Do you think women should be allowed or are fit to become preachers/ministers?
This has been a sore subject in my family.(I think they should). Some people believe that women do not have a place in religion as a minister or preacher. In the Holy Bible, it talks about women being seen and not heard in church. Some believe that since the Holy Bible was written by men, that it a matter of opinion of male dominance over women or women not being equal to men during that time era. Even in other religions, female spirtual leaders are unheard of. What do you think? Has the Bible been misinterpreted in its message or are women truly the lesser and not fit to preach the Good Word
I think that women are highly qualified to be ministers/preachers. I think they have the compassion to make them great. But, I think that it breaks tradition for women to preach. I personally would rather listen to a man, and I know that I am being sexist about it. This is just my personal opinion. I do think women should have the chance to preach, because I am sure that a majority of people do not feel the same as me....
I think it is a sore spot in the discussions in a great many families. I heard once and I love this quote "God doesn't necessarily call the qualified, he calls the willing. Therefore, whether male, female, black, white, spotted or striped....if you are willing God will make way for your talents and that includes pastoring, ministering, preaching and all that it entails.
Absolute yes women are fit and should be allowed to preach/minister. There are examples throughout the Bible of God using and gifting women for the ministry. God can and does use both genders (including children). The key is to be willing to be used by God for His name sake. However, when it comes to women pastoring(shepherding), I think that goes against God's order. He is such a meticulous God of order. He purposefully created Adam first, giving him dominion before making Eve, his wife as his helper. I believe He deisres this same order to be followed in the church. I experienced firsthand in my marriage how destructive our paths can become when we reverse God's order.
I believe women should be allowed and are qualified to become preachers. I personally know several women preachers that I believe God has called to spread the gospel.
To not allow women to be ministers is blatant discrimination. I have no sympathy for unsupported viewpoints that do not belong in the 21st century.
Why not? What makes a man more qualified than a woman to be a preacher or to minister? My sister in law is a Methodist minister and she's quit capable.
It just does not matter what I think.............
What does the Holy Guide say?.......teach, reccomend............
It most certainly, does not say, ask, onegoodwoman............that thing is NOT written.
No. The bible teaches a woman has no place as a leader or teacher. Her value is of a different kind. To nurture her family. Call me old fashion but once a woman is married, she has no place having a "job" because being a mother and wife is her job. I'm not trying to say women belong barefoot and in the kitchen, but God did not design us to be leaders. He, after all, designed us from a MAN to belong and take care of men. There is nothing wrong with a woman and her friends, or a few friends speaking about the Word but its not a women's place to lead a church, or anything for that matter. We were designed to be of just value to a man, but with different purpose.
I personally believe that Women are equal to Men as Human Beings, although Women should not be able to become World Leaders or Preachers of God.
For the simple reason Woman has been Easily Decieved once before, this is not to say Men havn't been Decieved either.
If you preach from the Bible you are being Decieved, the Bible is a misinterpretation of the real truth.
All Human Beings need to wake up and realize this truth, we have "ALL" been Decieved since the begining of time.
By nature, women are nurturers and have more of a role in shaping the beliefs of their children than most men will admit. Thousands of years ago, women WERE the spiritual leaders, and in some societies, still are. In such societies, there is less war making and its citizens are more compassionate toward and tolerant of others who are "different". So, yes, women are quite qualified to be preachers/ministers and should be allowed to follow that calling is they choose to do so (or are chosen).
In the bible previous to the King James version, men and women were equals. The men assigned to revise the bible during his reign saw an opportunity to inject their desire for male dominance, and re-wrote it to make women second-class citizens, submissive to men. Had King James (who was openly gay but a champion of the equality of women) not been so busy entertaining boy toys, he would've rejected those passages. As it was, he simply gave his blanket approval to the final version without reading it, and it's been touted as the "word of God" ever since. It is NOT.
There was a time when women were not allowed to learn. They weren't voting, or working for much pay (there have always been working women, in some capacity)
I don't think that the Bible supports that attitude. Esther saved her people through faith and courage.
However, women do make good scholars. Women are wise, and critical thinkers. Some are more suited to the call than others, I'm sure, but they can be just as qualified as any man (more qualified than some) The only real advantage a man might have is that men's voices naturally carry farther...and that seems like a petty one.
Yes, I do. Why wouldn't they be? They are just as capable as men.
can a woman have faith? Of course.. so .. with this simple answer, my point here is made!
We've had female ministers in Scotland and the UK in general for a number of years and on the whole they are great - very tolerant, loving and supportive of their congregations and popular.
Only silly wee men and even sillier women would believe that god would have a fit if women were to preach! The creator made everyone, including non-Christians, and as you mentioned about the female spiritual leaders from other beliefs systems, it kind of proves that the creator/god doesn't have a problem at all with women being equal to men. It's hard to believe that in the 21st century there are still these intolerant and sterile beliefs going on.
Thanks Seeker7!! and everyone else who has commented so far! I am really seeing some surprising answers!! I can't wait to see hubs on this when the contest starts! Wow!
If a particular church allows women ministers, then I'm sure there will be women to answer the call. I don't think the status of women is dependent on whether they can preach or not.
A woman is as much a person as a man is and is therefore capable and entitled to the same opportunities that a man is. The bible may have been written by men, but it certainly does not preach inequality. It rather defines the roles of both man and woman as per the olden days. Society has evolved since then and along it the roles of men and women as well as their expectations. We have to take the lessons and teachings that the bible offers for the betterment of the society we are living in today and not focus on who is allowed to do what or can do what better because that is not the message that God wants us to be fed with through his word. The word of God preaches love for all mankind and the knowledge that we are all equal in the eyes of God. The male dominated society has and continues to dictate the pace at which the woman can grow, become independent and break all barriers. Its a steep mountain women are climbing. In areas like politics, media and business, women are making remarkable breakthroughs. There is a time for everything, so watch this space, I am sure there will be a time, maybe not in our life time where women will have as equal an opportunity as men to become spiritual leaders.
1 Timothy 2:12 is pretty clear on the subject, a woman should not teach or have authority over "the man". That being said, I do not believe that women are lesser, it's just that each sex has certain roles to fulfill, and it isn't proper to step out of those roles. There ARE exceptions to the rules as well, I am not sure that God said that it was a law that women shouldn't teach or have authority, but I look at that as the same thing as multiple wives for example. God permitted men to have multiple wives, but his PREFERENCE is for one man and one woman to be married.
I have met some very Godly women in my life who were wiser than their husbands and the people around them and I learned about love and forgiveness from them.
It's not about capability either, women can do anything that men can do, sometimes better. But there is more to life than what we are able to do, there is a good way to walk the path that looks good to us, and there is the right way which God has chosen for us - are we wiser than God and can we claim to know what's best above God's directive? No way!
So I would say it is God's preference for a woman to not be a minister, and personally I think it is disruptive to the family life, but I would not want to stop someone who is truly called by God to serve in that capacity. In this area, my feeling is, "live and let live," but I definitely won't follow a woman minister or condone it.
I'm a Catholic, so -- therefore -- no. They can be nuns, sisters or other religious. Look at Mother Teresa!
lol @ women being seen and not heard. Wait a minute......... who said that again?!?!?
I try to stay away from religious debate but I really wanted to make a quick point with my opinion. Here goes:
If the Bible is God's Word and is the Absolute Truth, should it really matter who reads it or offers interpretation of it? By saying that men only are worthy to read the Holy Scriptures, does that put men above woman? Are woman lesser Christians than men?
Wasn't Jesus born of a woman? Since he was, it is only logical to recognize the importance of woman. Woman are often the leaders within a family that teach their children faith and love. Often times, there is no man present. So in a single parent home where the mother is the only person rearing a child, should Bible readings and explanations be avoided?
This is old rhetoric and I am sure that Mary Magdalene, one of Jesus' personal friends and followers, would have a lot more to say about His message than any man I know. I suppose I could rant some more, but I just wanted to state how ridiculous this idea is of only men having the "Divine Authority" to teach God's Word. Jesus came for all those who believe and He encourages us to spread His Word. I don't think gender has a say, unless the year is 500 AD and women are viewed more like slaves and property, rather than daughters, sisters and wives. Just my 2 cents!
PS I am a Catholic for the record!
Thanks, JS! I love your answer and am happy you participated in this question!
As mentioned, the Bible, God Almighty's Word, says women (which I am one) are to keep silence in the church. They are not "to usurp authority over the men." Women I know donot like this, and will vote it down, but that is just because alot of women are feminists and want to be "just like the men". This cannot be however. God made us male amd female, He made us different. Women in the pulpit before men is an abomination to God. It is against His Word. Women have their place, as do men. A womans place IS NOT in the pulpit.
As I said, this will be voted down I am sure, but the truth remains (and truth hurts sometimes:)
ii3rittles, let me say AMEN to your answer! Well done!
Jesus only called men to be His Apostles. Given the fact that Jesus lived in a Middle Eastern Country 2000 years ago, when women had virtually no rights, He wouldn't have been taken seriously if He had chosen women along with men to follow Him as Apostles. However they were allowed to follow Him as disciples.
Even today women are not taken seriously and are subjected to male domination. I see that going on with my male and female cats all the time. The male cat always fights for domination and the female cat lives in fear and submission. What comforts me is that it was a Woman who had the privilege to give birth and to raise the Son of God, and for that reason she is even more exalted than the Apostles and the whole Host of Heaven. Did Mary preach? Not much has been written about her in the Gospels. If she did preach she probably did so in private, not in public. But that may have been her choice.
To me it's an "either, or" kind of situation (family or ministry). Women in my opinion should have a viable choice, and it shouldn't be a concession handed to them by men, rather it should be a human right, like everything else.
Alexander Mark you hit it right on the nail head, I couldn't have said it better myself! Women have plenty of teaching capacity and nurturing capacity inside the home and Church but God does not desire Women to be Preachers/Ministers. As Christians we must believe the Bible as a whole, not just what we want to hear. If we start negating what we don't like and changing verses to make them mean what we want to hear then we might as well throw it out all together and be heathen's!
It shouldn't be a matter of male or female. It should depend on if the individual is capable and spirtual.
This question is very sensitive. However, the question does not ask the equality of the sex opposites. They are in no doubt equal. No problems with that.
the question is why men does the preaching?
Actually, we can extend the question like this:
Why men builds more muscles? why women only gets pregnant? why women are very pretty and men are husky? why do men have deeper voice? why men... why men... why men...? why women... why women... why women...?
Not to denote your religion or beliefs, or the way in which your family has raised you, but don't look for answers like this. I understand wanting input and such from others, but a lot of what your going to get is fundamentalists. Everyone should be free to make up their own minds and shouldn't take everything as a historical fact. When you read the Bible, and you search your soul, you should listen to what your soul is telling you. That is the only way to find the truth and the way to support the answer for the question you are asking.
In my honest opinion, a woman is free to teach. The Church spent a long time suppressing the role of women in society. They did everything they could to keep them out of any role in which they might even begin to get the ear of a leader of any type just in case the power be usurped from them. That being said, in a time when the Church is no longer in power, why shouldn't women be allowed to teach and minister?
This is a good question deserving a righteous answer. Who better to tell the story better than the woman, sense she was the one to encounter the deceptfullness of the serpant, that the man named. Mrs. I am the truth sees that moment this way. Eve lounging around naked, and the nature of the beast watching was encouraged to encounter, and when he tried to come in to her, she said adam wake up don't you see this snake trying to come in unto me. She knew he was not supposed to do that, but old adam was tied and sleeping on his job, And the adam of this time is doing the same thing. Woman if you tell it, make sure the people ask to hear it. Otherwise they will resent you for it. This goes for the lazy man that won't keep his house coverd.
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