Bastards: Maligned By the Bible
JAMES A. WORRELL
“The test of the morality of a society is what it does for its children.”
bastard is a person born out of wedlock. A newborn person cannot
the marital status of his or her parents.
bastard is a person completely without fault. However, because
of religious intolerance, bastards have been stigmatized for
may be fault in the parents of a bastard, but the real fault
lies with those who first condemned bastards.
God of the Bible made the first condemnation of bastards as
stated in Deut. 23:2, “A bastard shall not enter into the
congregation of the Lord; even to his tenth generation shall he
not enter into the congregation.”
Even the offspring of bastards were punished.
wicked condemnation of innocent persons emanates from the God of
the Christians. This can be expected since Yahweh stated in Isa.
47:5 that he created evil.
form the light, and create darkness: I make peace, and create
evil: I the LORD do all these things.”
evil and hurt caused by believers of the Bible has continued to
England, Ecclesiastical courts handled the probating of estates.
Roman Catholic clergy operated these religious courts. They
attempted to control the personal lives of all English subjects.
law of the Ecclesiastical courts was to bar bastards from
inheriting property from their parents. This law had its pinning
directly in the Book of Genesis.
hardly punished bastards in biblical times. He sometimes favored
them. Here are some of the Bible’s well-known biblical
of God’s favorites, Abraham, sired the bastard Ishmael by his
mistress Hagar. Gen. 16:4, 15.
firstborn daughter of Lot bore a son by Lot. The bastard was
named Moab and is the father of the Moabites to this day. See
was the bastard son of Gilead and a harlot. He made a deal with
God to sacrifice his daughter in return for victory in battle.
favorite, David, sired a bastard son with Bathsheba, the wife of
Uriah. Sam. 11:4-5.
there is biblical babbling in Zec. 9:6 about a bastard dwelling
in Ashdod as an affront to the Philistines.
the advent of the Age of Enlightenment, civilization has gotten
away from punishing innocent persons such as bastards. Today,
many people are born out of wedlock and no one thinks anything
about it. Further, many bastards attend church and are not
banned from “the congregation of the Lord.”
history of bastards proves that religion has no basis in
morality. Interestingly, religionists believe they are the
bedrock of morality. Nothing could be further from the truth.
Religion belongs in the realm of superstition and ignorance.
Jim Worrell © November 2008. All rights reserved.