Religious Hypocrisy by ProQuest


Regarded as the source of moral values, God's word teaches its followers ideals that will ensure their freedom and equality. However, the holy texts, otherwise considered records of God's message to humanity, misjudge and eventually inflict suffering upon groups that are mistreated and misunderstood. One such group is women, whose roles and worth are solely seen as inferior to those of men in the literary references of God's remarks. The bible first introduces the guilt and duty of a woman in the book of Genesis, during the creation of Adam and Eve. Born from one of Adam's ribs, Eve is initially regarded as "a helper fit for him," thus, obtaining her secondary role in comparison to Adam (Genesis 2:18). Later in the book, she is tricked by the serpent's subtle persuasion into transgressing God's will by eating the fruit of the tree of knowledge of good and evil. As her punishment, God tells Eve, "I will greatly multiply thy sorrow and thy conception; in sorrow thou shalt bring forth children; and thy desire shall be to thy husband, and he shall rule over thee" (Genesis 3:16). Hence, with this single statement, women became slaves in the world dominated by the power of men. A female could no longer consider herself even a subordinate of a man, which had been Eve's initial role.As Christianity developed out of Judaism, the Apostle Paul later confirmed the authority of men when he was discussing whether females could teach. His response was that a woman could not teach or have authority over a man because of man's priority in creation and Eve's responsibility for the original transgression (1 Timothy 2:12-14). If one observes this reasoning logically, it would appear as nothing more than nonsense. Put bluntly, a woman's degradation arises from the supposed mistake of a fictitious character, who is considered to be the product of God's creation. However, a woman's inferior role does not end in the experiences of Eve.A woman's value is determined by her ability to produce

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