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Is wife beating allowed in the Bible?

The sections of this article are:

1-  Christianity is a religion of conjecture.
2-  Women and the authority of men, upon them, in the Bible.
3-  Jesus surely witnessed wife-beating and never condemned it!

      (a)-  What about the love your wife, love your enemy, and turn the other cheek rules?

              (i)-  Hosea 3:1 clearly proves that wife-beating is allowed!

4-  If the country's law prohibits wife-beating, then Muslims are forbidden from doing it.

     (a)-  In the Glorious Quran.
     (b)-  In the Bible.

             (i)-  Paul is known to say absurd things.

5-  Conclusion.




1-  Christianity is a religion of conjecture:

It is important to note that much of Christianity and Christianity's social laws are based on man-made inventions.  Allah Almighty in the Glorious Quran summed up this entire false religion in one Word by calling it a religion of "conjecture".  The following few examples make this point very clear:

1-  Their man-made laws of inheritance.  The Old Testament declares that if sons exist, then daughters inherit nothing!  Yet, today, males and females inherit equal shares in the Christian societies.

  • In Islam, the male inherits double the female, because the man is legally responsible for his parents, wife, children, divorcee (for a period of time), sisters (single or widowed), and his aunts.  He can be sued in court by any of these people if he neglects them, and the court would enforce payments upon him to them.
  • 2-  Marriage with just one wife, or more than one wife?  Jesus grew up and lived in a society of polygamists, and yet, he never once denounced it.  Yet, Christians declare that their religion prohibits polygamy.

    3-  Fasting and Prostrating one's face to GOD Almighty to the ground were done by the Prophets and even by Jesus himself.  Yet, Christians today do not do any of this, and the Catholics' fasting about not eating meat and animal products such as eggs and milk, on some Fridays, is a man-made thing.

    4-  Their careless attributions of the words of unnamed and unknown men in their "Gospels" and "Books" of the Bible being inspired by GOD Almighty [2], despite the fact that more than 90% of these books' authors never even once claimed that GOD Almighty had anything to do with them, and much of these so-called "books" were mere letters sent from people to people.  Not only that, but bibles' (plural) theologians all declare that the authors of those "books" are not even known!


    Further on the Bible is full of man-made corruption:
  • Paul is known to be a fraud who admittedly wasn't even sure if the "spirit" that was inspiring him was the Holy Spirit or not [2] [3].
  • The Bible's books and gospels, according to its own translators and theologians, were
    1. Written by mysterious men.
    2. Written by an unknown number of men.
    3. Written in unknown places.
    4. Written in unknown dates.
    5. Paul never even met Jesus Christ in person while the latter was on earth.  It is falsely claimed that Jesus appeared to Paul while Paul was on his way to Damascus after the "crucifixion" (Acts 9:2-4Note: Paul's name used to be Saul.  Yet, Paul admittedly wasn't even sure whether the Holy Spirit was inspiring him or not).
    6. None of the disciples, even in the false writings attributed to them, ever claimed that their writings were inspired or Divine.  Not only that, but we even ironically see that:
    7. Luke for instance, wrote his "gospel" for the sake of another person and not GOD Almighty.  See below for details.
    8. The disciples even fought with each others [1] [2].
    9. We read about direct invitations to dinner and other occasions between the disciples in the "books" [1].
    10. According to the commentaries below, all of the books of the bible were altered and corrupted.
    11.  The Bible's own theologians even admit that the bible contains "fictions", its original manuscripts "had been lost", and contains "fairy tails and fables".
    12. And, it is also an indisputable fact that the Bible:
      1. Is filled with ample contradictions, man's alterations, corruption, and false scientific absurdities.
      2. Is written in third-party narrations, which is why we find in all of the gospels' titles "This gospel according to....", and countless verses that speak about the disciples and about their activities in third-party narrations [1] [2] [3] [4], which proves that the books and gospels were certainly not written by them.
      3. This also means that much gossips and exaggerations and fabrications were made up and inserted into the books and gospels.  So even if, for instance, some people back then thought that Jesus was crucified, they in reality never actually saw it.  It could very well be that they've only heard about it from a neighboring town and believed it.  There are certainly in the books and gospels:
      4. Too much gossips.
      5. Too wide of date gaps by the decades [1] [2] [3] [4] between when the supposed event took place and when it was actually written, by hand, in the corrupt gospels.
      6. Too many unknown people wrote the stories.
      7. Too many Prophecies in the Old Testament that promise that Jesus Christ, the Messiah, will be saved from the crucifixion.
      8. Too many mistranslations and desperate misinterpretations in Isaiah 53 and elsewhere.
      9. This also means that the books and gospels were definitely not inspired by GOD Almighty.  Paul, again, even admits that he had his delusions and doubts.
    13. The Bible praises X-Rated pornography and even praised incestual fantasies between brothers and sisters.
  • There are many other examples that I can't think of right now, but I believe these points make it abundantly clear that Christianity is indeed no more than a religion of conjecture; it is a religion that is made by men and men's thoughts.



    2-  Women and the authority of men, upon them, in the Bible:

    First of all, as I mentioned above, the Bible allows beating of people who commit wrong acts, and the fools:

    1-  The Concept of Beating in the Bible:

    "Young people take pride in their strength, but the gray hairs of wisdom are even more beautiful.  A severe beating can knock all of the evil out of you!  (From the Contemporary English Version (CEV) Bible, Proverbs 20:29-30)"

    "Hatred stirs up trouble; love overlooks the wrongs that others do.  If you have good sense, it will show when you speak.  But if you are stupid, you will be beaten with a stick.  If you have good sense, you will learn all you can, but foolish talk will soon destroy you.  (From the Contemporary English Version (CEV) Bible, Proverbs 10:12-14)"

    "A curse you donít deserve will take wings and fly away like a sparrow or a swallow.  Horses and donkeys must be beaten and bridledó and so must fools.  Donít make a fool of yourself by answering a fool.  (From the Contemporary English Version (CEV) Bible, Proverbs 26:2-4)"

    Again, beating here is open for anyone who is deemed to have evil in them, and/or is acting stupid and is a fool.  The Bible doesn't object to the concepts of beating and disciplining of any individual who is in the wrong, and who is deemed to be deserving to it.


    2-  Parables about Beating:

    "Athletes work hard to win a crown that cannot last, but we do it for a crown that will last forever.  I donít run without a goal. And I donít box by beating my fists in the air.  I keep my body under control and make it my slave, so I wonít lose out after telling the good news to others.  (From the Contemporary English Version (CEV) Bible, 1 Corinthians 9:25-27)"

    "If that happens, the master will come on a day and at a time when the servant least expects him. That servant will then be punished and thrown out with the servants who cannot be trusted.  If servants are not ready or willing to do what their master wants them to do, they will be beaten hard.  But servants who donít know what their master wants them to do will not be beaten so hard for doing wrong. If God has been generous with you, he will expect you to serve him well. But if he has been more than generous, he will expect you to serve him even better.  (From the Contemporary English Version (CEV) Bible, Luke 12:46-48)"

    Even though these are parables, but notice that beating was a norm in the society.  Yet, never was it directly condemned, especially on wives!.  Not only that, but we find the beatings being ok even in parables in the Bible.


    Also, there are many verses in the Bible that put women under the authority and judgment of men:

    1-  Man is clearly the ruler and the lord of the woman:

    Genesis 3:16 "To the woman he said, "I will greatly increase your pains in childbearing; with pain you will give birth to children. Your desire will be for your husband, and he will rule over you.""

    Now the Bible allows for rulers and kings to not only punish whom they please, but to even kill whom they please.  I've written a big article on this where King David, for instance, killed a messenger for a mere message.  Yet, David is a blessed person by GOD Almighty in the Bible.

    I am not saying that a husband is allowed to kill his wife if she defies or reviles him.  But certainly, him being her ruler gives him a great deal of power and authority over her.  So why should he be forbidden from disciplining her if she gets out of line?

    Furthermore, the New Testament also said:

    1 Corinthians 11:3 "Now I want you to realize that the head of every man is Christ, and the head of the woman is man, and the head of Christ is God."

    "the head of" means

    1. The master.

    2. Lord.

    3. One who has authority over.

    4. One who is responsible for.

    1 Corinthians 11:6-7
    6 If a woman does not cover her head, she should have her hair cut off; and if it is a disgrace for a woman to have her hair cut or shaved off, she should cover her head.
    7 A man ought not to cover his head, since he is the image and glory of God; but the woman is the glory of man."

    2-  Only the daughter could be sold by her father to slavery:

    Exodus 21:7-8 "And in case a man should sell his daughter as a slave girl, she will not go out in the way that the slave men go out.  If she is displeasing in the eyes of her master so that he doesn't designate her as a concubine but causes her to be redeemed, he will not be entitled to sell her to a foreign people in his treacherously dealing with her."

    3-  The man is allowed to cut the woman's hands if she defends her husband in the wrong way:

    Deuteronomy 25:11-12 "And in case men struggle together (in a fight) with one another, and the wife of the one has come near to deliver her husband out of the striking one (to save her husband), and she has thrust out her hand and grabbed hold of his private (the other man's groin), she must then get both her hands cut off, and the eyes of the men must feel no sorrow."

    4-  The New Testament considers women as filth that defiles men:

    Revelation 14:4 "Those are those (men) who did not defile themselves with women, for they kept themselves pure.  They follow the Lamb wherever he goes.  They were purchased from among men and offered as first fruits to God and the Lamb."

    Note:  Christians, again, lie on this one and claim that the verse is referring to prostitutes.  That is not what the verse says even if we assume that it meant that.  The fact that it used "women", which includes all females, definitely means that the intent here was to degrade women!  You can lie and argue endlessly about this, but the verse its very clear.  The Bible addresses prostitutes in 100s (literally) of verses throughout the Old and New Testaments.  The verses are countless.  Yet, in this one, the word women was chosen.  It didn't even say bad women.  No, it just said women.  It clearly refers to the other verses of the Bible where the woman (Eve) was blamed for kicking mankind out of Heaven.  Allah Almighty in the Glorious Quran, on the other hand, blamed both Adam and Eve, and not just Eve.

    5-  The daughter would get burnt alive with fire:

    Leviticus 21:9 "And the daughter of any priest, if she profane herself by playing the whore, she profaneth her father: she shall be burnt with fire."

    There are many many other verses that I could dig up and provide, but these should be sufficient enough to prove that men have full authority over women in the Bible.



    3-  Jesus surely witnessed wife-beating and never condemned it!

    Like in every society, there are always those people who are short-tempered and violent.  In fact, the Bible gave certain punishments for beating certain people:

    Exodus 21
    14 But if a man schemes and kills another man deliberately, take him away from my altar and put him to death.
    15 "Anyone who attacks his father or his mother must be put to death.
    16 "Anyone who kidnaps another and either sells him or still has him when he is caught must be put to death.
    17 "Anyone who curses his father or mother must be put to death.
    18 "If men quarrel and one hits the other with a stone or with his fist [a] and he does not die but is confined to bed,
    19 the one who struck the blow will not be held responsible if the other gets up and walks around outside with his staff; however, he must pay the injured man for the loss of his time and see that he is completely healed.
    20 "If a man beats his male or female slave with a rod and the slave dies as a direct result, he must be punished,
    21 but he is not to be punished if the slave gets up after a day or two, since the slave is his property.
    22 "If men who are fighting hit a pregnant woman and she gives birth prematurely but there is no serious injury, the offender must be fined whatever the woman's husband demands and the court allows.
    23 But if there is serious injury, you are to take life for life,
    24 eye for eye, tooth for tooth, hand for hand, foot for foot,
    25 burn for burn, wound for wound, bruise for bruise.
    26 "If a man hits a manservant or maidservant in the eye and destroys it, he must let the servant go free to compensate for the eye.
    27 And if he knocks out the tooth of a manservant or maidservant, he must let the servant go free to compensate for the tooth.

    Numbers 35
    18 Or if anyone has a wooden object in his hand that could kill, and he hits someone so that he dies, he is a murderer; the murderer shall be put to death.
    21 or if in hostility he hits him with his fist so that he dies, that person shall be put to death; he is a murderer. The avenger of blood shall put the murderer to death when he meets him.

    Deuteronomy 19
    5 For instance, a man may go into the forest with his neighbor to cut wood, and as he swings his ax to fell a tree, the head may fly off and hit his neighbor and kill him. That man may flee to one of these cities and save his life.

    The Bible went into many details about many of the hitting scenarios.  It even went as far as giving a hypothetical example of a neighbor accidently causing for a tree to fall on his neighbor.  Yet,


    Never once did the Bible condemn the beating of wives despite the fact that the book has verses on beatings!  Why is that?


    In fact, if a man rapes a single girl, which is technically a physical beating and a rape, then his punishment is to marry her:

    "If a man happens to meet a virgin who is not pledged to be married and rapes her and they are discovered, he shall pay the girl's father fifty shekels of silver.  He must marry the girl, for he has violated her.  He can never divorce her as long as he lives.  (From the NIV Bible, Deuteronomy 22:28)"

    I simply do not see where the Bible truly prohibits wife-beating.  It seems clear to me that the Bible looks at the woman as someone who belongs only to her husband and that it is none of anyone's business to know or to care about what really goes on between them.  So whether the husband beats his wife or not, it really doesn't matter.  This is how I honestly see the Bible's view toward the wife.  I am not saying that the Bible encourages wife-beating.  But certainly, the Bible


    Just doesn't care at all about it.


    Also, Jesus has definitely seen or heard of wife-beating incidents throughout his life in the society that he lived in.  I mean, I find it virtually impossible for a hard-headed society that he lived among, who were full of defiance and stubbornness, to not have wife-beating in it.  So, Jesus' silence about it also proves that


    Jesus too didn't really care at all about it, or gave it much thought.


    (a)-  What about the love your wife, love your enemy and turn the other cheek rules?

    Let us look at the following verses from the Bible:

    Luke 6
    34 And if you lend to those from whom you expect repayment, what credit is that to you? Even 'sinners' lend to 'sinners,' expecting to be repaid in full.
    35 But love your enemies, do good to them, and lend to them without expecting to get anything back. Then your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High, because he is kind to the ungrateful and wicked.
    36 Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful.

    Luke 6
    28 bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you.
    29 If someone strikes you on one cheek, turn to him the other also. If someone takes your cloak, do not stop him from taking your tunic.
    30 Give to everyone who asks you, and if anyone takes what belongs to you, do not demand it back.

    But there is a limit to forgiveness:

    Matthew 18
    21 Then Peter came to Jesus and asked, "Lord, how many times shall I forgive my brother when he sins against me? Up to seven times?"
    22 Jesus answered, "I tell you, not seven times, but seventy-seven times.
    23 "Therefore, the kingdom of heaven is like a king who wanted to settle accounts with his servants.


    A bad wife could run out of the 77 times in a matter of days or weeks.

    Also again, the Concept of Beating in the Bible:

    "Young people take pride in their strength, but the gray hairs of wisdom are even more beautiful.  A severe beating can knock all of the evil out of you!  (From the Contemporary English Version (CEV) Bible, Proverbs 20:29-30)"

    "Hatred stirs up trouble; love overlooks the wrongs that others do.  If you have good sense, it will show when you speak.  But if you are stupid, you will be beaten with a stick.  If you have good sense, you will learn all you can, but foolish talk will soon destroy you.  (From the Contemporary English Version (CEV) Bible, Proverbs 10:12-14)"

    "A curse you donít deserve will take wings and fly away like a sparrow or a swallow.  Horses and donkeys must be beaten and bridledó and so must fools.  Donít make a fool of yourself by answering a fool.  (From the Contemporary English Version (CEV) Bible, Proverbs 26:2-4)"

    Beating here is open for anyone who is deemed to have evil in them, and/or is acting stupid and is a fool.  The Bible doesn't object to the concepts of beating and disciplining of any individual who is in the wrong, and who is deemed to be deserving to it.


    We also read:

    Ephesians 5:32-33
    32 This is a profound mysteryóbut I am talking about Christ and the church.
    33 However, each one of you also must love his wife as he loves himself, and
    the wife must respect her husband.

    Christian men are expected to love their wives as they love themselves, and Christian women are expected to respect their husbands.  But what if the wife does not respect nor honor her husband?  What if she is an unbearable person?  Full of foul words?  Stubborn?  Disrespectful and defiant to her master and head, her husband?

    Yes, the man is expected to be merciful as GOD Almighty is Merciful, and to love his enemies and to do good to them, but what if the wife becomes such an enemy that she is too harmful to the man, his dignity and to their children?  What if she doesn't want to take care of the children, nor to feed them?  What if she continuously defies the social traditions?  What if she constantly insult him and belittle him in front of people?  What if she doesn't treat him as her "head"?

    Furthermore, we read:

    Hosea 3
    1 The LORD said to me, "Go, show your love to your wife again, though she is loved by another and is an adulteress. Love her as the LORD loves the Israelites, though they turn to other gods and love the sacred raisin cakes."

    This verse clearly and indisputably proves that wife-beating to the extremely defiant and disobedient women is allowed, for the following reasons:

    1-  If one were to love his wife as GOD Almighty loved the Israelites, then this means that he can even beat the day lights out of her every time she defies him, or every time she does something foolish or outrageous.  How many, many times did GOD Almighty annihilate the Israelites, as a punishment for them, and caused for their children's heads to be dashed, and their women's pregnant tummies to get ripped open, and for their men to be killed, and for their towns to be utterly destroyed, and for them to be scattered all over the lands, by their enemies, because they defied GOD Almighty?

  • Where is the proof that a foolish and defying woman, who does outrageous things, can't receive "A severe beating" as the other verses above command?
  • 2-  Yes husband, you must be

    1. Loving and forgiving
    2. Sweet and humble
    3. Open-minded
    4. A person with a very big, loving and forgiving heart
    5. Gentleman
    6. Generous
    7. Tender, loving, fun, passive, and as perfect as you possibly could

    with your wife!  But, if she does get waaaayyyy out of line with you, as the Israelites got way out of line with GOD Almighty, then you are permitted to treat her as GOD Almighty treated the Israelites - to punish her!  And GOD Almighty annihilated the Israelites when He, the Almighty, decided to go against them.



    4-  If the country's law prohibits wife-beating, then Muslims are forbidden from doing it:

    It is important to the reader that today, in many countries throughout the world, wife and husband-beating is forbidden.  It is called domestic violence.  It even covers the children, but this is usually a grey area that the law isn't as strict about as the wife and husband-beating.  In other words, here in America for instance, you may spank your child for discipline, but you couldn't do the same for either your husband or wife.

    What does the Glorious Quran Say about following the current laws of the country?  Allah Almighty Said:

    Noble Verse(s) 4:59
    Yusuf Ali:

    [004:059]  O ye who believe! Obey God, and obey the Apostle, and those charged with authority among you. If ye differ in anything among yourselves, refer it to God and His Apostle, if ye do believe in God and the Last Day: That is best, and most suitable for final determination.

    Arabic (from right to left):

    4:59 ياايها الذين امنوا اطيعوا الله واطيعوا الرسول واولي الامر منكم فان تنازعتم في شئ فردوه الى الله والرسول ان كنتم تؤمنون بالله واليوم الاخر ذلك خير واحسن تاويلا

    As a Muslim, I am obligated to follow the law of the country that I am living with my free will in.  If the speed limit of the road says 45mph (miles per hour), then according to the Glorious Quran, I am obligated by Allah Almighty Himself to follow this law and to honor it and respect it.  The same goes for all other rules including domestic violence and others.

    Furthermore, Allah Almighty also Said:

    Noble Verse(s) 2:286
    Yusuf Ali:

    [002:286]  On no soul doth God Place a burden greater than it can bear. It gets every good that it earns, and it suffers every ill that it earns. (Pray:) "Our Lord! Condemn us not if we forget or fall into error; our Lord! Lay not on us a burden Like that which Thou didst lay on those before us; Our Lord! Lay not on us a burden greater than we have strength to bear. Blot out our sins, and grant us forgiveness. Have mercy on us. Thou art our Protector; Help us against those who stand against faith."

    Arabic (from right to left):

    2:286 لايكلف الله نفسا الا وسعها لها ماكسبت وعليها مااكتسبت ربنا لاتؤاخذنا ان نسينا او اخطانا ربنا ولاتحمل علينا اصرا كما حملته على الذين من قبلنا ربنا ولاتحملنا مالاطاقة لنا به واعف عنا واغفر لنا وارحمنا انت مولانا فانصرنا على القوم الكافرين


    Noble Verse(s) 2:195
    Dr. Munir Munshey (one of's authors):

    [002:195]  Spend your wealth for the cause of Allah. Do not, by your own doings, put yourself in harmís way. Do the right thing. Of course, Allah loves the righteous.

    Arabic (from right to left):

    2:195 وانفقوا في سبيل الله ولاتلقوا بايديكم الى التهلكة واحسنوا ان الله يحب المحسنين

    A Muslim is not only not obligated to violate the law, but he is strictly forbidden from violating it, because:

    1-  He/she will not be able to bear the consequences of going to jail and losing much of his life, career and wealth through disobeying the law in anything, in general.

    2-  He/she is forbidden from putting him/herself in harm's way.

    Furthermore, Allah Almighty also Said:

    Noble Verse(s) 2:173
    Yusuf Ali:

    [002:173]  He hath only forbidden you dead meat, and blood, and the flesh of swine, and that on which any other name hath been invoked besides that of God. But if one is forced by necessity, without wilful disobedience, nor transgressing due limits,- then is he guiltless. For God is Oft-Forgiving Most Merciful.

    Arabic (from right to left):

    2:173 انما حرم عليكم الميتة والدم ولحم الخنزير ومااهل به لغير الله فمن اضطر غير باغ ولاعاد فلا اثم عليه ان الله غفور رحيم

    A Muslim is permitted to violate or nullify the Law of Allah Almighty if there is a legitimate reason for it.  In our case here, if a certain law of the country goes against a certain Law in the Glorious Quran, then as Muslims we are both permitted and obligated to follow the country's law, not the Glorious Quran's. 

    However, there are growing conspiracies against Islam in the West, and especially in Europe, where Muslims are being targeted.  New laws are now being considered about banning the Hijab (head-scarf) of Muslim women in public in France, Denmark and other countries.  I am not talking about the covering of the face, but rather the covering of the hair and the whole body with the exception of the face, hands and feet.  Since this law would be a conspiracy and not a general law, such as following the speed limit or not doing domestic violence, then I am not really sure what is the proper way to handle it.

    1-  I mean, on one hand, one could easily advise Muslims to simply just follow the law.

    2-  On the other hand, my wife covers her head, and neither I or her could imagine her walking in public without a head scarf, nor would she do it on her own.  In fact, she is very very strict when it comes to following Islam, and so am I.

    But anyway, in general, dear Muslim brothers and sisters, the above Noble Verses are the Laws of the Glorious Quran that address how to deal with life and its general obstacles.  There are more Noble Verses that I could provide, but the above Noble Verses cover all grounds very well.



    5-  Conclusion:

    It is clear that the Bible has a concept on physical beating, and it commanded for physical beatings, several verses, to those who are in the wrong.  Yet, never once did the Bible condemn wife beating.  It is also clear that the woman is under the control and authority of her husband, and the Bible clearly doesn't care much about what goes on between them.

    However, the Bible did command kindness, humbleness and mercy to all people.  The Bible also commanded the same to the wives.  The Bible limited the forgiveness to 77 times.  A bad wife could go through all of them in a matter of days, weeks or months.  But however, the command for the husband to love his wife as GOD Almighty loved Israel only proves that wife-beating is permitted for the women who are defiant, disobedient, belittling to their "heads" and "masters" (their husbands), and stubborn, because GOD Almighty, while He Loved the people of Israel, He also annihilated them many times in the past.

    Jesus also existed in a society that had both polygamy and wife-beating in it, and he never condemned any of them.

    Allah Almighty Commanded the Muslims to follow the laws of the lands that they live in.  Therefore, if the law prohibits wife-beating, then a husband is forbidden to beat his wife, regardless whether he/she believes that wife-beating is allowed or not in Islam.





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