Because Christianity is bigger than Biblical manhood or Biblical womanhood

I heard a new one today:

“God charged the man to take the lead for establishing a marriage and a new household (Gen. 2:24). This further proves male headship.”

Genesis2:24 That is why a man leaves his father and mother and is united to his wife, and they become one flesh.

What a prime example of reading into the text what you want to see! Here are two examples of men leaving parents and cleaving to a wife:

  1. Anne goes to Bob and his parents: “Come along, Bob”, she says. “I want you to marry me.” Bob leaves his parents and marry Anne
  2. Charles goes to Edna (who may or may not live with her parents): “Come along, Edna,” he says. “I want you to marry me.” Charles leaves his parents and marry Edna.
He is going to leave his mother, but he is not taking initiative!

He is going to leave his mother, but he is not taking initiative!

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chicken-warsThe trouble with the rat race is that even if you win, you’re still a rat. – Lily Tomlin


Biologist William Muir studied chickens. He was interested in productivity, so he looked at what chickens laid more eggs. Chickens live in groups, so he took, from an average group of chickens, only the most productive – you could call them superchickens – for a superflock, and each generation, he selected only the most productive for breeding.

After six generations the first group, the average group, was doing just fine. They were plump and fully feathered and egg production had increased dramatically. In the second group, all but three were dead. They’d pecked the rest to death. Read the rest of this entry »

Gina recently commented this on my blog:

…[T]here was for a time I couldn’t even read the bible because it gave me feelings of worthlessness. In the old testament temple, you had the holy of holies, only the High priest could enter, then the court for only men, then farther out one for women. Why did God like women less? (I thought) …

Oh, Gina. I cry over all the wrong messages that keep women (or men, or children) away from God. I think God does too. And as far as we can know today, God did not command a woman’s court. Read the rest of this entry »

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My best guess for explaining the passage

I think – but do not teach – that Paul was probably responding to things the Corinthians wrote to him here. (See 1 Cor. 7:1 for evidence Paul was speaking, in the latter part of 1 Corinthians, of some things they wrote to him about.)
He is probably quoting the contradictory views among them, views they probably argued (see “contentious” in vs. 16) about. And then, at the end of stating (mocking?) the way their views contradict each other, Paul gives this message: “Women should have authority on their own heads … Decide for yourself… I say this to anyone who wants to argue.”

In my view, Paul’s message (after quoting the Corinthians) is:

10 It is for this reason that a woman ought to have authority over her own head, because of the angels.

Because all your contradictory arguments come to no conclusion, and believers will judge angels one day, sure women could decide for themselves what to wear on their heads. Read the rest of this entry »

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The chiasm: The best part is in the middle

In the world of Paul, people sometimes used a form of reasoning called a chiasm, where they put the most important part in the middle, with the other points sandwiched around it so that the first point is related to the last, the second to the second last, etc. 1 Cor. 11 contains such a chiasm. Read the rest of this entry »

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How the culture(s) of Corinth probably made head coverings a dilemma for women:

I read elsewhere that men had these 2 messages about head wear: Jewish men wore something on their heads when praying as a sign that their sin stands between them and God. The Christian message is about Jesus forgiving sin, nothing standing between us and God, so Christians should not follow their example for headgear under prayer. Male temple prostitutes in Corinth had long hair, and obviously Christians should show their religion is not like those religions. That made it pretty clear what men in that world should have on their heads when going to church: Short hair, no extra head wear. Anything else sent out the wrong message.

Women, on the other hand, allegedly got mixed messages in that multicultural society. One message said women are more respectable covered up. Read the rest of this entry »

A woman writes to a columnist at a Christian magazine, which hosts an advice column called Wisdom from the Word.

Dear Wisdom from the Word

I read in the Bible that women should cover their heads. I also read that the husband is the head of the wife. How should I live out this passage?

From Christian Wife

The columnist at Wisdom from the Word answers her: Read the rest of this entry »

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