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God wan’ts nothing to do with women


The dictionary defines a misogynist as “One who hates women.”

It defines the word “sexist” as:

  1. Discrimination based on gender, especially discrimination against women.
  2. Attitudes, conditions, or behaviors that promote stereotyping of social roles based on gender

Is God of the Bible a sexist? Let’s look at the evidence. Yes would seem like the correct answer. We find this in 1 Corinthians chapter 14:

As in all the congregations of the saints, women should remain silent in the churches. They are not allowed to speak, but must be in submission, as the Law says. If they want to inquire about something, they should ask their own husbands at home; for it is disgraceful for a woman to speak in the church.

This seems like a straightforward passage. And God is the one who inspired the Bible. In Isaiah 40:8 God says that the word of the Lord will last forever, and he says the same thing again in 1 Peter 1:24-25. So here we have God, in his eternal and everlasting Word, saying that it is disgraceful for a woman to speak in the church.

This quote from 1 Corinthians 11 is important:

But I want you to understand that the head of every man is Christ, the head of a woman is her husband, and the head of Christ is God. Any man who prays or prophesies with his head covered dishonors his head, but any woman who prays or prophesies with her head unveiled dishonors her head–it is the same as if her head were shaven. For if a woman will not veil herself, then she should cut off her hair; but if it is disgraceful for a woman to be shorn or shaven, let her wear a veil. For a man ought not to cover his head, since he is the image and glory of God; but woman is the glory of man. (For man was not made from woman, but woman from man. Neither was man created for woman, but woman for man.) That is why a woman ought to have a veil on her head, because of the angels.

You may find it hard to believe that something that confusing is in the Bible, yet if you look it up you will find it is there.

Then there is this section from 1 Timothy chapter 2:

Also that women should adorn themselves modestly and sensibly in seemly apparel, not with braided hair or gold or pearls or costly attire but by good deeds, as befits women who profess religion. Let a woman learn in silence with all submissiveness. I permit no woman to teach or to have authority over men; she is to keep silent.

It is hard to miss God’s meaning when he says something as direct as, “I permit no woman to teach or to have authority over men; she is to keep silent.”

If you think about it, you will realize that God started this type of sexism at the very beginning of the Bible. In Genesis chapter 17 God says:

This is my covenant, which you shall keep, between me and you and your descendants after you: Every male among you shall be circumcised. You shall be circumcised in the flesh of your foreskins, and it shall be a sign of the covenant between me and you.

God makes no mention of forming any sort of covenant with women.

There are many other examples that we can find in the Bible:

  • In Matthew 25:1 Jesus says: “At that time the kingdom of heaven will be like ten virgins who took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom.”
  • In John 20:17 Jesus says to Mary: “Touch me not; for I am not yet ascended to my Father,” as though the touch of a woman is somehow improper, but a few verses later, is happy to have Thomas touch him.
  • In Genesis chapter 3, God punishes Eve, and all women for thousands of years, with greatly increased pain during childbirth. No such pain is inflicted on Adam.
  • In Ephesians 5:22-24 we find this: “Wives, submit to your husbands as to the Lord. For the husband is the head of the wife as Christ is the head of the church, his body, of which he is the Savior. Now as the church submits to Christ, so also wives should submit to their husbands in everything.”
  • In 1 Peter 3:7 we find: “Husbands, in the same way be considerate as you live with your wives, and treat them with respect as the weaker partner and as heirs with you of the gracious gift of life, so that nothing will hinder your prayers.”
  • In 1 John 2:13, John says, “I write to you, fathers, because you have known him who is from the beginning. I write to you, young men, because you have overcome the evil one. I write to you, dear children, because you have known the Father.” No mention is made of women.
  • And so on. There are many, many examples like these throughout the old and new testaments.

There are other, broader examples of misogyny that are readily apparent in the Bible as well:

  • Are any of Jesus’ disciples women? No.
  • Are any of the elders in the book of Revelation women? No.
  • Are any of the books of the Bible written by women? No.

God, it would seem, wants nothing to do with women.

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5 comments on “God wan’ts nothing to do with women

  1. j.w
    October 8, 2012

    “SO GOD CREATED MANKIND IN HIS OWN IMAGE,
    IN THE IMAGE OF GOD HE CREATED THEM;
    MALE AND FEMALE HE CREATED THEM.” Genesis 1:27
    “THERE IS NEITHER JEW NOR GENTILE, NEITHER SLAVE NOR FREE, NOR IS THERE MALE AND FEMALE, FOR YOU ARE ALL ONE IN CHRIST JESUS.” Galatians 3:28
    “NOW DEBORAH, A PROPHET, THE WIFE OF LAPPIDOTH, WAS LEADING ISRAEL AT THAT TIME.” Judges 4:4
    THERE WAS ALSO A PROPHET, ANNA, THE DAUGHTER OF PENUEL, OF THE TRIBE OF ASHER. … COMING UP TO THEM AT THAT VERY MOMENT, SHE GAVE THANKS TO GOD AND SPOKE ABOUT THE CHILD (JESUS) TO ALL WHO WERE LOOKING FORWARD TO THE REDEMPTION OF JERUSALEM. Luke 2: 36-38
    “I COMMEND TO YOU OUR SISTER PHOEBE, WHO IS A DEACON IN THE CHURCH IN CENCHREA. WELCOME HER IN THE LORD AS ONE WHO IS WORTHY OF HONOUR AMONG GOD’S PEOPLE. HELP HER IN WHATEVER SHE NEEDS, FOR SHE HAS BEEN HELPFUL TO MANY, AND ESPECIALLY TO ME.” Romans 16: 1-2.

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    • makagutu
      December 29, 2012

      writing your response in caps doesn’t make your argument any stronger.

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  2. Caroline Kamau
    October 11, 2012

    If He God did not want anything to do with women He would not have created them in the first place, As a matter of fact when He created Adam, God said it is not good for man to be alone and He created for Adam, Eve as a companion. God would have left man to be content to just be with the animals but He did not.

    I work in Bible translation and even though I am not a direct Bible Translator I understand some of the processes and I respect Bible translators for the awesome work that they do. One very important thing to note is that Scripture is written in a context. Before you interpret it you need to understand the context at the time that Scripture was written and after this then apply to our context. In many Bibles today they attempt to give the historical backgeound of the book before they delve into the verses. It is good to take time to read these as they assist in giving some context to what you will be reading thereafter.

    Genesis 3 – Childbearing pain is just for a short while, hours and we quickly forget but the curse of toiling in sweat upon Adam is for a lifetime until we go to the grave.

    Though the disciples were 12 there were other followers of Christ beyond the 12. Several women among them and the ones closely associated with supporting the ministry of Jesus in His time as stated in Luke 8:1-3 Mary Magdalene, Joanna the wife of Chuza, and the manager of Herods household; Susanna and many others. These women helped to support Jesus work out of their own means.

    Several other expamples have already been shared earlier

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    • makagutu
      December 29, 2012

      Hey Carol,

      I don’t work as a bible translator but I can see where there is an inconsistency. Why from the word go would god create man first? why not create them together as equals? Why should the woman be subservient to man? Think of it this way, why would a god able to create an entire universe from nothing lack enough raw material to create a woman that he has to make adam sleep before he can create the woman?

      God does not exist, and if he does, then he didn’t have a choice in creating woman. He had to!

      On toiling lands, do you think god had an alternative? This is what happened, the authors of the bible, ignorant as they were noticed there was no escape from toiling to eat so they said god must have commanded it. This gave the priests, who were the authors anyway, an opportunity to ask for alms in the name of god and avoid labor.

      If Jesus was really gender sensitive, among the 12 there should have been women. Let me tell you something, we have from the time man started making laws, we have been making them in defiance and to defeat the bible laws. That is why we have laws against slavery and oppression, we have laws allowing people to demonstrate against their leaders where Paul is telling us to be subservient even to tyrants because they get their authority from god. No they get their authority from the governed not from any deity.

      Read your bible from genesis, you’ll notice how women are so nameless, and whenever they are so named, they are giving birth to sons, being pimped as Abraham did, being made pregnant as god did Mary and so on.

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  3. alex
    October 18, 2012

    GOD WANTS EVERYTHING TO DO WITH WOMEN,ITS THROUGH A WOMAN THAT THE MESSIAH CAME INTO THIS WORLD,IT WAS THROUGH ESTHER THAT GOD SAVED JEWISH PEOPLE FROM PERISHING,IT WAS THROUGH WOMEN THAT SAMSON AVENGED ISRAEL AGAINST ISRAEL,IT WAS THROUGH WOMEN THAT JESUS WAS TOUCHED TO PERFORM MANY MIRACLES.READ THE BIBLE AND UNDERSTAND.

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