Does the Bible command that men rule over women?

The other day, the excellent editor I’m working with on the book I’m compiling, The Black Swan Effect: A response to gender hierarchy in the church, asked me a question on the manuscript.

I’d written “God nowhere in Scripture commands men to rule over women.”

Her comment was, “This is a big statement. Do we know it is true?”

There was only one verse in Scripture that I was aware of that might say this. In Genesis 3,  God says to Eve that one of the consequences of the Fall was that her desire would be for her husband, and he would rule over her. I’m persuaded this is descriptive (ie God is telling what will happen) rather than prescriptive (this is the way God wants it to happen. If it is prescriptive, and knowing that God is always consistent with himself, how do you explain Deborah, Esther, Priscilla, Phoebe, let alone a host of other women God has used in positions of leadership down through the pages of history.)

I couldn’t think of any other verses. But was I totally sure without any shadow of a doubt?

So I posted the question on Facebook and had a slew of fascinating responses. I’m very thankful for all of them. Most were very thoughtful and one produced some verses I’d never thought of in this context. Nearly everyone agreed with my statement, and I was very grateful for the person who contacted some theologians on my behalf, who also agreed with me!

Assuming, then, that the statement is true, what difference does it make in our churches?

 

Please note: I reserve the right to delete comments that are offensive or off-topic.

  • concern

    I just came across this and thought I would add my two cents… 1 Tim. 3 states , a man should Rule Well his own house, as a prerequisite for church leadership. “Rule” is qualify to be “Well”, not abusive. A house comprises of women and children. In Gen. 1 v28 God gave both men and women dominion (from Strong Lexicon =rule, reign , realm , headship…) over the animals and every creeping thing. In Gen. 2 v 19-20, Adam excercised that dominion, headship, rule over the animals by naming it, and God approved it and it was so. The woman was not involve. In v 23 , Adam [man, male] excercised the same Headship,dominion, Rule over the Woman [Eve] by naming her and God saw it was good, He approved it and so it was and is today. I am not sure if you need exact wording = in their Plural form…? But the idea of a man having Headship, Rule over a woman is written in the Bible. A woman is commanded to Submit to her Own Husband, and not visa versa. No scripture verse is ever written for a man to submit to his own wife. Eph. 5 v 21 is correctly interpreted to mean “humility as a kingdom walk ideal” for both wives , husbands and ALL of us. Humillity will help them do was is specifically asked of them,( wife Submit, and Husband Love v22 and v25). Gen. 3 v16 is a “cause and effect” clause and not a command . The woman is not to desire( =a bad thing) to controll or rule her husband and he will not Rule (= a bad thing) over her.This is the effect of a faulty deceptive desire Eve[women] have brought into. God desires a man to rule his wife and children but he must do so well. His wife is to help him do so and be good at Ruling Well… for the Glory of God.

    • Marie

      A husband is never commanded to rule his wife. He is commanded to love, honor, cherish, and nurture her but he is never commanded to rule her.
      1 Tim. 3
      ” He must manage his own household well, with all dignity keeping his children submissive”. Notice this is talking about having a well ran house it is not talking about ruling his wife. It does state that his children should be subject or submissive. It does not state anything about his wife…
      Their are verses following stating the behavior of the wife but it is not grouped in the requirement to manage house well.
      Consider the following:
      Mark 10:42-44
      42 And Jesus called them to him and said to them, “You know that those who are considered rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their great ones exercise authority over them. 43 But it shall not be so among you. But whoever would be great among you must be your servant,[a] 44 and whoever would be first among you must be slave[b] of all.

      We can not throw the rest of the new testament teachings to try to make it say what we want it to.
      If a husband was commanded to rule he would then have to make(force) her to obey. This would not be submission(yielding) this would be coercion and it is not the standard that God asked for. Christ never made the Church(his bride) follow him. He encouraged, he persuaded, he wooed he did not force.

      • felicitydale

        When I originally posted this on facebook, a couple of theologians got involved in the discussion. Both were quite clear that there were no verses that say that men should rule over women. I was very encouraged by their response.

      • concern

        I have quoted for you from the KJV of the bible… where a man is to RULE WELL his own house. A wife is part of the house hold. Do you denied that the KJV of the bible say that.? These are not my words.
        The context is in the home and in the church, so RULE is qualify to be WELL. What’s wrong with that ? If you say this is not a command, I may agree, but it did say so;– is it a suggestion? is it an instruction?
        but not a command!
        I disagree that RULE mean he will force her. RULE is qualify to be WELL, this mean it pleases the Lord.If it is forced it does not please God.
        Submission is never forced, that I agree with.
        Jesus is RULER over all the earth. A man is to emulate Christ and RULE over his small earth call the HOME. Big Jesus RULE over all the earth, little Jesus RULE over his little earth call home. This is biblically correct to me.
        Mark 10. is not speaking about home and marriage. Context is very important.

        • felicitydale

          concern, would you be open to reading a book by a theologian on this topic? I’d love to send you one if you would read it. It’s about 500 pages, delving into the Greek, but very readable, and I think it might help you to see these verses differently.

          • concern

            Yes I would read it. Are you open to reading Dr. Jack Cottrell book , “Gender Roles and the Bible , A critique of the Feminist interpretation of the bible”, or how about Dr. Wayne Grudem’s book “Evangelical Feminism and biblical truth” ? I believe copies are available for free reading. You can google them. Be warned ,these require an open objective mind. Thanks for the reply and the suggestion.

          • felicitydale

            If you send me your street address (email it to fdale@house2house.com) I’ll get Philip B. Payne’s “Man and Woman: One in Christ sent to you from Amazon.

            I’ll check out the books you recommend. Be warned though, I’ve been studying this topic for decades now, and have probably come across all the arguments they are likely to put forward. It’s not that I don’t have an open mind, just that I’ve been through all the arguments before. I used to believe and live by them too, until I understood that the Scriptures can be interpreted, with equal integrity, to mean something totally different. And the results are very freeing for women.

          • concern

            Felecitydale:> Thank you so much for your reply; our perspective is what we have to deal with. You may have been studying the issue for a long time, that’s commendable but so have many complimentarian scholars who disagree with Payne’s work . And many scholars are equally confident that they view is consistent with the bible and what God wants for His creatures. I have review the book and review many critiques from distinguish peers of Dr. Payne and my own personal opinion and view base on what I have read from the book review and other reviews[ from CBMW] is that Payne is making a trajectory argument to justify his views. When Dr. Cottrell critique scholars who will take unclear verses to overturn very clear verses base on any kind of reasoning is to nullify the word of God. I happen to agree with that and also believe that the egalitarians and the LGBT proponents are guilty of that error.
            Do you still think I should read it in it’s entirity? If you do then I will send you my email.
            However, since you are not sure if you have come across these books., then you should review thoses recommened so that at lease the next time some one suggest them you can say I have read them, even if you disagree with those professors.

            BTW, you are wrong about deborah….

          • Denver Aldridge

            Very interesting topic. We see this Struggle with woman headship playing out today in churches and the homes in which the woman desire is to usurp the God giving role of the man as the spiritual leader, overseer, pastor and husband. The woman strong desire to rule over the man is a curse of God on the woman(Gen 3:16). She left the canopy of the man covering or sheltering and ultimately was deceived by the Devil to disobey God Command.God word in Genesis 3 :16 said the woman would have this strong desire to rule over the man but the man will ultimately rule over her. So the curse is coming to past today in marriages, the Church & home. Paul made it so clear about man leadership roles in the Church as a pastor( teacher ) In 1st Timothy 2 : 11-13 Paul said which is the word of God. I do not permit a woman to teach or to exercise authority over a man; rather, she is to remain quiet . for Adam was form first, than Eve; Adam was not deceived but the woman was deceived and became a transgressor.This is so plain and only have one interpretation. His reasons why the woman should submit , He appeal to creation of the man first and the woman deception. This is not to be looked at as chauvinistic words form Paul but woman submission to man was God plan for the woman from creation. In Ephesians 5 : 22 We see the command and not as a suggestion that the woman should submit to her husband , Whereas the husband is command to love his wife as Christ loved the Church. This is God design and although it is being opposed by the feminine movement. it is to be obeyed by the Christians.

          • Concern

            You are correct. i do agree.
            what is so sad, it that too many Churches are allowing women to disobey the Word of God in this respect, causing the word of God to be Blasphemed, and we wonder why this Culture is so hostile and disrespectful to Christianity? Look no further than this feminist issue in the Churches and the home. [ Titus 2]

            If we can accept this kind of rebellion and re-interpretation that conflicts with the Written Word, how dare we go against the LGBT Community and their interpretation of the Word of God and Gay and Lesbian Pastors and Christians? We are doing an injustice to our Lord, while still calling on his name for help in the time of trouble. This is hypocritical….

            …for the time is coming ( and now is) when people will not endure sound doctrine, but will be looking for teachers to tell them what they want to hear to make them feel good… [2 Tim 4;3]
            But May you stand firm unmoveable , always abounding in the Word of God…[ 1 Corinthian 15:58]
            Blessings.!!

          • Trina

            God gives a command to a man in direct relation to loving her as Christ loved the church,
            And made specific reference to him GIVING himself for the church.
            THAT is how a man is to rule.
            When he told the woman to submit, he told HER to do it, didn’t tell the husband to try and force her to do it.
            The man is under the headship of Jesus and Jesus rules over him, but when the man is rebellious, and he often is, including when he doesn’t love his wife like he is commanded to, God does not force him.
            We would be in great shape if these men were as interested in being submissive obedient sons to Jesus.
            They would be laying their life down for their wife in their actions and what woman would have a problem with that?
            Problem is, they want to usurp authority over Jesus, and rule over their wife in a manner that’s pleasing to their domineering flesh.
            It does not appeal to the flesh to love someone as yourself and place their needs above your own. The flesh wants to belittle, degrade, distort and twist Gods truth though!
            We women need to know the truth of Gods word and have revelation and hold them accountable!
            In the image of God made he him, male and female made he them.
            Obviously, the image of God was male and female. God blessed them and called THEIR name Adam!
            Read your bibles men.
            Little Jesus is the one who is a child of God. Not just a man. The only reason God let Eve be deceived and the fall happen was for HIS glory so he could express himself and his attributes as a savior healer, redeemer, judge etc. for you men that gloat
            Thank you.

          • Guest

            If the woman wasn’t deceived and her husband hadn’t been willingly rebellious, nothing would have been lost, then how could God manifest who he is?
            And headship is the greater sacrifice, not submission.
            Amen.

          • Guest

            People are missing the whole point of Gods beautiful plan, and allowing carnality to blind them. Gods direct command to a man is to LOVE her, nourish cherish, but some men have their own “private interpretation” because they want to see it in a manner that is pleasing to their carnality.

          • concern

            ” but some men have their own “private interpretation” .. and women don’t? oh yea , women are the perfect ones, the ones who are ‘victims’ of men, right?

            speaking of ‘private interpretation’ Felicity said, quote,” the Scriptures can be interpreted, with equal integrity, to mean something totally different.” Imagine that? something different? different from the Plain Truth of God’s written God. And that’s in a nutshell is heresy and false doctrine. But if makes you, Felicity and most women “feel good”…and that is the foundation of deception.

          • Guest

            Amen.

        • Guest

          What men seem To conveniently not stress enough, is that a man is not in control. Just as a woman is under the leadership and headship of her husband, a man is under authority and is to lead under authority of Jesus.
          The man does not just run things the way he wants to he is to do only what God has commanded him to do.he will answer to God for his rebellion when he doesn’t. His prayers will be hindered if he does not dwell with her as he has been instructed.
          God has absolute power and control; a man does not. The Bible tells the woman to submit. The command is to her, not to the husband to see to it that she submit. It’s up to her to obey God by submitting.
          The man is to submit and obey God and LOVE her in a sacrificial way that she will respond to.
          I hate how things get twisted and distorted. When Jesus died on the cross he didn’t wait to die to see if we would obey first, he took leadership, He came to serve. The husband is to be a TYPE of Christ and women are a type of church, and member of Gods bride if she is saved. My point is, to call a man little Jesus, seems to imply only a man is to emulate Jesus and all his children are to emulate Him; yet a man is called to the greater role of sacrifice in marriage, which is to be a type of Christ to his wife.
          Praise The Lord!!

          • concern

            “..LOVE her in a sacrificial way that she will respond to.” > this sounds like control. The bible first say to her to “submit to her own husband in everything” as unto the Lord. Your statement sounds like good pop-psychology. But the instruction is to do it “As unto her Lord.”…her husband is not perfect….
            Loving her “sacrificially” presupposes that she is “submissive”….for if she is to decide what to respond to, then she is NOT obeying the instruction. Ephesian 5 :22-24 comes before v 25..

            Yes ! I agree with you that Jesus “didn’t wait to see if we will obey first , then die”…and that a husband is also to do the same..

            But you are missing the wife’s role in Jesus. Jesus first “submitted ” to the will of the Father , even when the task was hard to bear. His submission led him to die .

            The wife’s submission should also lead her to “die”, first to self or else submitting to the husband will be impossible.

            “My point is, to call a man little Jesus, seems to imply only a man is to emulate Jesus and all his children are to emulate Him;” > Yes ! it “seems” to imply that , but the context is important.

            A wife is to be a “little Jesus” as well, but in her “submission” to her own husband , even as Christ submitted to His father.
            1 Peter 3:1-6 , places the responsibility on the wife to submit to her own husband, even if he is NOT living and Loving right. The reason is given in the text; so that by the submissive behaviour of the wife , the husband can be won for Christ..

            Pop-psychologist would say , the wife has a right to leave him if he is not loving her right and sacrificially.
            Peter would say, you are Sarah’s daughter , learn to trust God, even as Sarah did and God solved her problems.

            Blessings!!

          • srpennell

            You’re leaving out a significant and growing group of women – those that are single. I have been softly pressured to get married by leaders in churches so I could conform to the verses mentioned here, even though I have committed to be single.

          • Concern

            If you are committed , that’s ok. But your singleness is to be a Ministry, and a Calling for the Work of God.
            If you are burden with and for the intimacy of the opposite, then you may want to review, if you are really Called to be Singled; Or are you simply rebelling against the Verses in the Bible, that you don’t like.
            Let us not forget, those verses is God’s words. So conforming to those verses Pleases God. [ whatever they are]

            I agree there is a growing group of Singles [ not just women] and there is also a growing group of shacking up couples in the churches.
            This is indicative of the larger Culture, and sadly many christians are conforming to the Culture instead of God’s word.

            I believe, it is God’s will and plan for His people to get Marry , bear children, and raised a godly seed for the glory of God.
            Unless He gave a Ministry of Singleness for His Purpose. In which event, He will supply the aloneness need, usually found within the Church.

          • srpennell

            Bless you, Concern, for caring so much about this topic. In Matt 5:32, Jesus said – “But I say unto you, that whosoever shall put away his wife, saving for the cause of fornication, causeth her to commit adultery: and whosoever shall marry her that is divorced committeth adultery.” It’s not really a ministry. It’s just being obedient to God.
            In I Corinthians 7:27-40. Paul says a lot about the difference between single people and married people. Vs. 34 says: “There is a difference also between a wife and a virgin (Greek word parthenos, meaning virgin or a marriageable maiden). The unmarried woman careth for the things of the Lord, that she may be holy both in body and in spirit: but she that is married careth for the things of the world, how she may please her husband.” Since there is a difference, I think we should acknowledge that difference, respect people and their choices, and not seek to malign their reputations – not that this is what you are doing. Please, I wouldn’t want to be presumptuous or be misunderstood. But I know how people have treated me and judged me when I was simply trying to be obedient to God by not remarrying after my husband tried to kill me.
            Verses 37 and 38 of the same chapter say: “Nevertheless he that standeth steadfast in his heart, having no necessity, but hath power over his own will, and hath so decreed in his heart that he will keep his virgin, doeth well. So then he that giveth her in marriage doeth well; but he that giveth her not in marriage doeth better.” I believe that these verses are aimed at a daughter’s father or closest male relative. In Jesus’ time, marriages were usually arranged by the father or closest male relative. It’s not like today in America where two people fall in love and get married, with or without the approval of their parents. In these verses Paul shows that being married is good, but being unmarried is better. I agree that marriage and family are laudable institutions. But marriages and families can be corrupted by evil such as spousal abuse, child abuse, pedophilia, which can make the family unit an absolute nightmare for a small child. Most importantly, God is love. He didn’t create love, He IS love. He wants the very best for us. He wants us to choose on our own to follow him and be obedient to him. Submission – be it to God, to a husband, to a wife, to an employer – is a most precious gift. It should not be extracted, coerced, or demanded. I don’t think it’s fair for me to judge someone because I don’t think they are being submissive or obedient. I don’t know what’s in their heart. And most importantly, I don’t know what they will do tomorrow, next year, or a decade from now. We are all growing, learning, and changing to be more like Jesus.

          • Concern

            Sister ,, thanks for the response and the knowledge of your personal experience.
            At the time i was not aware , of your experience nor of your gender. However, it is not relevant, to the Gospel of truth found in the Scriptures.
            I do believe, that the creator gave different but equally important instructions to His Sons and daughters but our good.
            I realized , you are new to ‘disqus’ and have responded only on this site so far.
            I would like to encourage you to expand your horizon and visit other sites as well. This author does post articles on other sites ( Charisma magazine) is one.
            A diverse wealth of information is on those sites.

            quote,’But marriages and families can be corrupted by evil such as spousal abuse, child abuse, pedophilia, which can make the family unit an absolute nightmare for a small child.’” this is true, but can I ask you to consider that individuals are also evil and that ,”spousal abuse ( including abuse by the wife) and pedophillia are not the only sin.
            Marriage and Family is God’s idea, and He has given instructions as to how we are to function in these institutions.
            We get into trouble when we ( man and wife and children) does not follow and conform to his ways, which are Perfect.

            I wish you well , and hope that you do see your current status as a calling, so that whatever you do, He gets the glory.

            Blessings!.

    • http://www.heartlife4god.com Steve-Gaitha Athans

      I would only add to “expand” the the concept of “leading Well” that the Husband/Father leads his Wife and children with all Wisdom, Honor, Respect and Love. Gaitha and I work well in ministry through complimentary giftings as Iron does sharpen Iron; in many ways like we have witnessed with Tony and Felicity. Gaitha loves and respects my “lead” as I love, respect and honor her abilities and faith walk to encourage mine. We are not perfect, but God has blest us with 20 wonderful years of Faith Ministry Journey so far…and the Adventure continues!

    • http://www.heartlife4god.com Steve-Gaitha Athans

      I would only add to “expand” the the concept of “leading Well” that the Husband/Father leads his Wife and children with all Wisdom, Honor, Respect and Love. Gaitha and I work well in ministry through complimentary giftings as Iron does sharpen Iron; in many ways like we have witnessed with Tony and Felicity. Gaitha loves and respects my “lead” as I love, respect and honor her abilities and faith walk to encourage mine. We are not perfect, but God has blest us with 20 wonderful years of Faith Ministry Journey so far…and the Adventure continues!

    • connylynn

      Galatians 3:28 ‘There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is no male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus’.
      There may be no better Bible verse in all the Bible on equality than this one because it includes gender, social position, and nationality. It is never about race but simply about grace and we are all one…and seen as equal in God’s sight.
      Romans 2:11 ‘For God shows no partiality’.

  • someone famous

    Ephesians 5:22. you all clearly know nothing about Israel/ Christian society.

    • felicitydale

      We’ll have to agree to disagree on this one!

    • srpennell

      Did you happen to read Ephesians 5:21? “Submit to one another out of reverence for Christ”.

      • Reality

        Actually “Submitting yourselves one to another in the fear of God”. Either way the husband and wife are one. The husband is commanded as head and to Love as CHRIST; while the wife is commanded in subjection and to submit into such great gift; many times.

        Is the blaspheme of the word in Titus 2 the result of failing to teach; or the failure of those not taught? The rebuke in the last verse is for both. I do not see the teaching or the results of those taught; from many. I do not see the commanded reverence to the husband within Ephesians 5 in any of this either.

        CHRIST stated not one tittle or jot within law changed (Matthew 5). Numbers 30 states a father can void any vow and a husband can void or establish any vow or binding oath to afflict the soul. Did GRACE change this or only make it a sin to even think about changing it?

        Did we wish to build up the strong body of the CHURCH and family; or tear it down? I do not see fields of pastors or teaching others how to raise fields of pastors in any of this (or at all now). Would Deborah, Esther, Priscilla or Phoebe approve of any of this; or is their servitude open to self assumed judgement and ownership; even to their voice?

        Maybe we just ate the apple, failed the law and now HIS ultimate sacrifice is still not enough.

        • Michelle

          What is this apple everyone keeps speaking about?

          • Reality

            The original sin. Genesis 3 describes the event and the results.

            We can do anything we want and listen to childish viewpoints all we want. We do need to remember there is only good and bad. We either serve HIM or we do not, and luke warm does not count. That is our freedom in choice that HE has Lovingly given us and HIS promise in Blessings, now and forever.

            In Genesis 18:19, HE knew Abraham would command his household and worthy of those Blessings on him and his household. In Numbers 30 it was written as part of the Law, which CHRIST stated not one tittle or jot has changed. Reiterated in Psalms 45, the marriage song and Proverbs 31 by King Lemuel’s mother, . Titus 2 reiterates these same teachings, thousands of years later. GOD does not change, that is the best part of HIS Love.

            The world is alluring and causes contagious, but HIS Hands are safe and HIS Blessings are great. HE has always made a way for us, but it our choice to take that path.

  • Lamar Milton Tomlinson

    People like you are very dangerous and obviously going off self opinion. ..they are at least 30 versus that clearly state that a man should rule his wife and there is no way possible that you posted your question on Facebook and people who have read the bible said otherwise. Everybody replying to this blog disagrees with it , literally everyone. Gen 3:16 and the whole book of Timothy clearly states man is to rule his wife his wife must serve and obey

    • connylynn

      Man ruling over his wife was part of the curse put on mankind by Satan.
      It was not God’s original intent for their relationship.
      There are about 1 billion Christians and 6 billion unbelievers on earth.
      Does that mean the Christians are wrong because they are the minority?
      The truth usually comes from the minority.

      • Eduardo

        Ummm no no. Satan did not put the curse on mankind. God did. That is very clear. If Satan had the power to put curses on mankind then there would be no need for trickery.

        • connylynn

          God told them the curses that were the result of their actions.
          He said, “Cursed is the ground because of what you’ve done”
          Not “I’ve cursed the ground because of what you’ve done”
          You must study the original Hebrew language as some translations get this wrong.

          Satan can not directly curse mankind but he can through deception and temptation to sin, which can result in bringing down a curse.

  • Guest

    10 Bible reasons why a wife must submit to her husband regardless of culture:

    Creation order: Man was created first, woman second. “For it was Adam who was first created, and then Eve. ” 1 Timothy 2:13

    Creation origin: Man and all creation was created by God directly out of dust, whereas woman was created through the man’s rib. “Then the Lord God formed man of dust from the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living being. ” Genesis 2:7 Woman is the only creature not made from dust. Woman derives her origin from Man. “The Lord God fashioned into a woman the rib which He had taken from the man, and brought her to the man. ” Genesis 2:22 “For man does not originate from woman, but woman from man” 1 Corinthians 11:8

    Creation purpose: Woman created for man: “for indeed man was not created for the woman’s sake, but woman for the man’s sake.” 1 Corinthians 11:9

    Man named woman: Adam named the animals and was to rule over them. “Out of the ground the Lord God formed every beast of the field and every bird of the sky, and brought them to the man to see what he would call them; and whatever the man called a living creature, that was its name. ” Genesis 2:19 “rule over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the sky and over every living thing that moves on the earth.” Genesis 1:28 When Eve was brought to Adam, he named her, showing he was to rule over woman as well. “The man said, “This is now bone of my bones, And flesh of my flesh;She shall be called Woman, Because she was taken out of Man.”” Genesis 2:23

    Delegation principle: God commanded directly to Adam alone. The prohibition to not eat of the tree of knowledge of good and evil, was made directly by God to Adam. Adam, in turn relayed what God said to Eve. Eve had not yet been created when God told Adam about the forbidden tree. Eve never actually heard God say this direct, but had to trust Adam’s word on the matter. “The Lord God commanded the man, saying, “From any tree of the garden you may eat freely; but from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat from it you will surely die.” Then the Lord God said, “It is not good for the man to be alone; I will make him a helper suitable for him.”” Genesis 2:16-18

    Woman sinned first: The devil tempted Eve and she, not the man, was first deceived. Because of this, man put Eve under the headship of Adam. “And it was not Adam who was deceived, but the woman being deceived, fell into transgression. ” 1 Timothy 2:14; “Now the serpent was more crafty than any beast of the field which the Lord God had made. And he said to the woman, “Indeed, has God said, ‘You shall not eat from any tree of the garden’?”” Genesis 3:1

    God rebuked Adam first after they ate the forbidden fruit: Although Eve was the logical person for God to rebuke first, God went to Adam, showing that God considered Adam the “head of the family” for both. “Then the Lord God called to the man, and said to him, “Where are you?” ” Genesis 3:9

    Man is the glory of God, woman is the glory of man: “For a man is the image and glory of God; but the woman is the glory of man.” 1 Corinthians 11:7

    Paul pointed Christians to the Mosaic Law that was 1500 earlier and a different culture: 1 Cor.14:34

    Peter pointed Christians to Sarah, 2000 years earlier and a very different culture: 1 Pet. 3:5-6.

    • connylynn

      When sin entered the human race, one of the consequences was that men and women became separated from God. And that basic broken relationship distorted the Divine order in many ways, one of which was that men began to rule over women.

      This sinful state has been very evident in the way women have been treated throughout human history by various religions but the words and actions of Jesus underscored His elevated opinion of women.

      Women are treated with respect and honor as co-heirs with Jesus Christ in the Kingdom of God.

      1 Peter 3:7
      ‘Husbands, in the same way, treat your wives with consideration as a delicate vessel, and with honor as fellow heirs of the gracious gift of life, so that your prayers will not be hindered’.

      Women may not have fared well in the world’s religions, but they are greatly loved by God who, in the beginning, created them equal to men.

      The discrimination that women deal with does not come from the heart of God.
      He created them in His own image with a capacity to know Him in a personal relationship.
      And when sin destroyed that relationship, God redeemed them through the death of His own Son.

      I Corinthians 11:11-12
      ‘But among the Lord’s people, women are not independent of men, and men are not independent of women. For although the first woman came from man, every other man was born from a woman, and everything comes from God’.

  • Ryan Van Gelder

    10 Biblical reasons why women should not rule over men regardless of culture:

    Creation order: Man was created first, woman second. “For it was Adam who was first created, and then Eve. ” 1 Timothy 2:13
    Creation origin: Man and all creation was created by God directly out of dust, whereas woman was created through the man’s rib. “Then the Lord God formed man of dust from the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living being. ” Genesis 2:7 Woman is the only creature not made from dust. Woman derives her origin from Man. “The Lord God fashioned into a woman the rib which He had taken from the man, and brought her to the man. ” Genesis 2:22 “For man does not originate from woman, but woman from man” 1 Corinthians 11:8
    Creation purpose: Woman created for man: “for indeed man was not created for the woman’s sake, but woman for the man’s sake.” 1 Corinthians 11:9
    Man named woman: Adam named the animals and was to rule over them. “Out of the ground the Lord God formed every beast of the field and every bird of the sky, and brought them to the man to see what he would call them; and whatever the man called a living creature, that was its name. ” Genesis 2:19 “rule over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the sky and over every living thing that moves on the earth.” Genesis 1:28 When Eve was brought to Adam, he named her, showing he was to rule over woman as well. “The man said, “This is now bone of my bones, And flesh of my flesh; She shall be called Woman, Because she was taken out of Man.”” Genesis 2:23
    Delegation principle: God commanded directly to Adam alone. The prohibition to not eat of the tree of knowledge of good and evil, was made directly by God to Adam. Adam, in turn relayed what God said to Eve. Eve had not yet been created when God told Adam about the forbidden tree. Eve never actually heard God say this direct, but had to trust Adam’s word on the matter. “The Lord God commanded the man, saying, “From any tree of the garden you may eat freely; but from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat from it you will surely die.” Then the Lord God said, “It is not good for the man to be alone; I will make him a helper suitable for him.”” Genesis 2:16-18
    Woman sinned first: The devil tempted Eve and she, not the man, was first deceived. Because of this, man put Eve under the headship of Adam. “And it was not Adam who was deceived, but the woman being deceived, fell into transgression. ” 1 Timothy 2:14; “Now the serpent was more crafty than any beast of the field which the Lord God had made. And he said to the woman, “Indeed, has God said, ‘You shall not eat from any tree of the garden’?”” Genesis 3:1
    God rebuked Adam first after they ate the forbidden fruit: Although Eve was the logical person for God to rebuke first, God went to Adam, showing that God considered Adam the “head of the family” for both. “Then the Lord God called to the man, and said to him, “Where are you?” ” Genesis 3:9
    Man is the glory of God, woman is the glory of man: “For a man is the image and glory of God; but the woman is the glory of man.” 1 Corinthians 11:7
    Paul pointed Christians to the Mosaic Law that was 1500 earlier and a different culture: 1 Cor.14:34
    Peter pointed Christians to Sarah, 2000 years earlier and a very different culture: 1 Pet. 3:5-6.

  • Israelite

    Genesis 3:16 KJV
    [16] Unto the woman he said, I will greatly multiply thy sorrow and thy conception; in sorrow thou shalt bring forth children; and thy desire shall be to thy husband, and he shall rule over thee.