TC is right that the Bible records a lot of wrong activity along with right activity. But the Bible does condemn things like “adultery, idol worship, unbelief, lies, and murder”, either in the actual passages where these things occur, or in other passages.
The Bible NEVER EVER condemns Patriarchy, it actually prescribes it. The Law of Moses forbids women from owning property, and it actually regulates how polygyny may occur.
In Genesis 1:27 we see that God created “man”, not woman in his own image. Some try to argue that the phrase “male and female created he them” implies both and woman were created in God’s image. That phrase is simply saying that man and woman were both made by God, not that woman was also made in God’s image.
The Apostle Paul confirms that this is the correct interpretation of Genesis 1 when he writes in I Corinthians 11:7 “For a man indeed ought not to cover his head, forasmuch as he is the image and glory of God: but the woman is the glory of the man.”
TC asks how woman could be created in man’s image because that would mean man would have to have both feminine and masculine qualities. This would not necessarily have to be the case. When God created man in his image he started out with himself as the template. He gave man many of his qualities (but not all) and he gave man some qualities he does not have. For instance God does not have a sex drive, but God gave man a sex drive because it was part of his design for creation.
When God created woman, as opposed to starting out with himself as the template, he started with man as the template. But he did not give woman all the qualities of man, just as he did not give man all the qualities of himself. He made woman physically weaker than man, he made her more emotional and thus prone to depression easier (women have less serotonin than men). Instead of designing woman to lead as he did man, he designed woman to follow. He modified her design from the template of man to make her able to bear his children and be his helpmeet. He made her softer and gentler than man. But make no mistake, all the differences that God added in woman was to make her compliment man, to make her a perfect helper for man.
TC gets bogged down in the order of creation while ignoring clear passages of Scripture that clearly teach patriarchy. TC briefly alludes to I Corinthians 11 about man coming woman and woman from man – but TC misses one of the clearest statements in the Bible in the beginning of that passage that supports God’s design of patriarchy:
But I want you to realize that the head of every man is Christ, and the head of the woman is man, and the head of Christ is God.
I Corinthians 11:3(KJV)
This is certainly not the only passage in the Bible where God orders patriarchy, but it is the best summary of the order established in God’s world.
So TC, we can see that not only from Genesis, but all throughout the Bible and culminating in the final writings of the New Testament that the egalitarian position actually looks pretty unbiblical.
Adam and Eve — Credit: The Yorck Project: 10.000 Meisterwerke der Malerei. DVD-ROM, 2002. ISBN 3936122202. Distributed by DIRECTMEDIA Publishing GmbH.
The issue of women’s roles in marriage, the church, and the workplace is a sharply debated one. What’s right? Patriarchy? Complementarianism? *gasp* Egalitarianism? How do we avoid merely instituting the cultural norms of the Middle Ages, 1950s, or 21st century rather than actually doing God’s will?
As any Bible-believing Christian, when I want to know what God thinks about something, I look at the Bible. And no one can deny that the Old Testament is chockfull of Patriarchy: Solomon with all his wives, Naomi left penniless because she didn’t have a man, Nabal’s abusive use of Abigail. Yet, the Old Testament is filled with other things too: adultery, idol worship, unbelief, lies, and murder. The fact that God found something worthy of recording does not mean He…
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