Twisted Tuesday – Does the Bible Approve of Rape?

Obviously, dear ones, you already know where I’m going to come down on this question. A resounding, NO. I hate this topic, in all honesty, I can’t even stand writing the word. Hollywood has taken to portraying this heinous act in the filth they release on a daily basis. Without the previous standards, steaming companies can create movies and shows that are far more graphic than anything our culture has ever excepted before. The type of scenes shown, even in particular shows addressed towards teens, contain the graphic nature of what was once unspeakable. Only the most vile of lust filled sinners would secretly watch this type of pornography. Now, you can see it on highly rated television series in crystal clear, high definition. What does the world say when Christians find this behavior disgusting? God approved of rape in the Bible.

The verse being twisted today is Deuteronomy 22:23-29, although they will only quote verses 28 and 29. The reason for that? Well, if you read it in context the actual accusation falls apart. What is said is that here, in Deuteronomy, God forces the raped woman to marry her assaulter. This, rewarding the rapist and punishing the victim. What does this passage actually say? If a man finds a woman and rapes her, he is to die. Rape, in Gods Word, is a crime worthy of capital punishment. Can a dead man marry someone? No, of course not, the verse where a man must marry the woman is referring to a consensual act. In other words, if it’s found out that a woman is not engaged or married, yet willingly sleeps with a man, when it’s found out the man must marry her and can not divorce her. This is to protect the woman, to ensure that any man who would sleep with a woman knew he would be responsible for marrying her.

What about crying out? At this point in history, and for most of the past, the Jewish and Christian culture sought to protect the purity of women. Recognizing that a man could easily over power a woman, it was not common for them to be in town without family members. Someone would hear a woman cry out, showing it was not consensual, and the man would be put to death. Again, this does not approve of rape, or reward the rapist, it soundly shows Gods hatred for this sin. Why? Because women are made in the image of God, and to desecrate a woman in this way is a direct assault against an image barer. Regardless of how obvious this is, you will still come across this argument fairly often.

The reason we see this argument, albeit as weak as it can get, is due to the wicked desire of a lost heart to make God sinful. To feel confident in their own sin, the world seeks to suppress the truth of God’s righteousness by cherry picking verses, ripping them out of their context, and using them to accuse God. The world wants to sit on the judgement seat, they want to put God in trial, they want to be gods themselves. This idolatry should not surprise us, however I hope that this post will help you to better answer when you have this thrown your way. As always, beloved brethren, be good Berean’s and study to show yourselves approved!

Twisted Scripture – Exegesis VS Eisegesis

Last week, beloved, we discussed hermeneutics and it’s roll in protecting us from twisting Gods Word. Today I’d like to talk about exegesis in comparison to eisegesis. These are big, fun words to say, like hermeneutics, but they’re actually very simple concepts to understand and apply.

Exegesis is the careful study of the meaning in each verse based on its context, the grammar used, the original language it was written in, and syntax. For proper exegesis of Gods Word we use the whole counsel of the Bible to form our beliefs. When I became a Christian I had to take everything I had been taught, everything I believed and set it aside, pick up the Bible and let God instruct me. How I felt, my experiences, and my previous training were not allowed to overshadow or muddy the scripture. Still today, when I hear something I don’t understand, or haven’t heard before, I take it to Gods Word. Not to bend Gods Word to what I’ve heard, but to be sure it agrees with Gods Word. If it doesn’t, it goes out the window.

Eisegesis, on the other hand, is reading into the text what you think it says. In this way, you come to the Bible with your own belief and seek to prove that belief with scripture. This is where most of the misuse of scripture begins. There are two ways we see Eisegesis, firstly when a Biblical truth is wrongly applied to a verse like Jeremiah 28:11. God does have a wonderful plan for all our lives, although what God deems as wonderful might not be what we had in mind, like Peter who was crucified upside down, or John the Baptist who lost his head. Either way, this verse in its context has nothing to do with you or me, it’s specifically directed to ancient Israel. The second way we see this is erroneous views applied wrongly to verses, making it twice as incorrect. We see this with Proverbs 23:7, where the Charismatic Movement wrongly applies the unbiblical belief that our words have power to a verse used out of context. Eisegesis is usually masked with emotionalism making it popular in a feelings oriented world where truth is relative.

With proper hermeneutics and exegesis you can avoid errant, heretical, or blasphemous views on the Bible. God has blessed us with His holy, inspired, inerrant Word, we have to treat that Word with great care. None of us enjoy being taken out of context, or misquoted in any way. How much more so should we take care not to do this to God, our Creator, or Savior, Lord of Lord and King of Kings? So as always, beloved brethren, be good Berean’s and study to show yourselves approved.

Twisted Tuesday – Defense Against Twisting Scripture

Beloved every Tuesday we talk about a verse in the Bible that’s been twisted, taken out of context, or misused in one way or another. How do we determine what the context is of a verse? Why can’t we all just interpret like the pragmatists do, like the liberal theologians suggest, reading out of the Bible whatever we want? The greatest defense against twisting scripture is good hermeneutics.

Hermeneutics is how we interpret the Bible, and it is sadly missing from many churches. I would love to see churches gathering together any day of the week to study how to interpret the Bible accurately. Until that day comes, here is a 15 part lecture series by Dr. Rosscup at The Masters Seminary covering hermeneutics.

There are few things as important as this, God has spoken and millions are using His Words to justify their own belief rather than bending their belief to Gods Word. We need to continue to learn and grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. So, as I encourage you all daily, be good Berean’s and study to show yourselves approved.