Tuesday, September 21, 2021

Complementarian cosmic role play between god-husband and church-wife

 


 For we are members of His body of His flesh and of His bones For this cause shall a man leave father [and] mother and follow hard [after][1] his wife and they two shall be one flesh[2] This is a great mystery but I speak concerning Christ and the Church[3]

Ephesians 5:30-32


[1] Ephesians 5:30 is a quote from Genesis 2:24 and is directed to men. Upon marriage, in ancient times, women typically left their parent’s homes and went to live in the homes of their husband’s parents. This left the bride exposed to abuse from possibly hostile in-laws and from a possible abusive husband with no natural protectors in the form of father or brother[s]. 

 This arrangement is the exact opposite of the command in Genesis for the man to leave his parents and be joined like cement glue to his wife. The old English word, “cleave,” and the modern English “cling” are not strong enough to convey the strength of the voluntary bond a man must have with his wife. 

Besides equality with no hierarchical gender roles, the Hebrew and Greek words (Strong’s H1692 and G4347) translated as "cleave to" or "cling to" require a man to follow hard after and move in sync together with his wife. This does not line up with either traditional-role-religion or complementarian male-headship, which teaches that men must always lead and women always follow. Additionally, the Genesis command was clear that God’s way was monogamy, which was not obeyed up to New Testament times, when polygamous men were disqualified from Christian leadership.  

[2] In summary: In his foreknowledge and providence, our Creator commanded all new husbands to separate themselves from their nuclear families and follow hard after [attach themselves like cement glue to] their wives. If they chose to live in a parental home, after their marriage, it was not to be with the husband’s family. But history records that from the Fall onward, this command has been generally disregarded. The command for a man to leave his nuclear family and follow hard after his wife would have served as a natural safe-guard for women against marital abuse and violence, as her family would have served as natural protectors. 

As a side note: Obedience to leaving the husband's parents and sticking like cement glue to the wife, would have also protected against the practice of polygamy, which is against God's command for one husband to have only one wife. Some have defended the practice of polygamy claiming it is a benefit to women and cite disparity in numbers of male to female populations. For the most part smaller male populations could be attributed to war and other testosterone driven violence and adventure. Much early violence had to do with the stealing of women from enemy tribes. If, in the beginning, humanity had not fallen [through sin], these things would not have served to reduce the male population. There would likely have been a much greater balance between female to male ratios.

[3] As the apostle stated, the relationship between Christ and His Church is a great mystery. It is something the finite mind cannot begin to fathom. Since all our righteousness [the very best we can do] is as menstruous rags to an infinitely Holy God, complementarian efforts at cosmic role play between god-husband and church-wife is a useless and misguided attempt to “flesh out” something humans are not capable understanding, much less of doing.

This is an excerpt from The Hungry Hearts Bible Commentary edited by this author.

 

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Complementarianism: Extravagant Promises and Dire Threats

 


 Honor your father and mother which is the first commandment that includes a promise That it may be well with you and you may live long on the earth[1]
Ephesians 6:2-3




[1] It is notable that when YHWH 'Elohiym commanded children to obey their parents, he showed respect even for children by explaining the reason for it. He did not simply say, “You must obey because they are adults and you are children.” No, he said if you obey this command, there is a conditional promise of long life attached to it. Likewise, when the Apostle, quoted the commandment, he highlighted the promise. Both 'Elohiym and the Apostle Paul, felt it worthwhile to explain to children the reason for obedience, yet some complementarian teachers would have us believe that Paul commanded full grown adult women to obey husbands blindly, with *no promise attached—only threats of dire consequences if they don’t. 

** Some complementarian leaders do make unscriptural extravagant promises of temporal and eternal bliss if wives subjugate themselves to husbands, but common sense reduces this hypothesis to nonsense.

Here is one example of unscriptural presumptuous complementarian promises, “A woman finds peace and shelter in the submission to her husband.” There is no hint of such thing in the Bible. Yet, this is a popular mantra among complementarians. 

The obedience of children to parents is temporary. Once they reach their majority, children are free from the command to obey parents. Not so with complementarian wives. Complementarian wives are commanded to obedience throughout their earthly lives and into eternity, where they are told their husbands will present them to Christ and answer for them at the judgement seat. 

This creates god-complexes in boys and men and husband-idolatry and irresponsibility on the part of complementarian wives, who believe they have a *** husband-mediator between them and God.

*** The Bible says there is only one mediator between God and humanity, and that is the man Christ Jesus.

This is an excerpt from The Hungry Hearts Bible Commentary edited by this author.

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"The author is not only a gifted writer but clearly well-studied and informed."

" I was pleased that translation bias was covered in a chapter, an issue that needs to be addressed, and one that I find quite hard to bring up with lay people or everyday believers who lack knowledge about Bible translation. We can trust our Bibles, but we also need to acknowledge that certain passages are difficult to translate and bias can come into play."

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Monday, September 20, 2021

Male Headship and the Ten Commandments


 Children obey your parents[1] in the Lord for this is right Honor your father and mother which is the first commandment with [that includes a] promise 

Ephesians 6:1-2


[1] In the day 'Elohiym created '‘âdâm [humanity] in the likeness of 'Elohiym made he him Male and female created he them and blessed them and called their name '‘âdâm [human] in the day when they were created. The first of the Ten Commandments, instructs children to obey their mothers equally with their fathers. Nowhere, in the Ten Commandments, can it be found that wives are commanded to submit to husbands or that husbands are commanded to lead wives. How is it, then, that complementarian teachers have written that female submission to male “headship,” is an eternal life or eternal death issue?

Search the scriptures in vain to find a verse or passage to back that claim. It simply is not “written.” Yet, it is a familiar refrain among traditional-role-religionists, that Adam neglected to lead his wife, in the Garden, and therefore was responsible for his wife’s sin.

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If female submission to male “headship” is scriptural and indeed a life or death issue, the nexus on which our salvation hinges, then surely YHWH ELOHIYM would have addressed it at Mt. Sinai. But he didn’t. Why? Because he settled the issue in Genesis chapter one, when he commanded the first couple to dominate the earth together. Male headship is an entirely man-made fabrication depriving women of liberty when the scriptures say, “Where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is LIBERTY.

This is an excerpt from The Hungry Hearts Bible Commentary edited by this author.


 


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"The author is not only a gifted writer but clearly well-studied and informed."

" I was pleased that translation bias was covered in a chapter, an issue that needs to be addressed, and one that I find quite hard to bring up with lay people or everyday believers who lack knowledge about Bible translation. We can trust our Bibles, but we also need to acknowledge that certain passages are difficult to translate and bias can come into play."

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Sunday, September 19, 2021

Do husbands present wives to God at the judgment?


  Husbands love your wives even as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself for it That He might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word That He might present it to Himself a glorious church not having spot or wrinkle or any such thing but that it should be holy and without blemish [1]

Ephesians 5:25-27


[1] This verse cannot be used as a basis for male headship trinity marriage teaching, or as a command for complementarian husbands and wives to engage in a cosmic role-play portraying god-husband and church-wife. The Out-Called is sanctified by Christ and His redeeming work on the cross, His death, His burial, and His resurrection, His triumph over death.

Wives cannot be made clean and set apart by husbands who cannot redeem. Husbands will not present their wives to God at the judgment. The “He” in verses 26 and 27 refers to Jesus and not to husbands. The “Himself” referenced in verse 26, is a reference to the eternal Godhead, because Jesus is God. Jesus is the God of the BurningBush: Beloved Son Eternal Father.

1 Corinthians 7:4,14 refutes the redeemer husband fallacy by saying that the unbelieving husband is sanctified by the wife else their children would be unclean. That verse remains a puzzle to some. It also says the wife has equal authority over the husband’s body. In Christ, according to Galatians 3:29, there is equality and autonomy between all races and both sexes.

This is an excerpt of The Hungry Hearts Bible Commentary edited by this author.

 


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"The author is not only a gifted writer but clearly well-studied and informed."

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Friday, September 17, 2021

How is the man the head of the woman?


 1 Corinthians 11:3
 But I wish you to know that of every person the source is the Christ Creator God—Colossians 1:15-19, 2:9 and [the] source of woman[kind] is the [first] man and the source of [the] Christ in his incarnation as the human Messiah is the God Ho Theos—Jehovah [Jesus is Jehovah] [1]

 Ephesians 5:23 For the man is the head of the woman even as Christ is the head of the Church [2]



[1] There are two interpretations of 1 Corinthians 11:3, 8-12. One is hierarchical, and the other is chronological. Verses 8-12 are the contextual interpreters of 1 Corinthians 3:11. Context confirms the chronological interpretation of verse three is the correct one. But despite contextual evidence, verse three remains a hot-bed of controversy, largely because it is considered an ironclad, bedrock, verse subjecting women to men within the complementarian/male-headship movement. The grammar of 1 Corinthians 1:8-12, however, refutes traditional-role-religionist and complementarian male headship interpretations, by defining the verse as being prepositional (indicating movement or direction, in this case chronological flow), rather than hierarchical. 1 Corinthians 11:3 is a divine flow-chart:

  1. The source of all humanity is the [Creator] Christ
  2. The source of the [first] woman is the [first] man (God made the woman from the first man)
  3. The source of the Christ [born of Mary] is God (Jesus is God)

This verse is a CHRONOLOGICAL [& circular] FLOW— NOT HIERARCHICAL: All things begin and end with the Creator God>all humanity>first woman from first man>Messiah born of Mary>[Jesus is] God>source of all humanity>source of first man the first woman>source of Messiah [born of Mary] [is] God>Jesus is God the Creator>humanity>the man>woman>Messiah>God….

It shows the source and chronological order of creation and appearance of humanity in the form of the first man, then the first woman, and finally the incarnate Messiah. It reveals the prepositional and chronological flow.

·         1.) 1 Corinthians 11:3 is a premier example of gender-biased-English-translation-theology. Regardless of how one defines kephale/head (whether source or authority) The Godhead is the source/creator and supreme authority over every human-being (Elohiym—the Godhead—created the heavens and the earth. He is creator/head/source of all people not just males Genesis 1, John 1:1-3, Colossians 1:14-19, 2:9

   Taken within the context of the entire Word of God, and understanding that all the fullness of the Godhead dwells in Jesus in physical form, there is no contradiction in recognizing Christ as Creator God at the beginning of verse three, which is the Divine Creative and Chronological Flow-chart of the Human Race. In scripture usage, the Greek word, aner [incorrectly translated as “man” in virtually every translation], cannot claim male exclusivity. In numerous instances, it is used of crowds/groups composed of both women and men. 

     In 1 Corinthians 11:3, the context is not hierarchical but rather chronological, so an─ôr is correctly translated, as human-being or “person.” The Creator Christ is the head/source of every human-being, not just of male humans.

·         2.) The first man—Adam—the beginning of the human race, was a special creation of God. He did not simply speak the human race into existence, he formed the first man from the dust of the earth with his own hands. The first man [the Greek specifically says “the” man—referring to only one man, Adam], who then became the head, the source of …

·         3.) …the first woman [only], and only in the sense that the first man’s body was the source from which God, with his own hands, formed the first woman. 

     Here is a perfect picture of absolute equality of the sexes. The first woman was just as much a direct creation of God as the man. God did not take one of his ribs or one of his cells, but rather one of his sides and formed an ezer neged, an equal counter-part [not a “help-meet,” which is a completely made-up word that does not exist in the Hebrew]. 

     The man himself had nothing to do with the creation of woman. He was the source only in the fact that God took one of his sides and used it to fashion the woman. The fact that God fashioned the woman from an entire side of the man, in no way diminished either him or her. He did not then become only half a person, nor was woman created a sub-[hu]man—doomed to subjugation to males for all eternity. 

     It cannot be found in scripture where the first man was designated as superior over the first woman based on chronology, or where all men are given command over all women based on order of appearance. The first man and the first woman were both special creations of God—fashioned with His own hands and not simply spoken into existence. God was the ultimate source of existence and life for both of them and ultimately the entire human race. 

   Both the man and the woman were commanded to dominate the earth (subdue and manage its resources) equally. The were never commanded to dominated each other. Male domination of females is a consequence of sin. Even role-religionists admit that no hint of hierarchy exists in the creation account of Genesis chapter one. Neither does it exist in the Hebrew language that Genesis chapter two was translated from. We find gender hierarchy only through gender biased translator supplements

·         4.) Christ/Messiah came from God [the Godhead] and entered the world as a human, born of a woman. To interpret this verse any other way, is to reduce God, as the Bible is clear that Messiah is God. Jesus claimed Jehovahistic identity.  On one occasion, the Jews sought to stone him because he told them they would die in their sins if they did not believe that he was the, I AM.

The chronological flow of 1 Corinthians 11:3,  From Creator/God/The Christ/Messiah, came the human race (the first man) >>> From the first man came the first woman >>> From the Godhead came the Christ [through a woman]. This chronology forms a perfect circle beginning with God and ending with God. Jesus is God. This is in absolute agreement with the entire volume of scripture concerning the creation and appearance of the first man, the first woman, and the birth of Messiah. The verse begins with the Godhead (for all the fullness of the Godhead dwells in Jesus in physical form) and ends with the Godhead. Jesus is God. It was Elohiym (the Godhead) who in the beginning created the heavens and the earth. And Jesus made the exclusive claim to be Elohiym (YHWH/Jehovah) when he said, “If you do believe that I AM (EGO EMI), you will die in your sins.” The apostle wrote that the entirety of the Godhead resides in Jesus in physical form. Jesus is God.


[2] Ephesians 5:28-29 explain what Paul meant when he wrote verse :23. 1 Corinthians 11:3 and Ephesians 4:15-16 show that Christ “as head” loves and nourishes the Church, which is his Bride. Paul may even have been addressing the issue of domestic violence and abuse, which was prevalent among Jews and gentiles and certainly would have carried over into the early Church as well. The Headship of Christ as Chief Cornerstone (Head of the Corner) is a direct reference to his function as The Capstone of the Church. There is only one capstone in the only building that has one, so the husband is not referred to, here, as the chief cornerstone in a marriage.

Jesus’ function as the head is described in Ephesians 4:15-16, which describes a human body using a building metaphor. In this passage the head is portrayed as a capstone. Jesus, as the Chief Cornerstone is building, edifying, and unifying the body. He will rule one day, but not yet, and there is no mention in this passage of ruling. At any rate, husbands cannot do what Christ did and continues to do in the building of his Body:

“But speaking the truth in love may grow up into him in all things which is the head even Christ from whom the whole body fitly joined together (“Fitly joined together” is a building metaphor) and compacted by that which every joint supplies according to the effectual working in the measure of every part making increase of the body unto the edifying of itself in love.” 

Among humans, only Jesus has headship, not to be confused with ruling. At the time this is written, Jesus is not yet ruling in his kingdom but building and nourishing his Body. This passage bears witness to the fact that Christ’s headship has to do with the building, edifying/nourishing, and unifying of the Body of Christ.

Ephesians 5:29 tells us that Christ’s Headship includes the nourishment of the his Body.

Christ as the kephale of the corner (the capstone) is the only connection between the rest of the building [his Body] and the Godhead. And though there are many angles (corner stones) within the Body of Christ, there is only one Head of the Corner (capstone). And husband’s are not capstones. That is why Jesus said, “I am the [only] way the truth and the [only] life no one comes to the Father but by me.”

 This is an excerpt from The Hungry Hearts Bible Commentary edited by this author.

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"The author is not only a gifted writer but clearly well-studied and informed."

" I was pleased that translation bias was covered in a chapter, an issue that needs to be addressed, and one that I find quite hard to bring up with lay people or everyday believers who lack knowledge about Bible translation. We can trust our Bibles, but we also need to acknowledge that certain passages are difficult to translate and bias can come into play."

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Wednesday, September 15, 2021

Book Review of Deliver Me: Hope, Help, & Healing through True Stories of Unplanned Pregnancy

 


Dianne Butts has produced an invaluable resource for women facing unplanned pregnancies and who may be considering abortion as a solution.

Her book, Deliver Me: Hope, Help, & Healing through True Stories of Unplanned Pregnancy, is a compilation of stories as told by women who have faced that dilemma. Some of the women in the stories chose abortion and others did not.

The stories also include the fathers, some of whom encouraged the abortion alternative while others did not.  

There are no stereotypes in this book. The women whose voices we hear are from all races and ages from unmarried teenagers to married or unmarried adults with families of their own. 

There is not another resource like this for girls and women facing the most difficult choice of their lives. 

Lay-people, pastors, and counselors need to read this book and keep extra copies on hand to give away. 

Butts approaches the issue compassionately and knowledgeably. Her book is a safe read for women who have had abortions and feel there is no one they can talk to.  

I give it five stars and highly recommend it.

Biblical Submission in Marriage


  Yielding to [being supportive of] one another in the fear of God  Wives yield to [be supportive of] your own husbands [1]

Ephesians 5:21-22


[1] Dr. Sue Hyatt writes that the word “submit” should have been translated as “support,” “In the context of biblical relationships between men and women, the best meaning of hypotasso is “to identify with or support.”

This writer agrees. Within biblical Christianity no military hierarchies can be found. Secular, military-like, applications of the Greek word, hypotasso, have no place in the living dynamics of the love relationship between our Creator and his people nor should it between co-workers in Christ or between husbands and wives. 

It is a grave error to assign a biblical definition of “compliance” to the word hypotasso in New Testament non-military relationships. All believers are commanded to hypotasso one another. We see this in Ephesians 5:21 and 1 Peter 5:5 (the latter is found in all Koine Greek texts, over 5000 of which still exist today). In biblical usage, the word hypotasso is not hierarchical. It has nothing to do with being subordinate to, secondary to, or subject to. It must be applied in the sense of preferring one another over ourselves.    

Translator supplements add to the impression that the word is hierarchical when it is not. In Ephesians chapter five, see verses :21-22, where the word, “yourselves” (as in submit yourselves) is an English translator supplement that casts a hierarchical shadow over the passage, when there is no underlying Greek to support it.

As previously stated translating hypotasso as the word “submit” or the phrase “be subject to” gives rise to gender-biased-English-translation-theology, bluntly put…false doctrine. The word “yourselves” is not found in verses :21-22. There is no corresponding Greek to support it.

Semantics matter. Language influences opinion. The translator supplements of “yourselves” [in verses :21-22] add a non-existent emphatic and hierarchical flavor to the passage. It is an incorrect translation. As there is no corresponding Greek to justify the translator supplements of the emphatic “yourselves” in either verse, the words should be eliminated.

“Yielding one to another (being supportive one of the other) in the fear of God” is sufficient for understanding. The word, hypotasso, means the same for both husbands and wives. Hypotasso is used in 1 Peter 5:5 (Koine Greek/Received Text), where all believers are commanded to yield to and be supportive of one another. Given that all believers are commanded to prefer others before themselves, the Greek word, hypotasso, when applied to non-military relationships (marriage is certainly a non-military relationship), should not be translated using hierarchical terms such as “submit” or “be subject to.”

This is an excerpt from The Hungry Hearts Bible Commentary edited by this author.

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"The author is not only a gifted writer but clearly well-studied and informed."

" I was pleased that translation bias was covered in a chapter, an issue that needs to be addressed, and one that I find quite hard to bring up with lay people or everyday believers who lack knowledge about Bible translation. We can trust our Bibles, but we also need to acknowledge that certain passages are difficult to translate and bias can come into play."

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