Jephthah the Gileadite was a mighty warrior. His father was Gilead; his mother was a prostitute. -- Judges 11:1 (NIV)
Jephthah was the son of a prostitute.
That’s not exactly the start of greatest; far from it—it’s really the start of something that’s doomed to failure before launch. In the eyes of man, Jephthah is pretty much dirt—as low as you can get. Surely not fit to be a warrior that leads Israel to victory.
"If a man divorces his wife and she leaves him and marries another man, should he return to her again? Would not the land be completely defiled? But you have lived as a prostitute with many lovers— would you now return to me?” declares the Lord. -- Jeremiah 3:1 (NIV)
Double standards don’t make sense. They just never add up. Especially when they are applied to spirituality.
You study the Scriptures diligently because you think that in them you have eternal life. These are the very Scriptures that testify about me -- : John 5:39 (NIV)
We are saved by grace. Not by law. That is central to the theology of Christianity.