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Is The Bible Demeaning To Women?

I have been reading the Bible and some verses to me seem at times offensive to women in some ways. Such as Ephesians 5:22 "Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as unto the Lord" and Titus "2:5 To be discreet, chaste, keepers at home, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God be not blasphemed".
Does this mean women are to be silent and do everything their husband says regardless? Does it mean women are beneath men?

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Asked by Anonymous at 3:14 PM on Oct. 3, 2008 in Religion & Beliefs

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  • you should follow your husband in righteousness. I dont find it offensive at all. If your Husband is behaving in a righteous manner there is no reason no to follow him, and no reason he wouldnt want your input in things. That doesnt mean you do anything he says.

    Answer by Rysana at 3:18 PM on Oct. 3, 2008

  • the bible reflects the cultural attitudes of the itme it was written.

    Answer by teri4lance at 3:22 PM on Oct. 3, 2008

  • Okay, you took Ephesians 5:22 out of context, read all of it.

    Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as unto the Lord. For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: and he is the saviour of the body. Therefore as the church is subject unto Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in every thing. Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it;
    Ephesians 5:22-25 KJV

    You are submitting to a man who has promised to love you the way Christ loves the Church.

    Answer by mamawillis at 3:26 PM on Oct. 3, 2008

  • The Bible was written during a time when women were considered more or less property, so it does hold that "view". But as the first poster said, there is no reason not to stand behind your husband IF he is a good, Christian man.

    Answer by jenettyshome at 3:28 PM on Oct. 3, 2008

  • In no way are women demeaned in scripture. The verses you specifically used need to be read in context. mamawillis did a great job of talking about Ephesians 5:22. The biggest example of just how God views women is in Genesis. God created Adam but knew he needed someone to support him and help him. He wasn't complete or "good" until Eve was created. Women are needed and are a fundamental part of a husband's life.

    Not to mention when you focus on the "rules" or guidelines for men ~ we have it easy!

    Answer by lifeofchaois at 3:31 PM on Oct. 3, 2008

  • keep in mind all of those things are said to be done out of love for God....I see how you can be offended but it doesn't mean to be his slave and thats how some people take it.

    Answer by HayleyGM at 3:42 PM on Oct. 3, 2008

  • The bible used to interpreted as "bowing down to ur husbands" and for that, they get a big "screw u"

    All those verses teach the same thing "Thou shalt not commit adultry" and "thou shalt have no other gods before me"

    Long story short, love ur man, love ur God, love ur kids and u wont go to hell

    Answer by GeishaTatMama66 at 3:52 PM on Oct. 3, 2008

  • PS kudos to Mamawillis.

    "Husbands love ur wives"

    Answer by GeishaTatMama66 at 3:53 PM on Oct. 3, 2008

  • there's alot of scriptures that sometimes might seem contradicting or such but it's also the background history and times that we must put in proper perspective. God made both male and female and loves us both equally but there is roles that shapes the gender, not the task that man put upon us as seperate genders but the characteristic inwhich God design us that makes us unique as male and female. Alot of times one must get into indepth study, compare scripture w/ scripture, understand the time & history of that era and what was expected from both. I don't think that the bible is demeaning to woman for in the beginning God said it "was good".

    Answer by lovengrace at 4:49 PM on Oct. 3, 2008

  • To answer your question YES it is. But it was also written a couple thousand years ago. We've come a long way since then. Well some of us have. There are so many more verses you could add to this it's not funny. But I won't go there unless you really want me to. Short direct answer to the question YES.

    Answer by 2autisticsmom at 5:01 PM on Oct. 3, 2008

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