Too many times have I heard about Christian men boasting they have authority over women because the Holy Bible says. The Holy Bible does not clarify squat about the specifics whether a woman can have a voice or not. For any one person who actually has read the Holy Bible, not just gone to church maybe you will understand well that God the father has the same calling for all His people, not just certain aspects for men and some for women. There are so many verses listed throughout several books in the bible that describe woman in the church. Woman should remain silent, ask first before speaking, or never usurp authority from a man-most letters and messages Paul had cooked up throughout the Roman world.
It was a common in ancient culture to keep women in the home, to make women the caretaker and view woman as a beacon of purity. But once a women was “unclean”; divorced, not a virgin or had a disease she was avoided. Men had more power over woman. Eventually Jesus Christ, set everything right and changed the way we view woman. When Jesus of Nazareth entered the picture, he did not turn away from a divorced woman, or a sick woman like most men of that time had done. Jesus went to her, saving her and healing her with the Holy Spirit. These women became a testimony themselves of Jesus Christ and his glory. How could they remain silent, and why would Christ not want that testimony to be heard?
Below is a few verses from two letters that particular describe women’s role in the church. They may seem pretty harsh and sexist if one reading is thinking that way. Ask yourself, why am I thinking that way? Did not God call us all to be together in His name? How can we do such a thing if we shut one gender up and give the other power over another.
1 Timothy 2:12 – But I suffer not a woman to teach, nor to usurp authority over the man, but to be in silence.
1 Corinthians- 34-35Let your women keep silence in the churches: for it is not permitted unto them to speak; but [they are commanded] to be under obedience, as also saith the law.And if they will learn anything, let them ask their husbands at home: for it is a shame for women to speak in the church.
1 Corinthians 14:34 – Let your women keep silence in the churches: for it is not permitted unto them to speak; but [they are commanded] to be under obedience, as also saith the law.
This is why it is important to read the whole bible…it shares that all creation and those created in His image apply to the same commandments, and choice of salvation through Christ Jesus. Included that all men and women are subject to all ethical and moral judgement written in this book. No man or woman can have profound change, even hold authority with a strong hand without shutting up and listening to one another once awhile, or holding your breath before you speak or make a decision. The wisdom in the bible is for both genders.
Lamentations 3:26 – [It is] good that [a man] should both hope and quietly wait for the salvation of the LORD.
Proverbs 17:28 – Even a fool, when he holdeth his peace, is counted wise: [and] he that shutteth his lips [is esteemed] a man of understanding.
Proverbs 29:11 – A fool uttereth all his mind: but a wise [man] keepeth it in till afterwards.
Know this…how could Jesus both alive, and resurrected not have changed women’s lives, creating teachers or preachers. They had a testimony, He is risen, Jesus is here! The kingdom of heaven is at hand they would of said. So knowing that Jesus Christ will always love you, He is always in your heart, share that with everyone. It will teach the world love and kindness.