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TimothyRB
02-14-2019, 06:26 PM
I am always reading and looking for new information. A couple of weeks ago, I came across this article. The title definitely drew me in. Maybe out of curiosity. It is at the website (and there is a Facebook page too) called Biblical Gender Roles. Sounds quite interesting doesn't it?

I'm reading along and everything appears honkey dorey. I read through and realized I was a bit detached and had to take another read through. After four or five read throughs (just to make sure I was understanding and processing what I was reading), I was dumbfounded.

According to the website, the author (or authors as there really are no names attached to the articles) appear to take the position:


The Bible apparently makes a distinct difference between the gender roles and that woman was not created after God's image and likeness
Women are a weaker vessel because Man is God's image bearer only
Women are subjugated to the authority and demands of her husband and has no right of refusal (some articles advocate Biblical right to marital rape


Well, I had to provide a response in three separate articles of my own to address the major problems.

Oh, what is the article I am referencing? Why Godís Identification as Male Is the Key to Understanding Lifeís Meaning (https://biblicalgenderroles.com/2019/02/03/why-gods-identification-as-male-is-the-key-to-understanding-lifes-meaning/?fbclid=IwAR3sqeVVg3joj4zk1Rs2_O9DKcA9GzHUCHiu5ABY kpJSYXnU4os-sfkIDnM)

My responses - in three separate essays:

An LDS Perspective on Why God's Identification as Male is the Key to Understanding Life's Meaning (https://apologiachristianity.blogspot.com/2019/02/an-lds-perspective-on-why-gods.html)

The first part of this response focused on the context and foundation of the assertion being made, the question that is being addressed and answered, and whether or not the writer has given due diligence in providing an accurate, scriptural response and answer to the question postulated. Along with this, second part of that article briefly introduced some of the main assertions that are cause for questioning and examination and how they falter in meeting true scriptural teaching on the nature of God, masculinity, femininity, and gender roles. The third part explored a more in-depth analysis of the presenting issues derived from the main points of the article itself and how a more appropriate answer is given to the misinformation of the article under review.

Part Two: An LDS Perspective on Why God's Identification as Male Is the Key to Understanding Life's Meaning (https://apologiachristianity.blogspot.com/2019/02/part-two-lds-perspective-on-why-gods.html)

In the second part, it was contended that there is a linguistic issue regarding the Hebrew and Greek languages. Namely, that all languages have masculine, feminine, and neutral aspects. From here, the third part of this article focused on understanding the nature of how the Bible has some symbolism toward a divine and sovereign feminine gender role within the Divine Council and provided evidence as it relates to a Divine council of Heavenly Parents - God, the Father, and Goddess the Mother. The response examined the nature of human gender roles in light of Divine gender roles, and the divine institution of marriage and how this is represented in the symbolism of the New Testament of Jesus Christ, his parable of the ten virgins, and the reference to Christ being the Bridegroom and the Church being the Bride of Christ.

Part Three: The Work and the Glory of God is to Bring to Pass Man's Eternal Life and Immortality (https://apologiachristianity.blogspot.com/2019/02/part-three-work-and-glory-of-god-is-to.html)

In this third, and final, essay; the concept of human existence and experience involves answering the initial question - Life's meaning and purpose. The writer of the article: Why God's Identification as Male is Key to Understanding Life Meaning becomes a misnomer in answering the question it sets out to answer.


After reviewing the initial article (whether from a Christian or Mormon perspective) and then reviewing my responses - what are your thoughts with regard to the nature of creation of man and woman, gender roles, and how do you approach this subject from an apologetic perspective?

And, how do you identify life meaning and purpose from an apologetic standpoint?


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