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Gender Roles: Part Two: Jesus and Moses

4 “Haven’t you read,” he replied, “that at the beginning the Creator ‘made them male and female,’5 and said, ‘For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh’?6 So they are no longer two, but one."  -Jesus, Matthew 19

Jesus is rebuking some chauvinist men who are leaving their ageing wives to chase after hot younger women.  Their argument was that under Moses there had been a provision for divorce.  Jesus replied that they had been misapplying Moses and used Moses own words to prove it.  In fact he used Moses' foundational teaching of the early chapters of Genesis to make his point.  So what does the opening of Genesis to which Jesus' points have to show us about God's intention for gender?

In the beginning God made a colourful world.  He could have had a grey one, but he made distinctions and thus variety and excitement.  He separat

Gender Roles: part one: Moses

If you are just joining this discussion, please be aware of the introduction in the previous post.  I have been asked by an old friend from USA to share from Christian Scripture on the issue of gender roles.  Dave, Fran, Naomi and others having being weighing in with their views and everyone is welcome to do so as long as they do it respectfully and charitably.

When Jesus was asked questions about gender/marriage/sex he pointed to Moses.  An example would be in Matthew 19 when asked if a man could leave his wife to chase after someone else who caught his eye. Jesus responded by pointing to Moses' teaching as normative and, for this man, corrective.    Next time I will focus on exactly how Jesus quoted Moses in this regard by looking at Genesis 1-3, but today I want to give a mere sample from Moses' teaching for men (husbands particularly) on their gender role.

First of all Moses calls the able-bodied men to front line combat when necessary.  Here is but one of many examples: …

Why I still find my Wife Super-Hot: Part 2

The renown philosopher and theologian, Arnold Schwarzenegger, is famous for referring to his critics as "girly men".  It is an understatement to say that being "girly" is an undesirable quality for a man to have. But is there anything wrong with a woman being labelled as "girly"?
Last time I talked about how I love the quality of loyalty in my wife. Another thing I appreciate about my wife is the fact that she is comfortable being a woman.
We live in a trans-sexual age where men are encouraged to behave more like women and women more like men. Though few people actually get the operation done and have their plumbing changed, a lot of people live that way. Some women have seen home-orientation as something to be shunned - and exchange that for the great privilege of making photocopies. I love the fact that my wife actually enjoys being a full-time mum and homebuilder. She has all together laughed at society's attempts to turn women inside-out. Now before…

Rob Bell: Love Wins review

Yes, I read it.


The book struck me as not being nearly as heretical as some of its detractors wrote nor as biblical as his supporters wrote. It has an endorsement by Brian McLaren and yet recommends a book by Tim Keller for further reading. In fact if Tim Keller, Brian McLaren and NT Wright could have their genetics mixed with those of a beat poet, you may wind up with this book.

Chapter 1: Bell asks a ton of questions in his typical leading but not giving away too much style. The questions are so backed with emotion "Does it really not matter what people do but only what they believe?" and are staccato, repeating one after the other. The chapter than ends with Bell saying that the rest of the book will attempt to answer the questions.

Chapter 2: Like Brian McLaren did in his book on a "New Christianity" he starts by critiquing that classic evangelical image of people walking over a cross to get from this world to paradise with God in the next. Bell argues that …

Hell No?

In the Middle East it is taboo to speak about the Trinity or about Jesus being divine in any way.  300 years ago when Western culture was saturated with Diest philosophy it was taboo to speak of miracles.  It was and is a challenge to these cultures to hold forth what God says even in the face of social intimidation on these points.

Perhaps one of the largest taboos that 21st century Westerners face is proclaiming what the Bible says about the fate of mankind apart from the saving work of Jesus (ie. Hell).  This is not a taboo that exists in the Middle East or in times past, but it one we now face here.  This is a stand from which many young Christian workers are tempted to back down or even to compromise in order to accommodate their own doubt.  However if we do this I think we lose three important things.

We loose an understanding of the power of free will.  The doctrine of hell is a tribute to the free will of man.  If we really want to screw up our eternal existence, we are free to…