Wednesday, March 4, 2009

1 Corinthians, chapter 14

This chapter of 1 Corinthians continues to deal with the orderly running of the church. Specifically, it talks about how speaking in tongues can fit in with the greater church body, but it cannot work by itself. This goes back to spiritual gifts and how the body of the church works better when all parts are functioning in harmony. When the parts function independent of each other there is chaos. No one can understand what's going on at that point, just like when someone is speaking in a different language no one can understand. It means nothing without the translation. That is why we must each accept our spiritual gift and use it to work in harmony with others, and therefore further God's plan.

As in all the congregations of the saints, 34women should remain silent in the churches. They are not allowed to speak, but must be in submission, as the Law says. 35If they want to inquire about something, they should ask their own husbands at home; for it is disgraceful for a woman to speak in the church. – 1 Corinthians 14:33-35

I wanted to include this passage mostly as a discussion point. If we are to believe the Bible is the Living Word of God, how does something like this fit in with today's modern world? Personally, I don't see how this can work. To me, this is a very out-dated and sexist view that diminishes the contributions of women. It does this so much, that an entire church I know of would be in violation of that. When I was in South Carolina recently for a funeral the service was officiated by a female pastor, which would be in direct violation of this. How, then, do we accept the entire Word as truth?

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