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Friday, January 15, 2010

Are women looked down upon in the Bible?

Some people feel that some parts of the Bible seem to support discrimination against women. But is this an accurate understanding of Scripture?

Consider the following Biblical instances and principles:

From the start, BOTH Adam and Eve (Man and Woman) were made in God’s image. (Genesis 1:27, 28)

Further, the Mosaic Law condemned rape and prostitution. (Leviticus 19:29; Deuteronomy 22:23-29)

Also, it is recorded that God hates ALL forms of exploitation and abuse. (Exodus 22:22; Deuteronomy 27:19; Isaiah 10:1, 2)

A capable Jewish wife was a highly respected and esteemed individual. (Proverbs 31:10, 28-30) Any failure on the Israelites’ part to follow God’s laws on showing respect for women was THEIR fault, not God’s will. (Deuteronomy 32:5)

With a more thorough look at the scriptures, we can see that not only did Jesus, when he was on earth, consistently treat women with respect, but that God, the Author of the Bible does not discriminate against women. (Matthew 15:22-28; John 4:7-9; Luke 10:38-42; Mark 10:11, 12; Luke 8:1-3)

For more, see
Does the Bible Discriminate Against Women?

How Do God and Christ View Women?

Women (Discrimination Against)