The origin of sexism: Adam and Eve

God created the world with a beautiful balance between men and women. So why are people today fighting for equality? We must go way back to the first man and woman to find the origin of sexism. In the first chapters of Genesis, we read how God’s good creation went wrong pretty early on when the serpent showed up in the Garden of Eden to throw everything into disorder. Scripture said the serpent was the most crafty creature, so it certainly picked the weaker target with care, which is why it went after the woman. The serpent tempted the woman to eat fruit in disobedience to her creator.

Over the years, women have gotten a lot of flack for being the first to sin, but scripture says that man was right next to her. Rather than stopping her from eating the fruit, he threw his authority away and listened to his wife, eating the fruit also. (Tip for husbands: next time your wife is nagging you, just tell her the first time a man listened to his wife was the downfall of the human race!) Hav…

Is God Sexist?

While western society pretty much agrees that sexism is bad, the views among those who believe in God are much more diverse. Some churches teach that women should sit on their own side of the room, veil their faces, and not utter a word. Meanwhile, other groups have women running the church and overseeing the men. So is God sexist? Or does he want equality between men and women? Or does God want something else entirely?

People can seemingly find excerpts from the Bible in support of any of these views. But the Bible is actually very clear about how men and women should relate to each other. In this blog series, we will examine the most frequently quoted passages in context and see how they fit together beautifully to give us a complete understanding of what God desires for men and women today.
Equality in God’s creation Let’s start right at the beginning of the Bible -- and the world. In Genesis, we find two accounts of creation. The first one tells the story of the creation of the w…

Gender Roles in Christianity

Oxford University had a problem: men were consistently testing higher than women in science and math. So they tried to help the women out by lowering their standards and allowed students extra test time to close the gender gap. No, it's not fake news, this is a real story. In our world, equality between genders is required at all costs. But sometimes it seems like Christianity missed the memo. Are gender roles in Christianity important today?

Slackening test standards at Oxford is the politically correct thing to do. But it reportedly didn’t help close the gender gap -- men are still outperforming women in the science and math departments. And it demonstrates everything wrong with the social ideals of our world. I’m sure there are plenty of departments where women excel, but instead of focusing on those departments, Oxford is focusing on where women fall short. So is the problem with women’s abilities, or Oxford’s priorities? Their solution was to fight for so-called “equality” b…

End Times Hysteria

I’ve pretty much just been blogging against mainstream Christianity, and I’m still getting new subscribers somehow, so I guess we’ll just keep going and see what happens!

I grew up in the midst of the Y2K scare, the dot-com bubble bust, the terrorist attacks on September 11, and of course, Tim LaHaye and Jerry B. Jenkins’ Left Behind book series that fed off of the scary times. The books were entertaining, but I never fully bought into all the theological hype that the end times are going to come with the sudden disappearance of all believers without their clothes, massive world wars, a one world government, alien-like demon creatures, and computer chip implants that will condemn everyone to hell. Just doesn't seem like something God would do -- call me crazy.

Maybe it was the idea that Old Testament prophecies read like the world is ending too. I’m sure anyone living through the fulfillment of those prophecies felt like their world was ending, but looking back at it today in hi…

Seven biblical principles of church

This blog have thus far focused on the question what is the church? To answer this question, we looked in detail at the very first mention of the church in whole Bible. From this passage, we gathered seven biblical principles of church.
Now when Jesus came into the district of Caesarea Philippi, He was asking His disciples, “Who do people say that the Son of Man is?” And they said, “Some say John the Baptist; and others, Elijah; but still others, Jeremiah, or one of the prophets.” He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” Simon Peter answered, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” And Jesus said to him, “Blessed are you, Simon Barjona, because flesh and blood did not reveal this to you, but My Father who is in heaven. I also say to you that you are Peter, and upon this rock I will build My church; and the gates of Hades will not overpower it. I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven; and whatever you bind on earth shall have been bound in heaven, and whatev…

The Gospel Message: Turning things around

We have discussed how the Assembly is a community of believers to equip them to make more disciples and grow the Kingdom. But what exactly do these believers believe in? They believe in the gospel message. Let's look at Peter's answer when Jesus asked him what he believed:
Simon Peter answered, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” This is the gospel message. The idea salvation comes from believing Jesus came from God is repeated in many different forms throughout the New Testament. Paul said, “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.” Jesus himself said, “Truly, truly, I say to you, he who hears My word, and believes Him who sent Me, has eternal life, and does not come into judgment, but has passed out of death into life.”

But belief isn’t just an abstract acceptance that something is real. Imagine your boss says to you, “Believe me, I’m the boss, and if you don’t get mor…

Signs and Wonders: Not a tutorial on parking in LA

Just like the United States has a constitution that has to be interpreted and applied to specific situations by the Supreme Court, Jewish teachers interpreted and applied their Law to their modern time by doing what was called binding and loosing. They would bind the things that were prohibited and loose the things that were allowed. Jesus referred to this practice when he was talking to Peter and his other disciples about the Assembly:
“Whatever you bind on earth shall have been bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth shall have been loosed in heaven.” As usual, Jesus flips common sense on its head: the Jewish teachers applied the spiritual law to earth, but Peter’s earthly teaching applies to heaven! So Peter’s teaching is superior to the Jewish teachers' and not only that, but Jesus is hinting that his teaching will replace it. Jewish teaching is based on the Old Covenant which was replaced by the New Covenant. Similarly, the Old Jerusalem was replaced by the New Jeru…
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