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Gerard de VosCreated by Gerard de Vos
on 30-01-2007
Category: Atheist related
The Bible's reign of terror over women

In The American Atheist, 2005 we read, “‘To bash or not to bash’, it might help to show to college women for instance, the indefensible way that the Bible denigrates women.”

We would like to help the writer with information. In the Bible in Eph. 5:22 God, through the apostle Paul, gives this command to women: ‘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 body, the church, of which He is the Saviour’. This is the so called unbelievably degrading requirement still expected of women in our modern age.

But wait a minute. Shouldn’t we in fairness just examine the whole context, so that the facts are not distorted to prove a biased point? Verse 21 (just prior to the verse in question) gives this command to all Christians: ‘Submit to one another out of reverence for the Lord’. Since God is addressing a congregation, this includes men and women. They should in general be submitted to each other.

Then the terrible vs. 22: ‘Wives, submit to your husbands’. Following this comes the responsibility of the husband to his wife. Verses 25 - 28: ‘Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her to make her holy .... In this same way, husbands ought to love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself’. This means the following: Christ was willing to lay down his life (that is, die on the cross) for the church. In the same way the husband should show love and compassion to his wife, serving her, as Christ served the church. The husband is to love the wife just as he loves his own body, feeding and caring for it. What love means according to the Collins English Dictionary, is this: to have great attachment to and affection for; to have passionate desire, longing and feelings for (this obviously includes sex, ordained by God within the marriage context); an intense emotion of affection, warmth, fondness and regard towards; et cetera.

In conclusion:

This is the terrible tyranny wives are subjected to in the Biblical context - to submit themselves to loving husbands. There might be millions of women who would reject such loving husbands, but there are also millions who would welcome such husbands. The husband is required to dearly love and stay loyal to his wife within the marriage covenant until death do them part.

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"But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong.” 1 Corinth 1:27