OPTIONAL: 1Tim 1-3 and 6:3-16
“ Let a woman learn in silence with full submission” (1Tim. 2:11 NRSV). Why must a woman learn in complete silence? Christ elevated the status of women so why does Paul seem to be demoting them here?
“Yet she will be saved through childbearing, provided they continue in faith and love and holiness, with modesty” (1Tim. 2:15 NRSV). How are women saved through childbearing? What is the infertile woman supposed to make of this? Salvation is in Christ alone, no? Is this meant to mean saved through the birth of Christ which was through Mary? Is this how Catholics arrive at the Assumption of Mary doctrine? Paul recommends singlehood if basal desires can be controlled. Why would he seemingly contradict himself? Surely the literal text here is not what it seems to be.
“…if someone does not know how to manage his own household, how can he take care of God’s church?” (1Tim. 3:5 NRSV). The word he is used here for bishops but not deacons. Can women be deacons but not bishops?
While in Baltimore on August 19, 2017, I had an encounter with a cult group where one of the individuals wore a t-shirt that said real Jews are black. I was naïve. When I first walked by, I only saw Bibles so I tried to hand them a dollar for sharing the gospel. They wouldn’t take it from me and instead called me an Edomite and that I couldn’t be saved. If I had memorized Scripture as I should, I would have shared 1Tim. 6:3-5 with them. Oh well, I guess I didn’t cast my pearls to swine further than I had already. Ah racism seems to be acceptable if it is against white people…*sigh* There is no master or slave, female or male in Christ Jesus, thankfully. At least God’s word is eternal and God loves everyone regardless of their race/ethnicity.
Christ has immortality and unapproachable light. Yet, we can approach the throne of God through Christ. Interesting.