Jesus and women
The Bible gets a bad rap regarding its treatment of women. We need to remember that the Bible was written thousands of years ago in a culture where women did not enjoy the same social standing as men. It wasn't just gender that defined your social standing - race, financial status and other factors played a part. In Galatians 3:29 Paul said, Now, in Christ, it doesn’t matter if you are a Jew or a Greek, a slave or free, male or female. You are all the same in Christ Jesus. I think the important thing to take from the Bible is how Jesus treated women which was revolutionary for his era. Some of his closest friends and followers were women. As Staci Eldridge reminds us Jesus wasn't afraid to interact with women, especially women who had dodgy cultural backgrounds (like the Samaritan woman); who had dodgy careers (like the prostitute); or who were unclean (like the woman who had the bleeding condition).
There is a big "girl power' movement at the moment after centuries of repression. Neither women or men are better than each other - we are all equal in God's eyes.
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