The above image was shared by the Facebook page, We F***ing Love Atheism. As Christians, what do we do when images like the above circulate around the Internet? First of all, know your convictions. Know that no matter how much atheists and others twist Scripture, God’s Word does not suddenly become errant and contradictory. Second, if you’re unsure of what to think about these atheists’ view of Scripture, talk to a pastor about it. The reason why I’m even writing this is because as a future pastor, I know exactly why their interpretation of this passage is erroneous. And third, ignore it. Their only purpose, and Satan’s purpose, of posting images like the above is to get you to doubt your faith with the hope of falling away.
With that being said, why is their interpretation wrong? Well, let’s look at the entire context they inappropriately summarize (Deuteronomy 22:13-21):
“If any man takes a wife and goes in to her and then hates her and accuses her of misconduct and brings a bad name upon her, saying, ‘I took this woman, and when I came near her, I did not find in her evidence of virginity,’ then the father of the young woman and her mother shall take and bring out the evidence of her virginity to the elders of the city in the gate. And the father of the young woman shall say to the elders, ‘I gave my daughter to this man to marry, and he hates her; and behold, he has accused her of misconduct, saying, “I did not find in your daughter evidence of virginity.” And yet this is the evidence of my daughter’s virginity.’ And they shall spread the cloak before the elders of the city. Then the elders of that city shall take the man and whip him, and they shall fine him a hundred shekels of silver and give them to the father of the young woman, because he has brought a bad name upon a virgin of Israel. And she shall be his wife. He may not divorce her all his days. But if the thing is true, that evidence of virginity was not found in the young woman, then they shall bring out the young woman to the door of her father’s house, and the men of her city shall stone her to death with stones, because she has done an outrageous thing in Israel by whoring in her father’s house. So you shall purge the evil from your midst.”