The Missing Commandment From The Ten Commandments

This idea of a missing commandment came to me when I was re-reading the Ten Commandments and it suddenly popped into my head that normally second to murder are laws against rape. Of course, at the time this was written women were considered property, but if Christians are going to say The Bible is all we need for moral living (or to base our system of law on) then The Ten Commandments is missing important information.

Of course you could search elsewhere in the Bible on the topic of rape…that might not work out so well. Lot was willing to give up his virgin daughters to be raped by a mob instead of visiting angels. What about wife stealing in the book of Judges to help the lonely men of the Tribe of Benjamin? EvilBible.com quotes the law on rape from Deutronomy 22:28 “If a man is caught in the act of raping a young woman who is not engaged, he must pay fifty pieces of silver to her father. ┬áThen he must marry the young woman because he violated her, and he will never be allowed to divorce her.” EvilBible.com has more on the subject with too many incidents to list. It is not just a catalog of rapes or observations of rapes, but the Bible’s take on rape which is ambivalent (again, women are property) and even condones stealing women.

Christians are quick to jump to the New Testament even though Jesus says he didn’t come to destroy the law–in other words, The Old Testament is still valid though subject to proper interpretation. What did Jesus say on the subject of rape since I hear from so many Christians that he was “pro-woman”? I tried doing a search for the word in The New Testament using BibleontheWeb.com. Nothing. Then I tried Googling it and got varied answers that basically says The New Testament doesn’t comment on rape. Feel free to comment yourself if you know of a reference, but it doesn’t look like there are any, or certainly not from the lips of Jesus.

How is it the case if Jesus was “pro-woman” that he doesn’t speak to biggest crime towards the female gender? …Women were still property, he just hung out with them possibly because they were good for women’s work.

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  1. Help,
    Many years ago, my father described a fiction book he read in which an eleventh commandment was suppressed by Moses. The commandment said (roughly as I recall) “Beware the priests. Interpret for yourself.” I cannot find the title of the book. Any help would be appreciated.

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