Historically, the Bible has been used to secure the white heterosexual man’s superiority. In spite of this, we still haven’t learned our lesson.
Biblical passages have been used to define specific gender roles, including eliminating women from church leadership. In fact, during the second century, Tertullian wrote:
It is not permitted to a woman to speak in church. Neither may she teach, baptize, offer, nor claim for herself any function proper to a man, least of all the sacerdotal office.
This sort of thinking continued on, and more recently, Martin Luther wrote:
…the wife should stay at home and look after the affairs of the household as one who has been deprived of the ability of administering those affairs that are outside and concern the state…
This was a blatant attack on not only women in the church, but also women in politics and matters outside that of the “home.” Unfortunately, in spite of efforts of many churches to be more inclusive of women, the archaic belief that women are inferior remains even in modern times. Evangelical author, John MacArthur, Jr., wrote:
One of the most devastating, and debilitating, and destructive movements in our day is the ‘Feminist Movement.’ It is changing not only the world but sadly it is changing the church, and as a result the Word of God is being dishonored; opponents are having plenty bad to say about us and God our Savior is being dishonored and shamed. Radical feminism has brainwashed our culture. It has brainwashed our culture to the degree that even the church has fallen victim to this.
Many who believe that a woman is less than a man and that men should rule over women cite the following passage from the Bible:
To the woman he said, ‘I will greatly increase your pains in childbearing;with pain you will give birth to children. Your desire will be for your husband,and he will rule over you.’ Genesis 3:16
Other Bible passages cited to support the degradation of women include:
Wives, submit to your husbands as to the Lord. For the husband is the head of the wife as Christ is the head of the church, his body, of which he is the Savior. Now as the church submits to Christ, so also wives should submit to their husbands in everything. Ephesians 5:22-24
Let a woman learn quietly with all submissiveness. I do not permit a woman to teach or to exercise authority over a man; rather, she is to remain quiet. For Adam was formed first, then Eve; and Adam was not deceived, but the woman was deceived and became a transgressor. Timothy 2:11-14 [ESV]
Now I want you to realize that the head of every man is Christ, and the head of the woman is man, and the head of Christ is God. Corinthians 11:3 [NIV]
Evangelicals also use the Bible to disenfranchise, insult, enslave and demean “people of color”. This is largely based on the story of Canaan, or “The Curse of Ham” (See Genesis 9:20-27) This “curse,” purportedly illustrated by the color of one’s skin to evangelical Christians, has mostly faded away in modern times; however, it still exists but is NOW generally considered to be non-christian and occult like. Historically; however, the “curse” inspired such statements as:
Bar Hebraeus (Syrian Christian scholar, 1226-86): “‘And Ham, the father of Canaan, saw the nakedness of his father and showed [it] to his two brothers.’ That is…that Canaan was cursed and not Ham, and with the very curse he became black and the blackness was transmitted to his descendents…. And he said, ‘Cursed be Canaan! A servant of servants shall he be to his brothers.’” Sprengling and Graham, Barhebraeus’ Scholia on the Old Testament, pp. 40-41, to Gen 9:22.
According to Catholic mystic Anne Catherine Emmerich, “I saw the curse pronounced by Noah upon Ham moving toward the latter like a black cloud and obscuring him. His skin lost its whiteness, he grew darker. His sin was the sin of sacrilege, the sin of one who would forcibly enter the Ark of the Covenant. I saw a most corrupt race descend from Ham and sink deeper and deeper in darkness. I see that the black, idolatrous, stupid nations are the descendants of Ham. Their color is due, not to the rays of the sun, but to the dark source whence those degraded races sprang.”
— From Wikipedia
Unfortunately, the discriminatory use of Biblical text continues and is even popular ideology with regard to homosexuality. Some comments which claim to hold the word of “God” include:
Homosexuality is a sin according to the Bible (Leviticus 20:13; Romans 1:22-32; 1st Corinthians 6:9,10; Jude 1:7). Let every believer speak out against the evils of homosexuality in society today, for it is our responsibility…
Homosexuality is disgusting, unnatural, and just plain wrong and God hates it.
Well, we know punishing homosexuals by death would be extremely hard in today’s society,but we hope that we can help to drive it underground so in about twenty or thirty years, the punishment can fit the crime.
Evangelical Christians have been whining about how society is starting to make fun of them and treat them as “less” than human. They have been calling gay rights advocates terrorists and claiming that they are being threatened with violence. Frankly, I disagree with threats of violence against the evangelicals; however, there is a little smirking part of me that wants to scream out, “HOW DOES IT FEEL TO HAVE THE TIDE TURNED AGAINST YOU!?!!?” Michael Novak had this to say:
“There is a bigotry rampant in America, against evangelicals. It is the last respectable bigotry.” (Michael Novak)
So, after centuries of being the “bigot” and discriminating against, enslaving, dehumanizing, murdering and otherwise belittling group upon group of persons, now you want to play the victim card? Perhaps you are now just reaping what you have sown.