The original post took the words out of context.
The point of the WHOLE BOOK of first corinthians was that the church was located in the midst of a very sexist society. In fact, Greek culture from
the first century AD is the culture that mohammad copied and imposed on the whole muslim world.
Women had to wear veils in public. Women were not allowed to speak in public assemblies. Women were not allowed any public leadership roles.
But women at the church in corinth were "acting up" and being treated as equal to the men, using Paul's own teaching.
for instance: Galatians 3:28:
Now there is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus.
They were behaving as equals within the walls of the church.
The problem was, the unbelievers, men, who came in to visit the church, when women were taking off their veils and speaking up in church.
Notice that some women were refusing
to wear veils:
I corinthians 11:6
For if a woman will not veil herself, then she should cut off her hair; but if it is disgraceful for a woman to be shorn or shaven, let her wear a
More to the point, preaching and prophesying were leader-activities in the church. women fulfilled these offices, too, which freaked out their pagan
I corinthians 11:5
but any woman who prays or prophesies with her head unveiled dishonors her head—it is the same as if her head were shaven.
And yet prophecy, which women performed, was one of the highest "leader" functions:
I Corinthians 14:4-5a
4 He who speaks in a tongue edifies himself, but he who prophesies edifies the church. 5 Now I want you all to speak in tongues, but even more to
Obviously Paul knew that women were leading people spiritually
. But what he was afraid of was anti-Christian riots, which often occurred when
people felt that Christianity was a social
revolution, and not merely a spiritual one.
Most of the early objections to christianity was that it was a religion of slaves and commoners and was unfitting for the nobility, the social elite.
Little has changed, IMO.
Besides, what culture are you judging it against?
American pop culture? The Middle East today? The Middle East of the first century A.D.? Or just your own personal notion of how Paul should have
been telling those people to run their church?
Funny how the OP was careful include all the "worst verses" he could find; but apperently didn't know (or conviently forgot) any positive passages
"In Christ there is neither male nor female, Jew nor Greek, slave nor free . . ."
For me, it's no problem to say that there are human opinions in the Bible, since I believe it is the Word of God in the words of men. Paul isn't my
favorite writer; but even HE admits that at times he has no "word from the LORD" but only his personal opinions.
I know that most of the anti-Christians who post here are not open to any ideas but their own; they're welcome to them. But I posted my thoughts for
those who wonder what careful readers of the Bible, who've taken the time to study these ancient documents in context
might have to say, and
how they integrate such passages into their faith.
all the best.