Asked in The Bible
According to the Bible are women equal to men?
September 12, 2011 7:50AM
The short answer is no.
It was part of the curse placed upon women to be put under the authority of men (Gen 3:16). The curses (travail in child birth, slithering snakes, toil for food, eating to live, and death) are still in effect even through today. As Gal 3:17 says, the promise or word of God cannot be disannulled.
The spiritual significance is that the bride (the church) is under subjection to the bridegroom (Christ) (Eph 5:24) who is the second Adam (1 Cor 15).
"Let the woman learn in silence with all subjection. But I suffer not a woman to teach, nor to usurp the authority over the man, but to be in silence." 1 Tim 2:11-12
"But I would have you know, that the head of every man is Christ; and the head of the woman [is] the man; and the head of Christ [is] God." 1 Cor 11:3
In Gal 3:28, Paul speaks about all peoples who are baptized into Christ putting off their former selves and putting on Christ. In essence, they become Christ or, in other words, a manifestation or reflection of him, being Abraham's seed, which is Christ. We are not physically Christ, but spiritually Christ, becoming one flesh with the bridegroom in marriage and partaking in his salvation. Yes but what about: "For as woman was made from man, in the same way man is born of woman; and it is God who brings everything into existence." Corinthians 11:12 "so god created humans making them to be like himself. he created them male and female, bkessed them and said have many children so that your desendants will live all over the earth and bring it under their control. i am putting you incharge of the fish, the birds and all the wild animals." Genesis 1:27 "So there is no difference beteen Jew and Gentiles, Between slaves and free people, between men and women; you are all on in union with Jesus christ." Galatians 3:28 These show that men and women are equal but not in all cases this is difficult because in some ways they are but in other ways they are not
In short, according to the Bible, women are not equal to men.
Another way to look at it is Yes, Women are equal to men because the curse of Eve was broken When Christ rose from the dead. The letters of Paul are just that, letters and were never considered scripture until the last 5 centuries. Christ died for all and was risen for all, breaking every bondage.
We are concidered the children of Abraham, not Adam, We are the daughters of Sarah, not Eve (Isaiah 51:2) This is important because in the garden of Eden the curse came because Adam listened to Eve. but with Abraham, the blessing was established because Abraham was commanded of God to hearken to his wife. Thus placing the woman back into her position of equality.
Malachi 2 talks about how God hates that men treated their wives badly, the men were cheating on their wives and dealing treacherously with them, so God wouldn't hear the men's prayers. God stated that "She is thy partner" also God said " Did not he make one?" referring when the two become one flesh. Obviously the term one flesh doesn't just mean sex, but equality in the family unit. God refused to hear the husband if the wife wasn't in her God given place.
Genesis 15 refers to the woman's seed which was a prophecy about the virgin Mary and her seed destroying the work of the serpent i.e. crushing his head. This is another prophecy of liberation for the woman, because this would be the first blessing a woman receives without it going through a man first. The curse came through a woman, and thus the blessing came through a woman. Creating a new beginning for all mankind. So in a final analysis, based on both Old and New testaments, I find Women equal to men,