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Answering the Muslim Accusation that 1 Peter says a Female Slave can be Raped

That is one thing one notices in Muslim readers,lack of perspective.I will explain.Now all the Muslim readers here will agree the NT books are by CHRISTIANS,correct?Not if John is really by John,etc, but at least by a CHRISTIAN.

The Muslim Accusation

They say the NT says a Christian slave has to do ALL that a master says even if it is evil.Muslims have a strange way of thinking.They really do.They say it tell Christian female slaveto let a master RAPE her.

The Text

1 Peter 2:18

Slaves:

1.Yield, to the authority of your masters with all respect

2.Not only those who are good and kind, but also those who are dishonest.”

Read the Whole Context

We have the following situation:

1.That 1 Peter was written by a Christian.A Muslim can say it was not by Peter but he cannot say it was not by a Christian.

2.Now ALL the Christian writers of the NT were against lying and idolatry.

3.So reading 1 Peter 2:18 you have to read the verses till verse 22.

There it says about suffering for doing what is right and how Jesus also suffered.But how did he suffer?By doing what was right,not by doing what was wrong.

It even quotes from Isaiah 53: at the end,referring to Jesus:”He had never sinned and he had never lied.”

Therefore

So if a master were to tell a slave:

1.To tell lies

2.Or do idolatry,which is a sin

No Christian would agree to do it,they would prefer to suffer doing what is right.The submitting to a master had its limits.So also being against being raped is clearly implied,the text makes it clear. She can escape,resist,she does not have to obey.

1 Peter 2:19-22:

“A person might have to suffer even when it is unfair, but if he thinks of God and can stand the pain, God is pleased.

If you are beaten for doing wrong, there is no reason to praise you for being patient in your punishment. But if you suffer for doing good, and you are patient, then God is pleased.

This is what you were called to do, because Christ suffered for you and gave you an example to follow. So you should do as he did.

“He had never sinned,and he had never lied.””

(Note:the author quotes Isaiah 53:9).”

Later on

In fact in 1 Peter 3:17,which is in the same letter,it says:

“For it is better, if it is God’s will, to suffer for doing good than for doing evil.”

Commentary

Better to suffer by doing what is good,that means a female slave can resist,not obey, or in some other way,overtly or covertly try to avoid being raped,and yes,that is a risk,one can suffer,but it is good to be against being raped.

In Addition

Also in 1 Corinthians 7:20-21 St.Paul says that if a slave can become free then to do it.He had no problem with that.

In the Koran you have that a master can free his slave if he finds good in him,but it does not say to the slave:”Find your freedom,it is ok.”(read Sura 24:33)

For the Bible in 54 Languages (for friends who don’t know English)

http://www.biblegateway.com/versions/

For More on How the Bible is Anti-Slavery

http://www.avraidire.eu/2010/04/slaverythe-koran-and-the-bible/

Introducing a Great Debater,who is very sharp

I have already spoken of Nakdimon,Mary Jo SHARP and Keith Truth(they are all in youtube,just write their names for their debates).One who is very good but not well-known,not yet,is Glorthac.

Glorthac’s Answer to the  SHARP vs Gulam Debate

There was a debate about “Did Jesus Die on the Cross?” between MARY JO SHARP and EHTESHAMM GULAM.Mr. GLORTHAC has made 4 videos answering the affirmations made by GULAM:

 

The Whole Original Debate is Here

And Mary Jo SHARP’s website is:

http://confidentchristianity.com/

Glorthac’s Answer regarding the David Wood vs Ali Ataie

It was “Who was Muhammad?”.He made 6 videos answering Ali Ataie’s affirmations:

 

The First Section of the Original Debate is Here 

 

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Could Peter and John have or have not written the Writings attributed to them?

The Use of Professional Scribes in a World of Illiteracy

Due to a 90% illiteracy rate in the Roman Empire there was a group of people known as scribes who wrote letters for others.

Peter and John were Illiterate 

It appears in Acts 4:13  when they make a post-resurrection speech in Jerusalem:

” When they saw the courage of Peter and John and realized that they were illiterate, ordinary men, they were astonished and they took note that these men had been with Jesus. ”

Peter used a Scribe to write his Letters

1 Peter 5:12:

” With the HELP of Silas, who I regard as a faithful brother, I have written to you briefly, encouraging you and testifying that this is the true grace of God. Stand fast in it. ”

Even Paul would sometimes use a Scribe

Romans is the longest of Paul’s letters and here he wrote to a Christian group he had not yet met. It is his letter of introduction, where he tells us his theology in an detailed way. He dictated it to a scribe who wrote his own comment in it also, in one sentence:

Romans 16:21-23:

” Timothy, my fellow worker, sends his greetings to you, as do Lucius, Jason and Sosipater, my relatives.

I, Tertius, who wrote down this letter, greet you in the Lord.

Gaius, whose hospitality I and the whole church here enjoy, sends you his greetings. ”

SINCE JOHN WAS ILLITERATE BY LOGIC HE WOULD HAVE USED A SCRIBE

He would have used one for 2 reasons:

1. He was NOT a native Greek speaker ( the gospel is in Greek, so to avoid grammatical errors ).

2. Because he could not write and read. In Bart Ehrman’s “MISQUOTING JESUS”(by an agnostic) there is a part on the scribes of Antiquity and he says that they also had the custom then of getting the PRINCIPAL IDEAS of the person and writing it in their words, and later reading the text. The person would then approve or disapprove of the way the scribe wrote down his ideas. In other words, the LITERARY STYLE would be of the scribe but the IDEAS would be of the person who paid him.

WAS IT IMPOSSIBLE FOR AN ILLITERATE TO ACQUIRE KNOWLEDGE?

That is one argument used against 1 Peter,2 Peter and the 3 letters of John and the gospel of John being by them, since they show knowledge of the OT and spiritual insights and illiterates can not learn it past a certain age. But we have:

The Case of Akiba ( 50-135 AD ):

He was the greatest Jewish teacher of his time,a Pharisee, a martyr to his faith, killed by the Romans after the end of the Bar Kokhba revolt of 132-135 AD. He had declared him to be the Messiah.

And yet according to our written sources till at least the age of forty he was nothing more than a SHEPHERD. Not only that, he was illiterate till late in life. It was only by sheer will that he learned to read and write and learn the Torah. He said the greatest principal of the Torah was ” to love your neighbor as yourself. ” Check it out at:

http://www.answers.com/topic/rabbi-akiva

 

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