Deuteronomy 22:28–29I spent the lion's share of my time in religion not knowing that verse... to be honest, I only became aware of it when I started looking at the Bible objectively some years back. My wife, having been in the faith her entire life... had never heard it.
28 "If a man meets a virgin who is not betrothed, and seizes her and lies with her, and they are found, 29 then the man who lay with her shall give to the father of the young woman fifty shekels of silver, and she shall be his wife, because he has violated her. He may not divorce her all his days.
Truly, even if we had known about such scriptures, we probably would have found some way to move past them. Bring these scriptures up to someone who WANTS to believe that the Bible is all that they have been taught it is... and they will find someway to move around a scripture like this and on to one that will make them feel warm and fuzzy. I read an apologist's take on the above scripture, and his attempt to excuse it was as horrific as the verse itself.
|from THE OATMEAL|
This is why the indoctrination has to start hard when they are young. Any reasonable adult, without conditioning, hearing the verse above would be horrified... and would see any religion which holds the Bible as the "Word of God" for the morally hobbled entity it is.
But if someone had their childhood and adolescence spent drilled with the message that the bible is not to be questioned... should they, by chance, come across this verse or one like it... they will, most likely, follow their conditioning and stay in the pew.