Misogyny and Insults to Women in the Bible (New Testament)

Misogyny and Insults to Women in the Bible (New Testament)

In a previous post, I talked about misogyny in the old testament of the Christian bible.  That is kind of like shooting fish in a barrel.  A lot of times I will here, yes, but what matters is the new testament.

Nevermind the fact that it is supposedly the same god in both parts of the Christian bible.  After all, people say, things were different back then.  That was just the way things were.  If god was the same, why didn’t he tell them it was wrong?  He could convince people to cut off part of their penises, but you don’t think that he could have convinced them women were worthy of respect?

Anyway, here’s some examples of misogyny in the new testament.

  • Men can divorce their wives if they are unfaithful, but of course women are not allowed the same. (Matthew 5:32, 19:9)
  • Men are told to abandon their wives and children to follow Jesus. (Matthew 19:29, Mark 10:29, Luke 18:29)
  • Men make the decisions regarding the religion of the entire household. (Acts 16:31)
  • Paul really didn’t have a lot of good things to say about women.  They have a natural “use” by man. (Romans 1:27) They were the old ball and chain. (1 Cor 7:27)  And don’t forget, man is the head of women, and women were created for the use of man. (1 Cor 11:3-9)
  • In fact, the Christian bible says that women should shut up in church and not even try to ask questions. They are commanded to be obedient just as in the old testament law. (1 Cor 14:34-35)
  • Paul makes it clear that wives should do what their husbands say. (Colossians 3:18) Whoever forged Ephesians in the name of Paul (seriously, Paul didn’t write it, do some research), repeated it.  Husbands are the head of the household and can tell wives to do whatever and they should obey. (Ephesians 5:22-24)
  • Women should not dress up, and should stay silent, because even the smartest women isn’t allowed to teach to the most ignorant man.  Why, because men were here first (why does that matter?) and it was a woman who was deceived in the garden of eden (I know a lot of men who have done stupid stuff, why is Eve special?)  But don’t worry!  Go be silent and have babies, that’s how women can redeem themselves. (1 Timothy 2:9-15)

There’s more, but I’ll stop myself there.  Even in the new testament women are second class citizens.  Like most things, you can find bible verses which point in the other direction (Gal 3:28), but not too many.

Let me be clear, I think that if a grown woman wants to subject themselves to the will of a man in the name of their religion, then she should be able to.  Just like if someone wants to shave their head or only wear purple.  Whatever.  But what I don’t like, and what I see all the time, is how women are taught from childhood that they are second class citizens.  They don’t realize that they are just as valuable a human being as anyone else.  I’ve seen women settle for men who treat them poorly, and who don’t respect them as equals. And they think that is how it should be.

As I said before, if you had a grandparent who was this sexist you would think they were behind the times and find them embarrassing.  Why would you stay with a religion that thinks you are a second-class human?

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3 responses to “Misogyny and Insults to Women in the Bible (New Testament)”

  1. Mikkile0n says :

    Great post!

    My favorite line was “He could convince people to cut off part of their penises, but you don’t think that he could have convinced them women were worthy of respect?”

    Also, next time you talk about Adam and Eve, remember to mention that Paul is lying. There was no separation of Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden. “When the woman saw that the fruit of the tree was good for food and pleasing to the eye, and also desirable for gaining wisdom, she took some and ate it. She also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it.” (Genesis 3:6) Who was WITH HER.

    Paul says that she was the one deceived by the snake, but really, it’s more like, “Adam, with his oh-so-morally superior brain, was deceived in the same exact way and equally complicit in the fall of man.”

    • Zed Wagner says :

      Mikkle0n…

      I think you are missing what Paul is saying. Paul admits that
      While they were both (Adam and Eve) standing there, and she ate first and he ate second.

      A. She was decieved. Lied to. Suckered.
      B. Adam was not deceived but openly broke the law.
      Specifically.
      He heard the lies, and said nothing.
      Saw her about to eat and did nothing to uphold the law.
      When offered the fruit, he willfully broke the law.

      Eve never heard the law from God directly.

      Nor does it even say that Adam told her the law, correctly.

      In fact, when she repeats the law she quotes it incorrectly… The implication is Adam taught her wrong, by adding to it and she recited Adam’s doctine instead of the pure law.

      (The other alternative is the woman innovated on her own, and departed from a pure law by adding to the law herself. But let’s not go there…)

      Adam knew the law, and heard it directly from God.
      He failed to teach it correctly.

      As a result, of Adam’s ineptitude, she fell prey to seducing words of rebellion towards the law.

      Who does Paul say is ultimately responsible for the fall of humanity, and the introduction of sin (the practice of rebellion to God’s law) and the introduction of death (by consequence) into the created world?

      Adam.

      First letter to the Corinthians 15:22:
      “For in Adam all must die, so too, all who are in Christ shall be made alive (forevermore)

      Romans 5:12
      When Adam sinned, sin entered the world. Adam’s sin brought death into the world. And now we all die, because we all have sinned.

      Romans 5:15-17:
      “For the gift of God is not like the judgement of God which came through Adam that arose from his unlawful act , resulting in the decree of the death sentence. For if, if by Adam’s offence, death has ruled over humanity, through Adam…”

      Paul doesn’t lay the blame of the fall on Eve. He places it squarely on Adam. Adam is responsible because He did not protect Eve from the Serpent’s lies, nor did He correct her on the law, it would seem He mistaught by adding things to the law of God to her.

      God said dont eat from these two trees.

      Eve said: dont eat and don’t touch.

      Therefore, either
      1. Adam mistaught (by addition) or
      2. Eve herself chose to add to the law by her own agency.

      In the end… It was the act of eating, not touching, that triggered the application of the law.

      As an aside…
      A good husband/man endeavors to stop his coventent partner/wife from breaking the law, by every reasonable means. Adam probably had the first ever case of deep remorse at failing as a husband.

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