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Sunday, June 19, 2011

VEDAS versus BIBLE

Dr Shivkumar Angadi


1] BIBLICAL GOD CREATES CONFLICT, VEDIC GOD PRECEPTS PEACE


1.1 BIBLICAL GOD CREATES CONFLICT
(i) Biblical God : ‘I came not for peace, but a sword.’
In the New Testament, Biblical God declares that He came to the earth not for peace, but to wield a sword :
 “34.  Think not that I am come to send peace on earth ; I came not to send peace, but a sword.”- Matthew, 10/34
(ii) Biblical God’s mission : to create rift in family
In the New Testament, Biblical God reveals His mission categorically.  He says :
 “For I am come to set a man at variance against his father, and the daughter against her mother, and the daughter in law against her mother in law.”
- Matthew, 10/35

1.2 VEDIC GOD PRECEPTS PEACE
Vedic God bestows peace and harmony on all the members of family.  Vedas are harbinger of love and light, peace and prosperity, sweetness and serenity.  The first learning centre of man is family.  If there prevail peace and love, respect and reverence, dignity and decency, affection and integrity in each family, the citizens will build a strong nation.  That is why God precepts in Atharva Veda lesson of love, harmony, sweetness and unity in each family:
 Let no brother hate his brother,Let no sister hate her sister,
Mayest thou speak and behave
With harmony and sweetness,
Mayest thou be unanimous
With one accord.
                    - Atharva Veda 3/30/3
How fine ideal of family concord is set in following mantra of Atharva Veda
 May son followThe footsteps of his father,
May he have unity of mind
With his mother
May wife talk to her husband
In gentle words, as sweet as honey.
                    - Atharva Veda 313012
Unlike Bible God, who Himself declares in Bible that He has come to create rift in families, Vedic God declares in Atharva Veda that He has bound all men with common bond, so all should sit together, eat together, drink together and pray together.
 Let your drinking place be common Let the share of your food be common,
I bind you together
With common bond;
Just as all spokes (rods) of a wheel
Are united at its hub
From all directions,
So should you remain united
To pray together to glorious God.
                    - Atharva Veda 3/30/6
Vedic religion ordains men to remain united having common minds, common aims and objects, and common goal.
 March together, speak togetherLet your minds be united,
Like sages of yore, being of one mind,
Accept your share of fortune.
                    - Rig Veda 10/19/12
Vedic God, unlike Biblical God, urges men to assemble on common platform to think together, plan together and work together with one aim, one object, one purpose, one mind, one intention, one determination, one mode, one goal and one destination.
 May your counsel be common,May you belong to one fraternity,
May your minds move
With one accord.
May your hearts work in harmony
For one goal.
May you be inspired
By common ideal.
May you offer worship
With common oblation
                    - Rig Veda 10/191/3
 May you resolveWith one accord.
May your hearts be in unison
May your thoughts be harmonious,
So that you may live together
With happiness and hilarity.
                    - Rig Veda 10/191/4
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2] MERCY BY VEDIC GOD, MASSACRE BY BIBLICAL GOD-


2.1 MERCY BY VEDIC GOD 
Pro. F. Max Muller
“The Vedas, I feel convinced, will occupy scholars for centuries to come, and we take and maintain for ever, its position as the most ancient of books in the library of mankind.”
- Prof. F. Max Muller
Holy Vedas state that Supreme Being is benevolent Father of all.  All beings of the universe irrespective of caste, colour and creed, enjoy the bliss of His unfathomable mercy and grace.  He bestows bliss and showers mercy on sinners even
 Providence showers mercyOn the most heinous sinners even
May we be sinless
Before Merciful God !
And endeavour to rise high
By following the universal laws
Of the Eternal Almighty.
                      - Rig Veda 7/87/7
According to Holy Vedas, Creator of the cosmos is benign Father of all creatures.  Father never harms his children.  He may scold his children but never destroys them.  God Almighty, being beneficent Father of all His children, never hurts and harms them.  He is ocean of mercy which is showered on all equally and impartially.  He pours His benign bliss, bounty and benediction on all beings.  It is His grace, greatness, grandeur and glory.
 Oh Loving LordIt is Thy divine grace and glory
Grandeur and truthfulness
That Thou bestowest
Thy bliss and benediction
On Thy devotees.
                      - Rig Veda 1/1/6

2.2 MASSACRE BY BIBLICAL GOD
(i) Biblical God massacred all first-born babies 
At midnight God killed all the first-born babies, both human and animal, in the land of Egypt.
“29. And it came to pass, that at midnight the Lord smote all the firstborn in the land of Egypt, from the firstborn of Pharaoh that sat on his throne unto the firstborn of the captive that was in the dungeon; and all the firstborn of cattle.”
- Exodus , 12/29
Colin Maine
“If we examine the Bible-both Old and New Testaments-we find that the Bible god is more of a sadistic monster than a god of love.  If he were to appear on earth as a human being, he would most likely be incarcerated in a mental hospital as a dangerous psychopath.”
- Colin Maine
James Anthony Froude
“I will not, I must not believe that the all just, all merciful, all good (Christian) God can be such a Being as I find Him there (in the Bible) described.”
- James Anthony Froude
(ii) Biblical God killed the Jews by sending
“6. And the Lord sent fiery serpents among the people, and they bit the people; and much people of Israel died.”
- Numbers, 21/6
What was their offence ? They spoke against the Lord and against Moses.
(iii) Biblical God got the Jews swallowed alive by the earth
“32. And the earth opened her mouth, and swallowed them (the Jews) up, and their houses, and all the men that appertained unto Ko’rah, and all their goods.”
- Numbers, 16/32
“33. They (the Jews), and all that appertained to them, went down alive into the pit, and the earth closed upon them ; and they perished from among the congregation.”
- Numbers, 16/33
What was their offence ? Because they gathered themselves and spoke against Moses and Aaron.
(iv) Biblical God burnt alive 250 Jews 
Biblical God burnt alive 250 Jews in fire because of their only fault that they offered incense.
“35. And there came out a fire from the Lord, and consumed the two hundred and fifty men (of Israel) that offered incense.”
- Numbers, 16/35
(v) Biblical God threatens to kill children of Jews by wild beasts
“22. I will also send wild beasts among you, which shall rob you of your children, and destroy your cattle, and make you few in number; and your high ways shall be desolate.” 
- Leviticus, 26/22
(vi) Biblical God killed 70,000 Jews by pestilence
“14.  So the Lord sent pestilence upon Israel; and them fell of Israel seventy thousand men.”
- I Chronicles, 21/14
(vii) Biblical God killed 50,070 men for looking into His box
“19.  And he smote the men of Bethshemesh, because they had looked into the ark (box) of the Lord, even he smote of the people fifty thousand and threescore and ten men ; and the people lamented, because the Lord had smitten many of the people with a great slaughter.”
- I Samuel, 6/19 
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3] BIBLE PRESCRIBES DEATH PENALTY, VEDAS PREACH REFORMATION

3.1 BIBLICAL VERDICT OF DEATH PENALTY 
The Holy Bible prescribes death penalty by stoning for a number of offences, sometimes trivial.  ‘Rocks were hurled at the victim, until he or she became a bloody pulp, and the mass of flesh ceased to move.’ This horrible method of execution was carried out in Europe for several years in the past.
(i) Death penalty by stoning for blasphemy
 “16. And he that blasphemeth the name of the Lord, he shall surely be put to death, and all the congregation shall certainly stone him;……”
- Leviticus, 24/16
(ii) Death penalty for straying near Tabernacle
“51. And when the tabernacle setteth forward, the Levites shall take it down; and when the tabernacle is to be pitched, the 1Avites shall set it up; and the stranger that cometh nigh shall be put to death.”
- Numbers, 1/51
(iii) Death penalty for not observing holiday (sabbath)
‘Sabbath’
“14. Ye shall keep the sabbath therefore; for it is holy unto you; every one that defileth it shall surely be put to death; for whosoever doeth any work therein, that soul shall he cut off from among his people.”
- Exodus, 31/14
“2. Six days shall work be done, but on the seventh day there shall be to you an holy day, a sabbath of rest to the Lord; whosoever doeth work therein shall be put to death.”
- Exodus, 35/2
In Exodus, the reason given for observing seventh day as a day of rest is, ‘because God made the heavens and the earth in six days, and rested on the seventh day.’

It is a human being, not God, who gets fatigued on account of continuous work for six days, and needs rest on the seventh day.  God Almighty is Omnipotent.  To say that He rested on the seventh day, as if He was fatigued and exhausted, amounts to blasphemy.  Thus the above vese in Exodus degrades God to the position of frail human being.
(iv) Death penalty for disobeying parents 
Here is the most inhuman and the most brutal Biblical law which authorises parents, the father and the mother, to bring their own son to the elders of the city to get him stoned to death, for trivial fault of disobedience and stubbornness.  Read the following four verses :
“18. If a man have a stubborn and rebellious son, which will not obey the voice of his father, or the voice of his mother, and that, when they have chastened him, will not hearken unto them:”
- Deuteronomy, 21/18
 “19. Then shall his father and his mother lay hold on him, and bring him out unto the elders of his city, and unto the gate of his place;”
- Deuteronomy, 21/19
“20. And they shall say unto the elders of his city, This our son is stubborn and rebellious, he will not obey our voice; he is a glutton, and a drunkard.”
- Deuteronomy, 21/20
“21. And all the men of his city shall stone him with stones, that he die; so shalt thou put evil away from among you; and all Israel shall hear, and fear.”
- Deuteronomy, 21/21
No civilized state will approve of and enact the aforementioned brutal Biblical laws.  In fact the Church was, is and will be the enemy of civilization.  The Church and civilization are antipodes to each other.  Ms Matilda Joslyn Gage
corroborates the statement in the following words-
“The church and civilization are antipodal; one means authority, the other freedom; one means conservatism, the other progress; one means the rights of God as interpreted by the priesthood, the other the rights of humanity as interpreted by humanity.  Civilization advances by free thought, free speech, free men.”
- Matilda Joslyn Gage
(v) Death penalty for cursing parents
36. “And he that curseth his father, or his mother, shall surely be put to death.”- Exodus, 21/17
(vi) Death penalty for homosexuality
“13. If a man also lie with mankind, as he lieth with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination; they shall surely be put to death; their blood shall be upon them.”
- Leviticus, 20/13
(vii) Death penalty for sexual intercourse with a woman during her menstruation period
“18. And if a man shall lie with a woman having her sickness, and shall uncover her nakedness; he bath discovered her fountain, and she bath uncovered the fountain of her blood; and both of them shall be cut off from among their people.”
- Leviticus, 20/18
(viii) Death penalty for loss of virginity

The Holy Bible prescribes capital punishment by stoning for loss of virginity in the following two verses :
 
 “20. But if this thing be true, and the tokens of virginity be not found for the damsel;”
- Deuteronomy, 22120
“21. Then they shall bring out the damsel to the door of her father’s house, and the men of her city shall stone her with stones that she die; because she bath wrought folly in Isreal, to play the whore in her father’s house; so shalt thou put evil away from among you.”
- Deuteronomy, 22/21
(ix) Death penalty for adultery
“10. And the man that committeth adultery with another man’s wife, even he that committeth adultery with his neighbour’s wife, the adulterer and the adulteress shall surely be put to death.”
- Leviticus, 20/10
Jesus Christ in Matthew 5/17 endorses the afore-mentioned first seven laws of death penalty prescribed by Moses in the following words :
“17. Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets, I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil.”
- Matthew, 5/17
If the above mentioned Biblical verdicts of death penalty are carried out strictly in modern Europe, a great portion of the population of the Western world would be put to death.  In modern permissive society, there are not many virgins around.  In the Western countries there are millions of people who do not observe holiday for going to the Church.  Now-a-days the Church premises are being sold in Europe.  In modern scientific era, thousands of educated rationalists in Europe and America have started questioning the unscientific and undemocratic teachings of Holy Bible.  If the above verdicts of death penalty are applied seriously to such rationalists, the population of the Western world will surely decrease to a large extent.
(x) Death penalty for disobeying leaders of the Church
Clement, the Bishop of Rome from 90-100 C.E., argued that God alone rules all things, that He lays down the law, punishing rebels and rewarding the obedient, and that His authority is delegated to Church leaders.  Clement went as far as to say that whoever disobeys these divinely ordained authorities has disobeyed God Himself and should receive the death penalty.46
argued that the ends justified the means.  He said :Even in the beginning of the twentieth century,
“The death sentence is a necessary and efficacious means for the Church to attain its end, when rebels act against it.”
- Pope Leo XIII

3.2 VEDAS PREACH REFORMATION 
Holy Vedas, unlike Holy Bible, do not formulate hard and fast laws for each offence.  This task is left to the legislature.  If religious books legislate laws, and those are carried out, the existence of legislature will be nullified and there will be no need to elect the members of legislature.  Vedas never say that criminals should not be punished.  But to a man of common sense, death sentence prescribed by Holy Bible appears to be too big a punishment for too small an offence like ‘not observing a holiday’.  However, Vedic approach to the criminals or sinners is reformative and constructive.  Holy Vedas admonish us not to look down upon those who have spoiled and stained their life on account of sins or crimes.  Indeed they are the wretched souls.  But they ought not to be despised, discouraged and denounced.  They are to be pitied upon rather than hated.  They deserve compassion and kindness. They should be reformed, elevated and encouraged to shun vice and lead virtuous life in future.  ‘Uplift the fallen and forlorn’ is the slogan of Vedic religion.  Vedic philosophy urges upon reformative and constructive approach.
 Ye enlightened men,Uplift once more
The fallen and forlorn Lowly and forlorn
Ye illustrious men,
Raise him who has sinned
And degraded himself,
Restore him to life again.
                    - Rig Veda 10/137/1
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4] BIBLICAL GOD IS WRATHFUL, VEDIC GOD IS A BENEVOLENT FRIEND

4.1 BIBLICAL GOD IS WRATHFUL
(i) Blood oozed and flowed upto level of horse bridles The New Testament states that Biblical God’s angel threw his sickle into the earth with force, collected the vine of the earth and threw it into the winepress of the wrath of God.  Consequently the blood oozed and flowed from the winepress upto the level of horse bridles throughout the space of a thousand and six hundred furlongs.  Here is the text :
“19. And the angel thrust in his sickle into the earth, and gathered the vine of the earth, and cast it into the great winepress of the wrath of God.”
- Revelation, 14/19
“20. And the winepress was trodden without the city, and blood came out of the winepress, even unto the horse bridles, by the space of a thousand and six hundred furlongs.”
- Revelation, 14/20
4.2 VEDIC GOD IS BENEVOLENT FRIEND
Holy Vedas state that God is kind to all, cruel to none.  He bestows bliss on all alike, whether high or low, virtuous or sinner.  He is the most gracious, the most merciful and the most benign friend of all.
 He, the resplendent LordIs our benign and benevolent friend.
                    - Rig Veda 8/93/3

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“Mark me, then and then alone you are a Hindu, when the very name sends through you a galvanic shock of strength.  Then and then alone you are a Hindu, when every man who bears the name, from any country, speaking our language or any other language, becomes at once the nearest and the dearest to you.  Then and then alone you are a Hindu, when the distress of anyone bearing that name comes to your heart and makes you feel as if your own son were in distress.”
- Swami Vivekananda


1] OBSCENE EPISODES IN BIBLE, MORAL CODE OF CONDUCT IN VEDAS

1.1 OBSCENE EPISODES IN BIBLE
(i) Noah drank wine and remained naked 
 The Holy Bible states that Noah, the hero of righteousness, drank wine, and was so much intoxicated that he made himself naked in his tent. Ham, son of Noah, saw the nakedness of his father and informed his two brothers Shem and Japheth who took a garment and covered the nakedness of their father. Here is the text:

“20. And Noah began to be an husbandman, and he planted a vineyard.”- Genesis, 9/20
“21. And he drank of the wine, and was drunken; and he was uncovered within his tent.”
- Genesis, 9/21
“22. And Ham, the father of Canaan, saw the nakedness of his father, and told his two brethren without.”
- Genesis, 9/22
“23. And Shem and Japheth took a garment, and laid it upon both their shoulders, and went backward, and covered the nakedness of their father; and their faces were backward, and they saw not their father’s nakedness.”
- Genesis, 9/23
 “24. And Noah awoke from his wine, and knew what his younger son had done unto him.”
- Genesis, 9/24
“25. And he said, Cursed be Canaan; a servant of servants shall he be unto his brethren.”
- Genesis, 9/25
(ii) Reuben’s sexual intercourse with his father’s concubine
“And it came to pass, when Israel dwelt in that land, that Reuben went and lay with Bilhah his father’s concubine; and Israel heard it.”
- Genesis, 35/22
(iii) Onan’s sexual intercourse with his brother’s wife
Onan did not like that the children produced by his sperm might be called the progeny of his brother; hence he slept with his brother’s widow, had sexual intercourse with her, but spilled his sperm (semen) on the ground, because he did not want to produce children out of his sperm for his brother.  This action on the part of Onan displeased Biblical God, and the Lord killed him.  Here is the text :Holy Bible mentions that Judah instructed his son Onan to marry (have sexual intercourse with) his elder brother’s widow
“8. And Judah said unto Onan, Go in unto thy brother’s wife, and marry her, and raise up seed to thy brother.”
- Genesis, 38/8
“19. And Onan knew that the seed should not be his; and it came to pass, when he went in unto his brother’s wife, that he spilled it on the ground, lest that he should give seed to his brother.” 
- Genesis, 38/9
“10.  And the thing which he did displeased the Lord; wherefore he slew him also.” 
- Genesis. 38/10
Col. Robert G. Ingersoll
“The believers in the Bible are loud in their denunciation of what they are pleased to call the immoral literature of the world, and yet few books have been published containing more moral filth than this inspired word of God.”
- Col. Robert G. Ingersoll
(iv) Judah’s sexual intercourse with his widowed daughter-in-law
The Holy Bible states that when Tamar, the widowed daughter-in-law of Judah came to know that her father-in-law was to go to Timnath to shear his sheep, she put off her widow’s garment, wrapped herself in veil and sat on the way to Timnath.  When Judah saw her, he, not knowing that she was his widowed daughter-in-law, requested her to allow him to have sexual intercourse with her.  She said to him.  “What will you give me for having intercourse with you ?” Judah replied, “I shall send one kid out of flock of my goats.” She said, “Till you send the kid to me, you may keep with me your tokens like signet (seal), bracelets and your staff (stick) which is in your hand.” Judah gave these things to her and had sexual intercourse with her, and she conceived by him.
Read the Biblical text:
“13. And it was told Tamar, saying, Behold thy father in law goeth up to Timnath to shear his sheep.”- Genesis, 38/13
“14. And she put her widow’s garments off from her, and covered her with a vail, and wrapped herself, and sat in an open place, which is by the way to Timnath;……”
- Genesis, 38/14
“15. When Judah saw her, he thought her to be an harlot; because she had covered her face.”
- Genesis, 38/15
“16. And he turned unto her by the way, and said, Go to, I pray thee, let me come in unto thee; (for he knew not that she was his daughter in law.) And she said, What wilt thou give me, that thou mayest come in unto me?”
- Genesis, 38/16
“17. And he said, I will send thee a kid from the flock.  And she said, Wilt thou give me a pledge, till thou send it?”
- Genesis, 38/17
“18. And he said, What pledge shall I give thee?  And she said, Thy signet, and thy bracelets, and thy staff that is in thine hand.  And he gave it her, and came in unto her, and she conceived by him.”
- Genesis, 38/18
(v) Biblical God caused his prophet Isaiah to walk stark naked for three years
Holy Bible narrates that God caused his prophet Isaiah to walk stark naked for three years.  The Lord said that it was a sign for the people of Egypt and Ethiopia, and the king of Assyria will heap the same type of shame upon Egypt by displaying the Egyptian and Ethiopian prisoners, young and old, naked and barefooted, even with their buttocks uncovered.  Read the following three verses:
 “2. At the same time spake the Lord by Isaiah the son of Amoz, saying, Go and loose the sackcloth from off thy loins, and put off thy shoe from thy foot.  And he did so, walking naked and barefoot.”
- Isaiah, 20/2
 “3. And the Lord said, Like as my servant Isaiah bath walked naked and barefoot three years for a sign and wonder upon Egypt and upon Ethiopia;”
- Isaiah, 20/3
 “4. So shall the king of Assyria lead away the Egyptian prisoners, and the Ethiopian captives, young and old, naked and barefoot, even with their buttocks uncovered, to the shame of Egypt.”
- Isaiah, 20/4
Count Tolstoy (Leo Tolstoy)
“The very foundations of this religion (Christianity) admitted by all and formulated in the Nicene creed, are so absurd and immoral, and run so counter to right feeling and to commonsense, that men cannot believe in them.”
- Count Tolstoy
Leo Tolstoy was proclaimed an enemy of the Church and was ex-communicated on account of his candid statements about Christianity.  He wrote :On February 22, 1901,
“With me, life makes religion, religion does not make life.”- Leo Tolstoy
(vi) Castration recommended by Jesus Christ
“12.  For there are some eunuchs, which were so born from their mother’s womb; and there are some eunuchs, which were made eunuchs of men; and there be eunuchs, which have made themselves eunuchs for the kingdom of heaven’s sake. He that is able to receive it, let him receive it.”
- Matthew, 19/12
The early Christians faithfully carried out the afore-mentioned divine injunction.  A Christian sect in Russia long practised castration as an act of obedience to Christ’s command.

Origen (c. 185-c. 254), the most influential theologian of the early Greek church, castrated himself so as to work freely in instructing female catechumens.

(vii) The daughters’ sexual intercourse with their father
The two daughters of Lot, who was the nephew of prophet Abraham, made their father drink wine at night, slept with him, had sexual intercourse with him and gave birth to two male children by their father. The elder daughter gave birth to a son named Moab.  He is called the father of Moabites till today.  The younger daughter gave birth to a son by her father.  He was named Benammi.  He is called the father of the children of Ammon till today.  Here is the full text consisting of seven verses:
“32.  Come, let us make our father drink wine, and we will lie with him, that we may preserve seed of our father.”
- Genesis, 19/32
“33. And they made their father drink wine that night; and the firstborn went in, and lay with her father; and he perceived not when she lay down, nor when she arose.”
- Genesis, 19/33
 “34. And it came to pass on the morrow, that the firstborn said unto the younger, Behold, I lay yesternight with my father; let us make him drink wine this night also; and go thou in, and lie with him, that we may preserve seed of our father.”
- Genesis, 19/34
“35. And they made their father drink wine that night also; and the younger arose, and lay with him; and he perceived not when she lay down, nor when she arose.”
- Genesis, 19/35
“36. Thus were both the daughters of Lot with child by their father.”
- Genesis, 19/36
 “37. And the firstborn bare a son, and called his name Moab: the same is the father of the Moabites unto this day.”
- Genesis, 19/37
 “38.  And the younger, she also bare a son, and called his name Ben-am-mi: the same is the father of the children of Ammon unto this day.”
- Genesis, 19/38
If the readers peruse chapter 19 the Genesis of fully, they will come to know that Lot was not one of those whom Biblical God abhorred.  He was dearer and nearer to God.  That is why God, being merciful to him, saved him by bringing him and his family out of the city through two angels, before the city was destroyed by God.

Here some questions arise : Do the educated Christians of modern civilized era approve of and believe in the afore-mentioned verses which narrate sexual intercourse of daughters with their father ? If they don’t, why do they not raise voice against the said immorality and incest and compel the Pope to delete this text from the Holy Bible ? Why do they not openly profess that they dislike the said text ? Why do they say that each verse of Bible is holy and true ? How do they claim that Bible contains all the answers to all the problems of life ? They call the non-Christians as infidels, but actually an infidel is he who pretends to believe in what he does not actually believe.
“I do not mean by this declaration to condemn those who believe otherwise; they have the same right to their belief as I have to mine.  But it is necessary to the happiness of man, that he be mentally faithful to himself Infidelity does not consist in believing, or in disbelieving; it consists in professing to believe what he does not believe.”
- Thomas Paine
Ronald Reagon
“Within the covers of that single book, are contained all the answers, to all the problems that we face today.”67
- Ronald Reagan
Almost all educated persons, who read the above verses regarding sexual intercourse of the two daughters with their father, will surely scoff at Ronald Reagan’s above remark.
(viii) Lot offers his two daughters to a riotous mob of sodomites

Lot, the nephew of prophet Abraham, offers his two daughters to a riotous mob of homosexuals in order to save two angels who visited him.
 “8. Behold now, I have two daughters which have not known man; let me, I pray you, bring them out unto you, and do ye to them as is good in your eyes; only unto these men (two angels) do nothing; for therefore came they under the shadow of my roof.”
- Genesis, 19/8
(ix) The prophet Abram’s illicit connection with maid servant
Holy Bible states that Abram’s wife Sarai was barren.  So she gave her Egyptian maid, Hagar, to her husband Abram to be his wife.  When the Egyptian maid conceived, Sarai felt that she was despised in the eyes of her maid, so she (Sarai) drove her to wilderness with the consent of Abram.  Hagar gave birth to a son named Ishmael.  At that time Abram was 86 years old.  Read the following five verses:
 “3. And Sarai Abram’s wife took Hagar her maid the Egyptian, after Abram had dwelt ten years in the land of Canaan, and gave her to her husband Abram to be his wife.”
- Genesis, 16/3
 “4. And he went in unto Hagar, and she conceived; and when she saw that she had conceived, her mistress was despised in her eyes.”
- Genesis, 16/4
 “5. And Sarai said unto Abram, My wrong be upon thee; I have given my maid into thy bosom; and when she saw that she had conceived, I was despised in her eyes; the Lord judge between me and thee.”
- Genesis, 16/5
 “6. But Abram said unto Sarai, Behold, thy maid is in thy hand; do to her as it pleaseth thee.  And when Sarai dealt hardly with her, she fled from her face.”
- Genesis, 16/6
 “16. And Abram was fourscore and six years old, when Hagar bare Ishmael to Abram.”
- Genesis, 16/16
Is it morality that Abram, the prophet, debauches his maidservant and later on drives her along with the child produced by her of him, to wilderness ?
Count Tolstoy
“Really no religion has ever preached things so evidently incompatible with contemporary knowledge or so immoral as the doctrines preached by Church Christianity.”
- Count Tolstoy
(x) The prophet Abram marries his sister 
The Holy Bible states that Abimelech, the king of Gerar, took away Sarai, the wife of the prophet Abram, and kept her in his palace.  Abram, the prophet, himself admitted to king Abimelech that Sarai, his wife, was his sister, the daughter of his father.  Read the following verse :
 “12. And yet indeed she is my sister; she is the daughter of my father, but not the daughter of my mother; and she became my wife.”
- Genesis, 20/12
(xi) Abram, the prophet, barters his wife’s honour 
Holy Bible mentions that when Abram, the prophet, along with his wife Sarai went to Egypt, he said to his wife, “You look beautiful; when the Egyptians will see you, they will kill me and will allow you to remain alive, hence you may announce that you are my sister.  In this way I shall be saved.” Here is the text
 “11. And it came to pass, when he was come near to enter into Egypt, that he said unto Sarai his wife, Behold now, I know that thou art a fair woman to look upon;”
- Genesis, 12/11
 “12. Therefore it shall come to pass, when the Egyptians shall see thee, that they shall say, This is his wife; and they will kill me, but they will save thee alive.”
- Genesis, 12/12
 “13. Say, I pray thee, thou art my sister; that it may be well with we for thy sake; and my soul shall live because of thee.”
- Genesis, 12/13
When the princes (officers) of Pharaoh saw Sarai, they commanded her before the king Pharaoh, and she was taken into Pharao’s palace.  The king Pharaoh kept Sarai in his palace and pleased Abram by giving him gifts of sheep, oxen, asses, camels, male servants and maidservants.  Thus the prophet Abram passed on his beautiful wife Sarai, calling her as his sister, to Pharaoh and allowed her to remain in his royal palace by receiving in return the afore-mentioned gifts.  The readers are advised to peruse the last ten verses of chapter 12 of Genesis to understand this episode fully.  However for the sake of brevity, here two verses are cited :
 “15. The princes also of Pharaoh saw her, and commanded her before Pharaoh; and the woman was taken into Pharaoh’s house.”
- Genesis, 12/15
 “16. And he entreated Abram well for her sake; and he had sheep, and oxen, and he asses, and menservants, and maidservants, and she asses, and camels.”
- Genesis, 12/16
The Holy Bible continues saying that when God plagued Pharaoh and his house with great plagues, he (Pharaoh) sent her back to her husband, Abram, who, however did not seem to have returned the gifts which he had received from the king.
The prophet Abram played the same trick with Abimelech, the king of Gerar, and received from him the gifts of sheep, oxen, male-servants, maidservants and one thousand pieces of silver.  Here is the Biblical text
 “14. And Abimelech took sheep, and oxen, and menservants, and womenservants, and gave them unto Abraham, and restored him Sarah his wife.”
- Genesis, 20/14
 “16.  And unto Sarah he said, Behold, 1 have given thy brother a thousand pieces of silver;……”
- Genesis. 20/16
Joseph Lewis, the president of Free Thinkers of America and the editor of ‘The Age of Reason’, writes :
“The writers of Bible had slight concern for the principles of morality.  They were more concerned with rape, murder robbery, slavery, licentiousness, brutal ignorance and derogatory superstition.  If the ministers of the Gospel are too dense and stupid to realise the moral mischief resulting from the perverse teachings of the Bible, then it is about time to bring them to their senses.”
- Joseph Lewis
(xii) Abandonment of women was a covenant with God!
The Holy Bible mentions abandonment of women and their children, and it is called a covenant with God ! Will the feminists of the world like it ? Will women of the globe approve of it ? Here is the verse : 

“3. Now therefore let us make a covenant with our God to put away all the wives, and such as are born of them……”
- Ezra, 10/3
(xiii) David locked up ten concubines
 “3. And David came to his house at Jerusalem; and the king took the ten women his concubines, whom he had left to keep the house, and put them in ward, and fed them, but went not in unto them. So they were shut up unto the day of their death, living in widowhood.”
- II Samuel, 20/3
(xiv) Moses : Keep alive virgins for your enjoyment and kill non-virgins
The Holy Bible states that Moses, one of the towering figures in Bible, instructed his soldiers to kill all boys and all those girls who had lost their virginity by sleeping with males, but to keep alive for their enjoyment those virgins, who did not have sexual intercourse with males.  Read the following five verses :
 “17. Now therefore kill every male among the little ones, and kill every woman that bath known man by lying with him.”
- Numbers, 31/17
 “18.  But all the women children, that have not known a man by lying with him, keep alive for yourselves.”
- Numbers, 31/18
 “32.  And the booty, being the rest of the prey which the men of war had caught, was six hundred thousand and seventy thousand and five thousand sheep.”
- Numbers, 31/32
 “35. And thirty and two thousand persons in all, of women that had not known man by lying with him.”
- Numbers, 31/35
 “40. And the persons were sixteen thousand; of which the Lord’s tribute was thirty and two persons,” 
- Numbers, 31/40
The afore-mentioned verses indicate that thirty two thousand virgins were captured as booty and distributed among the congregation and the Lord.

Mark Twain, the great American humorous writer, throws light on the above passage as under :
“Their naked privacies were probed to make sure they had the hymen intact.  After this humiliation, they were sent away from the land that had been their home, to be sold into slavery; the worst of slaveries; bed slavery; to excite lust and satisfy it with their bodies; slavery to any buyer, be he gentleman, or be he coarse and filthy ruffian. (Letters From the Earth)”
- Mark Twain
Thomas Paine, the great thinker of America, remarks : While commenting upon the afore-mentioned five verses,
“Among the detestable villains that in any period of the world have disgraced the name of man, it is impossible to find a greater than Moses, if this account be true.  Here is an order to butcher the boys, to massacre the mothers, and debauch the daughters.”
- Thomas Paine
Charles Smith, the editor of ‘The Truth-Seeker’, states wrathfully :
“Which is the wrose, the Old or the New Testament ? If bad books are burned, the largest bonfire should consist of Bibles.”
- Charles Smith
(xv) Sale of daughters for sexual gratification 
Will the members of Human Rights Commission approve of sale of daughters as mentioned in the following verses of Holy Bible ?
 “7. And if a man sell his daughter to be a maidservant, she shall not go out as the menservants do.”
- Exodus, 21/7
 “8. If she please not her master, who hath betrothed her to himself, then shall he let her be redeemed; to sell her unto a strange nation he shall have no power, seeing he bath dealt deceitfully with her.”
- Exodus, 21/8
One must question to Christian missionaries : Is woman like a toy ? As long as you enjoy sexual satisfaction, you may keep her with you, but when she ceases to satisfy you sexually, you may throw her ! Is it morality ? No civilized states would tolerate such infamy.

 Britishers often boasted that they were the civilized nation for centuries.  Will they dare deny that sale of daughters was practised in England for seven hundred years, after the introduction of Christianity?

Ms. Matilda Joslyn Gage, renowned female American writer, corroborates the above statement as under-
“While the sale of daughters was practiced in England for seven hundred years after the introduction of Christianity, we note that by the ancient law of India, a father was forbidden to sell his daughter in marriage, or receive the smallest present there for In mediaeval England the daughter was held as a portion of the father property to be sold to the highest bidder.”
- Matilda Joslyn Gage
(xvi) Killing male enemies, and marrying their females
Holy Bible allows and justifies killing of male enemies, then marrying their beautiful females from among the captives, and abandoning them later on if such captive wives do not give sexual satisfaction.  Here are five Biblical verses in this connection :
 “10. When thou goest forth to war against thine enemies, and the Lord thy God bath delivered them into thine hands, and thou hast taken them captive.”
- Deuteronomy, 21/10
 “11. And seest among the captives a beautiful woman, and hast a desire unto her, that thou wouldest have her to thy wife;”
- Deuteronomy, 21/11
 “12. Then thou shalt bring her home to thine house; and she shall shave her head, and pare her nails;” 
- Deuteronomy, 21/12
 “13.  And she shall put the raiment of her captivity from off her, and shall remain in thine house, and bewail her father and her mother a full month; and after that thou shalt go in unto her, and be her husband, and she shall be thy wife.”
- Deuteronomy, 21/13
 “14.  And it shall be, if thou have no delight in her, then thou shalt let her go whither she will;……”
- Deuteronomy, 21/14
Can it be called marriage or rape ? No civilized man will approve of marrying captive women by force and throwing them away when they cease to give sexual satisfaction.
Here is another passage in Holy Bible, which allows and justifies killing all male enemies, and taking away their women folk for sexual gratification
 “13. And when the Lord thy God bath delivered it into thine hands, thou shalt smite every male thereof with the edge of the sword:”
- Deuteronomy, 20/13
 “14. But the women, and the little ones, and the cattle, and all that is in the city, even all the spoil thereof, shalt thou take unto thyself., and thou shalt eat the spoil of thine enemies, which the Lord thy God hath given thee.”
- Deuteronomy, 20/14
Note - ‘Spoil of war’ means plundering of the possessions (including women and children) of enemies in war after they are killed.
With all this, the Christian missionaries claim that only the religion of Christ and Holy Bible will lead men and women to moral progress.  The readers, after having read the afore-mentioned instances, will themselves judge whether the religion of Christ and Holy Bible will lead men and women to moral progress or retrogress.

In this connection the remark of Bertrand Russell, the renowned philosopher, who was awarded the Nobel Prize for literature in 1950, is worth quoting.  He says :In this connection the remark of
“The Christian religion as organised in its Churches has been and still is the principal enemy of moral progress in the world.”
- Bertrand Russell

Thomas Paine, one of the founders of the U.S.A., opines :

“Whenever we read the obscene stories, the voluptuous debaucheries, the cruel and torturous executions, the unrelenting vindictiveness, with which more than half the Bible is filled, it would be more consistent that we called it the word of a demon; than the word of God. It is a history of wickedness, that has served to corrupt and brutalise mankind,- and, for my own part, I sincerely detest it, as I detest everything that is cruel.”
- Thomas Paine


1.2 MORAL CODE OF CONDUCT IN VEDAS 
Holy Vedas consist of complete moral code of conduct for men and women of the world.  It is not possible to cite here all instances.
 Be pure and piousO worshippers !
                    - Rig Veda 10/18/2
Purity is the key of spiritual treasure.  It elevates and exalts man.  Prayer without purity is as useless as body without soul.  Not only purity of body, but that of mind is required.  He who is pure and pious in thoughts, words and deeds, can alone tread on path of spiritualism.  Those who are pure within and without, hold the passport to enter the kingdom of God.  Vedas emphasise upon piety and purity.  Hence man should pray to Providence not for personal power, position and prestige, but for purity and piety.
 May the omniscient Lord Make me pure and pious.
          - Yajur Veda, 19/39
Vedic message is divine message which inspires and elevates man, exalts and uplifts him, invigorates and ennobles him, infuses and enthuses him to soar high to achieve immortal bliss. Vedic philosophy admonishes us never to descend but to ascend and ascend to sublime thoughts and deeds.  Holy Vedas precept us to live with dignity
 O man, elevate thyself,
Ascend high, do not descend low,
I endow thee
With vigour and wisdom
To live with dignity.
Come, enter the divine chariot Of immortal bliss,
And impart thy knowledge
To assembly of people.
                    - Atharva Veda 8/1/6
Prof. Emerson
“Vedas exalt our life.  All philosophies and science of Europe appear insignificant before Vedas.  All men of the earth must return to Vedas.”
- Prof. Emerson
Prof. Pall Thema
“The Vedas are noble documents, documents not only of value and pride to India but to the entire humanity, because in them we see man attempting to lift himself above the earthly existence.”
- Prot Pall Thema
Holy Vedas condemn and criticise lustful life in the form of unrestrained looseness in sex.  To indulge in sexual conjugation with wife of another person is nothing but immorality and intemperance, debasement and debauchery, lewdness and lechery.  The lewd and lecherous man as well as woman is not entitled to participate in yajna according to Rig Veda :
 The licentious persons are not fit
To participate in yajna.
                    - Rig Veda 7/21/5
corroborates the statement as underHe who indulges in debauchery loses his energy and strength, vision and vitality, memory and manliness, dignity and decorum.  His age is tremendously reduced.
 In the world,
There is no other sin,
Which reduces age so quickly
As that of sexual intercourse
With wife of another man.
                    - Manu, 4/134
Vedas therefore emphasise upon purity and piety, chastity and sanctity of body and mind which enables us to lead healthy life full of healthy thoughts and healthy deeds to serve God and guide, father and mother, saints and seers, country and community.  This is the only way to enjoy life and gain admiration and immortality.
Ye enlightened pious souls,
May we hear with our ears
What is good,
May we see with our eyes
What is good,
May we enjoy
Full span of our life
With pure limbs and pure body
And full satisfaction of mind
In the service of supreme Lord.
                    - Rig Veda 1/89/8
Holy Vedas emphasise on upliftment and elevation of all beings.  The good of an individual lies in cumulative progress of all persons.  That is why Vedic religion precepts man to purify not only himself but also others.
Begin to lead pure life
To attain universal splendour,
Purify thyself,
And make others pure,
Cross over the troublesome paths
Along with all heroes,
And live cheerfully
For a hundred autumns.
                    - Atharva Veda 12/2/28

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2] BIBLE DENIGRATES WOMEN, VEDAS ELEVATE THEM

2.1 DENIGRATION OF WOMEN IN BIBLE
(i) Biblical God curses all women
The women have been belittled, humiliated and denigrated by the following verse of the Holy Bible, in which Biblical God has cursed all women that He will multiply their sorrow and they will endure pain of child-birth and that their husbands shall rule over them because of their no fault but that of their first grandmother Eve eating the forbidden fruit in the Garden of Eden.  Will any educated woman believe in and approve of being ruled by her husband as declared by Biblical God in Bible ? Here is the relevant verse :
 “16. Unto the woman he (God) said, 1 will greatly multiply thy sorrow and thy conception; in sorrow thou shalt bring forth children; and thy desire shall be to thy husband, and he shall rule over thee.”
- Genesis, 3/16
That is why in nineteenth century some Christian priests opposed the use of anesthetics at the time of child-birth on the plea that it would amount to the transgression of the so called divine will under which woman must endure pain of child-birth.  It was only when Queen Victoria had anestheties at the time of her child-birth, that it was allowed to be used commonly.

In this connection Bertrand Russell, the renowned philosopher, who was awarded the Nobel Prize for literature in 1950, writes :
“One occasion for the logical intervention to prevent the mitigation of human suffering was the discovery of anaesthetics. Simpson in 1847 recommended their use in child birth, and was immediately reminded by the clergy that God said to Eve (Bible, Genesis, III: 16) : ‘In sorrow shalt thou bring forth children.’”
- Bertrand Russell

Christian priests condemn birth control.  In their opinion, women are machines to produce more and more children to increase the population of their co-religionists.
“Most of clergymen condemn birth control None of them condemns the brutality of a husband who causes his wife to die of too frequent pregnancies.  I knew a fashionable clergyman whose wife had nine children in nine years.  The doctors told him that if she had another she would die.  Next year she had another and died. No one condemned, he retained his benefice and married again.”
- Bertrand Russell

“The second century St. Clement of Alexandria wrote :
Every woman should be filled with shame by the thought that she is a woman.”
- St Clement

Lutherans at Wittenberg debated whether women were really human beings at all.50
(ii) Woman was created for man, not man for woman
The New Testament states that originally man did not spring from woman, but woman was made out of man, and that woman was not created for woman’s sake, but for the sake of man.
44. “8. For the man is not of the woman; but the woman of the man.”- I Corinthians, 11/8
45. “9. Neither was the man created for the woman; but the woman for the man.”
- I Corinthians, 11/9
In 1977, Pope Paul VI explained :
“Women were barred from the priesthood because our Lord was a man.”
- Pope Paul VI
(iii) Christ is the head of man, but not of woman
The New Testament states that the head of every man is Christ, but he is not the head of woman.  She is headed by man, not Christ.  It indicates that woman does not enjoy equal status according to Holy Bible.  Here is the relevant text :
“3. But I would have you know, that the head of every man is Christ; and the head of the woman is the man; and the head of Christ is God.”
- I Corinthians, 11/3
(iv) Women must remain under domination of men
The New Testament ordains women to remain under domination of men.  They should not teach, nor usurp authority over men, but to remain in silence with all subjection.  Read the following five verses :
 “11.  Let the woman learn in silence with all subjection.”- I Timothy, 2/11
 “12. But I suffer not a woman to teach, nor to usurp authority over the man, but to he in silence.”
- I Timothy, 2/12
 “13. For Adam was First formed, then Eve.”
- I Timothy, 2/13
“14. And Adam was not deceived, but the woman being deceived was in the transgression.”
- I Timothy, 2/14
 “24. Therefore as the church is subject unto Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in every thing.”
- Ephesians, 5/24

When Christian monks in the fourth century hacked the great scholar Hypatia to death with oyster shells, St. Cyril explained that it was because she was an iniquitous (wicked) female who had presumed, against God’s commandments, to teach men.

Elizabeth Cady Stanton
“I know of no other book (barring the Bible) that so fully teaches the subjection and degradation of woman.”- Elizabeth Cady Stanton
(v) Submission of wives to husbands
Again the New Testament declares that God considers it as fit and proper that wives should submit themselves to their own husbands.  Here is the text :
 “18. Wives, submit yourselves unto your own Husbands, as it is fit in the Lord.”- Colossians, 3/18 
It is a matter of agony and amazement that the State has played the role of agent and slave of the Church in subjugation of woman.  In this connection Ms Matilda Joslyn Gage, an American writer, states :
“The State, agent and slave of the Church, has so long united with it in suppression of woman’s intelligence, has so long preached of power to man alone, that it has created an inherited tendency, an inborn line of thought toward repression.”
- Matilda Joslyn Gage

Dante (1265-1321), the greatest poet of Italy, continuously fought against the political aggression of the Papacy.  In this connection, John Bond, the noted American journalist, writes
“The great poet Dante, a thoroughly orthodox Catholic, consistently fought against the political aggression and against the wild claims of the Papacy.  Consequently he was driven into perpetual exile and condemned to ‘be burnt until dead’ in case of capture.  His famous book exposing the falsity of the Papal pretences in the forum of reason and history was ordered burned by the public hangman.  A Roman cardinal of that day issued an order to open Dante k tomb and have the body tied to the stake and given to the flames as that of a heretic.  The order was never executed because the friends of the great poet interfered.”

(vi) Women not permitted to speak in Churches
According to law laid down in the New Testament, women are not permitted to speak in Churches.  If they want to learn any thing, they may ask their husbands at home, for it is a matter of shame for women to speak in the Church.  Here is the Biblical text in this connection :
 “34. Let your women keep silence in the churches; for it is not permitted unto them to speak; but they are commanded to be under obedience, as also saith the law.”
- I Corinthians 14/34
 “35. And if they will learn any thing, let them ask their husbands at home: for it is a shame for women to speak in the church.”
- I Corinthians. 14/35
Will the educated women believe in and approve of the above text ? If not, let them raise voice emphatically.
writes :The women in England were not permitted to read the Holy Bible for a long time.  In this connection
“For a long period after the reformation, English women were not permitted to read the Bible, a statute of the Eighth Henry prohibiting ‘women and others of low degree’ from its use.”
- Matilda Joslyn Gage
(vii) Woman, not man, must cover her head during prayer
The New Testament admonishes men not to cover their heads while praying, but for women the admonition is different.  They should cover their heads during prayer.  The Holy Bible further ordains that if a woman does not cover her head during prayer, she dishonours her head and looks as if she is shaven.  The next Biblical command for a woman is more strict.  It says that if a woman does not cover her head, while praying, let her be shorn.  But if she feels ashamed to be shorn or shaven, then let her cover her head.  Let us read the following three verses in this matter :
 “4. Every man praying or prophesying, having his head covered, dishonoureth his head.”
- I Corinthians, 11/4
 “5. But every woman that prayeth or prophesieth with her head uncovered dishonoureth her head; for that is even all one as if she were shaven.”
- I Corinthians, 11/5
 “6. For if the woman be not covered, let her also be shorn; but if it be a shame for a woman to be shorn or shaven, let her be covered.”
- I Corinthians, 11/6
(viii) Test for unfaithful wife by making her drink bitter water
Holy Bible prescribes test for faithless wife as under : “If a wife is suspected of faithlessness by her husband, she will be brought before the priest.  The priest will put her to test by making her drink water, which causes curse.  If the woman is defiled and has committed the sin of having sexual intercourse with the man other than her husband, the water will make her belly swell and her thigh shall rot.” Here is the text :
 “20. But if thou hast gone aside to another instead of thy husband, and if thou be defiled, and some man have lain with thee beside thine husband;” 
- Numbers 5/20
“21. Then the priest shall charge the woman with an oath of cursing, and the priest shall say unto the woman, The Lord make thee a curse and an oath among thy people, when the Lord doth make thy thigh to rot, and thy belly to swell;”
- Numbers, 5/21
 “22. And this water that causeth the curse shall go into thy bowels, to make thy belly to swell, and thy thigh to rot; And the woman shall say, Amen, amen.”
- Numbers, 5/22
 “27. And when he bath made her to drink the water, then it shall come to pass, that, if she be defiled, and have done trespass against her husband, that the water that causeth the curse shall enter into her, and become bitter, and her belly shall swell, and her thigh shall rot; and the woman shall be a curse among her people.”
- Numbers, 5/27
Why did Biblical God not institute similar test for unfaithful husband ? The above four verses indicate the partiality of Biblical God and injustice to women.  When will the women awaken from sound slumber and raise their strong protest against their denigration and humiliation in the name of religion ?
(ix) Does woman have a soul ?
Not only the Church, but also the State denied that woman possesses a soul.  Matilda Joslyn Gage writes :
“As early as the sixth century a council at Macon (585) fifty-nine bishops taking part, devoted its time to a discussion of this question, ‘Does woman possess a soul ?’…… Until time of Peter the Great, women were not recognized as human beings in that great division of Christendom known as the Greek church, the census of that empire counting only males, or so many ‘souls’ -no woman named.  Traces of this old belief have not been found wanting in our own country within the century.  As late as the Woman’s Rights Convention in Philadelphia, 1854, an objector in the audience cried out : ‘Let women first prove they have souls; both the Church and the State deny it.’ ”56
- Matilda Joslyn Gage
(x) Biblical law of divorce humiliates woman 
Read the following four verses in this connection :, and the land where such re-marriage takes place commits .  The Holy Bible emphatically states that such re-marriage of twice-divorced wife with previous husband is Biblical law of divorce renders sheer injustice and atrocity to a woman.  According to Holy Bible, if a husband is displeased with his wife, he can divorce her instantly, simply by giving a letter of divorcement in her hand and asking her to get out of his house.  But Holy Bible does not authorise a wife to divorce her husband.  The Holy Bible renders another injustice to a woman by making a law that if the divorced wife becomes another man’s wife, and if he too hates her and divorces her in the same manner, she cannot go back to her former husband, because
 “1. When a man bath taken a wife, and married her, and it come to pass that she rind no favour in his eyes, because he hath found some uncleanness in her; then let him write her a bill of divorcement, and give it in her hand, and send her out of his house.”
- Deuteronomy, 24/1
 “2. And when she is departed out of his house, she may go and be another man’s wife.”
- Deuteronomy, 24/2
 “3. And if the latter husband hate her, and write her a bill of divorcement, and giveth it in her hand, and sendeth her out of his house; or if the latter husband die, which took her to be his wife;”
- Deuteronomy, 24/3
 “4. Her former husband, which sent her away, may not take her again to be his wife, after that she is defiled; for that is abomination before the Lord; and thou shalt not cause the land to sin, which the Lord thy God giveth thee for an inheritance.”
- Deuteronomy, 24/4
(xi) Could a Christian husband release himself from marriage bond by killing his wife ?
Ms. Matilda Joslyn Gage
“An examination of history proves that in Christian Russia as in Christian England the husband could release himself from the marriage bond by killing his wife, over whom under Christian law he had power of life and death. Her children, as to-day in Christian England and America, are not under her control; she is to bear children but not to educate them, for as under Catholic and Protestant Christianity, women are looked upon as a lower order of beings, of an unclean nature.”
- Matilda Joslyn Gage
George W. Foote
“It will yet be the proud boast of woman that she never contributed a line to the Bible.”
- George W. Foote
Helen Gardner
“Women are indebted today for their emancipation from a position of hopeless degradation, not to their religion nor to Jehovah, but to the justice and honor of the men who have defied his commands.  That she does not crouch today where St. Paul tried to bind her, she owes to the men who are grand and brave enough to ignore St. Paul, and rise superior to his God.”
- Helen Gardner

2.2 ELEVATION OF WOMEN IN VEDAS 
Despite antiquity of Vedas, they preach the most modern and the most progressive thoughts.  Woman enjoys high position at home as well as society according to Vedas.  Both man and woman enjoy equal rights.  For husband and wife, Vedas make mention of one word dmpaitais considered to be complete only when both husband and wife sit together.  Woman enjoys the same right as man, to study and preach the sublime philosophy of Vedas. which means two masters of one house.  Not only husband, but also his wife is equal owner of the house.  Both enjoy the same prestige, power and position.  None is subordinate to the other.  To say that wife is servant or slave to husband is not okayed by Vedas.  The performance of
According to Vedic religion, marriage is a union of two souls enjoying constant peace and prosperity at home.  It entitles woman to enjoy permanent safety, security, serenity and sovereignty at home.  Marriage is not a temporary social contract which can be broken at any time at the whim and caprice of either party.  In accordance with Vedic religion, marriage ensures woman to be the wife and mistress at the house for full span of life of a hundred years.  When Aryan bride-groom brings his newly-wedded bride to his house, he addresses her at the time of her first entrance in her house as under
 Remain awakeAs intelligent and alert woman
Enjoying full life of a hundred years.
Enter the house as its ideal mistress,
May the Creator bestow on thee
Long life.
                      - Atharva Veda 14/2/75
in which bride-groom addresses his bride at the time of wedding, categorically illustrates the inseparable union between the two:Wedding ceremonies performed in accordance with Vedic religion bind the bride and bride-groom in spiritual ties of love and liberty, equality and integrity, purity and piety.  They become one soul living in two bodies. Nuptial relations guaranteed by Vedic religion are based on spiritualism rather than materialism, love rather than lust.  The following
 I am what thou art Thou art what I am,
I am the psalm
And thou art the verse,
I am the heaven
And thou art the earth,
May we live together
To produce progeny.
                      - Atharva Veda 14/2/71
of Rig Veda that she is glory of her nation, prop of her society and pillar of her communityThe hand that rocks the cradle, can rock the entire nation. History is a witness that fall of huge empires has been, to a great extent, due to degradation of women-folk.  The first inspiring teacher of man is his mother who shapes his future and makes his destiny.  Nation is made of individuals who owe their rise to the teachings of their mothers.  Hence progress of nation depends upon the development of women.  They are the truest builders of the nation.  That is why an Aryan mother announces with pride and privilege in the following
 I am the banner
I am the head
I possess excellent eloquence;
My husband co-operates with me
And follows my will.
                      - Rig Veda 10/159/2
That is why Shri Manu, the first apostle of equality, liberty and fraternity in the world, held the women in high esteem.  According to him woman enjoys loftier position than that enjoyed by man.  It is woman who elevates and exalts the nation.  He speaks of honoured and exalted status of woman in his following utterance:

The enlightened souls enjoy life with ecstasy
Where women are honoured.
                      - Manu

4 comments:

  1. Christianity is worse than Islam.

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  2. christianity and islam are religions of men, these religions are in passion and ignorance. and worship a false god called allah, jehova yahveh whatever the case, ther are the garbage of the world.

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    1. really???i pity the one who wrote this...he is desperate to misguide people

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  3. The idiot has took out only incomplete sentence verse of the Bible.He must not forget that Rig veda written after flood during the time of Noah.And Aryans who wrote it were slaves of Abraham.So you are big looser and liar to miss guide Hindus Actually Bible details their story that how they born.They are cursed by God for Idol worshiping.

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