In professional life women occupy very important functions in society being sometimes even heads of State. They meet the most complex and hard jobs, being mechanical, builders, police agents, judges, prosecutors, engineer, architect, doctors and even supersonic aircraft pilots or astronauts. In training, women are the first teachers of their youngsters, but they also are teachers in elementary, secondary schools, lecturers or professors in universities. The women teach the history, literature, math, philosophy, theology, and so on, with results often remarkable. At Christian meetings, adult females are not allowed to speak because of some texts from certain epistles attributed to Apostle Paul, but unfortunately very wrong interpreted and read. In other words, adult females can do any job, no matter how complex, including in the teaching process, but are not viewed as competent or capable to teach the rules of Christianity from the pulpits.
What pattern of distortion is more than this one and how can it lead in error so many people? Why do some Christians take seriously these texts which are not even composed by whom they say they are? A literal and simplistic reading of the Bible is made responsible for expressions of fanaticism and religious intolerance. There are people who say that spiritual activity is restricted to men and that it exceeds the competence of women, although the authentic spiritual activity is performed under the direction of the Holy Spirit and not only from our minds and Him dwells equally in men and women. Here are some biblical texts which say that:
“17 “In the last days it will be, God declares, that I will pour out my Spirit upon all flesh, and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams.
18 Even upon my slaves, both men and women, in those days I will pour out my Spirit; and they shall prophesy.
19 And I will show portents in the heaven above and signs on the earth below, blood, and fire, and smoky mist.
20 The sun shall be turned to darkness and the moon to blood, before the coming of the Lord’s great and glorious day.
21 Then everyone who calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.” (Acts 2: 17-21 NRSV)
If God pours out his Holy Spirit upon women can someone oblige the women to maintain quiet in Christian meetings? They can, of course, using the resources of the authority imposed but this doesn’t mean spiritual freedom. Yes, would say someone, women may prophesize, but they can't teach others about the rules of Christianity. Can women teach the most complicated mathematical formulas, but they can't teach who Jesus is, that He is alive and that He taught us to love God and one another? Of course they are able to teach that as well as men are. Who desires to believe such anomaly is his or her right but I think that particularly this view doesn't honour God. This is a conception which has been pushed by religious institutions through the centuries but is contradicted even by the Bible.
“25 But now that faith has come, we are no longer subject to a disciplinarian, 26for in Christ Jesus you are all children of God through faith. 27As many of you as were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. 28There is no longer Jew or Greek, there is no longer slave or free, there is no longer male and female; for all of you are one in Christ Jesus.” (Galatians 3; 25-28 NRSV)
How could we bring the hope for the citizenry to trust in God, if we maintain Christian teachings that upholds aberration? Who is the God that we are demonstrating to the masses, if erroneously, we make him liable for anomalies which, falsely, affirm that He sponsors? How can we assert that God is just, if we promote inequality between men and women and thereby strengthen injustice? What we offer as people hope if the image of God, that we present to the world is one of a cold and authoritarian Person who favours some and marginalizes others? Under these circumstances, we can give no hope, although the hope is part of the Christian virtues.
“13And now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; and the greatest of these is love.” (1Corinthians 13; 13 NRSV)
Where hope isn’t present love also isn’t there and where love isn’t present there isn’t authentic faith. If we preach a just God, we need to be aware of the injustices; one of them is the attitude toward women. This is a kind of injustice promoted by the institutional Churches. The way used by religious leaders to advance their situations by reducing to silence women a most important part of believers and in some communities a majority isn’t an authentic practice of Christian teachings. This practice doesn’t reveal the correct image of God. His real image a lot closer to the original is actually in ourselves, when we respect others as ourselves.