It was only in the last century that women finally won the right to vote along with some other equalities. Now many women today enjoy most of the same freedoms that men have had for years. But what if you are a Christian woman?
What does it say throughout the Bible about the woman’s role? How many denominations allow women to be clergy? If they are clergy, they still aren’t equal to the men in the clergy. And it is supported 100% in the Bible.
From the beginning a woman was only created because Adam was lonely and needed a mate. And instead of being created from dirt like man, she was created from one of his ribs. So its like saying she would not exist without man. (Genesis 2:20-22)
When Adam and Eve ate the forbidden fruit of knowledge, why did Eve get the harshest of punishment. Adam’s punishment was that his herbs would sprout thorns and he would get to rule over Eve. But Eve got pain in childbirth, pain in conception… and became a servant of sorts to Adam. Not to mention the official punishment for Adam was for listening to his wife. (Genesis 3:16-17)
Even in the ten commandments women are portrayed as being the property of their husband. In Exodus 20:17 it says “Thou shalt not covet thy neighbour’s house, thou shalt not covet thy neighbour’s wife, nor his manservant, nor his maidservant, nor his ox, nor his ass, nor any thing that is thy neighbour’s.”
Exodus 21:7-10 covers the rules of selling your daughter, her master making her marry him, and then her role if he wants more wives.
Exodus 22:16-17 If a man sleeps with an unwed virgin, he must marry her. But if her father refuses to give her to the man, then the man must pay the “pay money according to the dowry of virgins.
In Deuteronomy 22:28-29 it says that if a man rapes a virgin, he must marry her and also pay her father 50 shekels for humbling her.
All of Leviticus chapter 12 is based on the purification of a woman after she has given birth. After a woman has given birth to a boy, she will be unclean for 7 days and must purify herself for 33 days. If she gives birth to a girl, she is unclean for 14 days and needs 66 days of purification. So are girls really more unclean than boys, or is God still mad at Eve?
According to Leviticus 19:20-22, if a man rapes his female slave… the woman gets punished and the man’s sins are forgiven. Are you kidding me? Why was this ever okay?
Women are even worth less in terms of their monetary value. Here’s a table of values as given by God in Leviticus 27:3-7. $ = Shekels of silver
Ages 1 month – 5 years: Male = $5; Female = $3
Ages 5 years – 20 years: Male = $20; Female = $10
Ages 20 years – 60 years: Male = $50; Female = $30
Ages 60 and up: Male = $15; Female = $10
1 Samuel 18:25-27 may just be one of the most disgusting things ever written. Saul sells his daughter to David. But he didn’t want money, noooooo, that would be too normal… he wanted 100 foreskins from Philistine men. David gave him 200 foreskins. So Saul sold his own daughter for 200 bits of severed penises.
Besides the fact that in 1 Corinthians 11:3-9 it is made clear that God over Christ, Christ is over man, and man is over woman. It is also stated that women are not allowed to talk in church, in fact the idea of them speaking in church is shameful. 1 Corinthians 14:34-35. Women are to remain silent, and if they have any questions they are to ask their husbands at home after church.
Ephesians 5:22-24 “wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as unto the Lord. For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: and he is the saviour of the body. Therefore as the church is subject unto Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in every thing.”
1 Timothy chapter 2 It says that women are to learn in silence without subjection… they cannot teach nor “assert authority over the man”. It also makes it clear that Adam was first, then Eve. And the Garden of Eden thing, with the forbidden fruit… well that was 100% Eve’s fault.
So how is it possible for many Christian women to become teachers in a Sunday school let alone anywhere else? How many Christian men are using these teachings to justify abuse?
1 Kings 11:3 Collecting wives and sex slaves is a sign of status: He [Solomon] had seven hundred wives of royal birth and three hundred concubines, and his wives led him astray.
If you believe that the Bible is a “holy” book and if you accept some of it, then it seems to me that you must accept all. You don’t get to cherry pick. If one verse of Leviticus is valid then they are all valid. If you are telling me that this or that in the Bible is a metaphor or allegory, how do you know this? How do you know what is supposed to be taken literally and what is not? If you are taught that Bible scholars whose life mission was to study the Bible have taught you, well then how do they know this? What was their source of information? Where did they study? How did they get or who gave them the information?
- Women and the Bible (uglicoyote.wordpress.com)
- 15 Bible Texts Reveal Why ‘God’s Own Party’ Is at War with Women (tleonidas.wordpress.com)
- Lilith in the Christian Bible (wolfslair88.wordpress.com)