Because religions are written and interpreted by men. Religion is regularly made a tool of power: to justify power, to define power, to give powers, and to bind the enthralled to he who wields power with Divine ordinance etc.
Sex is a primary urge in the male human, and often individual women prefer to pick their partners (or to grow to adulthood before doing it), and this can be troublesome to a desirous man with power. So, religion is made to serve his desire easily enough.
The only reason I qualified that statement is because, in theory, and in practice occasionally, albeit not for long, some religions are at least initially devised to create social order and give a common framework to a society, providing some important answers, a series of rituals to mark time and tradition, and to bind people as part of a larger community including rules that are underpinned by supernatural consequences. It's the priests or shaman that corrupt it, or not. At least that's what I've seen/read, etc., and come to understand.
I think that was primitive religion rather than the organised religions since writing became the in-thing.
When the Roman government official Paul re-wrote the christian religion to make it a trading religion he did it as a means of getting trade across borders etc - basically to do what diplomacy does today - nothing to do with religion at all at base. He was just copying the idea from the eastern trade routes like the silk road where Buddhism provided all the safe stops along the way
Prior to his conversion to the Christian faith, Paul (Saul) was a "rising star" in the Jewish religious establishment, carrying letters of introduction and recommendation to allow him to rout out the Christians in certain areas. After his conversion, he was a missionary who practiced tentmaking as a trade to support himself.
You are probably thinking of either Zacchaeus or Matthew (one of the twelve disciples), both of whom actually were tax-collectors. But even so, they were not Roman government officials by any stretch of the imagination. Throughout the Roman Empire, tax-collecting was like purchasing a franchise, not like being employed by anyone. Tax-collectors were independent businessmen who purchased from the Roman government the right to collect taxes, and they had to turn over a fixed amount of their take to the Roman government.
Or... If you take the stance that the bible is God's word, you'd have to find a moral justification for the rape allowance.
So I've done just that.
Perhaps women just don't like being loved for being intimacy objects. They would rather her intelligence or charitable deeds be respected, rather than meeting a biological need for respect. But if she can't do something as honest as that, how do her other acts prove she is respectable? Maybe the issue is that she doesn't like to have to do SOMETHING FOR THE MALE to get respect. Maybe THAT'S why God allowed men to rape such women, to "humble" her.
No, horny men with power wrote verses to justify rape (polygamy) and whatever else, corrupting the purpose of religion so they could get a piece without having to answer to angry family and neighbors. "Look, God said I could," as they point to the passage in the latest edition of the book.
If you read the Old Testament, you'll find lots of situations where horrible acts are advocated - genocide, rape, child sacrifice...
Remember Jesus came along and said God was all about love, not hate. I can never understand why, bearing in mind Jesus' teachings, fundamentalist Christians persist in swallowing the Old Testament whole instead of re-interpreting it with his philosophy in mind.
How is this even close to what the OP is talking about? This verse says that if a dude sleeps with a girl who is not married, then he better try to make it right by asking her father for marriage, and if the dad refuses he must pay.
How else was he supposed to get his word put out? If it had to be through men, common sense says he can 'make sure' it is properly penned and translated and preserved, despite man's fallibility. Yes, if God didn't have anything to say or didn't want what he said to be CLEAR, he would've just left it up to man to figure it out from loose translations, rather than God making sure a perfect translation was made and the meaning literal, leaving no room for other interpretations: symbolic and metaphorical. And he'd make sure his Spirit beared witness to that book so people would know what translation to trust.
I agree, the only way to interpert the bible is through the witness of the Holy Spirit, this is why he made it that way, so people couldn't rely souly on logic and common sense. There has to be faith in the translation process. a few verses such as; "God has chosen the weak things of the world to confound the wise," or, "Surely your turning of things upside down will be estemed as the potters clay," or lean not unto thy own understanding but trust in the Lord with all your heart..." these illustrate the fact that true understanding of the scriptures comes by revelation through fasting and prayer, and not nessicarily a theological degree.
Onusonus: Why is it that you only study fictional works? It is obvious to a student of "life" that you lack a well rounded education. To one who has been a scholar in the field of religious history, I find what you have to offer is religiously trite and extremely bigoted. You have nothing of import to offer....just an opinion. Why bother?
Oh, and congratulations on being so smart, and superior to me. I feel so inadiquate being in your presence. It's almost as if I should be denied my God given right to freedom of speech when clearly you know it all.
Naw, I respect that right. You go right ahead and play with the "truths" you find in fiction. We who have done our homework can seperate the "wheat from the chaff." You provide an occassional good chuckle. :-)
I don't have to "Play with the truth" when it has already been given to me from the source of all truths. You see there are few, if any, people who understand any part of the philosophies formulated by me which, right or wrong, answer, to my great disappointment, the reason for our existence.
Hahaha...you plagerize comments from my profile? No quotation marks used? you are a thief!...but a funny thief...lol You have now been entered on my list of those who are not worthy of responses. lmao!
All because you don't like to have to DO something to earn MAN'S respect: put out. It's all about respect allright, as you women say. The problem is, I've figured it out more in detail what you mean by respect: that you don't want to have to earn HIS.
You know that's what you're doing, making men suffer. That's why you got to surround yourself with girlfriends and therapists who can assure you you're doing nothing wrong. The therapist will then tell you that your man's biological urges are an insecurity HE needs to fix. God slaps you and him in the face with a clever wink from omniscience: the-rapist (therapist) Rape was ordered long ago for people like you.
Be a man, for yourself. Chicks like that and will want to do dirty things to you. It has NOTHING to do with anyone "having to DO something" to earn someone's respect.
The only "suffering" a real man, a confident, kind, compassionate man has to endure, is that of sore muscles and some fingernail damage in rows along his back.
Chicks offer it up if you are worthy of respect for who you ARE, not who you are proving yourself to be for them or whatever twisted thing you have in your head as how it is supposed to work. If women aren't trying to get with you, you need to figure out what's wrong with yourself, not what's wrong with them.
I believe all sex is rape to a woman. She just likes to 'allow' the rape. I think this is the hidden mystery of women, revealed. This is why women have an 'emotional' need for 'respect' before sex... at least that's the actual reason she has that need, anyway.
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