One of the popular criticisms of Christianity is that the Bible treats women as "less than" men. The Scriptures, so the argument goes, seem to privilege men and "maleness," asking women to cover their hair, calling Eve a "helper," and even going so far as to identify the God of the universe as male—"Father." How can we make sense of this seeming sexism? In this rebroadcast of an episode from October 2017, Jo and Vince help unpack some of the misperceptions surrounding how women are viewed and valued in Scripture. Particularly relevant as we honor mothers this weekend in the US, Jo and Vince discuss pictures of God in the Bible, and the fact that God reveals himself in maternal ways we might not always realize.
Questions Asked in This Episode:
"Did God make sexism on purpose? For example, Jesus and God are male, Eve is the bad guy in our story, etc.""If we followed everything in the Bible, should I be wearing a headscarf?""In Heaven, are there genders?"Have a question you want Ask Away to cover? Email us at email@example.com or use the hashtag #askrzim on Twitter. You can also talk about this episode with fellow podcast listeners and the RZIM team on our online community
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