Why do Christians get angry when I bring up verses in the Bible that condone slavery, rape, torture?

I'm not cherry picking if people who are reading this accuse me of it. You're cherry picking for ignoring those verses, passages; and there are quite a few.

If you give me an answer like "The Bible is a metaphor" then you basically give up your right to impose "the facts" of the Bible onto others since you just admitted the Bible is a metaphor and it can be interpreted anyway.


As you approach a town to attack it, first offer its people terms for peace. If they accept your terms and open the gates to you, then all the people inside will serve you in forced labor. But if they refuse to make peace and prepare to fight, you must attack the town. When the LORD your God hands it over to you, kill every man in the town. But you may keep for yourselves all the women, children, livestock, and other plunder. You may enjoy the spoils of your enemies that the LORD your God has given you.

Deuteronomy 20:10-14

A priest's daughter who loses her honor by committing fornication and thereby dishonors her father also, shall be burned to death.

Leviticus 21:9 NAB

Christians who are slaves should give their masters full respect so that the name of God and his teaching will not be shamed. If your master is a Christian, that is no excuse for being disrespectful. You should work all the harder because you are helping another believer by your efforts. Teach these t

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  • Anonymous
    8 years ago
    Best Answer

    My Magic Book says the words that I say it says.=Full-Stop!

    They get angry because we live in a modern world where we have now got medicine to fix illness that would have spread between the population back then, kind of like the "black Plague" in a way.

    They sent people with diseases into caves to die and just prayed for them.

    People get angry because modern man can interpret the Bible and some people wish the Bible to remain a mystery that ONLY God can interpret.

    "IF" we say, it was "Gods Will" then the feelings of responsibility are lifted from our own consciousness and we "free" our own guilty feelings and our own personal shame.

    "IF" we say the words "Only God knows" this allows us to pass the opportunity of thinking in our own minds, over to a wiser and more thoughtful being and releases us from any reply or explanation of what in fact, we really do believe in our own mind.

    "IF" we say "As Human beings" we are owned and controlled and/or guests and/or visitors and/or children of the "Lord God Almighty", then we get to claim that we have "nothing to answer for" to other human lives and "It is out of our hands" so nobody can blame us.

    "IF" we say "God is going to get you" this implies that we as human beings believe in our own hearts and minds and souls that "We wish punishment on another person but don't wish to act ourselves" to prevent crime and/or rape and/or any single thing that we see as "Sin" therefore "We" as the human beings do not need to worry nor think nor take any action at all against anybody that we witness doing crimes.

    They will defend the book to the end because a scapegoat is "activated" by the act of presenting a blueprint or a how to do manual or a "let us find the truth here" approach to any given problem that may arise in life and it diverts the finger pointing away from our eyes and casts our eyes and minds into a state of thought where we can escape the pain and/or create a new train of thought from the original problem at hand.

    Some and not all, but some people honestly believe that "IF" another human being holds onto the Bible and is in a position of authority in a religious order, then they do not break the laws of the land and that anybody who speaks up and says the words "That Preacher raped me" is a liar because a "Man of God never sins" and they certainly will not entertain even the thought that their preacher has been sinning in the back room of the Holy church building because it is "their" church and they want to go there on Sunday ... so it is a greed and a need ...


    Did you know that they are "Happier" to expel or throw out or "get rid of the victim" these days and pretend it never was never even spoken of, instead of making the human being responsible for the crime "Do the Time" because as the flock or congregation they will miss out or need to find another preacher.

    It is a well known "Fact" that the women will stand up and beside the men who rape children and say "No they didn't" even as they "know" in their "hearts" that it did happen because they do not want to "change"

    their own life and/or loose their friends and/or give up going to church and/or admit that the person they trusted is a criminal and needs to face the courts of law. At the very most, the preacher may be moved to another church or expelled from being a preacher but never made to answer in reality because "Sin" is a moral code and the religions of the world think and act "Above" the laws of the land.

    This is why they are trying to change the laws of the land to suit the religions, after we just spent centuries creating laws that protect us from religions.

    Personally I do not believe any human will lie and make a fool of themselves about crimes done unto them but the religions do think the victims are liars.

    That's why they get angry.

  • Anonymous
    8 years ago

    You have it wrong. The bible does not condone these things. They happened, yes, but they are NOT condoned. Just because it's mentioned doesn't mean God said it was right. There were a lot of things people did that went against God's plan and there were consequences too. But you have to know the full story not just bits and pieces. I think you should read it again more carefully.

    Okay, here's to sum it up. As in the Deuteronomy verse you quoted, look into why that was done.

    The people were enemies and worshipped false gods, women and children were forced to commit acts as part of these rituals, so God spared them but the rest had to be destroyed. Slavery was not was you think as they were more like hired hands and well taken care of. Punishments were severe but that's why we have a Savior in the New Testament. There is room for forgiveness and restoration. Before that it was difficult to obtain.

    Because God means nothing to you, you don't understand His laws in the old testament. Those things were no longer practiced after the New Covenant when Jesus died on the cross.

    Source(s): The Bible.
  • 8 years ago

    There aren't verses that condone slavery, rape, or tortue. You're reading the verses wrong.

    PM me the verses and I can explain.

    Slavery is indeed in the Bible but it is not the same idea that people think about these days. In the Bible, slaves were more like servants. They had rights and freedoms given to them mainly because the Hebrew nation were in slavery in Egypt.

    "If you buy a Hebrew slave, he may serve for no more than six years. Set him free in the seventh year, and he will owe you nothing for his freedom. (Exodus 21:2)

    This is unlike the idea in most societies which believe a slave is a slave for life.

    Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy. 9 Six days you shall labor and do all your work, 10 but the seventh day is a sabbath to the LORD your God. On it you shall not do any work, neither you, nor your son or daughter, nor your male or female servant, nor your animals, nor any foreigner residing in your towns. (Exodus 20:8-10)

    It was unthinkable in Egypt to give any slave a day of freedom.

    Someone gave this verse

    "If a man beats his male or female slave with a stick, and the slave dies on the spot, the owner must be punished.21 But if the slave gets well after a day or two, the owner will not be punished since the slave belongs to him. (Exodus 21:20-21)

    But if look further down at this verse, If a man hits his male or female slave in the eye, and the eye is blinded, the man is to free the slave to pay for the eye.27 If a master knocks out a tooth of his male or female slave, the man is to free the slave to pay for the tooth. (Exodus 21:26-27)

    Here the slave is completely set free in the case of serious injury. This does not happen for many slaves throughout the world today.

    So the Bible does not condone slavery in the sense that we see slavery portrayed in movies and in history books.

    More on rape and torture tomorrow.

  • 8 years ago

    Probably because you are understanding the passages as it relates to Biblical canon or the authorial intent of the passages to derive their true meaning

    .I get busted up when difficult Scripture passages are tossed around without people looking at the purpose or occasion for the writing, the audience, the cultural and historic backgrounds, linguistic issues such as syntax, word usage and contextual boundaries, type of literary genre and the attitude and personality of the authors who wrote the Bible over many centuries.

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  • Troo Chris-Chuns don't read the thing, the just wave it spastically and demand it be taught in schools.

    Reading is HARD, go easy on 'em huh!

    Psalm 137:9

    Happy shall he be, that taketh and dasheth thy little ones against the stones.

    What's the context Christians?

    Deuteronomy 25:11-12

    When men strive together one with another, and the wife of the one draweth near for to deliver her husband out of the hand of him that smiteth him, and putteth forth her hand, and taketh him by the secrets: Then thou shalt cut off her hand, thine eye shall not pity her.

    What's the context Christians?

    Luke: 14:26

    If any man come to me, and hate not his father, and mother, and wife, and children, and brethren, and sisters, yea, and his own life also, he cannot be my disciple.

    What's the context Christians?

    (on interracial marriage)Deuteronomy 7:3

    You must not intermarry with them, or take a daughter of theirs for a son of yours, for the wrath of Yahweh would blaze out against you and Yahweh would instantly destroy you.

    Luke 12:51

    Do you think I have come to bring peace on earth? No, I tell you, but hostility!

    What's the context Christians?

    Zechariah 14:1-2

    Lo, a day shall come for the Lord when the spoils shall be divided in your midst. And I will gather all the nations against Jerusalem for battle: the city shall be taken, houses plundered, women ravished; half of the city shall go into exile, but the rest of the people shall not be removed from the city.

    That verse said to steal, rape and send the survivors into exile, come on Christians what's the context?

  • You just gotta look at it logically.

    The Bible is "metaphor" or "allegory," or "old covenant" when it directs stuff that is popularly accepted now, and the "living word of God" when it tells you to do stuff that its followers find yucky.

    EDIT: James and Edward, have a go at these:

    "Thy bond-men and thy bond-maids which thou shalt have, shall be of the heathen that are round about you: of them shall ye buy bond-men and bond-maids. Moreover, of the children of the strangers that do sojourn among you, of them shall ye buy, and of their families that are with you, which they begat in your land. And they shall be your possession. And ye shall take them as an inheritance for your children after you, to inherit them for a possession, they shall be your bond-man forever."

    —Leviticus 25:44-46

    "When a man strikes his slave, male or female, with a rod and the slave dies under his hand, he shall be punished. But if the slave survives a day or two, he is not to be punished; for the slave is his money."

    —Exodus 21:20-21 (RSV)

    "The lord of that servant will come in a day when he looketh not for him, and at an hour when he is not aware, and will cut him in sunder, and will appoint him his portion with the unbelievers. And that servant, which knew his lord's will, and prepared not himself, neither did according to his will, shall be beaten with many stripes."

    —Luke 12:46-47

    "Let as many servants as are under the yoke count their masters worthy of all honor, that the name of God and his doctrine be not blasphemed. And they that have believing masters, let them not despise them, because they are brethren; but rather do them service, because they are faithful and beloved, partakers of the benefit."

    —1 Timothy 6:1-2

    (...implicitly condoning the practice)

    Source(s): You can't be the gay, but don't kill any back-talking kids any more. You can marry one woman, but not many. You can divorce her, but you can't. It all makes sense if you just read the (revised and translated multiple times) true Word of God.
  • 8 years ago

    Because you take them out of context to form childish arguments against Christianity.

  • 8 years ago

    Because they're ashamed to admit such horrible things are actually condoned in their holy text, so they'd rather ignore them.

  • 8 years ago

    Christians can think for themselves when it comes to the morality of the Bible. Their religious dogma forbids them to question God. They are exactly the same as Muslims in regards to their violent parts of their faith.

    Both of these peoples are too afraid of the mere thought of missing out on an after life promise, that they won't criticize their own faiths.

  • Anonymous
    8 years ago

    The main message of the bible is to love others as you love yourself. Clearly this contradicts any "verses condoning slavery, rape and torture". Do your reading!

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