…and if he rescued Lot, a righteous man, who was distressed by the depraved conduct of the lawless (for that righteous man, living among them day after day, was tormented in his righteous soul by the lawless deeds he saw and heard)— if this is so, then the Lord knows how to rescue the godly from trials and to hold the unrighteous for punishment on the day of judgment. 2Peter 2:7-9
When Christians answer the question “Why is Lot considered righteous?” they miss, well, the actual question. I suppose if a Christian is asking the question, telling them that it has to do with Lot being covered by grace, it sounds good. Always sounded good to me. Of course, I was still too afraid to dig any deeper than the pat answer back then.
The actual question is rather lengthy, and maybe that’s why I don’t find many conservative Christians dealing with it. Liberals can because they do not believe that the Bible is the supposed inerrant word of God so they can write this off as myth, but that belief also enables them to answer at least part of the question.
The question is:
“Why does God condemn Lot’s wife for looking back at the city while it burned, immediately turning her to a pillar of salt, while he saves Lot and his daughters. Lot has already offered his daughters to the men of the city to be raped, and then he goes on to get so drunk that he screws his own daughters and impregnates them. And how is this (along with all the other evils said about and done to women in this supposedly inspired book) used today to continue to degrade and devalue women?”
The Bible is, whether we like it or not, filled with this sort of thing. Women degraded, raped, stoned, etc, with no indication from god that he’s got a problem with any of it. In fact, he actually is the one instigating it, either by his law or by his apparent hand. A woman is raped, it is said to be “God’s will.” A woman is abused, it is said to be “God’s will.” When she has the gall to ask “why?” she is told that it was done so that “God” himself will be glorified. Don’t tell me she’s not, I was the one saying that myself at the teaching of my pastors and elders for 25 years.
Liberals like to say that Jesus attempted to elevate women. It was awfully subtle, compared to his “father’s” commands to oppress them. And after Jesus died, his followers all but immediately abandoned the supposed notion that women could be equal to men.
There is a meme that makes its way around Facebook on Atheist and agnostic pages, it asks “Has your religion apologized to women?”
Has yours? And, if it hasn’t, why, if you are a woman, are you following it? It’s a serious question you need to ask yourself. I had to ask. I had to work through the very fact that the language of all religion is abusive, particularly to women and children. We women and our children are viewed as less than men, even in the Bible.
It is said that the road to Atheism is littered with Bibles read cover to cover. Just in case you wonder, I have found this to be true. Reading the Bible, studying history and looking into the history of the supposed canonical books, trying to find the answers to the question of why the church has more interest in helping abusers/rapists/murderers/child molesters than it has in their victims has led me to this conclusion.
Religion is made by man, for man. It elevates men and their desires, hence the fact that “god” told Israel that men could rape women, but then they have to marry them. So you get raped, then you are forced to be raped the rest of your life.
And it’s not just Christianity. All major religions once you dig deeper than what the pundits say in the “pulpits” are basically the same. Men doing to women and children whatever the hell they want and pointing to their religious texts as proof that it’s OK.