intro and outro music is from “We Will Feast in the House of Zion” provided by Sandra McCracken and with her permission. Please visit her website at www.sandramccracken.com.