Father Knows Best: Paul’s idea of marriage creeps me out

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I sense something profound when Paul writes that the relationship of the husband to the wife is as the relationship of Christ to the church, but I still get creeped out when he says "just as the church is subject to Christ, so let the wives be to their husbands in everything."

  • The problem with your argument is that it licenses Christians to toss out whichever scriptures they happen to find “creepy”.

    This is an entirely subjective approach based on the whims of whatever the reader finds morally repugnant. There is no consistent, evidence-based methodology here, It’s just a get-out-of-jail-free card for those who recognize that biblical morality is, in many case, outdated.

    It may, in fact, be that something central like the reports of Jesus’ resurrection were a result of “human error”. For instance, the resurrection may have been a legend spawned in the oral culture of the days and months following Jesus’ death, and mistakenly taken as literal truth by the gospel authors decades later.

    I’m guessing Rev. Elfert would not be willing to admit that the resurrection falls under the same possibility of human error as the misogyny of Paul (or the forgeries made in his name). Yet until a consistent, objective method for identifying error is provided, every biblical claim remains on the table.