It was All Good... Until I Read 1st Corinthians 13:34
Most of us only practice a specific religion because it was our mother's religion. We really don't know for ourselves. I realized this when I was a freshmen in college. Professor Darby's Humanities class .. He made me rethink everything I ever learned about my religion... Ever since then, I have made it my business to read everything that my spiritual leader and my evangelistic family members tell me about God and how to live a life that pleases Him, for myself.
So today I read the entire book of First Corinthians and as I was reading, I came across some really profound scriptures to live by, even after reading about how we as "Christians" should not be friends with gay people or remarry if we get a divorce. Personally, I have amazing loved ones in my life who are either gay or have remarried after divorce, so I just ignored that bit and kept on reading.
Honestly, it was all good, until
I got to chapter 14 verses 34-35:
"Women should remain silent in the churches. They are not allowed to speak, but must be in submission, as the law says. If they want to inquire about something, they should ask their own husbands at home; for it is disgraceful for a woman to speak in the church."
What do you mean women should not speak in the church? Is this where sexism derived from? I mean really, how did the Apostle Paul come up with this? (Yes, I read the history and his affiliation with the church of Corinth. I know that history says he was "quoting" not endorsing this sexist belief.. But that's still not enough justification for me to understand why he felt it was appropriate to write that in the Bible..) I'm beyond perturbed.
But honestly folks, this is exactly why I truly believe that we should not live to be perfect according to the Bible.. And yes, I am a Christian but I mean come on.. That scripture above clearly shows that many of the things written in the Bible are just not right.. Especially in the society that we live in today.
Now, I know some of you will argue the point that we are not supposed to live like the rest of the people of this world (the "rest of the people" being the non-Christians)... and you'll hit me with, "Greater is He that is in me, than he that is in the world..." But that's exactly my point: I believe that the Spirit is always dwelling within us, no matter what is going on around us. So we don't ever have to be "perfect". Ever.
The discovery of this scripture was a big wake up call! Seriously, this is why we all need to independently educate ourselves on the Word and any other forms of literature that are said to govern the way that we should morally live our lives. Once we do this, then we can make decisions on how to live not based on what others say or think, but based on our own knowledge.
Some of you may be too "holy" and become instantly turned off by my rationale after reading this but I'm not worried about that. I'm really not trying to change anyone's beliefs or denigrate the Bible in any way.. I'm just letting you know that I have found yet another reason to just live for love, peace, and happiness, not for perfection.
Anyways, here are those scriptures that I found to be really inspirational. Yes, I'm still going to read the Bible. First Corinthians 14:34-35 did not deter my faith people! I'm still going to read the Word every day like I have always done since I was a child and continue to apply appropriate scriptures to my life. The key word is: appropriate.
However, as it is written: “No eye has seen, no ear has heard, and no human mind has conceived” — the things God has prepared for those who love him.. - 1 Corinthians 2:9
Don’t you know that you yourselves are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in your midst? - 1 Corinthians 3:16
I care very little if I am judged by you or by any human court; indeed, I do not even judge myself. - 1 Corinthians 4:3
Therefore judge nothing before the appointed time; wait until the Lord comes. He will bring to light what is hidden in darkness and will expose the motives of the heart. At that time each will receive their praise from God. - 1 Corinthians 4:5
If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains but do not have love, I am nothing. - 1 Cor. 13:2
When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put away my childish things. - 1 Corinthians 13:11
And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love. - 1 Corinthians 13:13
That's all for tonight peeps,