Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Feminism and the Bible

As I see it, feminism is basically the desire for equality between men and women.
People often think that feminism and the bible are at odds, since they assume the bible teaches that women are of less value than men, sort of like second rate citizens. Alot of it is based on an incorrect understanding of  Ephesians 5.22-33 and men for years have misused this verse to arrogantly assert their authority over women. (Conveniently ignoring the second directive for husbands to lay down their lives for their wives, as Jesus lay down His for the church) But this verse is talking about our roles as men and women, not our value, or our basic human rights. Men and women are different,  but that doesn't mean that one is less important than the other.
In fact, the bible teaches that women were created to be a "helper" to man. Now if you took that thought to it's extreme, who really plays the more important role? The one who helps, or the one who needs the help? But no. Neither is greater than the other. As the bible says, "There is no longer Jew or Gentile, slave or free, male and female. For you are all one in Christ Jesus" (Galatians 3.28)                ".
And also, in this power hungry world, "helper" doesn't seem to be a role of equality. But Jesus himself came as a "helper", and as the Bible's commands are all based on love, everything gets tipped on it's head. Jesus, Lord and King came as a servant, proclaiming it as one of the greatest roles you could have, man or woman. And He led by example.

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