Because Christianity is bigger than Biblical manhood or Biblical womanhood (Blog of Retha Faurie)

Why the blog name?

When you hear something is called “Biblical”, make sure it is God who wants it and the Bible is not used like a ventriloquist’s sock puppet.

Biblical” is a slithery little snake of a term.

On a certain level, atheism is biblical. “There is no God” appears in the Bible, but it is prefaced with the words “The fool say in his heart …”(Ps 14:1)

Prostitution, murder, theft, rape, keeping slaves, cheating and lying can all be called biblical – some characters in the 66 books of the Bible did that.

Almost anything is Bible-history-mention-it-ical. At least some statements about “Biblical Manhood and Womanhood” is Bible-history-mention-it-ical.

Then there are things which are English-biblical – you could get the impression they are true from your English translation, but not from the original languages. For example, the idea that men, not women, are supposed to be providers can be found if you think “he” and “his” in 1 Tim 5:8 refers only to men. But the original Greek has no gender in the verse.

Then there are things which are fraction-of-the-bible-taken-as-the-whole-truth-ical. If someone claims you should never eat because fasting is adviced somewhere in the Bible, or woman should not have salaried employment because Titus 2:3-5 talks about woman keeping the home, it would be elevating a few short sentences of the New Testament to the whole truth about a matter.

Then there are things in the Bible which are commandments to someone else. Leviticus and Deuteronomy has laws against tattoos, eating pig meat, wearing clothes made of mixed textiles, etc. And according to the new Testament, these laws no longer apply to us. Someone who dislikes tattoos, or women in pants, and who quote Leviticus 19:28 or Deut 22:5, will be bible-laws-that-longer-apply-cal.

Calling this blog “Biblical Personhood” is hoping that people will get God’s real message on people – men, women and children – from the Bible. Dont believe anyone – including me – because they call something “Biblical”. Test it, and see if it is really God’s message. Hold on to the good. Avoid every kind of evil and scripture-twisting in so-called “Biblical”messages.

And “personhood?” In Christ there is no Jew nor Greek, slave nor free, male nor female. We are all persons, heirs according to God’s promise. Person demonstrates the value, in God’s eyes, of each one of us, as a person, with our hearts, minds and souls, our talents and opinions. None of us fits into a neat little men-are-like-that or women-are-like-that box.

Comments on: "Why the blog name?" (4)

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  2. […] Lord above all mean a willingness to follow Him, to reject your culture’s ways – including “Biblical” manhood and womanhood culture, or patriarchal culture – for the plans He […]

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