questions and answers: is the bible sexist?
Q: Is the Bible aimed only at men?
A: No, Christians believe the Bible is a holy text of guidance, rules and moral instruction aimed at the whole of humanity.
Q: What percentage of books are about men and what percentage of books are about women?
A: There are 66 books in the Bible. Two of these books are about women. The rest are mainly about men or written by men.
Q: Does that mean the god God is more interested in men than women?
A: No, not in the slightest. The god God loves all of his creation equally. He can’t be held responsible for the cultural expression of his chosen people.
Q: You say ‘he’ for the god God. Is he male?
A: The god God is a father, not a mother, so he is therefore male. His son was male too. So yes, all the gods in the god God are male.
Q: Does that mean males are more important than female?
A: No, all people are equal in the eyes of the god God. It’s just that all the power figures are male.
Q: Why are there so many sexist passages in the Bible? For example:
“I do not permit a woman to teach or to assume authority over a man; she must be quiet. For Adam was formed first, then Eve. And Adam was not the one deceived; it was the woman who was deceived and became a sinner. But women will be saved through childbearing—if they continue in faith, love and holiness with propriety.” (1 Timothy 2:12-15)
“I will make your pains in childbearing very severe; with painful labor you will give birth to children. Your desire will be for your husband, and he will rule over you.” (Genesis 3:16)
A: You’re taking these passages out of context and not applying the correct cultural lens.
Q: So the god God couldn’t make his desires clear?
A: He made his desires clear in this verse:
There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is no male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus. (Galatians 3:28)
Q: I see. How do you know which verses to take seriously and which to discard?
A: It’s common sense really.
Q: So why do you bother reading the Bible?