Rethinking Feminism from a biblical viewpoint

Tochi Juliet
By Tochi Juliet

Feminism is one of the most controversial issues in today's world. Many have asked what exactly is the notion of feminism. The Bible has become a basis for judging morality, and it stands as the highest authority to determine what is right and wrong. Here is a biblical view of feminism.

An image describing the equality of man and woman as proposed by secular feminists.

Feminism has become one of the controversial issues in today's world. Many have asked what exactly is the notion of feminism, what does feminism stand for and what exactly do feminists advocate for?

Feminism has different angles rising from secular feminism to religious feminism.

What is secular feminism

Secular feminism is the belief that religions are inherently patriarchal and biased against women.

The secular feminists, by all means, seek for gender equality and refuses to adhere to the position religion has given onto them. They see religion as a tool and means of 'women suppression' and therefore, stands against it.

The Bible is the basis for judging morality, and it stands as the highest authority to determine what is right and wrong.

Let's then look at the scripture and establish if secular feminism is the will of God and the right stand for women.

The Bible places the man above the woman since the woman is to submit to the man.

When God created man and woman, he gave each different positions, and it is such a pity that Christian women these days are struggling for the position of a man, thereby rejecting their God-given position.

Feminists are fighting for equality. What does the Bible say?

From the Bible, God never placed a woman to be equal to a man. A woman is and should be under a man.

Corinthians 14:33-35

"For God is not characterised by disorder but by peace. As in all the churches of the saints. The women should be silent in the churches, for they are not permitted to speak. Rather, let them be in submission, as in fact, the law says.

 If they want to find out about something, they should ask their husbands at home, because it is disgraceful for a woman to speak in church".

1 Corinthians 11:3-10

"But I want you to know that Christ is the head of every man, and the man is the head of a woman, and God is the head of Christ.  Any man who prays or prophesies with his head covered disgraces his head.  

But any woman who prays or prophesies with her head uncovered disgraces her head, for it is one and the same thing as having a shaved head. 

 For if a woman does not cover her head, she should cut off her hair. But if it is disgraceful for a woman to have her hair cut off or her head shaved, she should cover her head. 

For a man should not have his head covered, since he is the image and glory of God. But the woman is the glory of the man.  

For man did not come from woman, but woman from man.  Neither was man created for the sake of woman, but woman for man.  For this reason, a woman should have a symbol of authority on her head because of the angels. 

Titus 2:5

Talking about women it said ''to be self-controlled, pure, fulfilling their duties at home, kind, being subject to their own husbands, so that the message of God may not be discredited".

These verses have portrayed and established that secular feminism shouldn't and aren't the right form of feminism, and any practical Christain should not be part of it.

Submission is the basic quality required of every Christian woman

The assertion of secular Feminism that bible is a tool of subjugation and oppression for women is false as we have seen many times in the bible how women are being cherished and love.

The place of a woman in the heart and Agenda of God

When God wanted to save a man, he has the capacity and authority just to make Jesus appear on earth without passing through Virgin Mary, but for Jesus who is God to pass through a woman, it shows God holds woman at high esteem.

God made 'women' to be part and parcel of salvation journey, what a great honour!

Let's look at the life of Jesus; he was a lover of women on earth. He had many women who were his followers. We do hear about Mary, the mother of James and Mary the Magdalene.

They were the last to leave our Lord’s cross and the first to see Him resurrected Luke 23:55; 24:1.

The case of Mary Magdalene is a true portrayal of the love of Christ towards women. She was about to be stoned for adultery; many men were there but said nothing. Other women were there too but did nothing until the MASTER came, and the story changed.

Jesus saved her, and since then, Mary became one of his ardent friends and followers to the extent that some ignorant people ascribe her to be Jesus's lover.

The apostles continued in Jesus’ path by also including women in the building up of the church.

Priscilla and Aquila ministered to God’s people and learned from the apostles (Acts18:26; Rom. 16:3). Lydia hosted a church in her home.

What does a woman being under a man signifies?

Lastly, I will want to note that this article does not in any way establish that the right of a woman is in the kitchen rather it portrays that men and women can not be in the same position as God's design for a man is to be the head while the woman should be under him.

Being under a man, in this case, signifies submission.

''I want women to adorn themselves with proper clothing, modestly and discreetly, not with braided hair and gold or pearls or costly garments but rather by means of good works, as befits women making a claim to godliness.

Let a woman quietly receive instruction with entire submissiveness. But I do not allow a woman to teach or exercise authority over a man, but to remain quiet" (1 Tim. 2:9-12).

If perchance we are inclined to think that the role of women was primarily in the kitchen, or preferably in the kitchen, we need to be reminded that Jesus commended Mary for sitting at his feet, while Martha was obsessed with fixing the meal (Luke 10:38-42).

Apostle Paul had high regard for women. Many of those greeted in the last chapter of Romans were women. Phoebe was especially mentioned as one who had greatly helped the church at Cenchrea (verses 1-2).