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Howcome only men can be popes/priests/ministers etc in some sects?

What is the reason that women cannot fill these rolls in most traditional Christian sects?


Asked by Ati_13 at 11:35 PM on Nov. 5, 2010 in Religion & Beliefs

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  • mostly it is lack of misunderstanding of scripture , spiritual control, legalism and spirit of religion.

    Answer by Shaneagle777 at 1:31 AM on Nov. 6, 2010

  • Because Christianity is patriarchal. Meaning it is based on men having authority over women. It is one of the many reasons I left the church. Ignorance is never good, even when it is cloaked in scripture. The scriptures were written by men who had an agenda to advance. The agenda was to wipe out the priestess religions that were popular at the time. To label them as pagan, demonic and to brand all women as the original sinners, objects of lust, and dirty because of our periods. I have no patience with these parts of scripture.

    Answer by lilangilyn at 11:36 AM on Nov. 6, 2010

  • Because the men wrote the Bible. And they like to be controlling, have a power, free labor and sex slaves.

    Answer by BeaMoore at 10:28 AM on Nov. 6, 2010

  • The bible was specifically edited to denigrate women. Powerful women were painted as evil, even when it is historically inaccurate. This extends to demonizing the practices of other faiths, changing things from male to female in an effort to both demasculinize others and increase the "women are evil" tone.Part of that tradition was keeping women subservient, including forbidding them from learning to read or write.

    Answer by NotPanicking at 4:03 PM on Nov. 6, 2010

  • It is scriptural that men be church heads. There are roles for women in the ministry, but pastoring the flock isn't one of them. Women are not to have spiritual authority over men. (1 Timothy 2:12)

    Answer by Lexylex at 8:41 AM on Nov. 6, 2010

  • I'm sorry OP, you asked why this was so. Basically it is due to the order which God set up from the beginning. He designed man to be the leader and head, and woman to be the helper. The roles are different but equally important. (See Genesis 1-2, Ephesians 5, 1 Corinthians 11, and 1 Timothy 2)

    Answer by Lexylex at 9:49 AM on Nov. 6, 2010

  • Lexylex did a good job using specific scripture quotes to show why women can't be ordained. But simply put, Jesus had 12 Apostles (Peter, Andrew, James the Greater, John, Phillip, Matthew, Bartholomew, Thomas, James the Less, Jude, Simon and Judas) who were the teachers and first presbyters of the Church. Jesus did have women followers, but they made up the hundreds (thousands?) of disciples who were men, women and children. The Apostles are the presbyters, the disciples are the followers. Since Jesus didn't chose women to be Apostles, human beings can't chose women to be presbyters.

    Answer by flatlanderjenn at 3:30 PM on Nov. 6, 2010

  • Actually in many denominations, women can be leaders just as men can. I think denominations such as Catholic use it as an excuse to keep men in charge. Also, I think Jesus chose 12 men because of the times he lived in. We've certainly changed many other things that are in the Bible, why not this? And isn't it interesting that in the churches that do not allow women to be in leadership positions, they're certainly allowed to be in the positions that do most of the actual work? So hypocritical!

    Answer by ceallaigh at 5:25 PM on Nov. 6, 2010

  • Ceallaigh, Jesus was hardly One to cater to societal norms. For instance, He allowed women to sit at His feet as students (which was unheard of at that time), touched "unclean" people, spoke with a Samaritan woman in broad daylight....
    He made men Apostles because it was the order instituted in the beginning. Men are to be the leaders at home and in the church. Yes, there are churches that allow women to enter leadership positions, but this goes against the Bible's teaching. There is prophecy that speaks of women leading God's people and it's not positive either (Isaiah 3:12). Anything we change in God's Word isn't really changed, we are just disobeying it. We can not lower the Bible to our standards, we are to live up to its. if we don't study for ourselves and live in obedience, the responsibility for our ignorance lands on us (Hosea 4:6).

    Answer by Lexylex at 7:11 PM on Nov. 6, 2010

  • honestly, i think it stems from issues with Eve. some men just couldnt get past the fact that they werent in the Garden cause some chick "made" them eat the fruit. i mean why else peg Mary Magdalene as "the prostitute" when she make the only women (other than Mary the Mom) close enough to Jesus to be mentioned by name less of a threat.

    and if women werent suppose to be authorities over men why did God make Deborah a about authority!

    Answer by okmanders at 8:22 PM on Nov. 6, 2010