• He isn't afraid of anything. The reason rules are created is to maintain order. The relationship between men and women was defined on day 1. Men were intended to be the head of the family, women were intended to be subservient to their husbands. The principle has worked fine for thousands of years - until women decided that they disliked answering to their husbands and started asserting themselves. Breaking the rules just doesn't work no matter how much a person may think of themselves as "the exception".
  • God is wise. He knew the man's ego couldn't handle it otherwise. And He knew women can persuade men to consider what they want without shouting or preaching. The man is the head of the family, but the woman turns the neck and sways the head. 😉😉😋
  • Context! And (trying to speak KINDLY, not ARROGANTLY)...think about it! Do you think Paul was instructing Timothy to wander about, forbidding women to have positions of authority over men? No, of course not. Timothy was a PASTOR. He had authority over others in HIS CHURCH. So: what we have here is PAUL (not GOD) instructing PASTOR TIMOTHY that he should not allow women to have positions of authority IN HIS CHURCH over men of that church. *** Now, why did Paul instruct Timothy so? Paul does not teach us why. We can make some guesses. For example: perhaps Paul felt that was "the natural order of things" and that...extra troubles result from placing women in authority over men. (FOR EXAMPLE: a woman in authority being subject to her husband's authority! Perhaps even a non-Christian husband!) For example: perhaps Paul felt that preventing women from having authority over men in churches would be more palatable to male-dominated society and - therefore - more palatable to men who were potential converts. etc.
    • Hulk70156
      So you believe the Bible can't be taken literally, it has to be interpreted? Also, if this is Paul speaking to Timothy, it is the Bible the Word of God, or is it the Word, of God Timothy, Paul and Moses and the rest of the writers?
    • 1465
      The Bible is both literal and interpretive. It wasn't meant to be understood by everyone - that's why Jesus talked in parables.
      Hulk: #1 - I AM "taking the Bible literally". #2 - ALL human language, written OR spoken, without a SINGLE known exception, MUST be interpreted to be understood - whether understood correctly or incorrectly. Nature of the beast.
    • Linda Joy
      Well, that's where line upon line, precept upon precept comes in, and not feeding a baby meat. They have to start on milk. Once you understand the basics and begin trying to apply the principles in your life you usually want to learn more to get more of that peaceful feeling you get in your heart when you read scriptures and pray with an open mind and heart. However you understand the Bible I think its wrong for you to tell someone else what they believe is wrong.
  • This verse was in reference to conduct in the church, if you read Timothy, you have to read the lot. Tim 3 shows this "But if I tarry long, that thou mayest know how thou oughtest to behave thyself in the house of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and ground of the truth." 1.I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men; 2 For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty. 3 For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour; 4 Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth. 5 For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus; 6 Who gave himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time. 7 Whereunto I am ordained a preacher, and an apostle, (I speak the truth in Christ, and lie not;) a teacher of the Gentiles in faith and verity. 8 I will therefore that men pray every where, lifting up holy hands, without wrath and doubting. 9 In like manner also, that women adorn themselves in modest apparel, with shamefacedness and sobriety; not with broided hair, or gold, or pearls, or costly array; 10 But (which becometh women professing godliness) with good works. 11 Let the woman learn in silence with all subjection. 12 But I suffer not a woman to teach, nor to usurp authority over the man, but to be in silence. 13 For Adam was first formed, then Eve. 14 And Adam was not deceived, but the woman being deceived was in the transgression. 15 Notwithstanding she shall be saved in childbearing, if they continue in faith and charity and holiness with sobriety. Tim 1 goes on about how one should live, and also speaks about mediating on these things given to them, which is done in silence, and follows through to the rest of Timothy. God is afraid that one will drift from being Holy, and God can only dwell with the Holy, he does not want you to fall into the desires of the flesh, or temptations that will harm the spirit. The goal of Christianity is unity with the Father, for God will draw the son to himself and he will Be all and In all. Anything fallen from the father is imperfect for it is away from God, we are trapped within our ego, our sense of self, which keeps us separate from God and each other, the mystics have told you this for aeons, and Philippians 2 shows you this, as Jesus makes himself nothing, he humbles himself, and has the fullness of the Father dwell within him. Hence, indulgence in the desires of the flesh, gossip, slandering, lying, and handing oneself over to make an idol of himself/herself, will prevent him ever becoming free from this life of suffering, for the Kingdom of God is within, you are the temple of the living God. So what you do with that temple both inside and out, is extremely important.
  • The Bible was written thousands of years ago -- the New Testament close to 2000 years ago. What do you think was the prevailing social view of women's roles at the time? The fear of women's social, professional, and sexual freedom in dangerous, violent, unstable eras? The general male fear that a woman who lived her own life and did as she pleased might either not be willing to have children and ensure the survival of the species, or might foist some other man's child off on him? Religions have always mirrored larger social fears, and men's sexual worries have heavily influenced religious proscriptions of women's behavior. Take it from a historian who partly specializes in religious history.
  • The church is the woman and Christ is the man.

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