Before you attack me, let me state that I am a believer who occasionally [sorry mum] attends a Pentecostal church. I am also an activist, if you like a feminist who believes in the equality of both genders. Considering these two scenarios, I find myself sometimes silently disagreeing with the preacher on matters marriage/relationships and even at times general life matters. The way the church is set up you can’t however voice your different opinion on matters Bible lest you find yourself being called the agent of the devil. I have to ask these hard questions anyway
To start with, sexism is devaluation, stereotyping prejudice, discrimination, especially against women, on the basis of sex. So, is the bible sexist? Let’s look at some of these verses. 1 Corinthians 14:
” As in all the congregations of the saints, women should remain silent in the Churches. They are not allowed to speak, but be in submission, as the law says. If they want to inquire about something, they should ask their own husbands at home; for it is disgraceful for a woman to speak in the church.”
This is a straightforward passage. Why is it disgraceful for a woman to speak in the church? Does submission mean silence of women in church as well? [I am not for submission]. Consider this other verse as well ; 1 Timothy 2:
” Also that women should adorn themselves modestly and sensibly in seemly apparel, not with braided hair or gold or pearls or costly attire but by good deeds, as befits women who profess religion. Let a woman learn in silence with all submissiveness. I permit no woman to teach or to have authority over men;she is to keep silent.”
These are just two examples, other verses which I have come across are Ephesians 5:22-24, 1 peter 3:7 , 1 John 2:13. There are more examples throughout the old and new testament.
Another thing I will point out is that all of Jesus` disciples are men, same as the elders mentioned in the bible. This very issue (sexism)has affected the society as a whole since we have very few female leaders as we are portrayed by the bible as followers and listeners of men. As a reasoning Christian, I cannot reject these parts of the bible which are seemingly sexist, and acknowledge the others to be the word of God. What are your thoughts?