Modern theists mostly dismiss the literal hermeneutics (the “art” of interpreting the Bible to say what you want it to say) of the Bible to avoid adhering to passages like this:
As in all the congregations of the saints, women should remain silent in the churches. They are not allowed to speak, but must be in submission, as the Law says. If they want to inquire about something, they should ask their own husbands at home; for it is disgraceful for a woman to speak in the church.
1 Corinthians 14:33-35 (NIV)
A woman should learn in quietness and full submission. I do not permit a woman to teach or to have authority over a man; she must be silent.
1 Timothy 2:11-12 (NIV)
Most Americans would agree that women have the same rights as men. But the early writers of the many books of the Bible lived in a culture that viewed the equal rights of men and women very differently than we do today. It’s clear that these cultures and civilizations probably wouldn’t have ever expected these views to change, either. Women would be subordinate to men, and it would be okay to murder a woman on her wedding day if the husband learned she was not a virgin. See below:
But if this thing be true, and the tokens of virginity be not found for the damsel:
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 hath wrought folly in Israel, to play the whore in her father’s house: so shalt thou put evil away from among you.
Deuteronomy 22:20-21 (KJV)
The sexual rights of a young woman (and man) are stripped away here, as well. Yet more evidence that the Bible simply has it wrong!
Slavery was endorsed in the Bible. Do we still do this today? No. But, the Bible has this wrong, too. See below:
Slaves, in reverent fear of God submit yourselves to your masters, not only to those who are good and considerate, but also to those who are harsh.
1 Peter 2:18 (NIV)
One must wonder, if the Bible got these things wrong, what else did it get wrong?