During the US Senatorial Campaign in Missouri, a politician stated that if a woman was involved in a situation of “legitimate rape” the body knew how to reject the products of conception and she wouldn’t get pregnant. This raised a huge issue, as it should have. Starting with the concept of legitimate rape, implying that there are situations of non-consensual sex that are not considered rape. Why am I bringing this up now? Recently, NBC’s “Law & Order: SVU” aired an episode dealing with this issue and brought it back to my mind.
I don’t agree with the biology of this concept and I know a lot of people were outraged by the insinuation. But then it became an issue of faith when the Bible was misquoted insinuating that God approved of Rape. These were some of the scriptures utilized.
- Deuteronomy 22:28-29– This scriptures talks about pre-marital sex not rape and how a man who was already engaged to this woman should marry her after having sex with her.
- Deuteronomy 21:10-14 This scripture talks about marrying a prisoner of war women, not rape. Now historically no woman had a choice in the men they married in those times. Within that logic every woman before the 19th century was raped and we know that’s not true.
- Zechariah 14:1-2 This scripture is describing the situation going on, not asking for women to be raped.
Personally I couldn’t serve a God who believe in rape, but I know this is far from the truth. I know how he has healed me from situations that were not His will but someone else’s misuse of free will. Taking the Word out of context is a old trick from the enemy to distract us from the healing that God has for those who have been hurt.
If you have been sexually assaulted, I know that you are hurting. Do not believe this is your fault. Do not believe that this was God’s will. This was the misuse of someone’s free will and God wants to free and heal you.
Now this is what Jesus has asked us to do with each other and it shows the Truth of God’s heart:
John 13:34 says “”A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.” NIV
We also read in
1 Corinthians 13:4-8 “Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails” NIV
Jesus said that when Moses was giving the law, he allowed certain things because of the hard hearts of men. Although he said that in relations to divorce, I can see that translating to other subjects. God has not approved for women to be hurt. If we love others, we would not hurt others and that’s the True command.
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8 thoughts on “Legitimate Rape”
Great comments, Naty. You probably know by now that I was conceived as a result of gang rape. My birth mom didn’t even know that was how you could get pregnant! For details, see Grace, Miracles, and Chocolate http://tinyurl.com/cec8xfq
Wow Marriott, thank you for sharing your story and please contact me when you can. I have a book to send you.
‘If we love others, we would not hurt others and that’s the True command.’
I couldn’t agree more.
And as for legitimate rape, I only have two things to say…
My body’s nobody’s body but mine…
No. Means no.
These are not new messages. But they are powerful. And, so, deserve to be repeated as many times as they need to be until the message is received.
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Naty, I really enjoyed reading your blog today. Well done!
Thanks Holly, glad to see you around!
Very well said, Naty.
Thanks Erin 🙂