Bible verses about violence and abuse
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This Holy Book Is Full Of Appalling Violence
'Submit to your husbands': Women told to endure domestic violence in the name of God
This is the fifth in a series of First Man Standing bible studies. The series as a whole explores themes of masculinity, relationships including those with friends, our partner and children and how we can change our society to end violence against women. The Genesis accounts of creation state that women and women were created equal and in the image of God. In the same way we look forward to an eternity in which we will all be equal before the throne of God and there will be no marriage. Sin came with the fall and so did a disruption of the relationship between men and women.
In , Paige Patterson was asked about women who are abused by their husbands. It depends on the level of abuse to some degree. There have been, however, an occasion or two when the level of the abuse was serious enough, dangerous enough, immoral enough that I have counseled temporary separation and the seeking of help. I would urge you to understand that that should happen only in the most serious of cases. More often, when you face abuse, it is of a less serious variety.
Domestic violence is sinful. Galatians Do not lie. Do not deceive one another. Leviticus The Lord examines both the righteous and the wicked. He hates those who love violence.
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What does the Bible say about? The Lord tests the righteous, but his soul hates the wicked and the one who loves violence. But understand this, that in the last days there will come times of difficulty. For people will be lovers of self, lovers of money, proud, arrogant, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, heartless, unappeasable, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not loving good, treacherous, reckless, swollen with conceit, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having the appearance of godliness, but denying its power. Avoid such people. Likewise, husbands, live with your wives in an understanding way, showing honor to the woman as the weaker vessel, since they are heirs with you of the grace of life, so that your prayers may not be hindered. Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude.
To understand why domestic and family violence is a problem in our churches, we must be willing to dialogue about violence, power, gender, and marriage within the wider faith community. This section of SAFER explores how the Bible speaks about key areas that are often used against women - violence, power, forgiveness, repentance and submission. In the Bible, all violence is considered an offence against God and against humanity. In particular, violence against women is condemned. In Jewish law, rape was viewed as equivalent to murder Deut , as was pressuring a woman physically Deut —27 or psychologically Deut —29 into sex.