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Women, Christ, and the Scriptures?

Submitted: 5/3/2013
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Question: I have three questions. I have just started going back to church and I am a beginner in reading the Bible. My first question is, in the Old Testament, why did is seem that the 'sons' of men were more important than the daughters? It seems as though the daughters were more like property to be passed off to other 'men' to marry and have children? You don't read much that the daughters were first born, it was always a son and you don't see the relationship between a daughter and her father or mother. It was mostly about the males. My second question is, how do I explain to an unbeliever that even though Christ spoke of the Father, the He is the Father? Could I say, that He was being a humble servant and while knowing that He was God, He didn't want to reveal His authority until after His purpose was done on earth? (Still confused myself on how to understand). My last question is, how did those who put the Bible together get all the information from the OT to the NT? I would assume that with all that was going on, some of the scripts would have been lost or destroyed since many did not believe in Christ.

Answer: First question: The Bible says that God made man before He made woman. It explains, 'For man is not from woman, but woman from man. Nor was man created for the woman, but woman for the man' (1 Corinthians 11:8-9). Because man was made first, he was appointed to be the head of woman. Therefore, the focus of the history of Israel is on man. This does not mean women are inferior or second class. It is purely a matter of roles. But even though man is in the lead, the Bible describes many very important women such as Sarah, Rebecca, Leah, Rachel, the Egyptian midwives, the mother of Moses, Pharaoh's daughter, Rahab, Deborah, Rizpa, Mary the mother of Jesus, the list goes on.

Second question: The best way is to say that Jesus is the Father in human flesh. As a man, He can speak of God as His Father, but as God, He declares, 'Before Abraham was, I AM.' If you only say Jesus is the Father, you will confuse people. If you specify that He was the Father in flesh, that will enable understanding. Please read our article called 'God Manifested,' which in on the Apostolic Free Library on this website.

Third question: Apparently God had His hand upon the process of accumulating the writings that came to be known as the Bible. There is no reason to believe that anything was left out.