Bible doesn't support violence against women
THE EDITOR, Sir:
A story in The Sunday Gleaner of October 7, 2018, titled 'Church elder blasts those who use the Bible to justify violence', seemed hardly necessary. If someone uses a knife to commit murder, he's not misusing the knife as a cook, he's not a chef, but a murderer.
Someone who uses the Bible to perpetuate violence against women and family is not a Christian but a clear abuser. Except for misreading it, nowhere in the Bible is the use of violence against women justified or encouraged. The opposite is true.
Anyone who's aware of Jesus' life and ministry knows well the complete and utmost respect he had for women. "Let him without sin case the first stone" is a typical example of Christ defending a woman who others were bent on stoning. Even Ephesians 5:28 reads, "A man ought to love his wife as his own body."
Therefore, the suggestion that slavery and general abuse can be excused by scripture is so contrary to the general tenor and message of the Bible, which is LOVE.
In fact, a book inspired by love itself would be hard-pressed to allow the slightest hint of violence against women, "for God is love". (1 John 4:8)