Sex And The Bible: A Scan

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 The Bible is the holy book of the Christians. One cannot contest that, but many people feel it is the word of God. Perhaps it may or may not be as the Bible which has come down the ages has a lot of anachronism as far as sex is concerned.  A brief study will show that many of the statements in the Bible are to  say the least bizarre. Most probably it is an interpolation by men later on to suit the political and social environment of that period. A brief study of the contents of the Bible and its proselytizing on sex can be examined

 DEUTERONOMY 22:13-21.  This concerns virginity which is prized highly in Christianity. It says that in case on her bridal night a girl is not a virgin then she is to be executed by stoning to death. This has to be done immediately. Hence a girl who is not a virgin on her bridal bed is to be stoned to death.

.DEUTERONOMY 22:22 .  This concerns adultery which has always been frowned upon by the church. It says that in case a married person has sex with someone else’s husband or wife,   then both the adulterers are to be stoned to death.

MARK 10:1-12. This concerns divorce which is anathema to Christians. In both Testaments, divorce is strictly forbidden and remarriage of any divorced person is strictly forbidden.

LEVITICUS 18:19.  The bible touches on sexual intercourse in this part. It expressly forbids sex  between a married couple  during a women’s periods. It goes on to say that in case this happens i.e. sexual intercourse during a woman’s period, then both the culprits will be executed.

MARK 12:18-27. This concerns children. It states that in case a man dies childless, his widow is ordered to have intercourse with each of his brothers in turn until she bears her deceased husband a male heir. This flows from the fact that in Christianity the basic purpose of marriage is to have children

DEUTERONOMY 25:11-12I. This states a bizarre canon. It sys that in case a  man gets into a fight with another man and his wife seeks to rescue her husband by grabbing the enemy’s genitals, her hand shall be cut off immediately. Also such a woman will be shown no pity. Thus in a fight between two men a wife is forbidden to intervene in any manner.

LEVITICUS 20:13.  This concerns Homosexuality and based on what it says here many fundamentalists are calling for a ban on homosexuality and some even advocate death. The Bible states that a man who lies with mankind (indulging in homosexuality) is to be put to death.

One can read these parts of the Bible and feel a little amused.  It is good that most of these weird pronouncements are not included in modern laws of Christian nations. But it also shows that obscurantism is not the prerogative of eastern religions only.

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