Posted by: Joe of St. Thérèse | January 4, 2008

There does not exist such a thing as male domination with St. Paul

Perhaps the most overused verse in the Bible (Besides for 1 Cor 13, 4-8) is Eph 5, 21-25….A lot of people think that St. Paul is pro male dominance in society, when in reality this is not the case.

Be subject to one another out of reverence for Christ. Wives, be subject 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 and is himself its Savior. As the Church is subject to Christ, so let wives also be subject to everything to their husbands. Husbands, love your wives, as Christ loved the Church and gave himself up for her.”

As we know from theology, the Church is female. (hence it would not make sense for the Church to ordain females as they would be promoting homosexual relations (all be it in a weird manner)) Thus making the male in the person of Christ. (physically, as Christ was a Male).

That leads us to the question what does it mean to be subject to one another?

A lot of people think that this means do whatever he tells you. Well, this does not mean that at all. I mean c’mon now if he tells you to cheat on him, you should never do such a thing. If he does anything to lead you to hell, you should not do that either.

In 1 Cor 7, 16 it says “Wife, how do you know whether you will save your husband? Husband, how do you know whether you will save your wife?”

You should be concerned for the salvation of one another. Okay, back to the topic that I was talking about.

We need only look to the example of Christ to see what is meant by being subject to someone. In the Gospel according to St. Matthew 20, 28 “so the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve and to give his life as a ransom for many” In other words submission means to be of service to one another. To help one another, we see this in St. John’s Gospel 13 at the washing of the feet. We learn the ultimate example of humility. Which is why the Pope goes by servant of the servants of God. This mentality is also taken as the one who is last shall be first. Submission means to be of service. I can’t emphasize this enough. So please, stop mis-using this verse and understand it correctly, for what it is. To be of service to one another. To be like the 1st couple before original sin. To love as Christ loved us. Amen!


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