Some people disagree with me on the topics of this blog. When that happens, some of them tell me I should ask my husband to teach me about these matters. They base this on their understanding of 1 Cor. 14:35:
“And if they will learn any thing, let them ask their husbands at home: for it is a shame for women to speak in the church.”
The problems with that interpretation1, of course, include:
- The whole passage says all believers (not just men) should bring their speaking gifts to church and all believers (not just men) should prophesy and desire earnestly to prophesy.
- Many of the Christian women in the Corinthian congregation would have been first-generation believers whose husbands were not Christians – Paul certainly would not suggest that a Christian ask an unbeliever for theology.
But, for now, I want to ensure the concerned individuals that I indeed ask my husband to teach me. No, I am not married. But I am a Christian. That makes me a tiny part of the bride of Christ.
So, I prayerfully ask Jesus what He says on these matters. In many entries on this blog, among them the previous one, I explain what Jesus teaches.
1For a deeper study of this apparently contradictory passage, look here: https://biblicalpersonhood.wordpress.com/2011/11/19/did-paul-find-women-keep-silent-preposterous-part-1/ https://biblicalpersonhood.wordpress.com/2011/11/26/did-paul-find-women-keep-silent-preposterous-part-2/