The bible says women should remain silent in church, does this apply to modern women, or just the women in Paul's time and context?

15 Answers

  • 9 months ago

    Paul didn't want women (or men) interrupting services with questions and gossip. Fortunately these days we have Sunday School, in which people can teach, answer questions, and ask them freely.

  • ?
    Lv 7
    9 months ago

    Women can't even learn true love unless they have carried a baby in their womb . And , even that is a life long job .

  • viola
    Lv 4
    9 months ago

    In 1 Corinthians chapter 14, Paul discussed matters relating to meetings of the Church He described what should be discussed at such meetings and recommended how they should be conducted. (1 Corinthians 14:1-6, 26-34) Further, he stressed the objective of Christian meetings​“that the church may receive upbuilding.”​ Paul’s instruction to “keep silent” appears three times in 1 Corinthians chapter 14. Each time, it is addressed to a different group in the church, but in all instances, it is given for the same reason​—that “all things take place decently and by arrangement.”​—1 Corinthians 14:40. Paul addressed Christian women only, stating: “Let the women keep silent in the church, for it is not permitted for them to speak, but let them be in subjection.” (1 Corinthians 14:34) Why did Paul give this command to women? To preserve order in the church. He says: “If, then, they want to learn something, let them question their own husbands at home, for it is disgraceful for a woman to speak in a church.

  • Anonymous
    9 months ago

    it says man shall not lie with man and women claim that is speaking for todays should.....religious people love to pick and choose whats right and wrong.....

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  • Anonymous
    9 months ago

    Quite frankly, Paul's letters were for Paul's time. None of it has any place in the world anymore.

  • Doug
    Lv 5
    9 months ago

    My understanding is that women are not allowed to be pastors according to the Word of God (1 Tim. 2:12). As far as things like women being silent and wearing head coverings (as 1 Cor. 11 talks about), a lot of that is cultural even though there are principles that apply to believers today. In Corinth at the time of Paul's writing, women had discovered their new freedom in Christ (Gal. 3:28). Whereas wives had traditionally been treated as property, men were now commanded to love their wives as Christ loved the Church (Eph. 5:25). However, many women in Corinth at the time were abusing their newfound freedom by disregarding the traditional head coverings (which in that culture was a symbol of submission to one's husband). They were also being disruptive during worship by asking questions and interpreting prophesies instead of quietly asking their husbands at home. This is the context where Paul writes that women are to be silent (1 Cor. 14:33-35).

    Although there are good Bible teachers who disagree, I do not believe women are required to wear head coverings today (even while praying out loud in public). Regarding hair length, women should not try to look like men and vice versa. Concerning order at home and in the Church, wives are to submit to husbands, and husbands are to come under the authority of God. Even though some of these passages are difficult and it can admittedly be hard to determine what is cultural and what isn't, the principle of submission and coming under authority applies to us today.

    Because we have all sinned against a perfectly holy and righteous God, we all deserve eternal separation from God in hell (Rom. 6:23). However, God loves us so much that He sent His only Son Jesus to die on the cross as our Substitute so we don't have to go to hell. Christ died for our sins, was buried, and rose from the grave three days later (1 Cor. 15:3-4). He gives eternal life freely to anyone who simply believes in Him. No one can be saved by doing good works. Salvation is by grace alone through faith alone in Christ alone (Eph. 2:8-9).

    "Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me hath everlasting life" (John 6:47).

  • BJ
    Lv 7
    9 months ago

    It applys to Paul's time and our time.

    Those charged with oversight of a congregation are described in the Bible as being males. The 12 apostles of Jesus Christ were all males, and those later appointed to be overseers and ministerial servants in Christian congregations were males.

    Thus, although women make valuable contributions to the activity of the congregation, there is no provision for them to preside, or to take the lead by instructing the congregation, when qualified men are present.

    In keeping with this precedent, we find that the apostle Paul limited the appointment of congregational elders (and ministerial servants) to men.

    Moreover, he reminded Timothy: I do not permit a woman to teach, or to exercise authority over a man. 1 Tim. 2:12

  • 9 months ago

    Paul's admonition that women shouldn't speak in church is thought by scholars not to have been part of the original document, but added centuries later.  There are a number of these passages.

    If you're a fundamentalist and insist on a literal interpretations, it simply means that women shouldn't talk in church!  Meaning no women ministers, no women leading prayers or reading aloud in the service.

    One difference between Jews and Christians in those days is that in Jewish synagogues, men sat on one side and women on the other.  Sort of like a high school dance.  8^)  So a woman wouldn't be able to talk to her husband during the service.  But in Christian churches, women and men sat together.  So maybe Paul (or someone) was unhappy about women speaking to their husbands or families during the service.

    Today we believe that women are the intellectual and social equal of men, and they have the same right to speak as a man.  I don't think they believed that back in the day.  Personally, I like the modern view better.

  • Women[a] 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.(1 Corinthians 14:34-35)

    True then true now.

  • X
    Lv 7
    9 months ago

    It refers to the women of Paul's time who were so enthusiastic and bubbling over because of their newfound faith that they would interrupt those speaking in the synogogues. So they were told to remain silent so that they may wait until they get home to ask their husbands any questions they may have rather than interrupt the services.

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