Monday, January 28, 2008

Top 20 Bible Questions #1: Women

Q. What does the Bible say about women in ministry - specifically, women pastors and/or preachers?

A. Religious leaders who put the Canon together took the liberty to change certain parts of the scripture to make women look lower than the man.

The story of the woman caught in adultery, for instance, was inserted into the scriptures by a monk in the third or fourth century and most good Bibles will have a marginal note at the story saying that most good manuscripts do not contain this account.

The changing of the Garden of Eden to be a literal story rather than an allegory places the so-called woman as the culprit that caused the man to sin. It clearly ignores the part of the Word that says, "Male and female created HE them."

Religious leaders went on to fabricate sin as behavior problems, such as drinking, smoking or committing adultery - which are works of the flesh, not sin. The real meaning of sin is to be fragmented, in pain, and out of touch with the real self, which is hidden from the EGO.

The Apostle John tells us that 'the person who is born again cannot sin.' He points this out using two different words to indicate sin: Strong's Concordance #266 and #264.

Perhaps the most grievous distortion of text occurs when the word 'Woman' is made to mean gender. It is clear from scripture grammar that Spirit is always called male and Soul is always expressed as female or emotional. Every person is both male and female. It is by our manner of living that we demonstrate God’s will.

Most sound theologians admit that portions of Paul’s Epistles to the Corinthian Church were altered to imply woman werenot given authority over a man or the privilege of speech in the Church. This is simply not true to the first century church.

The man/woman issue is always and only present at the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil. In the Kingdom of God, there is neither male or female, bond or free, but all are ONE in Christ (Galatians 3:8) To make them different is to be out of Kingdom reality.

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