“(33b) As in all the congregations of the saints, (34) women should remain silent in the churches. They are not allowed to speak, but must be in submission, as the Law says. (35) 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.”
As I read those words I found a passage that seems to be used in many church, even my own historically. The thing that bothers me the most is how that can be right. How can women be required to be silent in church? This begins to touch on a topic that was brought up at youth group on Wednesday. How do you interpret what you read in the Bible? Are somethings metaphorical, are they literal, are they only significant for the time period they were written in?
Here is where the very fact that our minds are so unable to comprehend all that God would want to teach us. I have a hard time believing that God would have women take a place lower then men. The very fact of how God started out with Adam and Eve would disagree with that. God created Eve as a helper for Adam, not as a servant. The video that was shown at youth group on Wednesday revealed an interesting concept that I hadn’t heard before. The very fact that God used one of Adam’s ribs to create Eve could be seen as a symbol of Eve being someone that is there as a side-by-side partner, not as above or below Adam. God could have gone with taking a piece of Adam’s head, perhaps signifying that Eve was above him, or taken a piece of his foot, implying that Eve was below him. God chose as symbol of partnership. It even states in Genesis, that in marriage, a man and women become one flesh. As I think of that it seems to me that as “one flesh” you are as one person, in a way, and therefore there is neither that is greater than the other but as partners, helping each other, being that one flesh.
Well, it still amazes me how much there is that God has spoken to us. I really don’t know that even in eternity we will begin to understand all that is God. There is a part of me that believes when we enter His presence that all of our questions will go away, we won’t even have a need to know.
I’m curious, what are other thoughts on the roles of women?