The Bible and Women Pt 5

The Bible and Women
"A fundamental assumption about the nature of the Bible discussed in this chapter is its 'incarnational' nature, in analogy to the incarnate reality of the Word made flesh (Jn 1:14).  This means that the Word of God, his 'lamp to (our) feet and a light to (our) path' (Ps 119:105), comes to us within the confines of human language and with the context of human history, and it participates in various cultural realities and addresses individuals and peoples in diverse situations.  In that sense, the entirety of Scripture is historically and culturally embedded and conditioned.  This reality of Scripture does not lessen its overarching authoritative character, just as the 'enfleshed' nature of the living Word of God in Jesus does not lessen his authoritative presence.  What it does mean is…
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The Bible and Women Pt 4

The Bible and Women
There is an issue which remains that is screaming for a voice in this discussion.  I am sure it is also in the back of the minds of many who read this.  What about the word 'submission?'  This is a very valid question that can only be answered with Jesus Christ as the model of all human relationships patterned on the Trinity.  If we hang onto the traditional understanding of this word as submitting to another who has authority over you, then the whole shape of this discussion will have to changed to support this view, even how we see the Trinity itself will have to change.  We could never let that happen because we will have God created in the image of human imaginations.  We could never ask God…
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The Bible and Women Pt 3

The Bible and Women
What I have proposed in this discussion is the Greek word kephalé rendered head has the intended meaning in a literal sense as the head of a body or in the metaphorical sense as 'source.'  Applying it this way in 1Cor. 11 shows us a dynamic face-to-face relationship between God, Christ, man and the women in a circular fashion rather than a subordinate fashion.  It truly reflects perichoresis in eternity right here on earth.  When interpreted this way, the pattern of the relationships in the Trinity is also expressed in the relationship between God, Christ, male and female.  What we must do now is further explore the application of this meaning in another context in another passage to see if it can be consistent. Before we go further I want…
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The Bible and Women Pt 2

The Bible and Women
Before I continue with this blog, I must acknowledge the work of Manfred T. Brauch in his book, Abusing Scripture: The Consequences of Misreading the Bible, IVP, Downers Grove, Illinois, 2009. I am using this book as a guide in this discussion. The issue that needs to be clearly addressed in regard to the relationship between men and women in the church is the teaching of "headship".  The Greek word kephalé (κεφαλὴ) is rendered "head" and therefore is assumed to mean authority over.  It is necessary to explore this a little further to fully understand how this word is applied in the various contexts of the Scriptures where it is used.  The use of the word is not how it is widely understood in our Western understanding.  In a way,…
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The Bible and Women Pt 1

The Bible and Women
The Trinity is the pattern for all human relationships.  The incarnation now means this relationship is inserted into humanity.  Our understanding of all relationships is now viewed through the life, love, community and Personhood of the the Father, Son and Spirit.  There is vitality in this relationship where service to each Person by the other shows us a circular relationship rather than hierarchy.  However, there is no subordination but each is willing to be ready to serve the other.  The Father, Son and Spirit are distinct in their person but are one in their being.  I personally believe there are feminine characteristics in all three persons of the Trinity.  The level of relationship between the Persons of the Trinity goes far beyond what we can ever imagine.  At the same…
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