Bias Based on Gender

To make the statement that the god of the Bible is a just and righteous god, it must be shown that he is not biased, but perfect in all his judgments. This is the premise by which I can disprove the “Just” nature of the Biblegod. To disprove a theory one needs only to find a single observation that disagrees with the predictions of the theory, and in this case I have found many more than one.

I have shown how the god described within the pages of the Bible is not only unjust, but also biased. If my argument is valid then the Biblegod cannot be a true creator god because he is not perfect in all his ways. My proof begins with the biblical description of the equality of the male and female who were created by its god. Not only are the male and female created equally in the image of God, but they are also created equally in the manner of flesh and bone.

Gen.1:27 So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.

Gen.2:23 And Adam said, This is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh: she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man.

If male and female are created spiritually, and fleshly equal, then any judgment they receive should be based on individual merit and not gender. Yet, over and over again throughout the pages of the Bible it is noted that judgments are meted out based solely on gender. I would like to present a specific case from the book of Leviticus. In reading through the listed verses it immediately becomes apparent that the sole fact of gender is what determines the length of time for uncleanness and purification after childbirth, and this was a specific command from God. The passage in Leviticus deals with childbirth and how many days a woman is unclean after giving birth to a male child, and a female child. When a male child is born the woman is considered unclean for 7 days, and then another 33 days for purification is required, BUT when a woman bears a female child she is unclean for double the time (14 days), then another doubled time (66 days) is added for purification on top of the first. And all because one baby is a male and one is a female, now if that is not bias based solely on gender I don’t know what is!

Lev.12:1-5 And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying, Speak unto the children of Israel, saying, If a woman have conceived seed, and born a man child: then she shall be unclean seven days (7 days); according to the days of the separation for her infirmity shall she be unclean. And in the eighth day the flesh of his foreskin shall be circumcised. And she shall then continue in the blood of her purifying three and thirty days (33 days); she shall touch no hallowed thing, nor come into the sanctuary, until the days of her purifying be fulfilled. But if she bear a maid child, then she shall be unclean two weeks (14 days), as in her separation: and she shall continue in the blood of her purifying threescore and six days (66 days).

Everyone knows that there is absolutely NO difference in giving birth to a male child verses giving birth to a female child. If because of religious traditions a woman is in need of purification after giving birth to a child, the same exact method would be applicable regardless of the gender of her baby. In the Levitical verses not only is the mother unclean twice as long after giving birth to a female child, but also must undergo a purification period that is twice as long. This is clearly a case of bias based solely on gender. In the New Testament gospel of Luke, Mary the mother of Jesus had to go through her purification according to the Law and because Jesus was a male her time would have been a total of forty days instead of eighty if she had a daughter. Also, because Jesus was a male and Mary’s firstborn he would have been automatically considered holy under the law of the Lord.

Luke 2:22-23 And when the days of her purification according to the law of Moses were accomplished, they brought him to Jerusalem, to present him to the Lord; (As it is written in the law of the Lord, Every male that openeth the womb shall be called holy to the Lord;)

Num.3:13 Because all the firstborn are mine; for on the day that I smote all the firstborn in the land of Egypt I hallowed (holy) unto me all the firstborn (males) in Israel, both man and beast: mine shall they be: I am the LORD.

Without the need to list any more verses (of which there are many) our requirement has been met in finding a single observation that disagrees with the theory of the “Unbiased Nature of God”, thus showing that the God of the Bible is unjust, and therefore not perfect. This directly leads to my conclusion that the god described in the Bible is made up from the minds of men who are indeed biased.

  1. The Biblegod is said to be just and perfect.
  2. The Biblegod is biased.
  3. Therefore the Biblegod is not perfect.

An important question that must be asked is,  if both male and female Homo sapiens are human, how can gender determine human rights? Yet, this is what one sees over and over again in the Bible, where gender determines a person’s human rights.

One of the most common forms of bias found throughout the Bible is that of the importance of virginity applying only to the female. The verses below lay out the procedure that is followed if a man takes a wife who is not a virgin … she is to be stoned to death on the doorsteps of her fathers house. This act of stoning a woman to death because she is not a virgin does not apply to men, which is in and of itself an extreme form of bias. For every woman that loses her virginity there is a man who has lost his, but in patriarchal religions a man’s virginity is of no consequence.

Deut.22:13-21 If any man take a wife, and go in unto her, and hate her, And give occasions of speech against her, and bring up an evil name upon her, and say, I took this woman, and when I came to her, I found her not a maid: Then shall the father of the damsel, and her mother, take and bring forth the tokens of the damsel’s virginity unto the elders of the city in the gate: And the damsel’s father shall say unto the elders, I gave my daughter unto this man to wife, and he hateth her; And, lo, he hath given occasions of speech against her, saying, I found not thy daughter a maid; and yet these are the tokens of my daughter’s virginity. And they shall spread the cloth before the elders of the city. And the elders of that city shall take that man and chastise him; And they shall amerce him in an hundred shekels of silver, and give them unto the father of the damsel, because he hath brought up an evil name upon a virgin of Israel: and she shall be his wife; he may not put her away all his days. But if this thing be true, and the tokens of virginity be not found for the damsel: Then they shall bring out the damsel to the door of her father’s house, and the men of her city shall stone her with stones that she die: because she hath wrought folly in Israel, to play the whore in her father’s house: so shalt thou put evil away from among you.

Jealousy

Continuing on with the theme of Male Bias in the Bible, I’ll now turn to the book of Numbers. Scripture states that the Lord told Moses that if a man becomes jealous, because he thinks his wife might be having an adulterous affair, but has no evidence or witnesses to support his suspicions “only that the spirit of jealousy has come upon him”.  The man is then instructed to take his wife to the priest who goes through an elaborate ritual of scraping dirt off the floor of the Tabernacle in front of the altar, and mixing it with “holy water” forcing the woman to drink it. If the woman becomes ill she is assumed guilty and cursed, whereas if she does not become ill she is free.

Let me first point out there is NO equivalent law pertaining to a woman if she becomes jealous and thinks her husband is having an adulterous affair. Why? The answer to that should be more than clear by now…because a woman is considered a man’s property.

Num. 5:11-19 And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying, Speak unto the children of Israel, and say unto them, If any man’s wife go aside, and commit a trespass against him, And a man lie with her carnally, and it be hid from the eyes of her husband, and be kept close, and she be defiled, and there be no witness against her, neither she be taken with the manner; And the spirit of jealousy come upon him, and he be jealous of his wife, and she be defiled: or if the spirit of jealousy come upon him, and he be jealous of his wife, and she be not defiled: Then shall the man bring his wife unto the priest, and he shall bring her offering for her, the tenth part of an ephah of barley meal; he shall pour no oil upon it, nor put frankincense thereon; for it is an offering of jealousy, an offering of memorial, bringing iniquity to remembrance. And the priest shall bring her near, and set her before the LORD: And the priest shall take holy water in an earthen vessel; and of the dust that is in the floor of the tabernacle the priest shall take, and put it into the water: And the priest shall set the woman before the LORD, and uncover the woman’s head, and put the offering of memorial in her hands, which is the jealousy offering: and the priest shall have in his hand the bitter water that causeth the curse: And the priest shall charge her by an oath, and say unto the woman, If no man have lain with thee, and if thou hast not gone aside to uncleanness with another instead of thy husband, be thou free from this bitter water that causeth the curse: …..27) And when he hath made her to drink the water, then it shall come to pass, that, if she be defiled, and have done trespass against her husband, that the water that causeth the curse shall enter into her, and become bitter, and her belly shall swell, and her thigh shall rot: and the woman shall be a curse among her people.

Secondly, for one moment try and imagine dirt that is scraped off a blood soaked floor that is used daily for killing sacrificial animals. There were probably enough germs in that filthy soil to kill a herd of elephants! Why would a god who created the universe ever come up with such a barbaric ritual to expose infidelity, and only applying to the male? Especially when it hinges solely on a man’s jealousy and doesn’t even apply to a male’s infidelity and besides that men could have as many women as they wanted. It’s very telling to see how big a role jealousy and revenge play in the male mindset and then to see that perfectly reflected in the two greatest attributes of god, which are jealousy and revenge.

If for no other reason these abominations should wake us up to some of the horrendously unjust, biased laws contained in the Bible, and cause us to be more discerning and careful when we speak as if every word of Scripture is coming from God…even when the Bible says “the Lord spoke”. It’s time to take off the blinders and face reality; otherwise our progress to search out truth will be blocked.

Unequal Punishment

 Here is another prime example of sexism in the Bible where we see the severity of punishment being determined by gender instead of by the offense that was committed. In Exodus a case is described where in the process of men fighting a pregnant wife of one of the men happens to get hurt so as to lose her child, the man is punished with a monetary fine. Compare that with Deuteronomy where we read that when two men are fighting and a woman grabs one of the men by his testicles, her punishment is to have her hand cut off. Comparing the two examples, “a woman getting hurt and losing her baby, versus a woman grabbing a man’s testicles,” the punishments seem to vary radically depending on gender, making a clear case for sexism in the Bible.

Exo.21:22 If men strive, and hurt a woman with child, so that her fruit depart from her, and yet no mischief follow: he shall be surely punished, according as the woman’s husband will lay upon him; and he shall pay as the judges determine.

Deut.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.

 

Jephthah’s Daughter

This is the story of Jephthah’s daughter. After the spirit of the Lord came upon Jephthah he vowed a vow unto Lord, which was that if the Lord would deliver the Ammonites into his hands then he would offer a burnt offering unto the Lord. The offering that he chose to give the Lord would be the first person that came forth out of the door of his house to meet him on his victorious return. As you might guess, the Bible records that the Lord did indeed deliver the Ammonites into Jephthah’s hands, and the first person to run to greet him on his return was his only daughter. So, in order to keep his vow to the Lord, Jephthah gave his only daughter as a burnt offering. As you might have already guessed, I have a few problems with this story!

Judges 11:29-39 Then the Spirit of the LORD came upon Jephthah, and he passed over Gilead, and Manasseh, and passed over Mizpeh of Gilead, and from Mizpeh of Gilead he passed over unto the children of Ammon. And Jephthah vowed a vow unto the LORD, and said, If thou shalt without fail deliver the children of Ammon into mine hands, Then it shall be, that whatsoever cometh forth of the doors of my house to meet me, when I return in peace from the children of Ammon, shall surely be the LORD’S, and I will offer it up for a burnt offering. So Jephthah passed over unto the children of Ammon to fight against them; and the LORD delivered them into his hands. And he smote them from Aroer, even till thou come to Minnith, even twenty cities, and unto the plain of the vineyards, with a very great slaughter. Thus the children of Ammon were subdued before the children of Israel. And Jephthah came to Mizpeh unto his house, and, behold, his daughter came out to meet him with timbrels and with dances: and she was his only child; beside her he had neither son nor daughter. And it came to pass, when he saw her, that he rent his clothes, and said, Alas, my daughter! thou hast brought me very low, and thou art one of them that trouble me: for I have opened my mouth unto the LORD, and I cannot go back. And she said unto him, My father, if thou hast opened thy mouth unto the LORD, do to me according to that which hath proceeded out of thy mouth; forasmuch as the LORD hath taken vengeance for thee of thine enemies, even of the children of Ammon. And she said unto her father, Let this thing be done for me: let me alone two months, that I may go up and down upon the mountains, and bewail my virginity, I and my fellows. And he said, Go. And he sent her away for two months: and she went with her companions, and bewailed her virginity upon the mountains. And it came to pass at the end of two months, that she returned unto her father, who did with her according to his vow which he had vowed: and she knew no man.

First off, why in the world would anyone think that a deity held to be the creator of the universe would ever consider accepting a vow such as the one given by Jephthah? By the very nature of his vow a human life from his household would be taken. Can anyone imagine what kind of outrage would ensue if one of our leaders offered to give his daughter, or any other human life as a sacrifice if his enemies were delivered to him? Are we really supposed to believe that it is somehow acceptable for a being held by many to be the author of our morality to not only allow such a vow to be made, but also allow the maker of the vow to follow through with the moral abomination of offering the life of his daughter as a burnt sacrifice. Mind you, this is the same deity (Yahweh) that gave a death sentence to any Israelite or pagan who offered their children up to Molech.

Lev.20:2 Again, thou shalt say to the children of Israel, Whosoever he be of the children of Israel, or of the strangers that sojourn in Israel, that giveth any of his seed unto Molech; he shall surely be put to death: the people of the land shall stone him with stones.

My understanding fails me when I realize that moral abominations such as the sacrifice of Jephthah’s daughter exist side by side in the Bible with the Ten Commandments, considered by many as the greatest moral code ever received, and these are believed to be given by the one true god. It’s bad enough that fallible men make such egregious vows, but to believe that the deity millions hold to be the creator of everything in the universe could somehow approve of and allow to be carried out is beyond anything any rational thinking person should accept. It is easy to recall a similar story of attempted sacrifice of a male child named Isaac, the difference being god intervened and saved his life. This biblical story is just one more example as to why it is impossible for me to believe that Yahweh is anything more than a god made up in the minds of irrational Bronze Age men, who constructed him after the form of a male warrior.

 

Male Animals Preferred

Another interesting addition to the male bias theme is the rules on the gender of animals to be sacrificed. Many of the offerings that the Hebrews had to offer the Lord required that the animals sacrificed be male. Now, what difference might you ask is there between a male animal and a female as far as god would be concerned? The answer could be that most animal sacrifices were given as some form of trespass offering to cover various sins of the people and since a firstborn male was considered holy unto the Lord he could be used for purification of those sins; whereas a female could not.

Num.3:13 Because all the firstborn are mine; for on the day that I smote all the firstborn in the land of Egypt I hallowed (holy) unto me all the firstborn (males) in Israel, both man and beast: mine shall they be: I am the LORD.

Exo.12:15 Your lamb shall be without blemish, a male of the first year: ye shall take it out from the sheep, or from the goats:

Exo.34:19 All that openeth the matrix is mine; and every firstling among thy cattle, whether ox or sheep, that is male.

Lev.1:3 If his offering be a burnt sacrifice of the herd, let him offer a male without blemish: he shall offer it of his own voluntary will at the door of the tabernacle of the congregation before the LORD.

Lev.1:10 And if his offering be of the flocks, namely, of the sheep, or of the goats, for a burnt sacrifice; he shall bring it a male without blemish.

Lev.4:23 Or if his sin, wherein he hath sinned, come to his knowledge; he shall bring his offering, a kid of the goats, a male without blemish:

Lev.22:19 Ye shall offer at your own will a male without blemish, of the beeves, of the sheep, or of the goats.

Luke 2:23 (As it is written in the law of the Lord, Every male that openeth the womb shall be called holy to the Lord

 This is just another very strong pointer that reveals once again the male bias so prevalent in Scripture. The male mindset was so obsessed with their own gender that even the animals were given a superior position if they were male.

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