Sunday, February 20, 2011

Sexism in God's Eyes

Originally, God made men and women to be equal. So the people who "always say 'man and woman' were created equal" are right. It is also correct that because of sin and imperfection, that is no longer the case. After sin, women were given two curses (according to Genesis 3:16):
  1. Pain with childbirth
  2. Superiority of husband
From that time onward, women have always had a slightly lower status because Eve proved that we can't be left alone (and whether we wish to believe that or not, it is true). 

However, we are all still equal in worth. God does not change His behavior based on the gender He is working with. Though we see that the majority of the Bible is focused on men due to culture, there were definitely women worth mentioning-- Rahab, Ruth, Esther, Phoebe, Chloe, Miriam, Zipporah, Lydia, the female followers of Jesus, etc. And I'm quite sure that God used women in other scenarios, too, who simply were not mentioned, just as there are some males who played active roles but were not mentioned.

Lastly, though in a marital relationship the husband has superiority, they are still both equal (difficult concept, yes, but entirely infallible because it's in God's Word).
  • Ephesians 5:22-29 shows that the superiority of the husband does not give way to abuse or arrogance, while explaining why wives should respect their husbands:
"Wives, submit yourselves to your own husbands, as to the Lord. For the husband is head of the wife, as also Christ is head of the church; and He is the Savior of the body. Therefore, just as the body is subject to Christ, so let the wives be [subject] to their own husbands in everything.
"Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself for her... So husbands ought to loves their wives as their own bodies; he who loves his wife loves himself."
  • 1 Corinthians 7:4 states the equality of married couples:
"The wife does not have authority over her own body, but the husband does; and likewise, the husband does not have authority over his own body, but the wife does."
I will admit that as a race, humans have distorted God's plan-- both plan A and plan B. Now we have sexism, feminists movements, and so forth. If we would all just realize that both and female are made in the likeness of the Almighty, and that He has put into motion plans that will benefit us in the long run, we would be better off.

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