Those who’ve read a few entries ago, admittedly they were some months back, will know I’ve been reading the bible. Now I have another question for those more learned than me;
In 1 Timothy, Paul declares that he will not allow women to teach. They should sit quietly and subserviantly because Eve was created after Adam, and therefore is second to him. Also, it was Eve that sinned by eating the apple and then she caused Adam to sin.
It is presumably this paragraph (mostly) that led to the notion that women could not be ordained in the Catholic Church.
But my question is this. Does anyone actually believe such instructions came from Jesus? I don’t, because it appears to be against some fairly significant parts of other scripture. For example;
So God created people in his own image;
God patterned them after himself;
male and female he created them.
If that isn’t a statement of utmost equality I don’t know what is.
Paul himself states in Galatians 3:28
There is no longer Jew or Gentile,[a] slave or free, male and female. For you are all one in Christ Jesus.
Now I appreciate they’re only 2 examples from a fairly lengthy book, but they’re not the only things I take exception to that Paul wrote. So I’m a bit confused – because the bible is supposed to be the word of our Lord, and yet it cannot be so. Our vicar couldn’t answer it so I’m hoping someone here can.
Incidentally, I believe the gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. I am utterly convinced of who Jesus was (or indeed is) – but that nearly half the New Testament is written by someone who never physically met Jesus, and clearly states on various occasions that some of his writings are from himself and not the Lord, disturbs me. It disturbs me because how are we to know which is which? And anyone who goes against scripture is claimed as a false prophet or a heretic….
Someone help me!