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A Soldier’s Reward

Unmarried Christian and Jewish soldiers may meet their soulmates on the battlefield. There are two passages in the Old Testament which make it lawful to take a virgin woman among the enemy as a wife. There is New Testament approval of this practice as well.

In the Book of Numbers it tells about the children of Israel having taken spoils from the Midianites whom they defeated in battle. Moses gave them instructions regarding the human captives. Only the virgin females of the Midianites were allowed to live. All the other Midianites were supposed to be killed. Here is the passage from the Book of Numbers:

And they warred against the Midianites, as the LORD commanded Moses; and they slew all the males. And they slew the kings of Midian, beside the rest of them that were slain; namely, Evi, and Rekem, and Zur, and Hur, and Reba, five kings of Midian: Balaam also the son of Beor they slew with the sword. And the children of Israel took all the women of Midian captives, and their little ones, and took the spoil of all their cattle, and all their flocks, and all their goods. And they burnt all their cities wherein they dwelt, and all their goodly castles, with fire. And they took all the spoil, and all the prey, both of men and of beasts. And they brought the captives, and the prey, and the spoil, unto Moses, and Eleazar the priest, and unto the congregation of the children of Israel, unto the camp at the plains of Moab, which are by Jordan near Jericho. And Moses, and Eleazar the priest, and all the princes of the congregation, went forth to meet them without the camp. And Moses was wroth with the officers of the host, with the captains over thousands, and captains over hundreds, which came from the battle. And Moses said unto them, Have ye saved all the women alive? Behold, these caused the children of Israel, through the counsel of Balaam, to commit trespass against the LORD in the matter of Peor, and there was a plague among the congregation of the LORD. Now therefore kill every male among the little ones, and kill every woman that hath known man by lying with him. But all the women children, that have not known a man by lying with him, keep alive for yourselves. (Num. 31:7-18, KJV)

Verse 18 of this passage says that the Jewish and Christian soldiers should keep the virgin females “alive for themselves.” Going to war could be good for the unmarried Jewish and Christian soldiers. They could possibly find their soulmates on the battlefield. No dating required. Just pick the one you like and she is yours. Further instructions regarding the female virgin captives can be found in Deuteronomy.

When thou goest forth to war against thine enemies, and the LORD thy God hath delivered them into thine hands, and thou hast taken them captive, and seest among the captives a beautiful woman, and hast a desire unto her, that thou wouldest have her to thy wife; then thou shalt bring her home to thine house; and she shall shave her head, and pare her nails; 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. And it shall be, if thou have no delight in her, then thou shalt let her go whither she will; but thou shalt not sell her at all for money, thou shalt not make merchandise of her, because thou hast humbled her. (Deut. 21:10-14, KJV)

After a Jewish or Christian soldier finds his soulmate on the battlefield among the enemies, he cannot make love to her for one lunar month (29 or 30 days). He needs to watch the moon go through its phases. After one lunar month has passed he may go in unto her. No dating necessary. No dowry need to be paid. She is his. If he does not like her after he has gone in unto her, he must let her go free.

Now let us look at the passages in the New Testament which give approval to this practice. The first passage is in the Sermon on the Mount. Jesus said:

Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil. For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled. Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven: but whosoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven. (Matt. 5:17-19, KJV)

Those laws in Numbers and Deuteronomy are still in effect! According to Jesus, the laws have not been abolished. St. Paul says the same thing in his Epistle to the Romans!

Do we then make void the law through faith? God forbid: yea, we establish the law. (Rom. 3:31, KJV)

We can also see that Moses and those other Israelites had “obtained a good report through faith.” They believed that it was all right to kill everyone but the female virgins and take them to be their brides. God approved. He told them to do these things.

And these all, having obtained a good report through faith, received not the promise: (Heb.11:39, KJV)

Look at this verse from the Epistle of James.

Take, my brethren, the prophets, who have spoken in the name of the Lord, for an example of suffering affliction, and of patience. (James 5:10, KJV)

Moses was a prophet. He was an example to us. He told the Israelites to kill everyone among the enemies and save the female virgins for themselves. It is all right for Jewish and Christian soldiers to follow the example and teachings of Moses in this matter.

St. John the Theologian said that he wants us to “prosper and be in health.”

Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth. (III John 2, KJV)

Jewish and Christian soldiers will prosper indeed after capturing a woman who will provide them with free labor and also sex. When they get tired of these women, they can just send them out the door.

St. Paul said that woman was created for man. Those young virgin females were created for those Jewish and Christian soldiers.

Neither was the man created for the woman; but the woman for the man. (I Cor. 11:9, KJV)

St. Paul also says that God “giveth us richly all things to enjoy.” That even includes the women that the Jewish and Christian soldiers capture for themselves on the battlefield!

Charge them that are rich in this world, that they be not highminded, nor trust in uncertain riches, but in the living God, who giveth us richly all things to enjoy. (I Tim. 6:17, KJV)

American soldiers, enjoy your First Amendment rights!

Now for the point I am trying to make here. People are doing the same thing with the Koran that I just did with the Bible. ISIS, the extremists Muslims, and the critics of Islam take verses from the Koran out of their historical context and out of the context of the rest of the surrounding verses in a passage and invent some crazy rubbish like I just did with passages from the Old Testament and the New Testament.

Of course, no one today should do what was allowed to Israelites in 1500 B.C.! Today, we call this sex slavery and war crimes. One must understand those passages in the Old Testament in the context of progressive moral revelation. Instead of shoving the higher moral principles on the Israelites, God simply gave some rules to regulate an already established social practice in the Middle East back then. The higher standards of morality came later.

A principle of interpretation that one must remember is this. There is the text and there is the interpretation of the text. One needs to interpret a text holistically and in context. Otherwise, one gets the wrong meaning.

It is interesting to note here as well that the Church Fathers usually interpreted these dark passages of Scripture allegorically. They never told anyone to do the seemingly barbaric things that people back in Old Testament times actually did.

So, whenever you see someone bashing the Koran by quoting certain verses from it, remember it is possible to do the same thing with the Bible. Atheists, non-Jews, and non-Christians frequently do this.

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