IS IT TRUE THAT RAPE VICTIMS MUST MARRY THEIR RAPISTS?

Insults against the bible has surged to exponential terms lately. It isnt wonderful to see how people are misinformed if not, on deliberate onslaught to destroy the bible. But god willing, we may have to fight it head on yet wittingly.

May i be a simple beacon, as vessel of mercy for the wandering lost sheep. To god be the glory.

Firstly, defamation of the bible come in torrents, misled and yet destructive. One of such is the impractical way of implanting misinterpretation such as saying, jewish custom allows rape victims as indispensable reason to marry her rapist through paying of dowry to the father as stated:

Deuteronomy 22:28-29
[28]If a man find a damsel that is a virgin, which is not betrothed, and lay hold on her, and lie with her, and they be found;
[29]Then the man that lay with her shall give unto the damsel’s father fifty shekels of silver, and she shall be his wife; because he hath humbled her, he may not put her away all his days.

Its quite demeaning to have an out-of-context way of interpretation but sadly, its how they make the bible ridiculous such that it posed a concept that is rather inhumane. Are you thinking?

You have to marry your rapist is the most offensive reality a victim may have to face and its clearly inhumane, yet you say, that is how the mindset of god was working?

I disagree. Lets see context then make critical assessment.

Deuteronomy 27:19
[19]Cursed be he that perverteth the judgment of the stranger, fatherless, and widow. And all the people shall say, Amen.

Look it up and sort the term fatherless. Its hebrew term is yathom meaning lonely, bereaved person, fatherless. The translator used fatherless but what if the right definition is lonely. Then it should have been:

CURSED HE BE THAT PERVERT THE JUDGMENT OF THE STRANGER, THE LONELY AND WIDOW

Simply, it should mean that at any instance, the judgment or decision of strangers (meaning gentiles) or the lonely (in general terms, jews and gentiles) and the widow in whatever situation they maybe, rape victims or not, must have to be upheld so as not to pervert their judgment or decision. Therefore, any lonely hebrew girl raped, must have his judgment or decision be upheld if she by consent should conform to marrying her rapist or not. It must be by consent, but is it only referring to the lonely or should we interpret it in general condition?

Of course, its in general condition. Any hebrew girl raped, lonely or not, must have her consent be upheld regarding marrying her rapist. She has the right to decline if she so chooses as her judgment is respected. It say:

Deuteronomy 16:18-20
[18]Judges and officers shalt thou make thee in all thy gates, which the LORD thy God giveth thee, throughout thy tribes: and they shall judge the people with just judgment.
[19]Thou shalt not wrest judgment; thou shalt not respect persons, neither take a gift: for a gift doth blind the eyes of the wise, and pervert the words of the righteous.
[20]That which is altogether just shalt thou follow, that thou mayest live, and inherit the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee.

Lets emphasize:

Thou shalt not wrest judgment; thou shalt not respect persons,

By this law, its clear that a person’s judgment is respected, thus a rape victim has the right to choose what is better for her. Should she marry her rapist or not, must be by personal consent, so as not to wrest her judgment.

With this, clearly, god has spoken–and thus you can see how justice is better served.

But the problem is, how about the rapist? What judgment is reserved for him, if so that she declines marriage?

I tried a little research and nothing is said regarding that matter on certain terms but to be punished in this way:

Leviticus 24:19-20
[19]And if a man cause a blemish in his neighbour; as he hath done, so shall it be done to him;
[20]Breach for breach, eye for eye, tooth for tooth: as he hath caused a blemish in a man, so shall it be done to him again.

Rape is an offense that cause a breach, and blemish. In that instance, punishment for the rapist cannot be withheld. But in what manner, its not clear.

Another punishment is through divine intervention through a sword as it say:

Exodus 22:21-24
[21]Thou shalt neither vex a stranger, nor oppress him: for ye were strangers in the land of Egypt.
[22]Ye shall not afflict any widow, or fatherless child.
[23]If thou afflict them in any wise, and they cry at all unto me, I will surely hear their cry;
[24]And my wrath shall wax hot, and I will kill you with the sword; and your wives shall be widows, and your children fatherless.

Still, justice is highly valued. And rape victims were treated justly. But nothing is said, that rape victims must necessarily marry their rapist in as much that consent is greatly honored.

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