Hello, I just wanted to correct you guys on the whole, "God is sexist" thing.
The PEOPLE back then were sexist. But does it say anywhere that God agreed with them? No. Another thing I would like to ask is if you guys understand the concept between whether the Bible is telling the story of what happened and in how the culture was and what God thought of it? There is a complete difference.
You guys are basically calling God/the Bible sexist because of how the people treated the women back then. But let me show you how God thinks of the women.
God had many women disciples, here is a list of all of them:
Mary, the mother of Jesus, and the mother of James the Just, Joses, Jude the Apostle, Simon who might be Simon the Zealot, and possibly the mother of Thomas Didymus and Mary Salome
Mary Salome, wife of Zebedee who was the father of James the Greater and John the Apostle. Possibly both the daughter and sister-in-law of Mary and the sister of Jesus.
Sisters Mary and Martha of Bethany, also the sisters of Lazarus
Mary of Clopas possibly Mary Salome the daughter or wife of Clopas
Tryphena of Rome and Tryphosa
Women receive power of the Holy Spirit at the Pentecost
God also answered Abraham's wifes prayers for having a child when they couldn't
And that was at the very beginning.
And then there was the women who witnessed with the Apostle Paul. And Paul actually thanks them for that.
It also says in the Bible:
Mark 16:15 "And he said to them, “Go into all the world and proclaim the gospel to the whole creation.
It doesn't say anywhere in the bible that only men can spread the gospel.http://www.openbible.info/topics/witnessing_to_others
All of these versus are referring to all of his followers, not just men. So if God allows women to do what the men do for his work, how is that being sexist?
God want's all of his followers to spread the gospel, not just women.
Another argument that has been made is the fact that Paul told the women to remain quiet in the church and so that's apparently, "another reason why the Bible is sexist". But if you actually read the whole thing, it was that specific church that was having a problem with the women talking during the service specifically. So basically Paul was saying that no one should speak while the service is going, not just women. Let me say it again, it was just that one church that was having that problem with the women specifically. Get it?
Another thing that is said in the Bible is that men should never lay a hand on a women.
Jesus even stopped everything to make his earthly mother, Marry, have a good wedding because I believe they were out of something?
Anyways, this women here explains it very well: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=214325228738566&set=vb.100004832701632&type=2&theater
Another thing that is said in the Bible:
Husbands, love your wives, and do not be harsh with them.
1 Peter 3:7
Likewise, husbands, live with your wives in an understanding way, showing honor to the woman as the weaker vessel, since they are heirs with you of the grace of life, so that your prayers may not be hindered.
However, let each one of you love his wife as himself, and let the wife see that she respects her husband.
And the rest are here: http://www.openbible.info/topics/respect_the_wife
And there are many many many more things that I'd happily tell you and show you as to why God/The Bible is not sexist, like the way you people think it is.
~This is coming from someone who has studied the Bible since I could remember.
Please don't be afraid to reply back.