A Letter Not Really About Porn Part 9

Conclusion

Based on your letter, and the concerns you expressed about pornography’s effects on women, I believe you have little choice but to either reject the bible or change your views about women to more biblically acceptable views, I’ve made a short starting list for you.

  • Taking women as sex slaves from conquered enemies is actively encouraged: Judges 21:10-24, Numbers 31:7-18, Deuteronomy 20:10-14
  • Selling your daughter into slavery is permissible: Exodus 21:7
  • Even “free” women are property: Genesis 29-30, Exodus 21:7, Deuteronomy 22:28-29
  • A woman’s worth is tied to their virginity or her ability to produce children: Genesis 29:32, Deuteronomy 22, 1 Timothy 2:15
  • Women are inherently unclean: Leviticus 12:1-8
  • Rape is always a transgression against the man the woman belongs too, never the woman herself: Deuteronomy 22, 2 Samuel 12:11
  • It is permissible to offer your daughters to be raped by an angry mob to save a man from the same fate: Genesis 19:7, Judges 19:25-29
  • Women are always inferior to men: Genesis 2, 1 Timothy 2:12-15
  • Women are not to presume to teach men: 1 Timothy 2:12
  • Women are not to be in positions of authority over men: 1 Timothy 2:12
  • Women are to be silent: 1 Timothy 2:12

It is my humble opinion that it is not your views on women that need to be changed. But rather your acceptance of a book that teaches you otherwise.

I can already hear the protests that most of my examples are from the Old Testament and Jesus isn’t like that. In fact you actively desire your children to look towards Christ and to act more like him. The unfortunate reality is the bible clearly teaches in First John 1 that the Word [Jesus] was with God in the beginning and the Word was God, and nothing was made without the Word.

So we know thanks to First John that whatever God did in the Old Testament, Jesus also did, as they are in perfect accord.

Desiring your sons to look to Jesus is desiring your sons to become like someone who exploits and devalues women in all the same ways you find abhorrent about the porn industry. To deny this is to deny the Trinity and the divinity of Jesus.

You use the analogy that pornography is like tea, and the longer you steep yourself in it, the bitterer it becomes. I think the Bible is like that. Many Christians are enamored with the honey taste of the New Testament. It feels good to meditate on the sweet promise of heaven and loving your neighbor. But the honey doesn’t remove the bitterness, it only covers it up. The longer you steep yourself in the Bible the more apparent the bitterness becomes.

So the only question is, are you going to spit it out, or continue to pretend like you don’t taste the bitterness?

 

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