Tuesday, June 21, 2005

What the Bible says about selling your daughter

Found this in the Bible tonight. How apt.

"Do not degrade your daughter by making her a prostitute, or the land will turn to prostitution and be filled with wickedness."
Leviticus 19:29

Ain't it the truth. Parents in rural villages in Indonesia celebrate the day their daughter gets her first menses because it means they can sell her off to the brothels.

Hence they never get out of poverty, and their land is filled with wickedness.

God never lies.


Blogger Janice said...

hey theresa!

aha! i found your blog :)

janice lee


2:18 PM

Blogger xyndz said...

I support ur cause!
Alot of people feel abt tis things too..jus too busy..left unsaid..but u go gal!
I forgot,but u reminded me... :D

2:37 PM

Blogger threez said...

Yes yes please support! The T-shirts acks go on sale on 7 July at 77th Street at Far East Plaza and The Heeren!

8:11 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think you have to be extremely careful about quoting the bible like that and applying it the way you did... I'm a Christian and I'm horrified at what you just wrote and said. Sorry, but I think that's very irresponsible to write such things...

3:09 PM

Blogger threez said...

Sorry if you are offended. However, God is not mocked, what a man sows he will reap. The good news is this situation is not irreversible. That's what we are trying to do through programmes to educate and equip the villages so that there is an alternative to selling their children for profit. What are we Christians for if we just sit on our butts and do nothing while children just one hour away are bought and sold for sex, and our men make up one of the largest groups of customers.

It's time to fix this.

7:36 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Threez, fixing that is good and I am all for what you and others are trying to do. I think we need more Christians to be involved in such kind of long-term development work.

However, what you've used is an OT bible scripture and applied it to Indonesia and what occurs there.

I think we need to be a bit more careful in how we handle scripture - especially using an OT passage and apply it to now. There are lots of OT passages and laws - especially from Leviticus - that we do not apply to ourselves today. For example, just a verse before verse 29 it talks about not putting tattoo marks on yourselves. Do we think that such is a sin? In that chapter, in many passages of that book (Leviticus) and of other books (e.g. Deuteronomy), there are laws that are more applicable to Israel's time and the theocracy there. To get a verse out and apply it to Indonesia now is not something exactly wise and I think few biblical scholars would agree is something God has intended for us to do.

I'm not denying prostitution is bad and I do believe that sin of people will draw judgement from God but I think it's arrogant of us to talk about Indonesia's plight and say that God's judgement is on them - without also saying we're all sinners ourselves. Sure, some Indonesians may do some horrible stuff, but are Singaporeans or Americans any better?

And yes, we need not be ashamed of what the Bible says but we need to use it properly. There are many other passages that talk about sin and man's wickedness and judgement and can be better used to describe the sins of man today. But yet also realizing that it applies to all, and not Indonesians.

And yes, helping the poor there with education and other means to help eradicate poverty is good but I hope all those who are into developmental work and people involved in NGOs in the third world do so with a compassionate heart and attitude and do not come with a holier than thou attitude.

These are my thoughts. Please do not think I'm implying anything bad of you but I think we do need to be careful as Christians in how we use scriptures. If I were an Indonesian muslim or even a muslim anywhere in the world, I would be highly offended by what you wrote and I as a Christian do not like seeing Christianity conveyed as such. Thanks for your time.

9:01 PM

Blogger threez said...

I see your point. Let's agree to disagree on tattoos (because I take that literally also!!). Would be nice if you weren't afraid to reveal your true self.


12:00 AM

Blogger Ainun said...

"Parents in rural villages in Indonesia celebrate the day their daughter gets her first menses because it means they can sell her off to the brothels."

I am an Indonesian, and I am from rural village. And I see zero chance your statement is true. Please clarify your statement, how do you come out with that sentence ?

8:32 AM


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