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Women and Man are Equal in Gods Eyes

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Women and Man are Equal in Gods Eyes The role of women is arguably a sensitive subject in today's society. The subject becomes even more critical when the question of what is a women's role in ministry, and are they even allowed to teach, preach and be spiritual leaders in church and in the community that they live in. In order to understand the discussion over women's role in a church, I will discuss the predominant positions held when it comes to women in the church, its history, and other writings that may have influenced the view of women. In considering the history of the early Church, we must address the issue of whether or not women were ever present in leadership roles. As we look back to the history of the early Church, we do se that "women served together with men in the early years until institutionalization of the church transformed leadership into the sole prerogative of men."1 We see in the second and third centuries how women ministered and baptized, and how they cared for the congregation and needs of their people,2 even far from the second century show women performing ministry functions. The history of women performing ministry functions presets a fact that women were exercising some type of leadership function in the early church. The question must arise whether this type of leadership is arguable for the leadership and role of women in church today or not? Hassey gives three examples of women involved in history of the early Church as well as men who support women in ministry: Mabel C. Thomas, a 1913 Moody Bible Institute graduate, was called to pastor a Kansas church where she preached and taught weekly bible lessons. Her ministry was published in 1927 in Moody's "Alumni News" for the outstanding work she accomplished through the work of the Holly Spirit there.3 At the time of Thomas's publication in the "Alumni News", D.L. ...read more.

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And the reason the serpent approached Eve was because he knew that Adam did not do an effective job in communicating with Eve what the Lord told him. The fact that Eve was not informed well on the matter is what made her a plausible target for the serpent, and not her weakness. In my perspective it is wrong to keep someone accountable for something that they were not aware of. Furthermore God tells Eve that her desire will be for her husband, (Gen3:16) which means that till now she did not have the quality within her, which goes on to rebuke the fact that she seduced Adam into eating the fruit, furthermore the text does not say anything about her seducing Adam, and as Trible notes that man can often be silent and passive especially when it comes to satisfying their appetite, so just the fruit alone was enough for Adam he didn't have to be seduced to eat the fruit.19 So once again Eve is blamed even though Adam is the one that "sinned". Yet that is not the only way (Gen 3:16) is misinterpreted. To the woman he said, "I will increase your pains in childbearing: with pain you will give birth to children. You desire will be for you husband and he will rule over you. (Gen 3:16) Often when man read this verse they think that God is speaking to them and is telling them that they can have dominion over women, some man often use this passage as a passport to male supremacy, however I don't think that God is speaking to man, or is telling man that now they can rule over their wives. For it clearly says "To the woman he said," one may ask themselves why is God telling the women this? In my perspective he is being considerate of women by letting Eve known that because of man's fallen nature they will act superior to women. ...read more.

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Other reasons for the belief of equality for men and women for Egalitarians is the evidence of women in Jesus' ministry. Though women had roles in Jesus' ministry, there was cultural resistance even then, but Jesus used women's ministries through those circumstances. There are many passages to support this argument, including Luke 8:1-3, Matt 15: 21-28, Luke 7:36-50, John 4:39-42, Matt28:1-10, Mark 16:1-8, and Acts 1:8. In these passages we se that women traveled with Jesus and learned from him as he taught in villages. We see Mary being encouraged by Jesus for listening at his feet and learning instead of cleaning and worrying about the house. There is the powerful example of the Samaritan woman who is the first person who is not among the disciples to evangelize the message of the gospel. The Egalitarians believe that these are example that Jesus did not prohibit women from teaching others, men and women alike.30 Another example is that God chose women to be the first to examine the tomb and, through the angel that appeared to them, commanded the women to tell what they knew. For th Egalitarian, this demonstrates that jesus had confidence in women and trusted them to tell people the most impotant message that can be told. The Egalitarian vies is also supported by examples of wome serving in the early church. In Acts 2, we clearly see the indication that both men and women are recipients of the Holy Spirit. We are informed that the Holy Spirit and the gifts he gives those that believe are to be used in the church (I Cor 12:7). In Acts 18:26, Priscilla and Aquila explained to Appollos the way of god and were teaching and instructing him, a teacher himself. Finally, in Romans 16 Paul makes several references about women and their work in the church, he refers to Phoebe who is a servant and possibly a deacon ( not clear) and Junias ( if a women) is called "outstanding among the apostles (Rom 16:7"). ...read more.

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