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#163: Women & the Tough Bible Verses

Do you bristle at being called “the weaker sex” or at the suggestion that women should stay silent in church? Have the words “wives, submit to your husbands” ever rubbed you the wrong way? Surely we aren’t supposed to take these scriptures literally… or, are we? Grab your latte and listen in!

Guests: Sarah J. O’Connor & Hannah Nitz

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  • Christine Young

    Thank you Sarah. I have come to this thinking in the past few years. Even in the Old Testament God has used women in a BIG way. We need to be careful not to squelch what God is trying to do through us. Hannah, you hold a special part in my heart aspecially since the time you made sure I got into the Ladie's Confrence when I didn't know how to copy out my ticket. I love, love, love your sparkle. God has given you that. Don't let anyone put it under a bushel. I pray for you & Juli all the time. Thank you for your ministery.
  • Rachele Ackerman

    Thank you for this - so much hurt, confusion. Love the conclusion!
  • Nancy Pone

    Thanks you so much for doing this JwJ! I grew up in a denomination that had some really warped views of women's roles (every Greek word for woman/wife was interpreted as woman...and all women are rightfully in submission to all men in all times and all places...aaaack!) I think we can also be temped to assume that if you interpret something and practice it too conservatively, no harm is done -or not as much harm as if practiced too liberally...but this is not true! Any straying from Gods word has repercussions! And we are all living n total depravity all the time and are all constantly n need of His grace and leading! These passages were catches that I have wondered about my whole life, and wrestled with different interpretations. The church needs dialogue on this if we are to pursue His will for the church and our mission in it.
  • Nancy Pone

    Also...in regard to the ongoing emotional pain women wrestle with after having multiple sexual partners, but men don't....What does that tell us about God...well, I think it tells us more about the curse...Your desire shall be contrary to your husband,and he shall rule over you.” Here, we know what the woman desires, the man will not. Women in general desire committment, emotional attachment, tenderness, and as you have said to have a hero. I think men no doubt suffer consequences of sexual immorality...but those consequences are things our 'secular scientific' community probably don't search for in research...like pride (but a pride rooted in insecurity), lack of empathy, and a lesser view of women becasue they are seen more as means to the end of his satisfaction than a a partner in his life's calling. And all these lead to the inability to engage in emotionally attached and vulnerable relationships. The problem is our society sees that as a good thing instead of a bad thing! That's the verse and 'aha' God brought to me this morning. Would love to know what others think!

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