|Sometimes people have such closed minds that they refuse to consider anything new. Other times people have their minds so open that their own beliefs are easily squelched by others. At this moment, I ask you to consciously place yourself in the middle of these two extremes, and prepare your mind to be balanced and with enough discernment to consider this...|
Some people believe the following:
|Many people forget to look at verses near the one being
examined. That is one way things are taken
out of context. Ephesians 5:21
says: "Submitting yourselves one to another in the
fear of God." Ephesians 5:25 says: "Husbands,
love your wives, just as Christ also
loved the church and gave Himself for
her," Ephesians 5:28 says: "So husbands
ought to love their own wives as their own bodies; he who
loves his wife
loves himself." So, both wives and husbands
are to be subject to each other. Neither one is more
important than the other. The husband is not the master and the wife
is not his slave. Did you ever notice that when you show someone
respect that you usually get
respect in return? Do you realize that
there is an infinite amount of love for all to share, and that
interpreting 5:22 to mean that the husband has a right to be an
authoritative bully and the wife should be a cowering doormat is not
thinking God's way, but Satan's way?
Also, Genesis 3:16 says: "I will greatly multiply your sorrow and your conception; In pain you shall bring forth children; Your desire shall be for your husband, And he shall rule over you." The last sentence means that after the fall of mankind, God gave Eve and all other wives a desire to control their husbands, but they would be frustrated because their husbands would be the heads of the households. The word "desire" here cannot mean a wife will "want" her husband, because that is the original reason why Eve was created in the first place, so God would not use this as a punishment/prophecy, nor would He even mention it at this point, because it would change nothing. No, the "desire" used here refers to the "desire to control", and consequently, women will be frustrated because their husbands will "rule over you" (be the heads of the households).
God gave Eve to Adam as an equal. Different, yes, and Adam
was created first, but they were equal in value, partners.
After the fall, things changed. Through Christ's return,
the beginning of our true restoration began and will be
completed at His second coming.
So, Ephesians 5:22 was reminding wives of
God-directed, earthly role prior to our final restoration in heaven.
|Homework: 1) Look up the word "submission" in the dictionary. 2) Start discussions on this topic, referring people to verse 5:21, and asking them what they think.|
|Links: [Intelligent Christian - Male & Female][Christians for Biblical Equality][Last Days Ministries - Women in Ministry][MututalSubmission][Is the Bible Relevant to Modern Marriages?]|
|1 Timothy 2:11-14 says: "Let a
woman learn in silence with all submission. And I do not permit a woman to
teach or to have authority over a man, but to be in
silence. For Adam was
formed first, then Eve. And Adam was not deceived, but
the woman being
deceived, fell into transgression." Also, 1 Corinthians 14:34
says: "Let your women keep
silent in the
churches, for they are not permitted to speak; but they are to be
submissive, as the law also says." Some people use these verses to prove that women should not
speak at all in
church, certainly not to preach in church when men are present, and that it
was Eve's fault mankind fell.
|Paul wrote this to a community of people who were: 1)
accustomed to having women disrupting the service by calling out to her
husband on the other side of the divided room; and 2) being coerced by a
distorted religious cult who believed that Eve gave birth to Adam who was
deceived by Satan. Knowing these facts sheds a different light on the above passages,
right? (This is one of the reasons why some people claim Paul's instructions
Inspired by the Holy Spirit, Paul also wrote:
|Homework: 1) Whenever you find yourself thinking a negative thought, complaining, and so forth, stop. Focus on God. Ask Him to adjust your attitude. 2) Whenever you hear or read something that you are curious about, investigate it.|
|Chuck Missler said it best: "The Bible is a
integrated message - 66 books, penned by 40 authors over thousands of years,
but in which every detail is supernatural engineering. Thus, we also
need to recognize that the New Testament is in the Old Testament concealed;
the Old Testament is in the New Testament revealed."
So, why do some Bible verses appear to contradict each other?
We need to look at each verse, then at each book, then at all of an
author's books, then all of the books in the entire Bible. We need to
compare translations and research the original language. Only then can
we begin to grasp the truth, anticipating the day when we will know all.
|Your homework: Study the Bible by yourself and with others. Discuss it. Pray about it. Teach others about it. Disciple someone. Read "An Examination of the alleged Biblical Contradictions", which is at (http://unhindered.org/apolo/contradictions/) and answers some contradictions at (http://unhindered.org/apolo/contradictions/index.html?mode=contlist). Another good source (is http://www.bcbsr.com/topics/ans5.html).|
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