Y’shua thought of men and women as equals, and consistently treated them as such. This was not what he was taught by Mosaic Law, but what he knew in his heart. Moses, bless him for being there when he was, was not evolved enough as a human being to “see” the wrongness of rape or the need to guard the children and not harm them. It was not until 1836 that we as humans began to develop the depth of conscience that saw the need to protect children and women. It is only in the last 30 or 40 years that anti-rape laws have been written tough enough to prosecute rapists in our laws.
(Deuteronomy 22:23-29 NLT)
If within the city a man comes upon a maiden who is betrothed, and has relations with her, you shall bring them both out of the gate of the city and there stone them to death: the girl because she did not cry out for help though she was in the city, and the man because he violated his neighbors wife.
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. Then he must marry the young woman because he violated her, and he will never be allowed to divorce her.
Moses may have seen women as much more valuable than most other leaders saw their women, and his laws reflected that, but it was not until the New Covenant of Y’shua that men even began to see women as needing treated in any form of equality. Since it has been approximately 2,000 years since Y’shua’s time on earth you cannot say that human society has rapidly changed to project this new perspective. I realize that many feel that the words in the Old Testament were God’s words. That is such a fallacy that I cannot even begin to comprehend it. Inspiration by God is not the same as taking dictation from God, that should be obvious.
It’s only been in the last 100+ years that we have realized how very wrong slavery is. We now understand that slavery in any form is wrong, just as rape and child molestation are wrong, but we are slow as a people in coming to understand the higher way. We are beginning to understand that free will is a gift from God. It is only with this understanding that we can begin to understand that if God gives us free will, we should not even try to remove it from others. This is why it is so important to prosecute slavery, rape, and child harm when they occur.
In the case of slavery, to hold someone against their will and require them to work for us with no compensation is wrong, you remove their free will, we cannot do this. In the case of rape, it is sex without the willing participation of the partner, hence, removal of free will, and should not even be allowed to be part of our lives. In the case of the children, to allow molestation or forced labor to be part of our society is wrong, harms the children, and creates an atmosphere that makes it all right to remove the free will of the adults. Children cannot, by virtue of their age, give consent to work or have sex, they simply are not old enough to know the consequences of the things being asked of them. Hence, my argument is the same as the Buddha’s, one must seek the consent of a possible partner in sexual encounters, and understand that when the ability to give knowledgeable consent is absent, the deed is wrong.
I am well aware that there are those who in the “New Age” society say that there is no such thing as a victim, but I am saying that until we learn to stand for the rights of all, we are all victims of our own blindness. I pray daily for clarity in my vision, for cleansing of my soul, and for the peace that passes all understanding to become the way we all walk this earth, we cannot do so while we allow some to take the free will of others from them. As long as some are hurting, we all are hurting.