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Possible excuses for bible sexism

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4/6/2016 4:29:38 PM
Posted: 3 years ago
In 1 Timothy 2:11-12, we read:

Women should learn quietly and submissively. I do not let women teach men or have authority over them. Let them listen quietly.

Christians cannot use their typical "that"s in the Old Testament" excuse for this verse. It is in the New Testament and either the Bible is the word of God or it is not. This verse can be taken to claim that God prohibits women from teaching men, or being their boss, or being a political leader, including head of state. There are very few Christians who believe or follow this verse.

The most widely used rationalization is that this command only applied to the place and time of its author, but does not apply today. The first question is how does one know this? The second question is how do you know what else doesn"t currently apply?

Another rationalization is that 1 Timothy is a forged letter- it was not written by Paul as it purports. Most scholars now agree to this. But if that is the case, how did a counterfeit letter make it into the Bible- don"t Christians claim that the Holy Spirit inspired the selection of biblical books in the 4th Century?

The only logical explanation for this verse is that it was written by a mysogynistic man, who fraudulently claimed to be Paul, and that a mistake was made by placing this letter in the Bible. In all, it is a rather embarrassing indictment of a faith that claims to be guided by the unchanging morality of a omniscient diety, and that further asserts that the Bible is a divinely-inspired book.

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