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12:56 PM   [26 Feb 2012 | Sunday]


It is not uncommon to hear people describing the Bible as a chauvinistic book !!! This is a relatively new criticism but understandable considering the advances that women have made in their struggle for equality to which they are entitled. But, it is also true that people tend to look for things that support their point of view and sometimes this leads to missing certain things that actually agree with that view. Clearly the Bible was written from the masculine point of view, but that does not necessarily make it chauvinistic. It really is essential that we try to overcome any predetermined notions concerning the Bible in order to get the full benefit from the lessons that have been given to us…

If we examine the Laws and rules that concern women in the Old Testament, we would find that many, if not all of these Laws, protected women in some way or other.  It is also true that in most cases, it was the woman who ran the household and handled the financial aspects of the family and had great power in her home. There were women that were Rulers of nations, and there were women that saved the Jews from being killed or imprisoned. If we read the Bible without a predisposed notion of gender, we will find that women were respected and were not treated as property as some believe…

When we get to the New Testament, we find that Jesus, in particular, treated women as equals and in some cases, He rebuked men from treating women badly. It was a woman that He chose to be the first person that He spoke with after He rose from the dead. And by His example, He showed that women were to be treated as equals.

The epistles begin to outline certain rules, which are more like suggestions, for Christian behavior. It is extremely important to remember that when we are reborn that our body becomes merely the container for our soul. Although there is a discussion concerning the way in which a woman should dress, this does not preclude men from the same suggestions. What Paul is telling us is that we should not pay attention to our outward appearance and put the way we look in front of the new purpose for our body. Spending time and money trying to make ourselves attractive is a waste of resources that could and should be used to help others. Jewelry, for example, has absolutely no use whatsoever except to demonstrate wealth and we are then committing the sin of pride… Lipstick is an interesting aspect, because in biblical days, the use of lipstick indicated that the woman would perform oral sex !!!

The Bible does not tell us to dress out of fashion, but it suggests that we consider the purpose for the way that we dress and act in order to be good examples to others… It is unfortunate that many people think of the Bible as chauvinistic because the power of the lessons are lost to those people and they do not get the full benefit of the miraculous aspects of the Words of God. And, we must never underestimate the persuasive methods of Satan to create problems and doubts about God and His words. The Bible was written for all of us, both woman and men, and we should never let Satan convince any of us that it is otherwise… Overcoming the notion that the Bible is chauvinistic can also act as a test of your faith. So, who is going to win, Satan or our faith ???

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MaryRose | Sun Feb 26, 2012, 15:02

I Corinthians 11:15-16  
But every woman that prayeth or prophesieth with her head uncovered dishonored her head: for that is even all one as if she were shorn.  For if the woman be not covered, let her be also shorn.

I Corinthians 14:34  Let your women keep silence in the churches: for it is not permitted unto them to speak but they are commanded to be under obedience, as also saith the law.  And if they learn anything, let them ask their husbands at home: for it is a shame for women to speak in church.

I Timothy 2: 11-12, 14-15
Let the woman learn in subjection.  But I suffer not a woman to teach, nor to usurp authority over the man but to be in silence.  For Adam was not deceived, but the woman being deceived  was in transgression.  Notwithstanding, she shall be SAVED in childbearing, if they continue in faith and charity and holiness with sobriety.

If we are to believe that all Scripture is to be taken literally (as absolute, being the strict meaning of the word, or words) then, yes, Satan is having a field day.  And, Paul was a chauvinist.  

It’s impossible to have it both ways.  Scripture is either literal or is also based on historical facts, including the political and religious rhetoric of the times.


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