I was at a Christian wedding the other day, and knowing how unpopular it is to take the Biblical and traditional stance on submission of the wife to the husband, I was interested to see how, or if, the preacher would get around the subject. Not surprisingly, he didn’t say you should go against the Bible, (that would be heretical!) so he simply redefined the word. He said “it must” mean something different in every application of the word in the Bible. Not surprisingly though, he said it is “probably” most like the usage of the one used in the verse “submit one to another”. (Which in it’s best meaning, says “to put oneself under another.”)
So where does that leave us in wanting to follow the Bible? If we want to believe that wives should submit to their husbands, like Christian people did for many generations (In the Bible, a godly woman was even praised for calling her husband “lord”, typical of a man centered society), then we are taking the extreme road that most people know is going to end up in an unequal treatment of each other as fellow humans (and a bad marriage). Or we can listen to our conscience as a moral person, believe the Bible wouldn’t condone such immoral behavior (even if it was rampant in those days, as slavery was not too long ago here), and change the definition of the word “submit” to mean nothing more then putting ourselves under, as others should also do. . .in other words, the golden rule (common to every culture) or common sense.
There are so many cases of that latter redefining of the Bible, that people keep breaking off into new denominations to further distance themselves from the associations (and embarrassment?)with traditional or even Biblical meanings of words. Could it be it isn’t cool, or Kosher to be asking us to do now what was considered good then, but our enlightened morals now help us realize is unacceptable? That reminds me of a quote I’ve found to be true in my life:
“With or without religion, you would have good people doing good things and evil people doing evil things. But for good people to do evil things, that takes religion.”
“If we take the current state of the average Christian to be our ideal, then we might
So, simply because “the Bible says it, that DOESN’T settle it” even for many others who try to sincerely follow it.
That being the case though, why are many so offended when after being very knowledgable in it, we dismiss their personal religious beliefs? Well, the way I see it, it’s a part of their identity. It may be justified as righteous indignation, but their defensiveness is way too personal for that.
Deep down they may feel uncomfortable about some of the questions plaguing them in their own conscience and logical mind. So knowing that anything supernatural is a weak point to try to prove, they shout! Just like the pastor who wrote in his sermon notes “weak point here, shout and pound the pulpit.” Much as we realize that now about human nature, we also know what that passion causes in others. . .ever noticed how many wars and fights are started over religion?
When I push you to think a thought, by constant passionate propaganda, or I won’t accept you the way you are (as is the near inevitable consequence of believing dogmatic thoughts), I become the problem. When we can all see this, we will all have peace. No one will have truth for others, but know that most truth (except that rare truth which science proves beyond a shadow of a doubt) is only “truth” for them.