It was time to get out of Afghanistan

It was time to get out of Afghanistan. They are a country ruled by religion. You cannot change their religion which is male dominated and female subjugated. I know you can’t change it. We can’t even change it in the United States. Baptist churches this Sunday morning will tell men they are in charge of their families and women are to submit graciously.

The vast majority of Southern Baptist churches and Catholic churches and non-denominational churches, and other denominational churches teach the same thing. A few have changed their minds, but the majority has not. Religion rules in Afghanistan. Thank God religion does not rule in the United States. At least, not yet. But if Christians have their way, it will. And it will be the women who suffer.

The Baptist Faith and Message 2000 states “The state has no right to impose penalties for religious opinions of any kind…..A free church (has) the right to form and propagate opinions in the sphere of religion without interference by the civil power.” (Baptist Faith and Message 2000. XV11 Religious Liberty).

Baptists, and perhaps most Christians, do not want the state to interfere with religious values. But they do not appear to have any problem with religious values interfering with civil values.

For instance,

it was the government, not Christian values, that dictated Civil Justice for blacks,

it was the government, not Christian values, that dictated Civil Justice for women,

it was the government, not Christian values, that dictated Civil Justice for homosexuals,

and,

it is religious values that demand that women be submissive to all males – husbands, leaders, and so on, under the guise of ‘the Bible says so.’ Or the Quran or other religious teachings says so.

It is always women who must wear the standard of their religion. Whether it is clothing such as scarves and hijabs, or severe clothing styles for Amish, Pentecostal, etc., it is women who look strange and out of date in our Western culture.

It is women who are denied leadership positions in their church and even in the community. Women are denied leadership in their own homes and before their children. Women cannot preach or teach men, while Christian men are denied nothing due to their gender.

Religious liberty is no liberty when it comes to women. Give me civil liberty any day.

What are you doing for true Religious Liberty for women?

About bwebaptistwomenforequality

Shirley Taylor writes with humor and common sense, challenging the church body to reclaim equality for Christian women.
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1 Response to It was time to get out of Afghanistan

  1. We can’t change it because no one will stand up and say that our Scriptures are mistranslated on the controversial passages that involve women. When we say that women are not to be submissive to men, men only need to turn to Scripture that says that women are to be submissive to men. When we say that women can teach, men only need to turn to Scripture that says that women cannot teach. When we say that women are not to be covered in veils, men only need to turn to Scripture to say that women should wear veils. Until we stand up and say that the current translations are wrong, then we fight a losing battle.

    The scholar Katharine Bushnell knew that Genesis 3:16 was mistranslated and wrote a book to tell women the correct translation of that verse. Do you think that men just mistranslated Genesis 3:16 and then translated the other passages having to do with women correctly? Of course not! Because men mistranslated the foundational passage, they had to mistranslate the other passages as well.

    In the passage on head coverings (1 Corinthians 11:3-16) there are two key things that one needs to understand about it. First, one needs to understand that Jesus Christ (not man) is the image and glory of God (2 Cor. 4:4, Col. 1:15, John 1:14, Heb. 1:3, Rev. 21:23). Yet Christians do not even acknowledge this very simple fact. They keep saying that a man is the image and glory of God, even though there is no Scripture to support this. Male and female are created IN the image of God, but only Jesus Christ IS the image of God because He is the Word made flesh. So until we start to give Jesus Christ the glory that is due Him and Him alone, we will not be able to correctly understand this passage. The second thing that one needs to know about the passage is that Paul is quoting a faction of men in verses 4-6. It is a faction of men who want women to be veiled while praying and prophesying. Scholars know that Paul quotes throughout his first letter to the Corinthians. They even put quotation marks around certain verses to help the reader understand that portions are quoted. But no quotation marks are put around verses 4-6, so people think that Paul wants women to be veiled. The translators even mistranslate several words in Paul’s rebuttal portion (vv. 7-16) to skew the passage to read as though women are to be veiled. But Paul is actually refuting their argument.

    Unfortunately, Bible translators do not even acknowledge that Paul is quoting another faction of men in 1 Corinthians 14:34-35. They act as if these were Paul’s words. But throughout the New Testament Paul repeatedly says that Christians are not under the Law. So would these be Paul’s words that are telling women to be silent and subject just as the Law says? Indeed, no! Paul is quoting a faction of men in 1 Corinthians 14:34-35. Throughout the whole chapter of 1 Corinthians 14, Paul says that ALL believers may prophesy. ALL believers can give a psalm, a teaching, a revelation, a tongue, or an interpretation. Yet we still act as if these are Paul’s words and then try to justify them somehow.

    And the mistranslations that are in 1 Timothy 2:11-15 are mind blowing. Yet no one will say anything because, of course, Scripture has always been translated this way and we can’t change it now. Yes, lets leave the lies in place. Let’s just always have the lies of men rather than the truth of God’s Word. Let women suffer all over the world. But we can’t keep trying to reinterpret and justify passages that are mistranslated or are quotes. We need to translate these passages correctly and show when something is quoted. We need to step out in faith. We were not born when men, who hated women, were mistranslating Scripture. But we can see the contradictions, just as Katharine Bushnell saw the contradictions and knew that something was wrong. Shirley, I hope that you will take a look at my book, “Woman the glory of Man.” (I will send you a free copy if you contact me on my website and let me know where I can send it.) There are many clues in Scripture that point us to the correct understanding and translation of these passages. You know, as well as I, that something is wrong with these passages because they contradict Scripture. But these passages do, in fact, harmonize perfectly with God’s Word when they are correctly translated. As Jesus said, “Only the truth will set us free” (John 8:32).

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