Usually I don’t engage in the banter that goes on in the comments section of religious site’s blogs. The Associated Baptist Press closed their comments section because so many used it as a place to argue, and air their pet peeves instead of sticking to the subject. (One thing I love about all of you who comment on this blog is that you stick to the subject. I love your comments and thank you for them.)
But even I have a moment of weakness sometimes.
So I engaged.
I wrote an intelligent comment to a story about women in ministry that was on one of the Houston Chronicle’s religion editor’s blog. Then someone wrote that just because a person can sound intelligent, it doesn’t mean that women can preach. I let that go.
But hoodiyep I couldn’t let go. This person made the most stupid statement and it had to be challenged. The sad thing is that people will read what he says and because it sounds halfway religious, they will take it for gospel truth.
This is what hoodiyep said:
Eve was created for Adam and husband is to love his wife as Christ loved the church. Giving himself up for her.
Well, let’s just see how many crosses we can plant on that hill! Let’s just see if Husband can get up out of the grave. If a husband is going to give himself up for a wife he loves so much, exactly what does he have to do? Do you see any men doing it?
This is what I said:
Hoodiyep, you are making things up.
Christ gave himself for the church, but men cannot give themselves up for their wives as Christ gave himself up for the church. By even implying this, you have demeaned and belittled the sacrifice that Jesus gave. He died for our sins – no husband can do that. He cannot take on our sins. He cannot even begin to love his wife like Jesus loves his church, which is made up of men and women.
Paul was simply using an illustration that everybody in his day understood when he compared a marriage to how the new Christians were to look upon Christ.
Whew! If man loved his wife like Christ loves his church, the implication is beyond anything you can imagine. Man cannot love that way, and we all know that is true. We are humans and do not have that same capacity.
Unless of course, you believe that men make the Trinity into a quartet.
These ignorant people see nothing wrong with comparing a husband to Christ. To teach this is just plain stupid.