The Bible is not ambiguous as you have stated, there is meaning when you do a bit of research into culture and it helps to keep all the laws in context when referring to one in particular.
Rydawgmoney– from the What denomination are you thred in the Christian Debates Forum:
Who really knows how many denominations there are? Remember, we are talking world-wide. I have heard numbers as high as 30,000.
These figures asseverate just how ambiguous it is. Meander on over to the Christian Debate Forums and then tell me it’s not ambiguous! If it wasn’t ambiguous you wouldn’t have the non-stop discussions of meaning and ‘correct’ interpretation.
Have you happened to notice the relationship between Abraham and Sarah? Issac and Rebecca, Jacob and his wives, etc. I see no indication of what you have stated.
Jaocb and his wives? So Polygamy is favorable among women?
You are referring to the New Testament where cultural and pagan influences contaminated God’s ideals. In some cultures, women were worshipped and men were lower (Celts I believe?)!
Actually, it was the Pagan’s who worshipped the Goddess. So really it was Paul who contaminated an equal opportunity ideal. Paul hates women! More then likely, he was an ugly man who never got any ‘loving’, and he was bitter about it!
You will also find in the New Testament that a man was to love his wife as Christ loved the church and died for her.
And that women were not allowed to speak in Church, they were not allowed to teach, etc. etc. Some verse for you
1 Timothy 2:7-14
7 Whereunto I am ordained a preacher, and an apostle, (I speak the truth in Christ, and lie not a teacher of the Gentiles in faith and verity.
8 I will therefore that men pray every where, lifting up holy hands, without wrath and doubting.
9 In like manner also, that women adorn themselves in modest apparel, with shamefacedness and sobriety; not with broided hair, or gold, or pearls, or costly array;
10 But (which becometh women professing godliness) with good works.
11 Let the woman learn in silence with all subjection.
12 But I suffer not a woman to teach, nor to usurp authority over the man, but to be in silence.
13 For Adam was first formed, then Eve.
14 And Adam was not deceived, but the woman being deceived was in the transgression.
1 Corinthians 11:3
3 But I would have you know, that the head of every man is Christ; and the head of the woman is the man; and the head of Christ is God.
1 Corinthians 14:34-35
34 Let your women keep silence in the churches: for it is not permitted unto them to speak; but they are commanded to be under obedience as also saith the law.
35 And if they will learn any thing, let them ask their husbands at home: for it is a shame for women to speak in the church.
Anyway, in regards to Leviticus, do you understand the context? These are people offering people to the Lord, perhaps as temple servants.
You mean slaves? In any case, the text does not support your conjecture.
A woman is not as hardy as a man physically (and believe me, I am a BUILT female and I still cannot out muscle men in sports!)
What about the possibly more important realm of endurance? I know plenty of women who can run circles around me when it comes to endurance and I am in incredible cardiovascular condition; I hit the excercise bike and run every single day. Would it matter that I can lift three times as much as they can if I can’t catch them?
it helps to keep all the laws in context when referring to one in particular
It may be important to examine the concept of context and identify when it is relevant and when it is not. Briefly, a lot is made out of context; verily, it seems to be a pre-programmed response by Biblical apologists when one identifies any one of the numerous oddities in the Bible. However, a misunderstanding of the applicability or relevance of a contextual argument is never really looked into. Honestly, context is irrelevant in many of Biblical ideas. For example, the commandment ‘Thou shalt not kill’ is a universal negative, or, a command to not do something that is given to everyone. There is no caveat or stipulation, exception or circumstantial allowance included. Thus, any instance where God tells someone to kill would be in direct contradiction to this commandment REGARDLESS OF ANY CONTEXT IN WHICH THEY ARE TOLD TO KILL. Context is irrelevant. I will identify any time where a contextual argument is offered but completely invalid, so you may want to think carefully before you give them to me.