“There is neither Jew or Greek, there is no longer slave or free, there is no longer male nor female, for all of you are one in Christ Jesus (Gal. 3:28).…. Now eagerly desire the greatest gift” (I Cor. 12:31).
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The Bible can be used selectively to justify almost any belief in the name of God, including either that God advocates roles according to gender or I would suggest according to individual gifts. In the Apostle Paul’s letter to the Corinthians quoted above, Paul speaks of pursuing roles in the church according to giftedness without any mention of excluded women from any roles (I Cor. 12:4-11). Paul does say: “Women should remain silent in the churches (I Cor. 14:34),” but Paul had just affirmed women praying and prophesying (I Cor. 11:4-5). Was Paul being mindless or would Paul also suggest men to be silent in certain situations for the sake of peace?
It is argued women may not fulfill certain roles in the church because of one main biblical passage (I Tim. 2:11-15), but this passage is highly debated among scholars. Did Paul use the analogy of Adam and Eve because he had in mind women not teaching men false teachings about God like the first couple’s situation? The reality is that the Bible can be used to defend roles are determined according to gender or that roles are best determined by one’s gifts and circumstances present as I have done below.
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