“Let your women keep silence in the churches: for it is not permitted unto them to speak; but they are commanded to be under obedience, as also saith the law.
And if they will learn any thing, let them ask their husbands at home: for it is a shame for women to speak in the church.”
1 Corinthians 14: 34 -35
King James Version
The above passage is one of the reasons I don’t take the Bible literally.
And while I no longer attend Church regularly (seasonal visits don’t count) I did go to Sunday School and therefore know my Bible stories and can recite The Lord’s Prayer, the 23rd Psalm, the Beatitudes, etc.
I can even recite some of the books of the Bible — “Matthew, Mark, Luke, John….let your neighbour carry on…”
I also took some religion courses in university.
I’m fortunate to have had such a background. It has given me the ability and confidence to choose — to accept or reject certain parts of the Bible.
I do not believe it’s an “all or nothing” proposition.
Would that others had this opportunity and thus the ability to discern the good and the not-so-good from their Holy Books.
Here’s another lovely gem for your reading pleasure — another passage I do not live by.
“In like manner also, that women adorn themselves in modest apparel, with shamefacedness and sobriety; not with braided hair, or gold, or pearls, or costly array; But (which becometh women professing godliness) with good works.
Let the woman learn in silence with all subjection.
But I suffer not a woman to teach, nor to usurp authority over the man, but to be in silence.
For Adam was first formed, then Eve.
And Adam was not deceived, but the woman being deceived was in the transgression.
Notwithstanding she shall be saved in childbearing, if they continue in faith and charity and holiness with sobriety.”
1 Timothy. 2: 9-15
King James Version
Which parts of this particular passage do I object to? Oh, just about every other word. I’m okay with the “good works” and “charity” but that whole “silence” thing? It’s definitely not part of my repertoire.