Religion and Equality

The Role of Women in Christianity

Women in Christian society

Throughout the ages, The Christian church has often been accused of being sexist. Biblical scriptures are often written in favour of men and even God is assumed by the Church as being male.

Many Christians take the Bible literally, following Biblical scriptures such as ‘God made man in his own image’ (Genesis 1:27). This particular teaching is often used to justify the differences of men and women in the Church.

Is the Bible sexist?

The Bible makes many references that would suggest that women have a status lower than that of men within Christianity. However the Bible was written in times which were very different to now and then, it was seen as the socially accepted roles of men and women.

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According to the Bible, Paul said that:

“Women should remain silent in the Churches. They are not allowed to speak, but to be in submission as the law says, if they want to enquire about something, they should ask their husbands at home; for it is disgraceful for a woman to speak in the Church.”

                                                                 (1 Corinthians 14:35-35)

The Bible also shows is that Jesus did criticize women, in this reference, it was about his mother:

“When the wine gave out, the mother of Jesus said to him, ‘they have no wine.’ And Jesus said to her, ...

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