~ The Bible Teaches Man’s Superiority Over Women ~
Kernel of Error ~ Unfortunately some have misinterpreted the Word of God in such a way as to teach fundamental errors regarding the relationship between males and females in the church, the marriage, and elsewhere. But errors in interpretation does not take away from the truth which the Holy Bible provides.
Key Concept ~ Many in our modern society have bought into the subtle error that equality equals sameness. Nothing could be further from the truth. Any parent of two or more children knows that each child is different but of equal value.
The Trinity Example ~ God the Father, Jesus Christ the only begotten Son, and the Holy Spirit of God are co-equal members of the Godhead. But each has their own personality, roles, and responsibility. When Christ came to earth he made this clear, “And He was withdrawn from them about a stone’s throw, and He knelt down and prayed, saying, ‘Father, if it is Your will, take this cup away from Me; nevertheless not My will, but Yours, be done.’ Then an angel appeared to Him from heaven, strengthening Him. And being in agony, He prayed more earnestly. Then His sweat became like great drops of blood falling down to the ground” (Luke 22:41-44).
The Trinity In Marriage ~ A Christian marriage is a triune partnership between Husband – God – Wife. According to God’s plan for marriage the husband is seek to understand his wife’s needs and to treat her as a fellow heir (1 Peter 3:7) and to love her as Christ loved the Church (Ephesians 5:25) – a tall order indeed!
The Biblical view of the wife is to submit to her husband (Christ submitted to the Father in the passage previously cited). Certainly, the more the husband follows the Biblical pattern the easier this is for the wife.
There is no Scripture that indicates a lack of equality between male and female, just different roles and responsibilities similar to how each equal member of the Trinity has different roles.
The oil that makes a marriage work smoothly is a triune relationship between husband and God, wife and God, resulting in a good relationship between husband and wife!
Comment ~ Both male and female were created in the image of God. They are intended to be complementary to each other. An excellent passage to study about the home relationships is Ephesians 5:15-6:4.
~ Robert Lloyd Russell, ABUNDANT LIFE NOW blog.
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