Yeah, I’m still listening to Korean music. Love this song though…but the dancing in the video?. Um. Well.
Does Sung Hoon have eyes? Or are those glasses covering up bottomless wells of luv? Anybody know?
Okay, so moving on…
This article over at alternet, entitled “Captive Virgins, Polygamy, Sex Slaves: What Marriage Would Look Like If We Actually Followed the Bible” is pretty darn good. For a long time I’ve known that “traditional” Christian marriage in the prevalent cultural sense is not particularly appealing to me. This article articulates some of the reasons why–if not all of them. But yeah. There’s a general sense of unease when folks trumpet the cause of “Bible-based marriage” not realizing that Bible-based marriage was sometimes culturally condoned rape. Have we not all progressed in our understanding of Christ and each other a little farther than some buzzwords and inaccurate catchphrases indicate?
Not to mention, to me a good marriage is about culture, stability, mutual goals, child-rearing and positive gender roles, not frivolous things like selfish pseudo-happiness, church affiliation, and gender redemption.
And now I’m blathering about politics AND religion after promising to only do so on my other blog. Meh. I’m sure you’re all nice people who’ll forgive me. Listen to Sung Hoon. Read the article, which is HERE. And if you can’t be bothered with either one of those, at least check out the following quote from the article below…
Let me tell you a secret about Bible believers that I know because I was one. Most of them don’t read their Bibles. If they did, they would know that the biblical model of sex and marriage has little to do with the one they so loudly defend. Stories depicted in the Bible include rape, incest, master-slave sexual relations, captive virgins, and more. Now, just because a story is told in the Bible doesn’t mean it is intended as a model for devout behavior. Other factors have to be considered, like whether God commands or forbids the behavior, if the behavior is punished, and if Jesus subsequently indicates the rules have changed, come the New Testament.
Through this lens, you find that the God of the Bible still endorses polygamy and sexual slavery and coerced marriage of young virgins along with monogamy. In fact, he endorses all three to the point of providing detailed regulations. Based on stories of sex and marriage that God rewards and appears to approve one might add incest to the mix. Nowhere does the Bible say, “Don’t have sex with someone who doesn’t want to have sex with you.”
This is probably not the most POSITIVE quote from the article, but it was the one that made me read the whole thing. Once again, check out “Captive Virgins, Polygamy, Sex Slaves: What Marriage Would Look Like If We Actually Followed the Bible” by Valerie Tarico, over at Alternet.org.